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BISMARCK - BNSF Railway will begin equipping its fleet in March with cameras capable of snapping images at 70 mph with enough detail to show cracks in rails or missing bolts. The rail company’s Track Health Optical Recognition program, which is coming to the end of a year-long, 3,000-mile pilot program, is just one of several uses of technology showcased by the company at the North Dakota Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
STANLEY, N.D. -- Two suspects were arrested in an alleged homicide in Mountrail County on Saturday, Jan 12. Police responded to a call about a shooting at 8 p.m. Stanley. Douglas Martin, 49, was found dead in his residence. Two suspects were taken into custody at the scene, and the investigation is ongoing.
BISMARCK — Jurors found a former Bismarck day care provider guilty of child abuse Thursday, Jan. 10. Marlene Steedsman, 55, was on trial on Wednesday in South Central District Court for felony child abuse after allegedly grabbing a 3-year-old boy in her care by the ears.
BISMARCK — The defense lawyer for a Bismarck day care provider charged with child abuse argued his client was unlikely the one who left scratches on the ears and neck of a boy in her care. “She chews her nails to the nubs,” Attorney Lloyd Suhr said of Marlene Steedsman, his client. Steedsman, 55, a former Bismarck home daycare provider, was on trial Wednesday, Jan. 9, in South Central District Court for felony child abuse after allegedly grabbing a 3-year-old boy in her care by the ears.
BISMARCK -- A former North Dakota Department of Transportation employee accused of embezzling thousands of dollars will serve probation and pay restitution for her crimes. Dorma Jean Steier, 62, of Mandan, was charged with felony counts of theft, forgery and deceptive writings. Steier changed her plea to the crimes in South Central District Court on Monday, Jan 7, according to Burleigh County Assistant State's Attorney Marina Spahr.
BISMARCK — The Great Plains Synfuels Plant near Beulah is on track for record losses in 2018. Heading into the new year, eyes are turned to fertilizer operations to see if the new $740 million urea plant can turn things around.
BISMARCK — A draft bill is circulating to enact voters’ call for a state government ethics commission this coming legislative session. “I’m trying to get some consensus with Republicans and Democrats to work on it together this session,” said Sen. Tim Mathern, D-Fargo, who authored the draft legislation. “The important thing now is to make it public so others can take a look.” Measure 1 passed with almost 54 percent of the vote in November, adding new ethics rules to the state constitution. Now lawmakers have three years to enact portions of the law.
BISMARCK -- Farmers affected by the ongoing trade war with China will receive a second round of aid payments to help make up for price losses, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “While there have been positive movements on the trade front, American farmers are continuing to experience losses due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. This assistance will help with short-term cash flow issues as we move into the new year,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement.
MANDAN, N.D. — A startup company making prebuilt home frames in Mandan is aiming to make the homebuilding process both less time-consuming and less expensive. Nordic Steel Systems, which frames homes with steel rather than wood, could change the way houses have been constructed for the past few decades or more, according to JC Dominguez, co-founder of the company. "The methodology we employ isn't revolutionary but close to it," Dominguez said.
BISMARCK — Organizers are considering a second fundraising campaign to cover landscaping costs at the new Governor’s Residence after closing their initial building campaign $113,000 short of their goal. When lawmakers decided to OK the construction of the new residence in 2015, they allowed for up to $5 million in spending on the project — $4 million from the Capitol Building Trust Fund and $1 million in private donations.