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BISMARCK -- A Burleigh County resident initially thought to have measles has now tested negative for the disease, the North Dakota Department of Health said in a news release Thursday afternoon, Sept. 6. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ran a subsequent test on the sample, per protocol.
ABERDEEN, S.D. — Police say what was reported earlier as an active shooter disturbance at Sanford Medical Center was not a shooting, as investigators found no evidence of shots having been fired Thursday morning, Sept. 6. Eyewitness accounts suggested there were up to three shots fired on the second floor of the hospital in Aberdeen, but investigators say the noises people heard were likely caused by a suspect banging on something.
BISMARCK — North Dakota utility regulators will hold a public hearing in November on a proposed Cass County project that's billed as the state's first major solar array. On Wednesday, Sept. 5, the Public Service Commission set the hearing for 10 a.m. Nov. 1, according to a spokeswoman. It will be held at the Days Inn and Governors' Conference Center in Casselton. Minneapolis-based Geronimo is proposing to build the 200-megawatt Harmony Solar Project in Harmony Township 15 miles west of Fargo.
BISMARCK — A group opposing North Dakota's recreational marijuana ballot measure will launch Thursday, Sept. 6. A media advisory sent by a Greater North Dakota Chamber staffer announced news conferences will be held in Fargo and Bismarck Thursday. It wasn't immediately clear which groups will make up the "coalition of concerned organizations and North Dakotans," dubbed North Dakotans Against Legalization of Recreational Marijuana.
BISMARCK — After additional review ordered by a federal judge, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Friday, Aug. 31, the Dakota Access Pipeline won't have "significant impacts" to hunting and fishing resources. The Corps, in a court filing, said the risks of an oil spill are low "and any impacts to hunting and fishing resource(s) will be of limited scope and duration." It also said the pipeline wouldn't result in "disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects on minority populations."
BISMARCK -- A Hettinger resident claimed the $25,000 for life prize from the North Dakota Lottery on Friday afternoon, Aug. 31. The player, who chose to remain anonymous, opted for the one-time, lump sum payment of $390,000 before taxes, lottery officials said. The drawing was held July 2. The winner hit all five numbers except the lucky ball. The Lucky for Life top prize for the Thursday, Sept. 6, draw is $1,000 a day for life. That includes hitting all five numbers and the lucky ball.
BISMARCK -- A 76-year-old man killed in a single-vehicle crash northwest of Bismarck on Sunday, Sept. 2, has been identified as Richard Hoge of Baldwin, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. Hoge was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Impala eastbound on 97th Avenue Northwest about five miles from Bismarck when he failed to negotiate a curve and went into the ditch. The vehicle struck two large trees. Hoge was pronounced dead at the crash site, the patrol said.
BISMARCK — A recount of the votes cast in the primary for the North Dakota secretary of state race resulted in one additional vote for Roland Riemers— not enough for the Libertarian candidate to advance to the November election. The current secretary of state, Al Jaeger, said the recount showed one vote was added in Burleigh County, increasing the statewide vote total for Riemers from 247 to 248. Riemers of Grand Forks needed at least 300 votes during the June primary to receive his party's nomination and advance to the general election in November.
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BISMARCK — A northeast North Dakota woman has died after falling ill to a rare disease that's spread by infected rodent droppings, urine and saliva, the state Department of Health said Monday, Aug. 27. The unidentified adult woman fell ill to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. People can be exposed to HPS by breathing air that's contaminated with the virus when fresh rodent droppings, urine or nesting materials are disturbed, but it's not transmitted from person to person.