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WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of 19 senators, including North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp, signed a letter pushing for continued federal funding for Essential Air Service. The program, funded through the Department of Transportation, provides affordable air travel for regional airports throughout the region. The program stands to be cut in the budget proposed by President Donald Trump.
MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — The body of a California man who was at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camps was discovered along the shoreline of the Cannonball River over the weekend, the Morton County Sheriff's Department said Monday, April 10. Authorities said Damjan Nedelkovski, 35, of Glendale, Calif., was found by a local fisherman floating near the mouth of the river about 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 9. An autopsy showed there was no trauma to the body to indicate foul play, the sheriff's department said.
FERGUS FALLS - No one was injured when a train derailed west of Fergus Falls early Sunday morning, officials said. The Otter Tail County Dispatch said that around 5 this morning, multiple rail cars hauling grain derailed about five to six miles west of Fergus Falls by the Fergus Falls airport on Highway 210. Officials say Otter Tail Valley Railroad was working to clean the area and to get all the cars back on the track.
CHICAGO — There was not one last magical ending left for Minnesota Duluth. The University of Denver held off a frantic third-period charge to beat Minnesota Duluth 3-2 in the NCAA Frozen Four national championship game Saturday night in Chicago's United Center. Denver sophomore forward Jarid Lukosevicius tallied a hat trick in the second period and goaltender Tanner Jaillet, who won the Mike Richter Award as college hockey's best netminder a day earlier, stopped 38 shots, including 16 in the third period alone.
BISMARCK—Gov. Doug Burgum signed a bill Friday, April 7, that changes the threshold for reporting oil spills that are contained on well pads, a proposal that a landowner group urged him to veto. House Bill 1151 will no longer require oil companies to report oil and produced water spills of up to 10 barrels, or 420 gallons, if the spills are contained on the location. Burgum said in a statement the change will bring North Dakota standards in line with federal reporting requirements and continue to hold industry responsible for cleaning up all spills.
STANLEY, N.D. — A Seattle man faces several felony charges after allegedly robbing a bank in Stanley and leading law enforcement on a car chase that ended in neighboring Ward County, authorities said. Authorities received a report of an armed robbery at American Bank Center in Stanley about 5 p.m. Thursday, April 6. A deputy with the Ward County Sheriff's Department spotted the suspect vehicle about 6:15 p.m. near Makoti. The suspect then led the deputy on a high-speed chase until his vehicle stopped due to a mechanical issue.
BELCOURT, N.D.—Two people who crashed a car after fleeing from law enforcement in Rolette County Monday were identified Thursday, April 6. The wreck killed the car's driver and injured the passenger. Police were called to the Sky Dancer Casino for a report of a disturbance at 2:30 a.m., according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — An 87-year-old man has died after his vehicle struck a semi Tuesday, April 4, near Thief River Falls. Arvin Ernest Dahl of Middle River, Minn., died from injuries he received from the crash on U.S. Highway 59 about 2 mile north of Thief River Falls. He was driving a 2011 Buick Lucerne west on 190th Street Northeast when he failed to yield to David Mark Loe, a 62-year-old from Browerville, Minn., who was northbound on Highway 59 in a 2010 Mack Tractor. Dahl struck the semi.
MITCHELL, S.D.—An owner of a Mitchell hot dog shop was sentenced to the state penitentiary after what the defense and prosecution described as a "troubling case" involving the sale of illegal drugs. Jordan Muntefering, 27, of Mitchell, was sentenced Tuesday, April 4, at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell to 15 years for distributing MDMA — also known as ecstasy or Molly — and possessing MDMA with intent to distribute in a drug-free zone.