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BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has directed United States and North Dakota flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of U.S. Sen. John McCain, who passed away Saturday at his home in Arizona. He was 81. Flags are to be flown at half-staff at all public buildings, grounds and facilities in North Dakota from now until sunset Sunday, Sept. 2. Individuals, schools and businesses also are encouraged to lower flags to half-staff.
HUDSON, Wis.—Tweets linked to the recently appointed interim St. Croix Emergency Medical Services Chief have prompted an investigation after they were shared with the city of Hudson and Hudson Star-Observer by a group questioning Joe Elkin's continued employment at the city. An anonymous email signed "Concerned Citizens" from firstname.lastname@example.org shared 15 tweets from the now deleted account The Real Joe Elkin, handle @joekuhlshow.
BISMARCK — A northeast North Dakota woman has died after falling ill to a rare disease that's spread by infected rodent droppings, urine and saliva, the state Department of Health said Monday, Aug. 27. The unidentified adult woman fell ill to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. People can be exposed to HPS by breathing air that's contaminated with the virus when fresh rodent droppings, urine or nesting materials are disturbed, but it's not transmitted from person to person.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Kyle Stern received the 2018 Peace Officer of the Year award, given out annually by the North Dakota Peace Officers Association, according to a patrol news release. Stern has been with the patrol since 2002 and is stationed in Hillsboro. He was named Trooper of the Year in 2010 by the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association. The Safe Communities Coalition of the Red River Valley lauded him in 2011 for his efforts in enforcing child passenger safety laws.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — A truck driver found guilty of causing the death of a 16-year-old boy was sentenced Friday, Aug. 24, in Otter Tail County District Court to spend more than four years in prison. Jason Vadner, 36, of Wheaton, Minn., was sentenced to four years and two months. A jury found him guilty on charges of criminal vehicular homicide and misdemeanor careless driving after a head-on crash on April 13, 2017, killed high school sophomore Jacob Quam, of Vining, Minn.
FARGO — Garlee Sumo was 19 years old when he was charged earlier this year with a Class AA felony count of gross sexual imposition, a charge that carries a minimum mandatory sentence of 20 years in prison. Now, that charge, along with the case itself, has gone away after a judge ruled halfway through Sumo's jury trial this week that evidence presented by the prosecution did not support the charge that the Fargo man faced and an order of acquittal was filed.
BACKUS, Minn. -- Authorities on Friday released the name of a Wisconsin woman who drowned last weekend in a rural lake in north-central Minnesota. Panhia Danielle Yang, 37, Sheboygan, Wis., had been swimming near the shore of Ponto Lake, near Backus, about 60 miles south of Bemidji, on Saturday, Aug. 18, according to a release from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.
FARGO — A group of officials is working on a proposal for Fargo to become the new home of two U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies. Moving the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture offices from Washington, D.C., to Fargo is seen as a potential economic boon for the area.
ELY, Minn. -- Authorities have identified a teen who drowned while swimming to a floating dock on Twin Lakes north of Ely on Tuesday night. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported that 18-year-old Ammar AboEl-Nago sank while swimming to a floating dock at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was a foreign exchange student from Egypt studying at Oberlin College in Ohio, according to the sheriff’s office.
BISMARCK -- The University of Mary unveiled a new logo at a rally Thursday, Aug. 23. The new right-facing Marauder is clad in a new navy blue jacket and captain’s hat with a flowing orange bandana. University of Mary President Monsignor James Shea said enrollment is booming at Mary and it was the right time to change. “Our growth has been staggering over the past 24 months, and it includes new leadership in athletics, new facilities, and—always and ever—new hope.” The logo, which replaces one used since 1990, was designed by Sean Thorenson of Bismarck.