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FARGO — North Dakota State's run of five straight national football championships began — and ended — against James Madison University. The Bison defeated James Madison 26-14 in the opening round in 2011 and went on to win their first Football Championship Subdivision championship. NDSU's bid for a sixth straight championship ended last year in a 27-17 semifinal loss in the Fargodome.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's taxable sales and purchases saw a modest bump in the third quarter of 2017, inching up 2.3 percent from the same three-month period the year before. The third quarter total of nearly $4.731 billion marked the second consecutive quarter the economic indicator has increased, according to State Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger's office. The tax commissioner said that's an especially positive sign considering July, August and September saw severe drought in North Dakota.
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. — A 27-year-old woman was found unresponsive and efforts to revive her were unsuccessful in a medical incident reported at 3:01 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 26, at Jackpot Junction Casino/Hotel. The Redwood County Sheriff's office identified the deceased as Jeanne Juane Bounchanh of Worthington. Foul play is not suspected, and the incident remains under investigation. The Redwood Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Lower Sioux Police Department, and North Ambulance Service.
BISMARCK—About 700 barrels of saltwater and 25 barrels of oil spilled in Dunn County Saturday, Dec. 30, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said Tuesday. The spill happened at a saltwater disposal well 13 miles north of Killdeer when a load line froze. The spilled saltwater and oil were contained within the tank battery diking, and 690 barrels of saltwater and 24 barrels of oil were recovered. Hanna SWD, LLC, reported the incident Sunday. A state inspector will visit the site to monitor additional clean-up efforts, according to a news release.
PILLAGER, Minn. -- Two stranded Brainerd motorists were found after getting lost in the woods amid temperatures roughly 23 below zero early Sunday morning, Dec. 31. Pillager Fire Chief Randy Lee said his firefighters were dispatched just after 3 a.m. Sunday to aid the Cass County Sheriff's office in locating two stranded motorists who had gotten lost and run out of gas in the Pillsbury State Forest, north of Pillager.
FARGO -- Baby, it’s cold outside. But if you think it’s a Christmas record, it’s not even close. The thermometer dipped to minus 17 in Fargo just before 7 a.m., Dec. 25, according to the National Weather Service. After an expected warm up — sort of — to 5 below during Christmas Day, the temperature is forecast to plunge to 19 below tonight.
Lagging oil and farm commodity prices prompted a massive drop in state revenue, making the downturn in the North Dakota budget the state's top story in 2017. The budget shortfall prompted legislators to cut more than 300 full-time equivalent positions for the current biennium, a figure that excludes higher education, as state agencies were forced to tighten budgets. The Legislature approved $4.3 billion in general fund spending for the current biennium, down from a peak of nearly $6.9 billion in the 2013-15 biennium.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread announced Wednesday that his department has recovered more than $5.5 million for North Dakota life insurance beneficiaries who may have never found the money. The department found the money by examining the 30 top life insurers' use of the Social Security Administration's Death Master File.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Friday, Dec. 15, he has approved the petition format for a ballot measure seeking the full legalization of marijuana. The sponsoring committee pushing the proposal will need to gather at least 13,452 qualified signatures by July 9 to place the measure on the general election ballot next November. Voters last year approved a measure legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. The state Department of Health is working to implement that new law after the Legislature rewrote it this year.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum will deliver his second State of the State Address next month at Minot State University, the governor's office said Friday, Dec. 15. The Republican governor, first elected in 2016, will give his speech at 10 a.m. Jan. 23 in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall on the MSU campus. He'll discuss the state's challenges and successes since he took office a year ago and outline his agenda, the governor's office said.