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PIERRE, S.D. -- Ahead of what has been billed as a “potentially historic” April snowstorm from the National Weather Service, a number of weather closures and cancellations were made Friday.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed an additional $19 million in special education funding for next year, as such expenses rise throughout the state. His plan would increase spending by $22 million the following year. Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said Thursday, April 12, that rising costs limit opportunities to all students, and create constraints on programs. The proposed $19 million increase, she said, would contain growth and provide some relief. “It will directly impact every student in those districts,” Cassellius said.
SCOTTSDALE, AZ — A graduate from the University of North Dakota has been confirmed as one of the victims in a plane crash in Arizona. Erik Valente, 26, graduated from the Aviation Management program at UND in 2009. Valente was piloting the plane that crashed on a golf course after taking off in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, April 9. All six people on-board were killed. The aircraft, a Piper PA24, originated from Scottsdale Airport and was headed for Las Vegas.
CHICAGO — Gas prices are rising with the national average at $2.68 per gallon of regular unleaded, the priciest since July 2015, according GasBuddy's figures Thursday morning, April 12. The crowd-sourced gas price compiler said the sudden surge can be blamed on oil prices surging to nearly $67 per barrel, the highest level since 2014, on fears of military action in Syria and trade conflict with China.
NAYTAHWAUSH, Minn. — An 18-year-old man wanted in connection with a Minneapolis homicide was arrested in this northwest Minnesota county on Wednesday, April 11, on a felony warrant. The Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office reported Juan Vasquez Jr., no listed address, was arrested early Wednesday morning at a house in Naytahwaush about 20 miles east of Mahnomen.
FARGO -- High school soccer players and parents in Fargo are fighting to change the girls season from spring to fall, citing discrimination. Kerry Wynne, the mother of Fargo Davies player Tasha Wynne, started a petition to have the North Dakota girls season switched from the spring to the fall -- similar to what is done in Minnesota where boys and girls teams have fall seasons.
BISMARCK—President Donald Trump has signed into law legislation backed by North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp aimed at cracking down on websites that facilitate sex trafficking. Heitkamp and Republican Sen. John Hoeven announced the president's approval of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act on Wednesday, April 11. Heitkamp was a lead sponsor of the bill and said websites like Backpage.com "will now face punishment for their disgusting role in facilitating this vile trade."
ALASKA TOWNSHIP, Minn. -- Officials say a Bemidji woman died Tuesday night in a rollover crash on Highway 89 while fleeing from law enforcement. According to a news release from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a report of a stabbing at the 5600 block of Alps Court NW in Eckles Township. The victim identified Traci Jolynne Cloud, 24, of Bemidji, as his attacker.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Hockey Day North Dakota, a three-day, statewide event, will be held at the University of Jamestown in January of 2019. An outdoor rink will be built on the University of Jamestown’s Allen Field and will also be available in December and January for other University and community events. Teams from youth, high school and college levels — including the University of Jamestown and the University of Mary-Bismarck — will play on the outdoor rink during Hockey Day. The event will feature VIP seating and other hockey events and activities.
BISMARCK -- Frontier has announced its return of the airline to the Bismarck Airport with flight service to and from Denver International Airport. “We are happy to have Frontier Airlines back in Bismarck as they are a customer favorite,” said Greg Haug, Bismarck Airport director. “Frontier’s service adds another low-cost option for travelers in central and western North Dakota.” Five airlines now serve Bismarck with travel to seven destinations, Haug said.