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BISMARCK — Department of Transportation Director Grant Levi is retiring at the end of the month, a release from Gov. Doug Burgum’s office said Friday, May 5. Levi was appointed director in 2013, but started with NDDOT in 1980.
BEMIDJI, Minn. —The driver who law enforcement say ran a stop sign and hit a school bus Wednesday morning—injuring multiple elementary school-aged children—has been identified as well as the bus driver..
WASHINGTON — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has accepted an invitation to visit North Dakota, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced Wednesday, May 3. Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Hoeven, R-N.D., both said Wednesday they met with Pruitt regarding how the EPA will fix or roll back federal regulations such as the Clean Power Plan.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Petroleum Council has launched a new scholarship for members of the Three Affiliated Tribes who are pursuing energy careers. The oil industry group is partnering with Missouri River Resources and Baker Consulting to create the Fort Berthold Energy Partners scholarship program. Fort Berthold accounts for 16 percent of North Dakota's oil production, yet unemployment, poverty and reliance on social services remain high on the reservation, said Dave Williams, president and CEO of Missouri River Resources.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – A West Fargo man is accused of hiring a teenage prostitute here, court records say. James Michael Nelson, 43, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony prostitution involving a 16- or 17-year-old. According to court records, Detroit Lakes police received a report March 30 from Becker County Human Services that Nelson had allegedly paid a teenage girl $300 to have sex with him at a Detroit Lakes motel after they met over an app on her phone.
RUGBY, N.D.-- Four North Dakota attorneys have applied to fill an open bench seat in Rugby vacated by the retirement of Judge John C. McClintock. McClintock retired April 14 after serving as a judge in North Dakota’s Northeastern Judicial District for 22 years. He primarily ruled over cases in Pierce, McHenry and Bottineau Counties.
GRAND FORKS—North Dakota is the second most dangerous state for teen drivers, a vehicle insurance website said this week. CarInsurance.com's study, which included Washington, D.C., put North Dakota in 50th place for the second year in a road. Montana ranked last while Maryland was the safest place for teen drivers. Factors that pushed North Dakota to the bottom included distracted driving, the effectiveness of graduated driver license components and the number of fatal accidents per capita that involve teens.
FARGO — A 24-year-old who died Sunday, April 30, after crashing his motorcycle into the side of a car at 45th Street and Interstate 94 had a history of reckless driving, including being clocked at 140 mph on a motorcycle on I-94 in Fargo last year. Police on Monday identified Tanner Beighley of Fargo as the driver of the motorcycle that struck a car exiting I-94 at 45th Street at about 5:15 p.m. Sunday. Beighley was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he died. The driver of the vehicle he struck wasn't seriously injured.
MINOT, N.D. — A Minot driver has been charged with driving under the influence after hitting an occupied school bus near South Prairie School south of Minot. Travis Nabozny, 35, rear-ended the school bus Thursday, April 27 at about 7 p.m. as both vehicles were heading northbound on U.S. Highway 83, according to a North Dakota Highway Patrol report. The school bus had slowed down to turn left off the highway when Nabozny's Chevrolet Camaro struck the back of the bus.
WILLISTON — Snaggers who harvest a paddlefish this season can have the fish cleaned for free by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. The department announced it will provide a free cleaning service this season after North Star Caviar said it was unable to provide the service this year. North Dakota's paddlefish snagging season opens Monday, May 1, and is scheduled to run through the end of May unless the harvest cap is reached and an early closure is announced.