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ABERDEEN, S.D.—Three men who were part of an elaborate $10,000 blackjack table scam on New Year's Eve at the Dakota Sioux Casino near Watertown, S.D., have been sentenced. Pit boss Lito Bolocon, 44, of Sisseton, S.D., and frequent casino blackjack player Jordon Rondell, 29, of Lennox, S.D., appeared before U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann in federal court on Monday, Nov. 20, and each received a sentence of six months in custody and were ordered to pay $8,700 in restitution to the gaming establishment.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Health is accepting proposals for a medical marijuana tracking system to develop, maintain and monitor the statewide program. Proposals are being accepted through Dec. 27 at 3 p.m.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. --- A man is in a Fargo hospital after being shot in an early morning incident on Tuesday, Nov. 21, in Fergus Falls, Minn. Police said Tuesday night that the victim had not life-threatening injuries, while the shooter is not in custody. The two men apparently were acquainted so police believe there is no danger to the public.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota firearms hunters registered 161,057 deer through the third weekend of deer season, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Preliminary results through the third weekend show that the number of deer registered was up 16 percent from 2016. Of the deer harvested, 53 percent were bucks, compared to 63 percent during the same period in 2016.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota health officials are advising individuals that engage in risky sexual behaviors, such as sex with an anonymous partners, to seek evaluation for sexually transmitted diseases. The North Dakota Department of Health has been receiving increased reports of anonymous sex among those diagnosed with STDs. Officials said so far this year as many as 20 percent to 58 percent of STD cases said the disease was likely passed on with an anonymous partner.
BRITTON, S.D. -- TransCanada Corp has shut down part of its Keystone pipeline after an estimated 210,000 gallons, or 5,000 barrels, of oil leaked in far northeast South Dakota early Thursday morning, Nov. 16. The company said the spill occurred on private agricultural land near Amherst and Britton, S.D., which is about 35 miles northeast of Aberdeen and about 20 miles south of the North Dakota border.
MINOT, N.D. -- Law enforcement officers have caught a 38-year-old woman who is accused of shooting a 58-year-old Minot man to death on South Main Street in Minot earlier Thursday, Nov. 16. She was arrested in New Town, about 75 miles to the southwest, about 4 p.m. without incident, said Minot Investigations Commander John Klug.
BISMARCK – An out-of-state moving company that often switches its name has been banned from doing business in North Dakota, according to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting a veteran employment seminar Jan. 3 in St. Paul, noting that many veterans want to work in a natural resources environment and many military skills translate into DNR positions. “If you’ve served in the military, you probably have a lot of experience in many of our professional areas,” said Don Matthys, DNR management resources regional supervisor and a retired Army veteran.
BISMARCK -- A California company selling vehicle warranty protection plans in North Dakota has been banned from doing business in the state, according to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. Stenehjem issued a cease & desist order against Jason Rhoden of Santa Ana, Calif., for violations of the consumer fraud and telephone solicitation laws. He was doing business under the name of the Vehicle Protection Department LLC.