MANDAN, N.D. -- A 12-year-old boy reportedly got involved between a verbal dispute between his mother and a Mandan school bus driver Wednesday, with the boy allegedly assaulting the 73-year-old driver, police said. The bus driver was kicked a number of times in the chest area and had a cut to his chin, and blood on his lips and tongue, Mandan police Lt. Pat Haug said. He was not hospitalized. The 12-year-old boy was cited for simple assault, disorderly conduct, tampering with or damaging a public service and criminal trespass, Haug said.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread has announced dates for Medicare Plan D annual enrollment events throughout the state in October. “Just as your health needs change from year to year, so do Medicare Part D plans. It is critical for beneficiaries to review their plan and make sure that it is the most cost-effective option," Godfread said in a statement.
STANTON, N.D. -- Leveled in less than 30 seconds, Stanton Station coal-fired power plant, the oldest in Great River Energy’s North Dakota fleet, was erased from the west bank of the Missouri River in Mercer County on Thursday, Oct. 11. The plant, about 60 miles north of Bismarck, once had a 188-megawatt capacity. GRE announced Stanton Station’s closure in July 2016. Demolition work, gutting the plants innards, started in November.
BISMARCK -- Police have identified the man found dead in a room Sunday afternoon, Oct. 7, at the Bismarck Motor Motel. Bismarck Police Sgt. Tim Sass said the man is Stephen Claymore, 29, of Bismarck. Police responded about 2:47 p.m. Sunday to the motel at 2301 East Main Ave. for a welfare check after the manager was unable to rouse him after knocking at the door to his room. Sass said detectives told him there was "nothing suspicious" concerning his cause of death, which is not yet clear.
MANDAN, N.D. — A 21-year-old Mandan man, allegedly high on methamphetamine, climbed naked into the holy water font during mass at Spirit of Life Catholic Church on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Mandan Police were called to the church around 9 a.m. and arrested the man for ingestion of meth, criminal mischief and indecent exposure. Deputy Chief Lori Flaten said the man reportedly had been at the church earlier with the Book of Mormon trying to bless people and was asked to leave.
BISMARCK -- Gov. Doug Burgum has named North Dakota state government's next chief people officer, the second person to serve in such a role. Kelsey Roth, previously director of human resources at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, will begin Oct. 30. She also has more than 10 years experience in HR management for Amazon. Roth succeeds previous CPO Cheri Schoenfish, who returned to Microsoft in Fargo after a yearlong civic leave of absence. As CPO, Roth will lead a restructured HR division in the state Office of Management and Budget and serve in Burgum's Cabinet.
BISMARCK -- A mix of rain and snow will develop Thursday afternoon across southern North Dakota, spreading northward Thursday night, according to a special weather statement issued by the National Weather Service in Bismarck. The rain and snow mix should changeover to all snow Thursday night, Oct. 4. The wintry mix of rain and snow will continue until Friday afternoon and early evening. Forecast snowfall totals could range from 2 to 5 inches in northern North Dakota, mainly north of Lake Sakakawea, and in central North Dakota, east of Highway 83.
NEW TOWN, N.D. -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs is adding another investigator on the Fort Berthold Reservation in response to concerns about public safety, according to an announcement Tuesday, Oct. 2, from federal authorities. Chris Myers, U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota, recently met with Charles Addington, director of the Office of Justice Services at the BIA, in response to concerns raised recently about criminal investigations.
BISMARCK -- The third of seven federal defendants indicted from the Dakota Access Pipeline protests was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison on Thursday, Sept. 27. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors from earlier this year, Michael Markus pleaded guilty to civil disorder, with the more serious crime of use of fire to commit a federal felony dismissed. Besides the 36 months, U.S. District of North Dakota Chief Judge Daniel Hovland sentenced Markus on Thursday for the term to be followed by three years supervised release, under attorneys' joint recommendation.
BISMARCK -- Andeavor stockholders voted to approve the company's merger with Marathon Petroleum Corp. Approval made up 99 percent of votes cast. Marathon's voting stockholders also cast votes 98 percent in approval. The pending merger is expected to be complete Oct. 1. Andeavor stockholders also voted in compensation for Andeavor executive officers in connection with the merger.