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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.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- A wintry night celestial display is in store as the Geminid meteor shower promises one of the strongest showings of the year Thursday, Dec. 13, and Friday. And this year, mild temperatures in the 20s should provide for more pleasant viewing -- as long as the clouds give way as predicted. The National Weather Service forecast calls for mostly clear skies with a slight southern breeze.
MITCHELL, S.D. -- Two women, ages 43 and 52, died in a one-vehicle rollover crash late Tuesday night, Dec 11, east of Mitchell. Authorities say a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer was westbound on Interstate 90 when the driver lost control of the vehicle, which then entered the median, tipped and rolled several times. The vehicle came to rest on its roof in the eastbound lane. The crash occurred at 10:35 p.m. at mile marker 337, near the Riverside Road exit.
GRAND FORKS - A Davenport man is facing a negligent homicide charge after a crash left one person dead. Nathan Daniel Stachler was westbound on 88th Street Northeast and failed to fully yield at the intersection of County Road 39, near Osnabrock, about 100 miles northwest of Grand Forks, on May 17, court documents said. His car T-boned a southbound car in the intersection and both vehicles ended up in the ditch, an affidavit said.
BOULDER, Colo. — A former University of Sioux Falls track and field athlete died Monday, Dec. 10, following injuries sustained in a skiing accident in Colorado. Brandon, S.D., native Bill Brockmueller, 26, died following an accident Dec. 4 in Eldora, Colorado. The Boulder Daily Camera reported Monday that Brockmueller was to be taken off life support following being placed in a medically-induced coma. Brockmueller suffered serious head, back and leg injuries after hitting a tree while skiing.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum appointed Michelle Kommer to lead the state Department of Commerce, the governor's office said Tuesday, Dec. 11, after the agency's previous head resigned because he sent an inappropriate email to staffers.
MANDAN, N.D. — A man allegedly stole a tow truck in Mandan on Monday then drove it into a slough as he was trying to flee from police. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Mandan police received a report of a stolen tow truck around 12:45 p.m. Dec. 10. A trooper saw the truck on Interstate 94 near the Bismarck a short time later and tried to stop the vehicle. The driver didn't stop; instead he fled east and eventually turned off exit 176, near McKenzie and headed south.
FARGO — A North Dakota Lottery player in Fargo hit it big last week by winning the Lucky for Life prize. The prize is $25,000 a year for life. The winning ticket was sold at Casey's General Store, 204 42nd St. S. in Fargo, on Thursday, Dec. 6. The winning numbers were 5, 14, 26, 28, 31 and the Lucky Ball was 5. The winner can take $25,000 a year for life or a one-time payment of $390,000. The winning ticket has not yet been submitted. The winner has 180 days to claim the prize.