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TEA, S.D. — The first Hindu temple in the Dakotas now has an official opening date. The Hindu Temple of Siouxland in Tea, a South Dakota town southwest of Sioux Falls, is set to open Sunday, Oct. 14. The temple is said to be the first operational Hindu temple in the Dakotas. Efforts to build the South Dakota temple began in 2009 to accommodate a growing South Asian and Hindu community, Archana Chatterjee, chairwoman of the temple's board of trustees, previously said. The temple was scheduled to open Aug. 26, but heavy rain caused construction delays.
FARGO — If you notice a strange helicopter in the sky next week, don't be alarmed. The North Dakota State Water Commission is planning to conduct an aerial electromagnetic survey of aquifers in parts of Benson, Ramsey, Eddy, Nelson, LaMoure, Dickey and Sargent counties.
FARGO — All hay bales on North Dakota highway rights of way must be removed by Thursday, Nov. 1. Remaining hale bales after Nov. 1 will be removed as directed by the state district engineer. The bales need to be removed for snow management and safety reasons. North Dakota Century Code prohibits hay from being placed in the right of way except on the outer edge. Large round bales must not be placed on in-slopes or within 60 feet from the outside edge of the driving lane.
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DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — The name was released in a fatal crash that occurred at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21. The victim,. initially reported as a 49-year-old man, was actually 59-year-old Gary Oram of Devils Lake. He died after his truck that was transporting cattle in a trailer crashed on State Highway 20 about three miles south of Devils Lake, N.D. He was traveling north in his 2018 Chevrolet Silverado when he veered off the right edge of the roadway. Oram was transported to St. Alexius Hospital in Devils Lakes where he later died.
FRAZEE, Minn. — The Becker County Sheriff's Office has released the names of two people involved in a fatal single-vehicle crash near Frazee on Sunday, Sept. 16. The crash happened about 7:30 a.m. Sunday about a mile north of Frazee on County Highway 29. The vehicle driven by Bruce L. Armstrong, 27, was southbound when it left the road and collided with a tree before starting on fire, according to the sheriff's office.
FARGO — William Hoehn's request to have his murder conspiracy trial moved out of Fargo has been denied. Hoehn, 33, had asked that his trial on conspiracy to commit murder be relocated to Burleigh County because of media coverage of the case. Cass County District Judge Thomas Olson rejected the request in an order filed Monday, Sept. 10.
FARGO - President Donald Trump will make a campaign stop in North Dakota "in the coming weeks," according to an article in the Washington Post. Citing a person familiar with the president's travel plans, the newspaper said Trump events in the coming weeks were planned in North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Montana, Kentucky and Tennessee. It would be Trump's second visit to North Dakota this summer. The president held a rally at Scheels Arena in Fargo in late June to boost his agenda and support Republican U.S.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The affiliation between Sanford Health and Good Samaritan Society has cleared government reviews without objection, and the organizations now plan to unite Nov. 1. The two organizations announced the latest in their planned union in a joint statement.
WAHPETON, N.D. – Authorities have identified an 84-year-old woman who was killed and two people who were injured in a home explosion Saturday, Aug. 4, west of Wahpeton. Mavis Onchuck, of Wahpeton, was killed in the blast, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Office. Cole Defries, 22, and Danielle Faller, 25, both of Wahpeton, were injured and were taken to a local hospital where they were treated and released, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.