BISMARCK -- The severity of the drought lessened considerably during the past week as rain helped to mitigate dry conditions throughout North Dakota, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor. However, nearly the entire state remains abnormally dry, and the severest category, exceptional drought, increased slightly from .39 percent to .41 percent in the northwest corner of the state as compared to last week.
FLASHER, N.D. -- A rural Flasher farmer accused of fondling two teenage boys denies the allegations and said they were helping him with his bad back. James Patrick Hopfauf, 50, was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of felony sexual assault. Court documents say for years he inappropriately touched two teenage boys near the town about 45 miles southwest of Bismarck.
BISMARCK -- A Bismarck man with a history of motor vehicle crimes is accused of driving at another motorist in alleged attempts to hit her. Joshua Allen Sabot, 31, of Bismarck, is charged with felony counts of terrorizing and reckless endangerment with extreme indifference, as well as misdemeanor reckless driving.
BEULAH, N.D. -- Beulah Lead Police Officer Dustin Pekas has been fired after his arrest on felony sexual assault. Chief of Police Frank Senn confirmed Pekas' termination in an interview Friday. Pekas, 36, had been with the department about five years, Senn said. He reportedly admitted to accusations of inappropriately touching a teenage girl and having sexual contact with her between five and 10 times, according to court documents.
BISMARCK—Miss North Dakota Cara Mund has been honored as a Jean Bartel Quality of Life Award finalist at the 2018 Miss America competition that is under way this week in Atlantic City, N.J.
WILLISTON, N.D.—The new $80 million Lewis and Clark Bridge, the single largest infrastructure project bid in North Dakota Department of Transportation history, opened to traffic on Thursday. The bridge is on U.S. Highway 85 south of Williston and crosses the Missouri River.
BISMARCK -- Bismarck police are warning residents of individuals impersonating a Midcontinent Communications salesperson.
FORT YATES, N.D. -- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, along with the Bureau of Reclamation, have completed the Standing Rock Rural Water Supply System pipeline connecting the North Dakota and South Dakota portions of the project. “Construction of the water treatment plant, the new water intake and many miles of pipe ensures safe, clean and reliable drinking water for the people of Standing Rock,” said Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault.
VENTURIA, N.D. -- One of the state's longest-serving legislators died Friday at the age of 83.
BISMARCK -- Drilling can resume, at least temporarily, at a controversial oil site near Lake Sakakawea, a federal judge in Bismarck ruled this week. Slawson Exploration, which is developing a multi-well oil pad near the Van Hook recreation and boat ramp near New Town, recently had to halt operations after the federal government ordered drilling to stop.