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BISMARCK — A routine highway traffic stop Monday afternoon led to one of the largest drug busts in state Highway Patrol history. Harold Miller, 71, of Sacramento, Calif., was stopped in his Dodge minivan on eastbound I-94 between Mandan and Bismarck for minor traffic violations Aug. 7. During the stop, the trooper smelled a strong odor of marijuana. Miller admitted to having marijuana in the car, and the resulting search of the car revealed 183 pounds of the drug, worth about $700,000.
FARGO — A 70-year-old man trying to be a good Samaritan has been seriously injured after a vehicle struck him while he was walking on state Highway 127 south of Wahpeton around 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, the state Highway Patrol said. Thomas Kiefer, Wahpeton, was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Breckenridge and then taken by helicopter to Essentia Hospital in Fargo. The driver who struck him, Myron Holthusen, 71, Wahpeton, was not injured.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Democrats urged Secretary of State Al Jaeger to not share voter information with a controversial commission studying voter fraud. In an open letter Monday, Aug. 7, to Jaeger, a Republican, Democratic leaders said providing the information "raises serious concerns regarding potential violations of North Dakotans' privacy and right to participate in elections free from interference." The letter was signed by Democratic-NPL Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen along with the minority leaders in the House and Senate, Rep. Corey Mock and Sen. Joan Heckaman.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger has released the names of the people who were found dead in a Jamestown home on Sunday, Aug. 6. Edinger says the man is 33-year-old Casey Gene Jensen and the woman is 26-year-old Cherish Renae Petersen. Edinger also confirmed a weapon was taken from the home in the course of their investigation.
HILLSBORO, N.D.—Authorities have identified a Grand Forks man killed in a rollover crash early Sunday, Aug. 6, north of Hillsboro. Harold Weivoda, 73, died after the pickup he was riding in entered the median on Interstate 29 and rolled 10 miles north of Hillsboro, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Emergency responders were dispatched to the scene at 1 a.m. Sunday, where they found a 1995 Ford pickup with a trailer had rolled into the median, according to a news release from the Highway Patrol.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- A man is dead after he was hit by a train near Detroit Lakes, Minn., over the weekend. The Becker County Sheriff's office said it happened Sunday, August 6 around 5 p.m. one mile north of Detroit Lakes The man was reportedly walking south on the tracks when he was hit. He was pronounced dead on the scene. His name isn't being released pending family notification.
RENO, Nev. - With an ace worth five points, Tom Hoge shot up the leaderboard at the PGA Barracuda Championship on Saturday, Aug. 5. The former Fargo South golfer made his hole-in-one on the par-3, 183-yard seventh hole to pick up his seventh point of the round. After nine holes, Hoge had accumulated 27 points and was in a tie with Sammy Saunders for second place. At that time, Richy Werenski had the lead with 31 points in the modified stableford event.
MEDORA, N.D. -- A family had a scary encounter Thursday morning in Medora after the RV they were driving caught fire. Billings County Fire Chief Kyle Shockley said while the case is still under investigation, it is believed that the vehicle that was in tow behind the camper may have been left in gear as the family left the RV park. This may have caused the transmission to overheat and causing the car to start on fire, which led to the camper fire.
BISMARCK—The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will visit North Dakota next week, Gov. Doug Burgum's office announced Wednesday, Aug. 2.
GRAND FORKS — Bond has been set at $35,000 for Jody Christopher Bergland Jr., who is accused of shooting and wounding a man Monday at a Grand Forks convenience store. Bergland, 24, is charged with attempted murder, a Class A felony, and reckless endangerment, a Class C felony, after police say he shot Glenn Robert Hansen at the Valley Dairy at 2401 S. Columbia Road.