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BISMARCK — North Dakota's fall duck flight is expected to be up 12 percent from last year, based on observations from the annual mid-July waterfowl production survey, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department reported Monday, Aug. 6. This year's duck brood index was up 37 percent from last year and showed 5.11 broods per square mile, an increase of 39 percent. Average brood size is unchanged at 6.76 ducklings per brood.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Health is reminding parents to get their children up-to-date with school-required immunizations before school begins. Immunization requirements in North Dakota have changed with the 2018-2019 school year. Two doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) will be required for students entering grades 11 and 12 this fall. According to the NDDoH, as of July 1 only 40 percent of North Dakota 16 and 17-year-olds have had the second dose of MCV4. This leaves a lot of students still unprotected.
GRAND FORKS -- A missing toddler from Grand Forks believed to have been abducted by her mother Thursday afternoon, Aug. 2, has been found safe.
BISMARCK – The Assyrian Muslim Cemetery near Ross in northwestern North Dakota has been listed on National Register of Historic Places. The cemetery is the site of the first mosque in the nation and was the only Muslim cemetery in the state for 90 years, the North Dakota State Historical Society said in its news release Wednesday, Aug. 1. The National Register of Historic Places is the federal government’s list of properties it considers worthy of preservation and recognition.
KILLDEER, N.D. -- Authorities have identified the motorcyclist who was killed Sunday night while riding on Highway 22 west of Killdeer in western North Dakota. Gregory Lehto, 25, of Wheatland, Wyo., was operating a southbound 2006 Suzuki when it left the roadway on a curve and went into the west ditch about 7:55 p.m. Lehto was thrown from the motorcycle and was pronounced dead at the scene.
RIVERDALE, N.D.—After a month of heavy water releases from the Garrison Dam on the Missouri River in North Dakota, releases finally are going down and bringing the river and reservoir levels with it as the "Mighty Mo" this summer has been running at its highest mark in seven years.
HALLOCK, Minn.—A West Fargo man will avoid jail time for trying to use Craigslist to solicit a minor for sex, with plans of marrying her in Montana. Chad Brian Peterson, 40, was sentenced Monday in Kittson County District Court to 52 days in jail, which he already has served. The sentence comes after he pleaded guilty to two felony counts of electronic solicitation of children.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—The semi truck driver who struck and killed a 16-year-old Vining boy a little over a year ago was found guilty Thursday, July 19, in Otter Tail County Court. A jury found Jason Vadner, 36, of Wheaton guilty of criminal vehicular homicide and misdemeanor careless driving for a head-on crash that killed Henning/Vining sophomore Jacob Quam April 13, 2017 as the teen was on his way to school.
HILLSBORO, N.D.—A Florida woman has been accused of killing an unborn child in a Traill County vehicle crash last week. Claudia Rae Grace, 75, of the Villages, Fla., was booked Wednesday, July 19, into the Traill County jail on charges of negligent homicide, a Class C felony, and aggravated reckless driving, a Class A misdemeanor. The case stems from a July 8 crash on Interstate 29 near Hillsboro, where Grace forced a vehicle with a Grand Forks couple off the road, according to a news release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
A small teddy bear, a bottle of honey, flowers and candles sit at the base of a tree in University Park in Grand Forks, the same tree a black bear climbed up Monday afternoon and stayed until it was tranquilized and then later euthanized.