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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns signed former North Dakota State University defensive back C.J. Smith to the practice squad, the team announced Friday, Sept. 15, in a press release. Smith, a 5-foot-11, 188-pound cornerback, was originally signed by Philadelphia as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He appeared in 10 games for the Eagles last season and spent Week 1 of the 2017 season on the Eagles’ practice squad.
BISMARCK -- The University of Mary said it will add men’s hockey and is waiting for approval from the American Collegiate Hockey Association for affiliation. If the 408-team ACHA grants Mary’s request, the school plans to field a team for the 2018-19 season.
North Dakota’s Cara Mund not only snagged the crown as the state’s first Miss America on Sunday, she won another important prize. “Now she can have her pick of any man in Grand Forks,” according to Brad Cutler, golf ball divoter.
FARGO — A call from a neighbor might have made all the difference in a fire that broke out shortly after midnight at a Fargo home. According to a Fargo Fire Department press release, firefighters responded to a blaze at a dwelling on San Juan Drive South after a neighboring resident saw that the deck of the home was on fire and called in for help early Sunday, Sept. 10. After phoning the fire department, the neighbor then alerted the occupants of the home, all of whom safely evacuated the structure.
DEVILS LAKE—A Grand Forks man has been accused of forcing a young child to engage in sexual contact. Kenneth Lee Lavallie, 40, will appear Monday in Ramsey County District Court on a Class A felony charge of gross sexual imposition. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Details of the case are limited in court documents, but Lavallie allegedly "engaged in sexual contact" with a 6-year-old, according charging documents.
MANDAN--President Donald Trump will give a speech today from the Andeavor refinery here beginning shortly after 3 p.m. Trump will use the speech to make a pitch for tax reform. Forum News Service political reporter John Hageman, photographer Mike Vosburg and reporter Blake Gumprecht will be on the ground in Mandan providing up-to-the-minute coverage. More on this story:
President Donald Trump will visit Mandan, N.D. this afternoon to talk about tax reform. Here's where you can find our complete coverage:
BISMARCK—Forum Communications Co. Chairman Bill Marcil Sr. and his wife, Jane, have donated $1.5 million to the University of Mary's Vision 2030 Capital Campaign, the university said Tuesday, Sept. 5.
BISMARCK—A program that aims to relieve hay transportation costs brought on by this year's drought is now open, the North Dakota Department of Agriculture said Tuesday, Sept. 5. The state Emergency Commission voted last month to borrow $1.5 million from the Bank of North Dakota for a program to reimburse eligible producers for part of their hay transportation expenses. Producers were asked to visit www.nd.gov/ndda to fill out an application.
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.