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BISMARCK -- In his first full week in office, Gov. Doug Burgum held meetings with North Dakota Native American tribes in what he calls an effort to understand the unique challenges and circumstances of the state’s tribal communities.
Traffic is slowly moving in both directions along Interstate 94 between Fargo and Moorhead after crashes during morning rush hour. A van in the eastbound lane spun out and hit another vehicle before smashing into a concrete barrier on the Red River bridge. Fargo fire crews and troopers with the Minnesota State Patrol are on scene. This is the third day in a row back-ups have happened on the bridge. Drivers are reminded to take their time while driving on the ice.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota officials say 397 people died in traffic fatalities on state roadways in 2016, a number that could climb near the 2015 final figure of 411 as more data is evaluated. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety projects the final number to be 412, it said in a news release Thursday, Jan. 5. Pedestrian deaths increased to 60 in a preliminary count, the highest number since 61 died in 1991 and a 50 percent increase over the average of the past five years.
BERTHOLD, N.D. -- Authorities seized 11½ pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop on Tuesday, Jan. 3, and are calling it one of the largest drug busts in North Dakota. Authorities arrested three Washington men, David Salazar, 47, Gregorio Capetillo, 24, and Louis Parra Magana, 19, for misdemeanor drug possession.
GRAND FORKS - Columbia Mall will lose one if its core department stores with the announcement that Macy's will shutter its Grand Forks location in 2017. The retail giant announced the closing of 68 stores Wednesday after a review of its 2016 performance. There will be 100 stores closed across the nation after Macy's posted disappointing holiday sales Wednesday. The 99,000-square-foot store has operated in Grand Forks since 1978 and employs 53.
WILDROSE, N.D. -- A 35-year-old South Dakota man died as the result of injuries he suffered when his pickup collided with a John Deere front-end loader that was clearing snow on Highway 50 late Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 3, in western North Dakota.
ST. PAUL—Chronic Wasting Disease has been identified in a farmed deer herd north of Brainerd in Merrifield, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported Friday, Dec. 30. The herd of 33 mule deer and 100 white-tailed deer is registered with the Board of Animal Health. Two 2-year-old female deer were slaughtered on the farm and both tested positive for CWD. The deer showed no clinical signs of illness.
Mother Nature did her best to give the Red River Valley a fresh new look for 2017, covering the region with snow that reached 10 inches in places. In Fargo, 9.2 inches of snow fell on Monday. That set a record for a single-day snowfall on Jan. 2 that had stood since 1937, the National Weather Service reported. In Grand Forks, 9.2 inches of snow fell over a 30-hour period on Jan. 1 and 2. Reports of 10 inches came from the Kindred/Davenport area southwest of Fargo.
BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum will deliver the State of the State Address to a joint session of the 65th North Dakota Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, Jan. 3, in the House Chamber of the state Capitol in Bismarck.
A No Travel Advisory remains in effect for northwestern, central, and eastern North Dakota due to blowing and drifting snow creating near zero visibility and hazardous driving conditions. Cities included are Williston, Minot, Bismarck, Jamestown, Valley City, Devils Lake, Grand Forks, Fargo, Wahpeton, and surrounding areas. Motorists in these areas should not travel. For up to the date road conditions: North Dakota Department of Transportation