N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified a
14-year old girl who died when her bicycle was struck by a vehicle
The patrol says
Bethany Elijah died at the scene Thursday morning on a gravel road
east of town.
The patrol says the
driver, a 75-year-old Lisbon man, was traveling east and navigating
an uphill curve when he encountered the girl, who was traveling
The driver was not
The crash remains
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) —
Officials say at least 268 rural wildfires have been reported in
North Dakota this year, which has put stress on volunteer
Director of Homeland
Security Greg Wilz tells the Bismarck Tribune that state may consider
the possibility of stipends for rural volunteer firefighters who are
sometimes responding to multiple blazes daily.
conditions have increased the risk of wildfires in much of the state.
Wilz says more than
half of the wildfires this year have occurred in July. He says the
top causes of the fires reported are from farming equipment and
MEDORA, N.D. (AP) —
Two small wildfires burning in Theodore Roosevelt National Park in
western North Dakota are 90 percent contained.
The National Park
Service says both fires are in remote, rugged territory and are less
than a square mile in size. The National Park Service says the Jones
Creek Fire is 5 acres and the Halliday Well Fire is 11 acres.
Lightning started both
fires. The area is in extreme drought this summer.
The agency says trails
in the area that had been closed due to the fires are now open.
MEDORA, N.D. (AP) —
Six North Dakota natives are in the cast and band at this year's
annual musical in Medora, the largest number in recent years.
The Bismarck Tribune
reports that Taylor Leet of Bismarck, Alyssa Scott of Fargo, Misti
Koop of Grand Forks and Damon Fichter of Dickinson are four of the 12
singers in this year's Medora Musical. Former Bismarck mayor and
longtime Medora performer Bill Sorensen is co-hosting the show, and
Bismarck native Zach Schmidt is the band's drummer.
More than 1,000 people
audition for the musical each year regionally and nationally, with
cast members coming from around the country.
Koop was the only
North Dakota native on stage when she began performing in 2012. She
says it's fun to have new North Dakota natives involved in the
WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) —
The president of the North Dakota State College of Science in
Wahpeton has apologized for comments he made on a Fargo radio show
about the value of a high school diploma.
John Richman was
talking about the amount of education necessary for a person to be a
contributing member of society when he said a high school diploma
provides "enough education to be a ward of the state."
The Wahpeton Daily
News reports that Richman was heavily criticized on social media.
North Dakota Republican Party district chairman John Trandem also
said on a Fargo TV station program that Richman's words were
Richman told the
newspaper he realizes he offended some people and made a mistake. He
said, "I do apologize because it was never my intent to offend
CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City woman who pleaded guilty to stealing
money from military veterans has been sentenced to five years of
probation and ordered to repay at least $45,000.
The Rapid City Journal
reports reports 41-year-old Cassandra Koscak worked as a
representative of veterans who receive benefits from the Department
of Veterans Affairs.
Koscak pleaded guilty
in federal court to misappropriation by fiduciary, which is
punishable by up to five years in prison. Authorities say she
transferred money from at least two veterans' accounts to her own.
U.S. District Court
Chief Judge Jeffrey Viken on Tuesday gave prosecutors 90 days to
determine the full amount Koscak must repay.
Court records show she
has repaid $20,000 so far.
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) —
Many local officials have called a soybean processing plant that's
being built in the northern part of South Dakota a huge economic win
for the state, but it's difficult to find data or details to back
The Aberdeen News
reports that the history and status of Ag Processing Inc.'s soybean
plant in southern Nebraska can more accurately predict what Aberdeen
and the surrounding area can expect.
Many of the same
things officials have said about Aberdeen's plant match what was said
when the expansion of the soybean processing facility in Hastings was
Yet, some things are
different. For example, some of the infrastructure was already in
place in Hastings.
The Aberdeen soybean
plant is expected to begin operating in fall 2019.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) —
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reminding the public that some
sandbars in the Missouri River between Nebraska and South Dakota are
closed to recreational use to keep endangered bird species' nests
The Corps says
endangered interior least terns and threatened piping plovers are
currently nesting on sandbars around the Fort Randall Dam in South
Dakota and Ponca State Park in Nebraska. The birds use the sandbars
to lay their eggs and hatch chicks.
Corps Senior Program
Manager Mark Harberg says closed sandbars are marked with signs
warning the public to keep out of the area, but that some signs have
The nesting season
runs from mid-May through August.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP)
— Ron Parsons, a Sioux Falls attorney who has specialized in
appellate and constitutional law, has been nominated by President
Donald Trump for U.S. attorney for South Dakota.
The White House
announced the nomination, subject to confirmation in the Senate, on
Parsons, 49, is a
partner at Johnson Janklow Abdallah Reiter and Parsons. The Argus
Leader reported that one of his specialties has been handling appeals
in the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and the South Dakota Supreme
Parsons clerked for
8th Circuit Judge Roger Wollman. He earned his undergraduate degree
from the University of Minnesota — he has a collection of short
stories to his credit — and his law degree from the University of
South Dakota School of Law.
Parsons would replace
Randy Seiler, who took the post in 2015. Parsons lives in Sioux Falls
with his wife and daughter.
BATAVIA, Ill. (AP) —
Ground has been broken on the site of a physics experiment that would
send subatomic particles 800 miles underground from the Chicago
suburbs to South Dakota.
groundbreaking for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility was held
simultaneously at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia,
Illinois, and Sanford Lab in South Dakota. Construction over the next
decade will create the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment . The
project includes 1,000 scientists and engineers from more 30
The experiment would
send a beam of neutrinos 800 miles through the earth to let
scientists study their interaction with other particles. The beam
would be one of the biggest U.S. particle physics projects in many
Neutrinos are so fast
and small that scientists have barely detected them for study.
Experts say the ultimate goal is to better understand the origins of
KYLE, S.D. (AP) —
Law enforcement leaders from the Oglala Sioux Tribe and Pennington
County are working on an agreement to make it harder for violent
offenders to escape justice by fleeing to another jurisdiction.
Tribal leaders met
with the Pennington County sheriff and states attorney and the Rapid
City police chief Thursday night in Kyle. Oglala tribal member Dave
Swallow expressed concern about a cooperative agreement, saying the
1851 treaty with the U.S. government precludes any county presence on
KOTA-TV reports law
enforcement leaders hope to convince tribal members that cooperation
is key to improving public safety and that there's no effort to
impinge on tribal sovereignty.
Rapid City Chief Karl
Jegeris says it will take patience and persistence to work out an
(AP) — A Minneapolis city councilwoman says she's had positive
dealings with the mayor's pick to take over the police department,
but she wonders whether it might be better to bring in an outsider.
Linea Palmisano, who
represents the ward where a police officer shot an unarmed Australian
woman who had called 911 last weekend, said Saturday that she's known
Assistant Police Chief Medaria Arradondo for some time. She says
she's relied on him to explain police initiatives and has always been
But the councilwoman
says she thinks it might be too difficult for someone from within the
department to make the cultural changes needed to curtail police
Mayor Betsy Hodges on
Friday nominated Arradondo to take over as police chief from Janee
Harteau, who resigned at Hodges request amid the investigation into
the July 15 shooting of Justine Damond.
CHAMPLIN, Minn. (AP) —
A 92-year-old Minnesota man still runs three to four miles about four
times a week.
KARE-TV reports that
John Keston has 53 marathons under his belt.
Keston was once an
actor who appeared on stage in London and on Broadway. He also
appeared in numerous print and TV advertisements for everything from
bank services to candy bars.
He taught classical
singing at Bemidji State University, where he ran — and won — his
first race at the age of 55.
From his late 60s to
his 80s, he broke many U.S. and world records for runners in his age
He was inducted into
the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2001.
Keston says he keeps
running because he doesn't "want to expire too early in life."
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) —
Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt says he will authorize legislative
pay raises for his colleagues in the House.
The Star Tribune
reports the Republican made the decision Friday, and a day after two
state legislators sued alleging that he had violated the state
Constitution by not approving a $14,000 raise.
approved a constitutional amendment in 2016 that handed the power
over lawmaker pay to an independent council. That body raised pay
from $31,000 to $45,000 annually.
State senators started
receiving the higher pay earlier this month, but Daudt said he
wouldn't pay to cover those higher salaries for 134 House members and
Daudt says in a
statement he relented because it's "constitutionally required to
pay legislators the prescribed amount."
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) —
Researchers at the University of Minnesota went to the State Fair to
discover what makes the perfect smile.
reports that Sofia Lyford-Pike, a facial plastic and reconstructive
surgeon and assistant professor at the university, went to the 2015
state fair to see what the average person finds appealing in a smile.
Lyford-Pike works on
patients with paralyzed faces and routinely makes decisions about how
to change their smile.
Stephen Guy is a
faculty member in the university's Department of Computer Science and
Engineering. He says more than 800 participants rated
computer-generated smiles based on how pleasant, genuine and
effective they were.
the smiles' width, the angle and the amount of teeth shown. The
smiles that were in the middle for all characteristics performed the
PHOENIX (AP) —
Arizona is telling armed drivers how they should handle themselves if
they get pulled over by police.
The gun-friendly state
recently changed its rule book for the road in a bid to avoid deadly
encounters between police and people behind the wheel.
Arizona is among a
small number of states instructing drivers on what to expect during
traffic stops. But it appears to be the first to use its driving
rules to address situations in which motorists are armed.
The changes in the
state that allows people to carry weapons without permits were sought
by a lawmaker who wants to avoid confrontations such as one that
killed Philando Castile.
The Minnesota man, who
had a gun permit, was fatally shot during a 2016 traffic stop after
telling an officer he was armed.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) —
St. Paul police say one person was killed and two people were
critically injured after a car sped through a stop sign and struck a
Metro Transit bus.
The Star Tribune
reports that it happened at about 7:30 p.m. Friday in St. Paul's
Police spokesman Steve
Linders says a 26-year-old man driving a white sedan ran a stop sign
after fleeing the scene of a minor accident, hit a median, went
airborne and slammed into the bus, slicing through it.
Police say a
48-year-old man riding the bus was ejected when the vehicle collided
with it. He died at the scene.
Another bus passenger,
a 19-year-old man, was taken to a hospital with critical injuries.
Police say the driver of the car also is in critical condition.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) —
An unarmed Australian woman's fatal shooting by a Minneapolis police
officer who is a Somali-American has turned an unwelcome spotlight on
the city's Somali community.
Negative comments have
included former U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's recent statement that
Officer Mohamed Noor was an "affirmative-action hire by the
hijab-wearing mayor of Minneapolis." She was making an apparent
reference to the fact that Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges has worn a
head scarf when meeting with leaders of the city's Somali-American
suggested Noor may have shot Justine Damond for "cultural"
Police Chief Janee
(juh-NAY') Harteau (har-TOH'), who resigned Friday, said Noor's race
and ethnicity had nothing to do with the July 15 killing of the
40-year-old Damond, who was shot after she called 911 to report a