BISMARCK -- The 70-year-old man who died after falling through the ice on water connected to the Missouri River was identified Friday as Gregory Wentz of Bismarck. Major Kelly Leben of the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department said officers were called around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a missing person. The caller said Wentz went for a walk with two dogs, but the dogs returned home without Wentz.
TIOGA, N.D. -- All but 55 customers of Montana-Dakota Utilities customers in Tioga had their natural gas service restored by 3 p.m. Wednesday after a citywide outage the day before. Tioga is a city of about 1,600 residents in northwestern North Dakota, about 40 miles east of Williston.
BISMARCK -- “Jeopardy!” contestant Kyle Becker’s three-day cash winnings total $43,601. The Bismarck High School graduate will compete as the returning champion on the Thursday, Dec. 7, show, after defeating a small business owner and pediatrician on Wednesday. “We’re excited for him. We’re proud of how he’s handling himself,” said Donna Jean Becker, Kyle’s mother. “We’re glad he has the opportunity to make North Dakota proud.”
NEW SALEM, N.D. -- Another graffiti message threatening a school shooting led the Morton County Sheriff's Office to cite a 13-year-old student for terrorizing. Morton County reported that New Salem-Almont High School in southwest North Dakota immediately suspended the girl until she appears in juvenile court in connection to the alleged threats.
FARGO -- North Dakota Highway Patrol reported it responded to 35 crashes Monday on interstates 29 and 94 in Cass, Barnes and Stutsman counties in southeast North Dakota during the blizzard. Most crashes in Barnes and Stutsman counties involved commercial vehicles unable to maintain their lane of travel, patrol reported.
BISMARCK -- A lighting ceremony for the 2017 North Dakota State Christmas Tree will be conducted by Gov. Doug Burgum, first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum and Kim Shaw at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in Memorial Hall of the Capitol in Bismarck. Live entertainment will be provided by pianist Joel Gilbertson, Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble and Legacy High School Evolution and Gold Standard Vocal Ensembles. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Department of Health is reporting "higher than normal" influenza activity so far for the season, according to a news release. Health officials said increases in the number of influenza cases are typically reported around mid-December, or later.
BISMARCK -- Labor statistics released Friday show North Dakota’s October, not seasonally adjusted, unemployment rate was 1.7 percent, according to Job Service North Dakota. The rate is 0.2 of a percentage point lower than prior month, and 0.5 of a percentage point lower than the same period one year ago. The national rate was 3.9 percent.
MANNING, N.D. -- Human error resulted in a pipeline spill on Sunday that leaked 270 barrels, or 11,340 gallons, of produced water in Dunn County in far western North Dakota, according to the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division. Crestwood Midstream reported the spill, which was contained within a pipeline trench, according to a spill report.
BISMARCK -- The Virginia-class, fast-attack submarine, USS North Dakota held a change ceremony at the Dealey Theater on board Naval Submarine Base New London on Thursday. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and first lady Kathryn Burgum were in attendance at the ceremony where Cmdr. Mark Robinson relieved Cmdr. Michael Hollenbach as North Dakota’s commanding officer.