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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.
NEW ROCKFORD, N.D. -- A man who was killed in a train crash Thursday morning in Wells County has been identified. David Irmen of Cathay, N.D., died at railroad tracks about 11 miles northwest of New Rockford after the 1999 Chevy pickup was struck by a BNSF Railway train, according to a news release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol. At 7:15 a.m. Thursday, the 61-year-old was northbound on 58th Avenue Northeast when he failed to yield to the train, officers said.
ST. PAUL — P!NK is bringing her Beautiful Trauma Wolrd Tour 2018 tour to the Xcel Energy Center next March. In a news release Thursday, Oct. 5, Xcel announced the March 12 stop in St. Paul is among the 40-date North American arena tour stops for the international pop star. General admission tickets for P!NK, who has had four songs reach the No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100 and another 11 songs in the top 10, go on sale Oct. 13, and American Express members can purchase tickets Oct. 10-12. Ticket prices start at $47.45.
BISMARCK—The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is proposing to delay a rule on methane emissions until January 2019, members of North Dakota's congressional delegation said Wednesday, Oct. 4. "The BLM methane rule imposed unworkable and duplicative requirements on our energy industry," Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said in a statement. "We can address flaring without imposing unnecessary costs and undermining our energy production."
AITKIN, Minn.—A 34-year-old Palisade man was sentenced to 17½ years in prison for killing his infant daughter last November by throwing her 12 feet into the air and across a kitchen. John Douglas Peterson was convicted Sept. 27 in Aitkin County District Court of second-degree murder without intent in the death of the 5-week-old girl. A separate charge of second-degree felony murder was dismissed. Peterson was sentenced to serve his time at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud. He was given credit for 36 days already served.
BISMARCK -- Gov. Doug Burgum directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Friday, Oct. 6, in honor of the victims of Sunday’s attack in Las Vegas, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The governor also encouraged North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, according to a news release issued Monday morning. At least 58 people were killed and more than 515 were injured when a gunman opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas Sunday.
BISMARCK -- Two unlicensed contractors have been banned from doing business in North Dakota “for the foreseeable future,” Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office said Monday, Oct. 2. Jeremy Meyer of Fargo, doing business as JM Construction & Design, as well as Cody Fleckenstein of New Salem, doing business as Prefab Plus, LLC, violated consumer fraud and contracting laws. The Consumer Protection division of the attorney general’s office has obtained civil judgments against both contractors.