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CRYSTAL SPRINGS, N.D. - The Crystal Springs rest area on eastbound Interstate 94, approximately nine miles west of Medina, has closed temporarily closed due to maintenance issues. The rest area will remained closed until further notice, the North Dakota Department of Transportation said Saturday, Oct. 21.
FOREST RIVER, N.D. - A semi driver hauling grain escaped injury Thursday, Oct. 19, after a bridge collapsed over the Forest River in rural northeast North Dakota. Melvin Armbrust of Forest River had driven the six-axle semi across the 11-ton county bridge causing it to collapse and spill a majority of the grain into the river, said the North Dakota State Patrol in a release Friday.
RICE LAKE, Minn. -- Authorities say the 24-year-old Duluth woman who went missing following an early Friday incident in the city of Rice Lake has been found safe. Neighbors on the 5100 block of Howard Gnesen Road reported a woman later known to be Chassie Lee in a blanket asking for help, said a St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office news release.
BISMARCK—Lisbon has the best-tasting tap water in North Dakota. That's according to the results of a taste test at the 89th annual North Dakota Water & Pollution Control Conference in Fargo. Conference attendees selected Valley City, McVille and Lisbon as the top three contenders in a blind taste test, according to a news release. Mandan won last year's competition, Valley City won the year before and Fargo won in 2014.
BISMARCK—Current North Dakota driver's licenses will be accepted for boarding aircraft for another two years after the state received a federal waiver to comply with Real ID requirements, the state Department of Transportation said Wednesday, Oct. 18. Congress passed the Real ID Act in 2005, and the North Dakota Legislature passed the final implementation bill this year. Real ID implements security process and prohibits federal agencies from accepting identification from states that don't meet requirements, according to the North Dakota DOT.
BISMARCK — North Dakota state agencies are fighting opioid overdoses under an executive order signed by Gov. Doug Burgum last month. The actions, described by the governor's office Wednesday, Oct. 18, stem from Burgum's order aimed at making naloxone, a medication designed to reverse the symptoms of an opioid overdoses, more available.
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.