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FARGO — In one of the city's most boisterous marches in recent times, about 250 abortion rights supporters angry about restrictive abortion laws passed by a number of state legislatures marched from Island Park through downtown to the Red River Women's Clinic late Tuesday afternoon, May 21. At the clinic, the state's only abortion provider, they were met by a much smaller group of about 35 anti-abortion demonstrators who sang hymns and said prayers as the chanting marchers rolled by.
FARGO — When travelers across the country tell others they’re from North Dakota, the response from those people is often that they've never been here. Well, many have. The most recent statistics from the North Dakota tourism division show there were 22 million tourists or visitors in 2015 spending $3.1 billion, making it the third largest industry in the state. Tourism Division Director Sara Otte Coleman said it's "very true" that people say they haven't visited here, but she would like to see the tourist numbers increase.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Transportation has accepted the resignation effective Friday, May 3, of one of its top officials after a workplace investigation. Driver’s License Division Director Glenn Jackson, 63, was accused of favoritism, workplace harassment, unprofessional conduct and treating young female employees differently than others. He will be replaced on an interim basis by Robin Rehborg, who had been the division director of the NDDOT state fleet.
FARGO — Fargo, as some branding says, will not only be "North of Normal" but also "far from normal" for a while longer. Add to the list Moorhead and Cass County. The "not normal" comes in the form of a second Red River crest expected this weekend, although it will be well below last Monday's crest of 35.13 feet.
FARGO — Longtime North Dakota public servant Drew Wrigley was unanimously confirmed Thursday, April 11, by the U.S. Senate as the new U.S. attorney for the state, a position he previously held for nine years. The U.S. attorney is the top federal prosecutor in the state and oversees an office of attorneys who prosecute federal crimes and represent the government in civil lawsuits.
FARGO — While North Dakota legislators continue work on a possible marijuana decriminalization bill, a group that attempted legalization last year has decided to make another attempt in the 2020 election. Legalize ND hosted a meeting with about 50 people ranging in age from college students to "grandpas" on the North Dakota State University campus Thursday night, April 4, to gather input on what the next ballot measure should look like. The group, again headed by chairman David Owen, of Grand Forks, may hold another meeting but is also gathering input through its Facebook page, soon-to-be
FARGO — North Dakota has a new No. 1 ranking among states. It's bad drivers, and the study by the insurance-comparison shopping website Insurify said the reason is that almost 30 percent of motorists among the 243,338 registered vehicles in the state have reported a past driving incident such as speeding, failure to stop or an accident in the past seven years.
MINOT, N.D. — A 26-year-old Minot man who was found naked and dead on top of a recreational vehicle at an RV business parking lot on Saturday was identified on Monday, March 18. He was Leonard McCauley.
BISMARCK — The effort to make computer and cyber science more widely available in North Dakota moved forward with unanimous final legislative approval for a bill that establishes a professional credential for teachers, although funding for training remains the next major hurdle. The bill sailed through the House on a 90-0 vote and the Senate on a 46-0 vote and now goes to Gov. Doug Burgum.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A 57-year-old Sioux Falls woman has been accused of leaving her baby wrapped in a blanket in a ditch in the midst of winter 38 years ago on what was then the outskirts of the city. Theresa Josten Bentaas was arrested outside her home on Friday, March 8, without incident and faces charges of first-degree murder. According to a coroner's report, the baby died of exposure to the weather. The baby was found abandoned in the ditch south of 26th Street and Sycamore Avenue not far from where the woman currently lives in southeast Sioux Falls.