STANLEY, N.D. -- The burned body thought to be a man reported missing at 9 a.m. Wednesday has been recovered, according to a statement released Friday by Mountrail County Sheriff Ken Halvorson. A 911 call was received by the sheriff's office reporting a burned GMC pickup located southeast of Stanley in northwest North Dakota. The man's body was found inside the vehicle and transported to the North Dakota Forensic Examiner's Office for autopsy and positive identification.
BISMARCK — North Dakota has awarded a contract to BioTrackTHC to implement a medical marijuana tracking system that includes overseeing seed-to-sale inventory as well as registration. "The Division of Medical Marijuana is committed to implementing a well regulated program," said Jason Wahl, director of the Medical Marijuana Division. "Implementation of the information management system will assist in ensuring state laws are followed and allow the division to effectively monitor the operations of manufacturing facilities and dispensaries."
BISMARCK -- The total number of flu cases in North Dakota has declined for the second week in a row. There were 673 reported cases of influenza in the week ending Feb. 10, compared to 748 the week prior, according to the North Dakota Department of Health's weekly flu snapshot.
BISMARCK -- South Central District Judge James Hill has denied a lower bond to the 22-year-old man accused of trying to run over a Bismarck police officer who was later found in South Dakota with wounds from being shot at by police. Ulises Villalobos-Alvarado appeared via interactive television Tuesday in Burleigh County District Court, accompanied by appointed counsel Bobbi Weiler, who asked Hill to reduce her client's $500,000 cash bond to $10,000.
BISMARCK -- Two Bismarck police officers were involved in crashes Thursday, Feb. 8, in south Bismarck. North Dakota Highway Patrol took reports for both crashes, the first of which was around 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of South Seventh Street and East Front Avenue. Edgar Mendoza, 24, of Taylorsville, Miss., was southbound on Seventh Street when he reportedly ran the red light and struck the westbound police officer.
BISMARCK, N.D. - A 63-year-old Bismarck woman is out nearly $75,000 after wiring money to a person who contacted her last August over social media. Bismarck Police Sgt. Mark Buschena said the woman corresponded until Christmastime with who she thought was a "captain major with the United Nations working in Syria."
BISMARCK—North Dakota has joined 12 other states in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block laws in California requiring any eggs sold there to be from hens with specific space requirements in their cages. The lawsuit, filed by Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, alleges that the California law violates the U.S. Constitution's interstate commerce clause and is pre-empted by federal law. Other states joining in the suit are Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.
BISMARCK—Ryan Rauschenberger, who has had a stormy personal life that he said he's working to improve, is seeking re-election as North Dakota State Tax Commissioner, he announced Wednesday, Jan. 24. Rauschenberger has served in this role since January 2014. "I am extremely proud of the advancements the tax department has made to serve North Dakotans over the last four years, but there is more to be done and I look forward to the opportunity and challenge," Rauschenberger, a certified public accountant, said.
BISMARCK -- City officials are considering adding a driverless bus to the Capital Area Transit fleet as part of a pilot program testing the use of autonomous vehicle technology on Bismarck streets. The initial concept is to run a route between downtown and the Capitol grounds, Bismarck City Engineer Gabe Schell said. The exact streets for this route would be developed with the advice of the vendor. The pilot program would measure impacts on city planning, design and infrastructure maintenance.
BISMARCK -- Two more flu deaths have been reported in North Dakota, according to the North Dakota Department of Health's weekly flu update.