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BISMARCK — A key player in the response to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests will serve as North Dakota's new director of homeland security starting in March, Gov. Doug Burgum said Friday, Feb. 9. Cody Schulz, the disaster recovery chief for the state Department of Emergency Services, will succeed Greg Wilz, who is retiring after more than 12 years in the role. Schulz will oversee the Division of Homeland Security within the department and will serve as the state's homeland security advisor.
FARGO - File this one under "only in North Dakota." Multiple videos have been circulating on Facebook Thursday, Feb. 8 after a cow broke loose from the Little International Livestock Show on the campus of NDSU. In the video, you can see three people trying to corral the cow near NDSU's Minard Hall, located in the heart of campus. "The cow was on the loose for a little bit," said NDSU Media Relations coordinator Sadie Rudulph.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum named Deputy Tax Commissioner Joe Morrissette the state's new budget director Thursday, Feb. 8. Morrissette will take over as director of the Office of Management and Budget, a Cabinet-level position, March 1. He succeeds Pam Sharp, who retired Nov. 30 but has stayed on in a temporary role through the transition. Morrissette has been the state's deputy tax commissioner since 2014. He previously worked in OMB and Legislative Council, and he has a master's in business administration from the University of Mary in Bismarck.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Public Service Commission's two rail safety inspectors issued 49 violations last year, the agency said Thursday, Feb. 8. The program was approved by state lawmakers in 2015 after an oil train derailment near Casselton, N.D., sparked an explosion in late 2013. Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak said inspectors issued "multiple violations related to wheel defects, side bearing problems, and switch issues," which "have a direct relation to derailments."
WAHPETON, N.D. – A student reportedly died on a boarding school campus here earlier this week. The Circle of Nations School confirmed Wednesday, Feb. 7, that a 13-year-old girl was found dead at about 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, according to Brian Watson, dean of students. "The Circle of Nations School community suffered a tragic loss,” read a statement provided by the school. “It's difficult for all of us to face the death of a young person.”
WALKER, Minn.—Eelpout Festival organizers believe there will be no vehicle restrictions during this year's festival. Thanks to this year's cooler temperatures, festival attendees will likely be able to drive campers, trucks and cars onto the ice as they see fit. This is a change from the 2017 and 2016 Eelpout festivals; unseasonably warm weather prompted restrictions those years. Last year, for example, the Cass County Sheriff's Office decided to only allow snowmobiles and class 1 and 2 all-terrain vehicles on the ice for a portion of the festival.
Duluth police have identified the woman who dropped off a severely wounded dog at a local veterinary clinic last week, and determined the circumstances of how the dog was injured. Police said a woman called the Duluth Animal Shelter on Wednesday morning to identify herself as the person who anonymously dropped off the dog at the Waters Edge Veterinary Clinic on Jan. 31. Authorities had issued a call Tuesday for information about the woman, in order to learn how the dog received its injuries.
WASHINGTON — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz will be the keynote speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast dinner Thursday, Feb. 8. North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer made the announcement in an interview on KXJB-TV. Wentz, the former North Dakota State University star, will replace Vice President Mike Pence, who will be in Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the Olympic opening ceremonies.
FARGO - Inside Edition will air an exclusive story on the case of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind and her child, Haisley Jo.
ST. PAUL—A Red Lake, Minn., man was sentenced Friday, Feb. 2, to 30 years in federal prison in the deaths of two people on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Jared Daniel Jones, 23, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in the second degree, according to a release Monday, Feb. 5, from the office of U.S. Attorney Gregory Booker. Jones was sentenced to 360 months in prison by Senior Judge Donovan Frank in U.S. District Court in St. Paul on Friday.