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MANDAREE, N.D.—Longtime national tribal activist and Three Affiliated Tribes elder Tillie Fay Walker, 88, of Mandaree on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation has died. She died Feb. 3 in Bismarck and her funeral was last Friday, Feb. 8.
BISMARCK – North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said North Dakota’s newly revamped student loan forgiveness program for teachers may offer up to four years’ worth of debt relief, which school districts may use to recruit or retain teachers.
RUTHVILLE, N.D. -- A 21-year-old airman stationed at the Minot Air Force Base has died from his injuries in a crash with a semi. William Buchanan, originally from Raleigh, N.C., was in a 1996 Toyota Corolla on Highway 83 traveling from the air base to Minot on Thursday, Feb. 15, about 10:45 a.m. when his vehicle was struck by the semi driven by Dennis Surprenant, 31, of Minot.
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- A 24-year-old rancher was sent to prison for a year and ordered to pay restitution of $275,400 for scamming the federal Farm Services Agency in South Dakota. Paxton Carrier, whose address is listed as Harrison, Neb., near the far southwest border with South Dakota, was sentenced last week in federal court by Chief Judge Jeffrey Viken for his conviction called conversion of mortgaged property.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—Minnesota's most notorious drunken driver— arrested for DWI 28 times—is again in a state prison. New York Mills construction worker Danny Lee Bettcher, 65, was sent to the St. Cloud state prison for 4 1/2 years for his latest felony conviction for refusing to submit to a DWI test last week in Fergus Falls district court. The DWI charge was dismissed.
BISMARCK -- A 24-year-old New Town man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for using gasoline to start a home on fire on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in western North Dakota with residents inside, including children. U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland gave Charles Valarian Smith Sr. three years and eight months in federal prison for his arson conviction in a court appearance on Thursday, Feb. 15.
An adult male was declared deceased at Bill's Gun Shop & Range at roughly 2 p.m. Wednesday, the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officers and first responders converged on the indoor shooting range, situated on Excelsior Road near the intersection of Highway 371, upon reports of a gunshot wound on the premises.
COLD SPRING, Minn. -- Two Utah residents have died and another is in critical condition in a two-vehicle crash on Wednesday, Feb. 14, near Cold Spring in Stearns County in east-central Minnesota. Killed in the crash were Cody Randall and JD Randall of Washington City, Utah. Trapped in the vehicle, extricated and later airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in the Twin Cities was Katie Seegmiller, also of Washington City. She was listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon.
STURGIS, S.D.—While motorcycle riding season appears far away with the popular Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, organizers have announced a major new event—a burger cooking battle with more than $10,000 in cash and prizes. Entries are now being accepted for the August competition that will be part of the 78th annual rally this year running from Aug. 3 to Aug. 12 in the Black Hills of western South Dakota. The winner will move on to the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Ala., where the top prize is $100,000, according to rally director Jerry Cole.
MINOT, N.D. -- A man has died after being found unresponsive along a Minot residential street and police are releasing few details. Police said the man was found on Wednesday, Feb. 7, about 3:30 p.m. and was transported to Trinity Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. An autopsy is planned for this Friday, Feb. 9, to help determine a possible cause of death.