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HIBBING, Minn. — The body of a 24-year-old Hibbing man missing for several weeks was discovered in a snow covered ditch on a maintenance road at the former Essar Steel Minnesota property in Nashwauk Township. The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office said Curtis Strand’s body was found Wednesday, Nov. 1, and that the death does not appear to be suspicious. The body was taken to the Midwest County Medical Examiner’s Office in Ramsey, Minn. for examination.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- An 81-year-old Georgia man died as a result of injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle, head-on crash on Highway 22 about 12 miles north of Dickinson Thursday morning. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, a 63-year-old Manning man, driving a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado, was headed southbound on Highway 22 while a 69-year-old Dickinson man, driving a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado, was headed north toward Killdeer.
BISMARCK -- Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) launched a website this weekwith resources for North Dakotans to learn about the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and options people may have to get covered under the federal marketplace exchange. Open enrollment started Wednesday, Nov. 1 and will last through Friday, Dec. 15.
MINOT, N.D. -- The Minot Police Department and other law enforcement agencies are investigating a school shooting threat made against the city’s central high school campus through social media. It was the second school shooting threat in the past 30 days.
BISMARCK—Otter Tail Power Co. has asked the North Dakota Public Service Commission for a rate increase that will raise typical residential bills by about $11.50 a month, the company said Thursday, Nov. 2. The request was partly driven by "investments in required environmental technologies" at the Big Stone coal-fired plant and improved transmission infrastructure. The rate case is expected to last nearly a year.
BISMARCK—North Dakota celebrated its 128th birthday Thursday, Oct. 2, by releasing the biennial Blue Book. The 592-page book is a compilation of all things North Dakota, including biographies of elected officials, a list of Miss Rodeo North Dakota winners dating back to 1955 and a map of state parks. The book's latest edition was introduced in a ceremony at the state Capitol Thursday. It features the state Department of Agriculture's Pride of Dakota program and a chapter on the impact of World War I on North Dakota.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota land commissioner is among three finalists for the job, Gov. Doug Burgum's office said Thursday, Nov. 2. The five-member Land Board, chaired by Gov. Doug Burgum, approved a short-term extension for Lance Gaebe's appointment earlier this year but also opened up applications for the position. A selection committee forwarded three finalists to the Land Board: • Gaebe, who has served in his role since August 2010 • Douglas Lee of Bismarck, who most recently worked as general manager of KLJ Progress Solutions
FARGO — Eleven Fargo attorneys have applied to succeed a North Dakota district judge who will retire early next year, the state Supreme Court said Wednesday, Nov. 1. The applicants for the East Central Judicial District vacancy are: • Alisha Ankers • Marquis Bradshaw • David Chapman • Constance Cleveland • Katrina Turman Lang • Jason McLean • Adele Page • Susan Solheim • Stephannie Stiel • Nicholas Thornton • Tristan Van de Streek
PARKERS PRAIRIE, Minn. -- One person was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 29 north of Parkers Prairie in Otter Tail County in western Minnesota on Wednesday morning. The State Patrol hasn’t yet released the name of the 71-year-old victim from Henning, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt. He was the driver of a 2001 Ford four-door pickup.
FARGO — Fargo police are investigating a robbery that reportedly occurred between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1. According to a post on the police department's Facebook page: A woman called authorities about 4:40 a.m. Wednesday to say her son was assaulted by three males outside his apartment in 1200 block of 44th Street South. She said the three males then forced her son to drive them to Grand Forks in his vehicle. The woman said the incident occurred between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m.