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GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering has received a $1 million donation from the late John Carter and his wife, Ruth. The gift will help establish the Drs. John and Ruth Carter Endowment, and the revenue from the endowment will be used to create a Geology and Geological Engineering Students and Faculty Excellence Fund, according to the release. The fund will “promote excellence” among faculty and students through field trips, hands-on learning and professional development, the release noted.
EAGAN, Minn. - One week after the Minnesota Vikings fired its offensive coordinator after head coach Mike Zimmer stressed he wants to run the ball more, running back Dalvin Cook was named the NFC offensive player of the week. Cook set a career-high in rushing yards with 136 on a season-high 19 carries while scoring his first touchdowns of the season against Miami. His 6.7 yards-per-rush average is third in the NFL among qualifiers and he ranks sixth among all running backs in that span.
PALERMO, N.D. - A western North Dakota man was killed when his clothing became engaged with a farm implement on Saturday, Dec. 15, the Mountrail County sheriff said. Craig Wienbar, 64, was grinding feed for his livestock early afternoon when the incident occurred. Another man at the scene immediately shut down the tractor and called 911. Wienbar was pinned between the power take-off shaft and the hitch of the feed grinder. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was scheduled for an autopsy in Bismarck, the sheriff's office said.
BISMARCK — North Dakota saw the nation's steepest drop in homelessness this year, a federal agency said Monday, Dec. 17. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimated that 542 North Dakotans experienced homelessness on a single night in 2018, a 50 percent drop from last year. Homelessness among veterans and experienced by families with children fell 87 percent and 64 percent, respectively.
VELVA, N.D. - A 24-year-old California man has been identified as the victim of a fatal crash about 4 miles south of Velva on Sunday morning, Dec. 16. Bryce Belden of San Bernadino was driving a 2007 Dodge Dakota east on Highway 23 just before 10:15 a.m., the North Dakota Highway Patrol said, when he drove through the crossing at Highway 41. His vehicle passed onto a minimum maintenance road and went off the right shoulder of the roadway, through a fence and rolled several times in a cattle pasture. Belden was not wearing a seat belt, the patrol said.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A young man and a teenage boy were injured when the driver lost control of their vehicle around 2:45 p.m. due to poor road conditions on Ninth Street Northeast 4 miles east of Thompson. Jacob Garceau, 19, was driving the 1995 Dodge Dakota south on Ninth Street Northeast. Just to the south of the intersection with Sixth Avenue Northeast, Garceau lost control on compacted snow and ice. The Dodge slid into the east ditch and onto a frozen creek, where it struck the bank before coming to rest upright on the ice.
VELVA, N.D. — A 24-year-old California man is dead after failing to stop at an intersection about 4 miles south of Velva. The crash occurred at 10:12 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, during clear weather conditions. He was traveling east on Highway 23 in a 2007 Dodge Dakota when he failed to stop at the intersection with Highway 41.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- In approving a strategic vision plan looking ahead to 2030, Augustana University said Thursday night, Dec. 13, that Division I athletics will be in its future.
Several bomb threats have been reported around the country, including at 20 North Dakota hospitals, several Minnesota businesses and South Dakota schools. Hospitals in Wishek, Elgin, and Tioga in North Dakota were among those reporting bomb threats or emergency situations on Thursday, Dec. 13. The hospitals locked down, evacuated or closed following the threats, though most resumed normal operation by Thursday evening.
BISMARCK — A federal appeals court affirmed a lower court's decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a group of Morton County landowners alleging they signed easement contracts along the Dakota Access Pipeline route based on "various misrepresentations" Thursday, Dec. 13. The plaintiffs alleged other landowners received more money for easements allowing pipeline construction on their land despite being told they received the best price for anyone in Morton County.