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RYDER, N.D. — The North Dakota Highway Patrol has released the name of a 23-year-old Minot man who was struck and killed by an SUV while chasing a dog on Highway 28 near Ryder. Ricky Finley Jr. was chasing a dog who got loose from a van parked on the side of the highway around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, about 3 miles south of Ryder. He was chasing the dog west across the southbound lane in the rain when a Buick Enclave driven by Mariah Wolf, 23, of New Town, struck him, the Patrol said. Wolf was not injured and was wearing a seat belt.
Q: Crazy! My wax ivy and vinca vine are blooming! I have never had blossoms on these ivies, but I’ll take what I can get this time of year. — Mary Berg Lass. A: Thanks for the photos, and yes, flowers are a welcome sight this winter. Plants that are normally considered foliage-fillers for outdoor containers, like vinca vine and wax ivy, sometime surprise us with flowers, although it’s completely normal.
DRAYTON, N.D. — A Drayton man is facing charges for taking nude photos of a young child. Daniel Nelson Sherrill, 33, could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on the charge of promoting or directing an obscene sexual performance by a minor, a Class A felony. A criminal complaint said Sherrill took eight explicit photos from June 2016 to December 2017 of a 6-to-8-year-old girl. The photos allegedly showed the girl getting out of the shower or partially clothed with her underwear pulled down to show her buttocks.
BISMARCK — An inmate has been arrested Saturday after walking away from a Bismarck prison Friday night, Nov. 2.
LINTON, N.D. — A 65-year-old motorcyclist died Thursday, Aug. 16, when his Harley Davidson left the roadway hit an embankment, and flew into the air near Linton. The driver, now identified as Mark Henninger, was driving south on ND Highway 1804 about 2:45 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle and was ejected, according to a release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
BISMARCK -- Companies from across the state will offer samples and sales of their products at the 30th annual KMOT Pride of Dakota Day at the North Dakota State Fair in Minot on Monday, July 23. “You’ll find a wide range of quality Pride of Dakota products, such as food and condiments, artwork, books, apparel, jewelry and much more,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said in a release. “It’s a great time and place for fairgoers to meet, shop, and share lunch.”
BISMARCK -- North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger has named a new deputy tax commissioner. He has appointed Sandy McMerty, deputy commissioner with the state Department of Commerce. Her appointment is effective May 29.
MEDORA, N.D. -- A third-grader has been named North Dakota’s winner in this year’s national Doodle 4 Google design competition. Google doodles appear on the popular search engine’s home page and change frequently. Google’s annual contest provides a prompt for students in grades kindergarten through 12 that they use to create their own doodles. This year’s question was “What inspires me?”
BISMARCK -- College graduates working in the science, technology, engineering and medical fields in North Dakota could receive student loan forgiveness. According to a news release from the North Dakota University System, the NDUS and the Bank of North Dakota are offering the 2018 STEM Student Loan Forgiveness Program with applications open until May 31.
LONG VALLEY, S.D. -- A two-vehicle crash in southwest South Dakota Friday morning, March 31, left one man dead and his 9-year-old passenger injured. A 1996 Kenworth T600 semi truck and trailer was southbound on S.D. Highway 73 near Long Valley and was slowing to make a right turn when a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup going the same direction struck the rear of the trailer, according to a news release.