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BISMARCK—The U.S. Forest Service will conduct up to five prescribed burns this fall on the Sheyenne National Grassland southwest of Fargo, the agency said Monday, Oct. 2. The 70,180-acre grassland is located east of Lisbon. The burns will cover about 1,500 acres and will occur north, west and east of McLeod. The Forest Service said fire is "essential to the health and regeneration of prairie habitat and native grasses while discouraging growth of invasive species."
GRAND FORKS — Pheasant hunters in North Dakota can expect to cover more ground this fall. Hammered by a severe winter that affected survival and summer drought conditions that hampered production, pheasant numbers are down. North Dakota's pheasant season opens Saturday, Oct. 7.
BISMARCK—Cabinet-level state agencies were directed to work with local and tribal governments, along with law enforcement, to make medication reversing opioid overdoses readily available to first responders, community leaders, opioid users and their families under an executive order signed by Gov. Doug Burgum Tuesday, Sept. 26.
GARRISON, N.D. — Two men were injured in rural McLean County when a McLean County sheriff's deputy's vehicle struck another motorist at the intersection of Highways 37 and 83, six miles east of Garrison on Saturday, Sept. 23. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol:
BISMARCK—Andy Peterson, president of the Greater North Dakota Chamber, has resigned effective immediately, the organization said Thursday, Sept. 21. "The GNDC Board of Directors appreciates the seven years of service Andy has given our organization and his work on behalf of North Dakota's business community," Chamber Chairman Steve Schmitz said in a statement. "Andy leaves GNDC having made contributions that will extend beyond his tenure."
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, Sept. 21, signed free-agent running back and former North Dakota State standout John Crockett to the practice squad. Crockett will replace running back Jeremy Langford, the team said on its Twitter account. Langford was injured during a special teams drill on Wednesday, the Baltimore Sun reported. Crockett went undrafted in 2015 before signing with the Green Bay Packers. He appeared in two games and spent the 2016 year on injured reserve. He signed with Oakland in July before being waived Sept. 2.
WEST FARGO — Instead of responding to a typical traffic stop or disturbance call the night of Wednesday, Sept. 20, two West Fargo police officers found themselves taking on the impromptu role of doula. At 8:22 p.m., the officers were dispatched to an unknown address in West Fargo for a woman going into labor. Upon arrival, officers assisted with delivering the baby until the F-M Ambulance arrived. The mother and child were then taken to Sanford Hospital.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Four Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail cars and two locomotives derailed upright on industry track Wednesday, Sept. 20, about 5 miles west of Jamestown, according to a BNSF official.
Cass County Auditor Mike Montplaisir will be appearing on "The Jay Thomas Show" on AM 970 WDAY at approximately 2:05 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20. Montplaisir will be on the show discussing the recent property tax valuations people received and taking listeners phone calls if they have questions. You can call into the show at 293-9000 or 1-888-970-9329 or you can email the show at email@example.com . Click here to listen live.
BISMARCK — The governors of North Dakota and Minnesota agreed to a call with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to address its concerns over the disputed Fargo-Moorhead diversion project, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum's office said Tuesday, Sept. 19. The two governors discussed the project over the phone Tuesday afternoon. Burgum said the two states have a "common interest in protecting lives and property from catastrophic flooding along our shared border, and long delays will only continue to put the public at risk."