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.
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.