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BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum appointed three people to the State Board of Higher Education on Tuesday, June 5. The Republican governor appointed Devils Lake attorney Daniel Traynor, New Rockford-Sheyenne Superintendent Jill Louters and Williston State College student Ashley Thornton to the 10-member board. The panel oversees the North Dakota University System's 11 public colleges and universities.
BISMARCK -- Scammers claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service called Gov. Doug Burgum on Monday, leaving a voice message threatening “immediate arrest” on supposed “federal warrants” if the call was not returned. Burgum recognized the message as a scam call and notified the state’s Consumer Protection division, a release from the state’s attorney general’s office said. Burgum’s spokesman Mike Nowatzki said the call went to the governor’s personal cell phone.
LIDGERWOOD, N.D. -- Randolph Roeder, 44, Hankinson, N.D., has been identified as the victim in a fatal motorcycle crash Thursday, May 24, near Lidgerwood, N.D., according to the Highway Patrol. He was westbound in a Victory motorcycle on state Highway 11 around 11:30 p.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve, the patrol said. The motorcycle entered a ditch and tumbled, throwing Roeder.
GRAND FORKS - One person was injured Saturday near downtown Grand Forks after a car flipped onto its roof. Emergency crews responded after 11:15 a.m. to the crash at Independence Park along DeMers Avenue just west of the overpass. A 2008 Pontiac G6 was westbound in the 1100 block of DeMers when the driver, Dolores Arroyo, 18, of East Grand Forks, “suffered an apparent medical condition,” according to a news release.
BISMARCK — Backers of a proposed North Dakota constitutional amendment seeking to prevent noncitizens from voting may start gathering signatures, Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Thursday, May 24. Jaeger has approved the format of a petition to obtain signatures to place the proposal on the November ballot, his office said in a news release. But supporters, led by legislative candidate and former state GOP Chairman Gary Emineth, have a little more than six weeks to gather 26,904 signatures.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries biologists investigated winterkills at 13 lakes this spring, and some were considered significant enough to affect the quality of fishing.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Tuesday, May 22, and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, as a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the Friday, May 18, shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. The governor's directive is in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Donald Trump.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Highway Patrol is starting the yearly Click It or Ticket initiative on Monday, May 21, with a highly visible seat belt enforcement campaign. The patrol will be a part of Operation Border to Border from 4-8 p.m. The one-day national awareness event is designed to increase seat belt use from 90.1 percent, according to 2016 figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
WILLISTON, N.D. — A 29-year-old Tioga woman was killed when her vehicle struck a disabled semi and trailer along U.S. Highway 2 early Friday morning, May 18. The semi, a 2006 Peterbilt, driven by David Caudill, 31, of New Brockton, Ala., was partially in the right lane 10 miles northeast of Williston when it became disabled shortly after 5 a.m., the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The woman's vehicle, a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, was westbound and struck the rear of the trailer, spun and overturned. The woman was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum tapped state Highway Patrol Maj. Brandon Solberg to lead the agency Thursday, May 17. Solberg will succeed Col. Michael Gerhart, who is retiring from the the Highway Patrol at the end of June after four years as its superintendent. Solberg has been with the Highway Patrol for more than two decades, the governor's office said, including more than 10 years as a commander at the patrol headquarters at the state Capitol. He was previously a Dickey County sheriff's deputy and a part-time reserve deputy in Barnes County.