BISMARCK—After spelling "millibars," Tobi Shorunke, an eighth-grader from Ben Franklin Middle School in Fargo, was declared the state champion of the 2018 North Dakota State Spelling Bee, held in Bismarck on Monday, in the 14th round. As champion, Shorunke will travel to Washington, D.C., where he will represent the state at the Scripps National Spelling Bee from May 27 to June 2. • Halle Rivinius, of Grant County, took second place and successfully competed in 13 rounds of the spelldown. Rivinius is an eighth-grader at Elgin-New Leipzig School.
BISMARCK -- As Bismarck Police were investigating a bomb threat at Legacy High School, all after-school activities, including parent-teacher conferences, were canceled. Students and staff evacuated from the school at 12:45 p.m. Monday. FBI agents joined the investigation.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Department of Health is accepting applications for two medical marijuana manufacturing facilities through April 19. A panel will review the applications, score and select two applicants that will be eligible for registration through the Department of Health. The application fee is $5,000.
CANNON BALL, N.D. -- Two federal grants totaling more than $10 million will fund construction of elementary schools on the Standing Rock and Spirit Lake Indian Reservations, according to an announcement made Tuesday, March 13, by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. The money has been awarded to Solen School District and the Oberon School District to construct new elementary schools due to the unacceptable conditions of the current buildings.
BISMARCK -- Police have tied a school-related gun threat made on social media to a Bismarck Public Schools student. The 16-year-old boy was cited Wednesday evening for terrorizing, a class C felony, after he allegedly posted a Snapchat photo in which he held a gun and made a threat against BPS, said Bismarck Police Lt. Jason Stugelmeyer.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division reported Tuesday an oil spill that occurred last month in Burke County is now estimated to be larger than initially reported. About 400 barrels, or 16,800 gallons, of oil spilled on Feb. 21 at a well about 4 miles north of Flaxton, or 2½ miles south of the Canadian border, according to an incident report filed Tuesday.
MINOT, N.D. — A Minot man is dead after a single-vehicle rollover crash on an icy highway in Ward County Sunday, March 4. Kenneth Forsman, 62, has died as a result of the crash, which occurred at 9:13 p.m.,16 miles south of Minot on Highway 23, according to a report from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
BISMARCK -- State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is encouraging North Dakotans to apply for two openings on the State Board of Higher Education. The positions carry four-year terms that start July 1, which is when the terms of incumbent board members Kevin Melicher and Mike Ness end. Eight voting members make up the Board of Higher Education, which governs the North Dakota University System's 11 public colleges and universities.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Department of Health is accepting requests for proposals for a laboratory to conduct compliance testing for its medical marijuana program. The proposals will be accepted until 3 p.m. April 19. The selected laboratory will be responsible for conducting tests of marijuana and usable marijuana.
BISMARCK -- U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., will stay in Bismarck this week with family as his adult son remains hospitalized. “While Isaac is improving, he remains in critical condition in a Bismarck hospital," the third-term congressman said in a statement Monday. "Therefore, I will not travel to Washington, D.C., for votes today and tomorrow. Instead, I am remaining in Bismarck with Isaac and the rest of my family.”