BISMARCK -- The Virginia-class, fast-attack submarine, USS North Dakota held a change ceremony at the Dealey Theater on board Naval Submarine Base New London on Thursday. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and first lady Kathryn Burgum were in attendance at the ceremony where Cmdr. Mark Robinson relieved Cmdr. Michael Hollenbach as North Dakota’s commanding officer.
FORT YATES, N.D.—Like many of his predecessors, new Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Mike Faith is aiming to combat the issues of unemployment, housing and drug abuse on the reservation. While these are long-standing issues for the people of Standing Rock, Faith said he thinks there has been a shift within the communities of people wanting to see a positive change. "The elders, the grandmas saying enough is enough," Faith said. "And the young people are hearing them and know (drugs) are not welcome."
BISMARCK -- After a change of plea and canceled trial, the woman accused of killing a motorcyclist in a crash last year has been sentenced. Darci Leigh Voldness, 29, of Jamestown, pleaded guilty in September to felony negligent homicide and misdemeanor ingesting a controlled substance.
BISMARCK -- Two days after a fire claimed a south Bismarck home, the homeowner's fiance has been arrested and charged with arson. Spencer Norton, 36, of Bismarck, is the suspect. Bismarck Police investigated after fire officials found the blaze to be suspicious in nature.
MANDAN, N.D.-- Released from a 12-day jail sentence, Alexander Simon has filed to appeal his case related to protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Simon and Mary Redway were the first defendants sentenced to serve jail time for convictions related to the pipeline protests. Surrogate Judge Thomas Merrick convicted them Oct. 19 in a misdemeanor court trial with three others, including photojournalist Sara Lafleur-Vetter, whose charges he dismissed.
BISMARCK -- Police are on the lookout again for Elizabeth Gawryluk, this time for a different reason. The 26-year-old Dickinson woman, missing since Sept. 8 and reported as found Oct. 4, was charged Wednesday with felony terrorizing after an incident with a 60-year-old Bismarck man who let her stay at his home.
BISMARCK -- Despite almost no rain reported in October in some parts of North Dakota, the most severe drought conditions receded across the state this past week. The categories of exceptional and extreme drought have been wiped off the U.S. Drought Monitor's map for North Dakota. Conditions of severe drought dropped from 18.9 percent of the state to 2.9 percent, and areas in moderate drought dropped from 59.8 percent of the state to 36.4 percent.
BISMARCK -- After being crowned Miss America 2018, Bismarck native Cara Mund will return to her hometown next month for a welcome home party. The party is scheduled for 3 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Bismarck Event Center, 315 S. 5th St.. Tickets are currently available at $10 for adults and $5 for those age 3 through 12th grade.
CANNON BALL, N.D.—Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II was unseated during the tribe's election Wednesday. Archambault's fellow councilman Mike Faith was elected the new chairman by a vote of 1,082 to 628, according to unofficial results. Wednesday marked the councilman-at-large's second run against Archambault for the chairman's seat. The two also competed on the ballot in 2013. Other results include the unseating of Vice Chairman Jesse McLaughlin by Ira Taken Alive by an unofficial count of 971 votes to 829 votes.
BISMARCK -- The state’s first case of anthrax this year was reported in Sioux County in far south-central North Dakota and confirmed Thursday by North Dakota State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory based on samples submitted by a veterinarian with the Mandan Veterinary Clinic.