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MITCHELL, S.D. — A Minnesota man was sentenced to 10 years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary for assaulting a Mitchell woman. Eustace Miles, 50, of Moorhead pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in 2017 for punching the victim, hitting her with an extension cord and belt. He also stabbed a pair of scissors into the victim's ear, puncturing her eardrum, in July 2016. Miles must pay $5,161.97 in fines, court costs and restitution to the victim.
BISMARCK—Longtime North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced a re-election bid Monday, Jan. 29, setting up an intraparty battle for the statewide elected office. Jaeger, a Republican first elected in 1992, said in a statement that he was proud of his record, including implementing new technology, conducting fair elections and managing the state's records. He noted North Dakota has been listed No. 1 on the Pew Charitable Trusts' election performance index four election cycles in a row.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Randy Christmann will seek re-election this year, he announced Thursday, Jan. 25. Christmann, a Republican, has been a member of the three-member commission since 2012 and currently serves as its chairman. The PSC regulates utilities, licenses grain elevators and is responsible for siting power plants and transmission lines, among other duties.
An Oklahoma man denied charges that say he exposed himself and in front of a customer more than two years ago at a Grand Forks Starbucks. Larry Brian Rick, 49, of Moore, Okla., pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Grand Forks District Court to two Class C felony counts of indecent exposure. The charges stem from an Aug. 15, 2015, incident reported at 1217 S. Washington St., the location of a now-closed Starbucks. Rick was staring at a customer before he exposed his genitals and masturbated in front of her, witnesses said in charging documents. He then left the restaurant.
GRAND FORKS—The Red River Valley and Devils Lake basins likely won't see much flooding from snowmelt this year, meteorologists predict. The risk of significant flooding in North Dakota and Minnesota after the snow melts this spring is lower than historical averages, the National Weather Service said Tuesday in its spring flood outlook. It's in part due to dry conditions that have persisted throughout the winter, meteorologists said in the outlook.
You can stream the State of the State address by Gov. Doug Burgum from Minot State University at this link beginning at 10 a.m. Following Burgum's address, State Rep. Ron Guggisberg, District 11- Fargo will deliver the Democratic response via Facebook Live here .
BISMARCK—North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Lisa Fair McEvers will seek re-election this year, she announced Thursday, Jan. 18. McEvers is running for a full 10-year term on the court after winning an uncontested race in 2016 to fill out the final two years of former Justice Mary Maring's term. A former assistant state's attorney in Cass County, state labor commissioner and district judge, McEvers was first appointed to the state Supreme Court in 2014 by then-Gov. Jack Dalrymple after Maring's retirement.
BISMARCK -- A pump failure caused a saltwater and oil spill in in Bottineau County in far north-central North Dakota near the Canadian border over the weekend, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said Tuesday, Jan. 16.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A 54-year-old Fargo man was rescued from a deer stand just outside of Detroit Lakes Thursday morning, Jan. 11, after spending what had to have been a long, harrowing night there. According to the Becker County Sheriff’s Department, the man had been trying to hitchhike, but was unable to catch a ride when the blizzard rolled in Wednesday night, forcing him to find shelter in a nearby deer stand.
BISMARCK—Coal production climbed to its highest point in nearly a decade at North Dakota's five lignite mines last year, an industry group said Wednesday, Jan. 10. The 29.1 million tons produced was the most since 2009, according to the Lignite Energy Council. The Freedom Mine north of Beulah, the largest lignite mine in the country, produced 14.7 million tons.