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BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum will deliver his second State of the State Address next month at Minot State University, the governor's office said Friday, Dec. 15. The Republican governor, first elected in 2016, will give his speech at 10 a.m. Jan. 23 in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall on the MSU campus. He'll discuss the state's challenges and successes since he took office a year ago and outline his agenda, the governor's office said.
FARGO — A federal jury has convicted a 56-year-old Fargo man of sending threatening emails to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., according to the office of U.S. Attorney Chris Myers. After a four-day trial, Kevin Lee Olson was found guilty Friday, Dec. 15, of making threatening interstate communications. His sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Friday, Dec. 15, he has approved the petition format for a ballot measure seeking the full legalization of marijuana. The sponsoring committee pushing the proposal will need to gather at least 13,452 qualified signatures by July 9 to place the measure on the general election ballot next November.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Authorities on Friday released the name of a Park Rapids man who was killed in a head-on collision on Thursday morning, Dec. 14, on an icy U.S. Highway 71 in Hubbard County. Dale Maves, 75, was northbound on Highway 71 driving a 1999 Volkswagen Beetle when he was struck head-on by a 2002 Subaru Legacy, which was southbound on the highway but slid on the icy road into the northbound lane. Road conditions were listed as snowy and icy, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem clarified aspects of the state's new permitless carry law Thursday, Dec. 14. The so-called "constitutional carry" law, which the Republican-controlled Legislature passed this year, allows those who meet the law's requirements to store a loaded gun in a vehicle, Stenehjem said in an opinion requested by four lawmakers. But proper identification must be revealed to law enforcement during a traffic stop or other in-person contact, he said.
ROSEVILLE, Minn.—A Little Falls resident came forward to claim a $1 million Powerball prize. "I always said, 'Someday I'm going to win,' and I did!" said Pam Lestico at the lottery's office in Roseville, a news release reported. "She deserves it," said Lestico's daughter, Kelly Miller, in the release. "She has a heart of gold." "I play every Wednesday and Saturday, just one ticket," said Lestico. "I've been playing forever." Lestico discovered her win on Sunday morning. "She was surprisingly calm," said Lestico's daughter, Lori Finken, in the release.
A Mandan Republican will run for secretary of state, challenging an incumbent that has held the office for more than two decades. Will Gardner announced Wednesday morning via Facebook he would run for the office that has been held by Republican Secretary of State Al Jaeger since 1993. Gardner is a GOP chairman of the District 34 in Mandan. "What I would like to do is bring us to the 21st century," he said in the video. "Government's role is to remove the roadblocks of the processes and the procedures and paperwork of bureaucracies."
WAHPETON, N.D. – A student at the North Dakota State College of Science has died, but campus officials have not yet released the student’s name. “It is with great sadness that we inform the College community of the untimely death of a student at NDSCS in Wahpeton,” Barbara Spaeth-Baum, a college spokeswoman, said in a statement released to the public on Tuesday, Dec. 12. “The name of the student is being withheld pending notification of family members.”
WALKER—Kid Rock will headline Moondance Jam 27 in Walker in summer 2018. According to a press release, Kid Rock will headline the July 20 performances of the annual three-day festival, which runs July 19-21. Kid Rock will be his Greatest Show on Earth tour to promote his new album "Sweet Southern Sugar." An artist who has bridged the hip hop, rock and country genres, Kid Rock first hit the national music scene in 1998 with his "Devil Without a Cause" album. To date, Kid Rock has sold more than 26 million albums and continues to tour regularly
FARGO — The trial of William Henry Hoehn, one of two suspects charged in the killing of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind and abduction of her child, has been scheduled to begin March 20 in Cass County District Court. Hoehn, 32, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping of a child, and providing false information to law enforcement. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is being held in Cass County Jail.