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Dickinson is about to be at the center of a controversial border battle, and it isn't with Canada. The Dickinson-based Fisher Industries is one step closer to being at the helm of building the border wall between the United States and Mexico, a project currently being debated at the top levels of the federal government. Fisher Industries has been selected by the Trump administration to build a prototype for a concrete wall along the border, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (UCB) announced on Thursday.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Those who might not have the athletic talent to make the big leagues will have the chance to explore other options for working in sports next month. Forum Communications, parent company of Forum News Service, is co-hosting with Minnesota State University Moorhead the third Sports Communication Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 18. The conference, themed "Bold North Meets MSUM," will allow high school and college students to explore the fastest growing careers in sports.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Investigators believe the dog found dead Aug. 1 in Point Lake with a rope tethering her to an anchor had been previously euthanized after suffering a serious illness. Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog stated in a news release on Monday, Aug. 28, that the dog's owner "placed the dog in Point Lake as a burial site because that is where the owner had taken the dog many times in the past to swim and fish.''
BISMARCK — A North Dakota district judge based in Fargo will retire early next year, the state Supreme Court said Monday, Aug. 28. Norman Anderson, a judge in the East Central Judicial District, notified Gov. Doug Burgum last week that he would retire from his position as of Jan. 31, 2018. The judicial district covers Cass, Steele and Traill counties. "It has been a true honor and privilege to serve the people of North Dakota as a district court judge," Anderson wrote in the brief letter.
STARK COUNTY, N.D.-- A Dickinson man was killed Friday afternoon when he was ejected from his rolling vehicle southwest of South Heart, N.D., according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Troopers say the crash occurred at 4:46 p.m. Friday, when a 67-year-old Dickinson man was traveling northbound in his 2008 Chevrolet Silverado on 122nd Avenue Southwest about 11 miles south of South Heart.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- The North Dakota Highway Patrol has planned a sobriety checkpoint in McKenzie County for Friday, Sept. 1. Troopers are partnering with the Watford City police and the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office, a news release said. Troopers will saturate the roads after the checkpoint to remove impaired drivers. Approximately half of all fatal crashes each year are alcohol-related, the highway patrol said.
BISMARCK—Gov. Doug Burgum requested a presidential major disaster declaration for storm damaged sustained in western North Dakota in July, his office said Friday, Aug. 25. Burgum declared a severe summer storm disaster for Bowman, Dunn and Slope counties last week. A news release said a series of severe thunderstorms on July 20-21 produced large hail and winds of up to 73 mph, which toppled power lines and damaged buildings. Total costs from the storms are expected to exceed $1.1 million.
BISMARCK—The state's general fund ended the most recent two-year budget cycle with roughly $66 million more than previously expected, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said Friday, Aug. 25. The 2015-17 biennium, which concluded June 30, ended with $97.2 million in the general fund, compared with the $30.8 million that was projected when the Legislature adjourned in late April, according to a news release issued Friday afternoon.
BISMARCK—The NCAA on Thursday approved the University of Mary's Year-Round Campus initiative, allowing Mary student-athletes the option of completing their degrees much faster without jeopardizing their athletic eligibility. The decision is the first of its kind for the NCAA, the University of Mary stated in a news release on Aug. 24. Previously, a full-time summer student would have it count against their 10-semester limit.
BISMARCK — The state Department of Health announced the state's first West Nile virus-related death of the year Thursday, Aug. 24. The central North Dakota woman was more than 60 years old and had "underlying medical conditions," according to a news release. She died while hospitalized.