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BISMARCK — The number of job openings in North Dakota is down almost 11 percent from a year ago, employment figures released Wednesday, July 5, show. Job Service North Dakota said there were 12,767 online job openings in June 2017, down 10.9 percent from the same month a year ago. Cass County saw the largest numeric decline over the past year, with 980 fewer job openings.
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — Officers believe alcohol was involved in an early Independence Day crash near Pelican Rapids that left a Moorhead man injured. The Minnesota State Patrol responded at 3:25 a.m. Tuesday to a one-vehicle rollover on state Highway 108 near Otter Tail County Road 113, about 2 miles west of Pelican Rapids, according to a State Patrol report. That's where Brandon Jack Arion, 28, was westbound in a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado when the pickup went off the road to the left, hit an embankment and rolled into the ditch, the report stated.
DICKINSON — A day normally filled with laughter and fun turned tragic Saturday after an individual was run over and killed by a train near the end of the Roughrider Days parade. On Saturday morning, the North Dakota Highway Patrol responded to a call of a pedestrian who had been struck by a train in the train yard near downtown Dickinson.
BISMARCK—Federal officials have designated 15 North Dakota counties as "primary natural disaster areas" due to drought conditions, members of the state's congressional delegation announced Friday, June 30. In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 11 counties as "contiguous disaster areas." The designations open up the availability of various disaster relief programs, said state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. "These programs provide options for producers who are managing through this drought with scarce resources," he said in a statement.
BISMARCK—An outside political organization supporting President Donald Trump released an advertisement this week urging Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., to vote in favor of the Republican health care plan. America First Policies released television ads Monday, June 26, urging several Democratic senators to support the Better Care Reconciliation Act. The ads were released before Senate Republican leadership delayed a vote on the bill, and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said this week he doesn't support it in its current form.
BROOTEN, Minn. — A 16-year-old girl was killed and two men were seriously injured in an accident Wednesday afternoon south of Brooten. According to the Stearns County Sheriff's office, the two-vehicle accident happened around 4:32 p.m. at the intersection of Stearns County roads 18 and 19 in Crow Lake Township, about four miles south of Brooten.
BISMARCK—Taxable sales and purchases in North Dakota have begun to "level off," the state's tax commissioner said Thursday, June 29. Taxable sales and purchases totaled almost $3.69 billion in the first quarter of this year, a 5 percent drop from the same time period a year ago. "For the past two years, taxable sales and purchases have seen quarterly declines in the double-digits," Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said in a statement. "Having a drop of just 5 percent brings us much closer to the new normal we've been anticipating."
A new report finds that, since Donald Trump's election as U.S. president, the world's views of the U.S. have shifted dramatically downward from where they were at the end of Barack Obama's presidency. The chart below shows the percentage of people who say they have a very or somewhat favorable view of the U.S.
Minnesota rock hall of fame musician faces another sex charge WILLMAR, Minn. – A Willmar musician well-known for playing at area senior living and activity facilities is facing a second allegation of criminal sexual conduct. Terrance Raymond Shaw, 72, was part of the 1970s-era rock-and-roll Shaw-Allen-Shaw Band that has been inducted in the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame.
KILLDEER, N.D. -- The Killdeer Police Department was called to an alleged armed encounter which involved multiple suspects and serious injuries as shots were fired in the Dunn County town in far western North Dakota on Monday night. The incident occurred just south of the Killdeer ballfield. Police believe the incident may be related to an earlier encounter outside the town, culminating with a report from witnesses at a local hotel, the release said.