5 things to know today: trial dates set, COVID cases, sobriety checkpoint, cybersecurity competition, 2020 Census
1. Trial dates set for foster parents accused of murdering 5-year-old girl
Erich Longie Jr., 42, and Tammy Longie, 45, are tentatively expected to appear for a federal trial on Aug. 11. They are accused of harming four children at their Tokio, N.D., residence between July 2019 and May 2020, including their foster child Raven Thompson, 5, who died from her injuries on May 6.
2. Active COVID-19 cases continue to rise in North Dakota
There are now 297 residents of the state known to be infected with the illness. North Dakota's pandemic-high number of active cases came on May 21, when 669 residents were infected.
3. North Dakota Highway Patrol plans Walsh County sobriety checkpoint on Friday, July 3
The checkpoint will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, July 3, at a predetermined location in Walsh County. Results of the checkpoint will be released early next week.
4. Red River High School team wins first place in state as part of national cybersecurity competition
A Red River High School team has won first place in the state in the Girls Go CyberStart U.S. national high school cybersecurity competition.
Teammates Alexis Crane, Nine Jang, Angelica Knudsen and Narrie Neubert competed against more than 360 other high school teams that qualified for the national championship this spring.
5. North Dakota residents called to answer 2020 Census
According to recent data, one missed resident costs the state of North Dakota approximately $19,100 and one missed household costs North Dakota approximately $44,312.