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BISMARCK — Dakota Access Pipeline donated $140,000 to emergency management departments in the seven counties along the controversial pipeline's route, Energy Transfer Partners announced last week. Three press conferences were held to present the donations Tuesday, Oct. 17. The donations were "offered in goodwill by the company" and can be used to purchase new equipment, perform additional training or for other purposes.
PRESHO, S.D. -- The fire chief for a small south central South Dakota community died while battling a blaze this past weekend, according to Lyman County officials. Presho Fire Chief Donald “Donny” Manger, 54, died while working at a structure fire Saturday, Oct. 14, in rural Lyman County.
BISMARCK—More than 300 citations were attributed to added patrols under a distracted driving enforcement campaign in September, the North Dakota Department of Transportation said Thursday, Oct. 12. Of the 334 citations, 186 were issued for distracted driving. Law enforcement officers across the state worked 445 overtime hours for the "U Drive. U Text. U Pay" effort, according to a news release. Funding for the additional enforcement was provided by a federal grant through the state Department of Transportation.
CLIMAX, Minn.—A Neilsville, Minn., man who died in a crash Tuesday morning, Oct. 10, in northwest Minnesota was not wearing a seat belt, state troopers said. Jason Jerome Nelson, 36, died after the 1999 Chevrolet Blazer he was driving hit a 1993 GMC Aero semi just before 7 a.m., according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The semi driven by 21-year-old Dalton Brian Fredrickson of Thief River Falls was stopped on U.S. Highway 75 about 2 miles south of Climax.
FERGUS FALLS — The family of a missing vulnerable adult from Fergus Falls says their prayers have been answered. Twenty-seven-year old Shaylia Helland's father says she was found at Catholic Chairities St. Paul. Her family brought her home Tuesday night. Police say Helland left her group home last Friday and appeared to be getting rides from truckers at truck stops.
BISMARCK—A judicial slot will be retained in Fargo after the retirement of District Judge Norman Anderson, the North Dakota Supreme Court said Tuesday, Oct. 10. The court received comments supported filling the vacancy in the East Central Judicial District, which is made up of Cass, Steele and Traill counties. It didn't receive petitions to relocate the vacancy.
BISMARCK—Citing confusion over recent news reports, Medica clarified Monday, Oct. 9, that it is not withdrawing its Medicare plans from North Dakota in 2018. The company is withdrawing its individual health plans from the North Dakota insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act, as previously announced by state Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread. Those plans are sold to people under the age of 65 who purchase coverage on their own.
BISMARCK—A truck accident in Williston resulted in a produced water spill, the North Dakota Department of Health reported Friday, Oct. 6. The accident happened Wednesday near the intersection of State Highway 2 and 58th Street West. About 110 barrels of produced water, a byproduct of oil and gas development, was spilled, and 105 barrels were recovered. The truck was operated by Wind River Oil Services.
FARGO - Police have peacefully resolved an early Saturday morning standoff in south Fargo prompted by a suicidal man with a gun. Officers were called at about 5:20 a.m. to the 6600 block of 59th Ave. S., where the man was in a house with a child, Sgt. Travis Moser said. The man had access to guns and was armed, but he did not make any threats to the child, Moser said.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Ralphie May, the nationally known stand-up comedian who had to cancel or postpone several regional shows last year because of his derogatory jokes about Native Americans, has died. Representatives released a statement Friday, Oct. 6, saying May, 45, had been battling pneumonia and was found dead Friday morning at a private residence in Las Vegas. The cause of death was cardiac arrest.