Associated Press news summaries for North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.
N.D. (AP) — Three North Dakota farmers have partnered with a
beekeeper on a pilot project to improve the health of bees and other
project, Bee Integrated, is an experiment aiming to better practices
of both beekeeping and farming in unison.
Bismarck Tribune reports that honey bees contribute their pollinating
powers to a third of the country's food supply but pollinator
populations are declining. The decline is due to loss of habitat,
pests and exposure to chemicals.
farmer Kasey Bitz says he came across the project at a farmer
convention and trade show. By signing up for the project he
volunteered a portion of his land to be used for planting pollinator
Integrated project manager Mike Smith says farmers are paid for the
use of their land.
N.D. (AP) — Volunteers furnished with maps, bug spray and bottled
water were searching areas near the Red River in north Fargo after
family and friends of Savanna Greywind organized a search for the
22-year-old, who was eight months pregnant when she went missing.
quest to find Greywind has intensified since police found a newborn
baby Thursday and arrested two suspects for kidnapping. Greywind was
eight months pregnant when she disappeared. The suspects indicated to
police that the infant was Greywind's, but would not answer questions
about Greywind's whereabouts.
search included dozens of people who came from the Turtle Mountain
Indian Reservation, where Greywind is an enrolled member. Stuart
LaFountain, a member of the tribal board, is asking people to "look
into their hearts" and help find Greywind.
N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has asked President
Donald Trump for a federal disaster declaration for extensive storm
damage sustained by infrastructure, farms and ranches in July.
is seeking Federal Emergency Management Agency funding for repairs.
series of severe thunderstorms on July 20-21 produced large hail and
high wind that caused more than $1.1 million in damage.
request Thursday follows the governor's action last week declaring a
severe summer storm disaster for Bowman, Dunn and Slope counties.
made a separate request on Aug. 8 for a presidential major disaster
declaration for drought. That request is still pending.
N.D. (AP) — The company that built the Dakota Access pipeline has
responded to an offer by North Dakota regulators to settle state
allegations that it improperly reported the discovery of American
Indian artifacts during construction.
the response from Energy Transfer Partners isn't being disclosed yet.
Dakota Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak says the agency
will meet Monday to discuss the response.
commission on Aug. 14 made the Texas-based company an offer under
which ETP would make a $15,000 "contribution" and wouldn't
have to admit fault. Commissioners said it was an effort to end the
drawn-out dispute over whether the company should be fined.
ETP accepts the offer, the complaint will be dismissed. If it rejects
the offer, the commission will move forward with the complaint and
schedule a public hearing.
N.D. (AP) — A Minot clinic that has treated thousands of people for
free is closing its doors after 18 years.
Minot Daily News reports City & Country Health Clinic will be
treating its last patients Monday.
Manager Candy Johnson says the facility isn't closing because of lack
of money. She says the clinic board "felt that we have served
estimate that on average eight to 10 patients visited the clinic each
week. The clinic has recently been open only Monday evenings, but
over the years it was sometimes open two or three times a week.
clinic will be sending its equipment, including exam tables, blood
pressure cuffs and diabetic monitors, to Global Health Ministries for
distribution to developing nations.
N.D. (AP) — A Minnesota towing and hauling company is teaming up
with a Plains farm aid nonprofit this weekend to ship tons of hay for
about a dozen drought-stricken ranchers in North Dakota.
Towing in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and Farm Rescue have organized a
convoy of 14 semi-loads of hay on Saturday and another half dozen
loads on Sunday.
cattle feed being sold at a reduced price will be trucked about 225
miles from Rothsay, Minnesota, to Menoken, North Dakota.
latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 63 percent of North Dakota in
some form of drought. Many ranchers have been forced to sell off
cattle because they have no hay crop or can't afford to buy hay with
demand pushing prices to as high as double the normal cost.
S.D. (AP) — Ambulance services in some South Dakota towns are
struggling to recruit emergency medical technicians despite a new
state law reducing the number of EMTs required to respond to calls.
Daily Republic reports that ambulance services in Gregory, Burke and
Bonesteel/Fairfax may have to shut down in the next two years if the
recruiting issue isn't resolved.
law used to require two medical personnel and one certified driver
respond to calls. A 2016 law says only one EMT and one driver is
required, and the driver must have some first aid certification.
South Dakota Emergency Medical Services Director Marty Link says
finding volunteers who can balance responsibilities at work, home and
the service is a problem not unique to Gregory County.
still hopeful for the future.
CITY, S.D. (AP) — A $200 million transformation of Rapid City
Regional Hospital has begun with the completion of a three-level
Rapid City Journal reports the most profound upcoming changes include
the move of the hospital's main entrance from the north side to the
south side of the building; integration of inpatient and outpatient
cardiac care services; expansion of the emergency department and the
addition of another parking garage.
project is slated for completion in 2020. The new, three-story front
entrance will be made with glass, and the 36,000-square-foot
emergency department will have more patient beds and medical offices.
new emergency department will be 150 percent larger than the current
space, which is already the busiest in the state with 85,000 visits
FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The federal Occupational Safety and Health
Administration has cited a Fort Pierre-based company after a worker
was injured in a trench collapse.
says First Dakota Enterprises failed to protect workers from trench
collapse hazards. The agency is proposing $95,000 in penalties.
says a 34-year-old worker was buried on May 23 when the walls of a
14-foot trench collapsed around him at a construction site in Emery.
He was rescued and survived.
company can contest the proposed fine. A woman who answered the phone
Friday said the company declined to comment.
S.D. (AP) — A 29-year-old woman is dead after being struck by a
pickup truck while walking along U.S. Highway 212 west of Watertown.
incident happened about 9:45 p.m. Thursday. The Highway Patrol says
the woman was in the roadway, and charges are not pending against the
driver of the truck.
driver was not injured.
woman's name wasn't immediately released.
S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota woman continues to seek answers four
years after the death of her friend.
Rapid City Journal reports 67-year-old Nancy Herman has refused to
give up hope that she'll find out what happened to her friend,
38-year-old Meshell Will.
says she met Will in February 2013, while Will volunteered at a
battered women shelter. She had last spoken to Will two days before
she was last seen in Keystone.
Herman regularly calls case investigators to check for updates, and
has also saved over $1,000 for a reward.
this month, Herman and Will's aunt sought help from the Vidocq
Society, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit. The nonprofit provides free
assistance to police investigating cold-case homicides.
remains were discovered Aug. 31, 2013 in Keystone. The cause of her
death hasn't been determined.
Minn. (AP) — A mansion in eastern Minnesota is ready to be rented
out for the Super Bowl.
house's property manager, Matthew Stepaniak, tells the Pioneer Press
that the house is available for short-term rental.
Stillwater City Council passed an ordinance this year that allows
short-term rentals, but limits the number available and limits the
number of guests allowed.
Twin Cities expects about 1 million visitors will be in the area for
about 10 days in February for Super Bowl activities.
mansion has a gourmet kitchen, seven bedrooms, almost 10 bathrooms, a
wraparound porch, gardens, covered terrace and a basement with a bar,
TV and pool table.
be rented out for $10,000 for three nights, $15,000 for five nights
or $20,000 for seven nights for the Super Bowl.
Minn. (AP) — A hops farm in central Minnesota is preparing for its
largest harvest to date.
St. Cloud Times reports that Mighty Axe Hops will soon harvest its
first batch of hops since moving to Foley a year ago.
farm began five years ago in Ham Lake but relocated to Foley for more
Eric Sannerud says the harvest is expected to yield about 60,000
pounds of hops. The four different varieties of hops will likely be
harvested in late August or early September. Sannerud says most of
the hops in production are already contracted to several local
are used in the beer brewing process to add bitterness, aroma and
flavor. Certain varieties of hops can contribute specific flavors to
beer such as citrus or herbal.
PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials say a measles
outbreak that sickened 79 people is over.
outbreak that began April 11 was the largest measles outbreak in
Minnesota since 1990. It affected mostly unvaccinated children in
Minnesota's Somali-American community, where many parents avoided the
vaccine because of unfounded fears that it causes autism.
of those who contracted measles had to be hospitalized. More than
8,000 people were exposed to the measles and more than 500 were asked
to stay home from school, child care or work because they were
Minnesota Department of Health is declaring the outbreak over because
there have been no new cases for 42 days.
Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger says the Health Department will
continue working with the Somali community to improve vaccination
Minn. (AP) — Authorities are trying to catch two men believed to be
on a hotel-robbing spree in Minnesota.
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the robbers are believed to have
targeted five hotels since July, most recently the Woodbury Hampton
Inn about 4 a.m. Thursday.
robberies the past two months have occurred in Hastings, Red Wing,
Inver Grove Heights and North Branch.
each case, the robbers entered the hotel during early morning hours,
asked for a room, then pulled a gun or implied they had a gun in a
Police Detective Jeremy Miller says the holdups have become
increasingly violent, with the men charging the clerk in the Woodbury
case and forcing their way behind the counter.
Neb. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two people
killed and one person injured in a northern Nebraska collision.
County Attorney Eric Scott says Monday morning's crash west of
Valentine fatally injured 20-year-old Marcos Alvarado, of Alliance,
and 64-year-old John Strinz, who lived in Eagen, Minnesota.
says Alvarado was driving east on U.S. Highway 20 when his vehicle
collided with a westbound vehicle driven by 63-year-old Kathryn Rice,
who also lives in Minnesota.
and Strinz were pronounced dead at the scene. Scott says Rice was
taken Cherry County Hospital in Valentine.
Minn. (AP) — A woman accused of beating and starving a woman she
brought from China to work as a nanny in Minnesota will be deported
after she spends a year in jail.
Lili Huang was sentenced Thursday to 12 months and one day in jail. A
federal judge also ordered her to forfeit her home and pay nearly
$100,000 in restitution. Huang lived in Woodbury, a suburb of St.
say the 58-year-old nanny was found wandering in the street in July
2016, battered and malnourished. Investigator say she was forced to
work up to 18 hours a day doing child care, cooking and cleaning, for
less than $2 per hour.
is a Chinese citizen living in the U.S. with a valid visa. She
pleaded guilty in May to a forced labor charge. Her attorney says she
was experiencing mental health problems at the time of the abuse.
ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The longtime executive director of the Great
Lakes Commission is leaving the post.
Eder has taken a new job as a program officer with the Charles
Stewart Mott Foundation.
has led the Great Lakes Commission since 2006. The commission is an
interstate agency that represents and advises the governors of all
eight Great Lakes states, and the premiers of Ontario and Quebec,
about economic and environmental issues in the region.
Director Tom Crane will serve as interim executive director until the
commission hires Eder's replacement.
says he'll manage water-related grants with the Mott Foundation.
Minn. (AP) — Workers at a Minnesota golf course found a large
swastika carved into the greens earlier this week.
incident at Crystal Lake Golf Club was first reported by Golf.com.
Lakeville police confirmed that the vandalism occurred and said the
investigation is ongoing.
a message on its Facebook page, the club apologized to anyone who saw
a picture of the image in the media.
club also says: "We would like to firmly state how hurt and
saddened we are that we were the victim of such a crime. We, in no
way, stand for anything remotely related to that symbol, and we hope
that swift justice is brought to the perpetrator(s) of this crime."
club says the greens were repaired before the golf course opened that