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Valve malfunction causes saltwater leak

BISMARCK -- A failed valve caused a tank to spill 830 barrels of saltwater near Ross in western North Dakota.

Woman accused of taking $20k from McDonald’s

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. --- A former Devils Lake restaurant manager is facing felony charges in connection with the theft of more than $20,000 from the business. Amber Aldinger-Cross, 31, has been formally charged with felony theft of property from the McDonald’s restaurant in Devils Lake, according to Det. Sue Schwab, with the Devils Lake Police Department.

Measure 5 backers file complaint over ads by oil industry group

Campaigns on conservation issue continue to pick at each other’s ads
BISMARCK, N.D. – Backers of a North Dakota ballot measure that would create a conservation fund with oil tax revenue complained Thursday that the American Petroleum Institute’s campaign ads against the measure violate state law. Steve Adair, chairman of the measure’s sponsoring committee for Measure 5, filed an election complaint with Secretary of State Al Jaeger, alleging violations of campaign disclosure laws by API.

Former Bismarck priest, DJ named in sex abuse claim

BISMARK, N.D. -- The Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Bismarck has named longtime Bismarck priest and disc jockey Father John Owens as one of 17 priests facing allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. The announcement comes as part of a settlement agreement with the law firm Jeff Anderson and Associates, which represented alleged victims in the case. The 85-year-old Owens now resides in Forest Lake, Minn., where he lives a life of atonement, according to a prepared statement released by the office of the Bismarck Diocese.

Man accused of letting brother freeze to death in filthy farmhouse

FARGO, N.D. – A 61-year-old man is accused of letting his mentally ill brother freeze to death in their crumbling and filthy family farmhouse in southeast North Dakota, where his emaciated body, gnawed by rodents, was discovered in January. Ronald Allan Simmons, brother of 58-year-old Bruce Simmons, told investigators at the time that he’d been in control of Bruce’s finances before Bruce died and that he admitted he’d neglected him in the past six months, according to court records.

Former US Attorney General: ND’s Measure 1 won’t lead to ‘parade of horrors’

Former US Attorney General: ND’s Measure 1 won’t lead to ‘parade of horrors’

FARGO, N.D. – A law on the books in Missouri for almost 30 years shows North Dakota’s “right to life” amendment wouldn’t lead to the “parade of horrors” its opponents have claimed, former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft said Friday. During a press conference at the Fargo Air Museum announced by ND Choose Life, the main coalition working to support passage of Measure 1, Ashcroft discussed why he believes the two contain “substantially the same” language – and wouldn’t cause the unintended consequences to end-of-life care and in vitro fertilization its opponents have raised as concerns.


State sends money to wrong city; Devils Lake to return $112,000

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- The city of Devils Lake must return nearly $112,000 to the state after the North Dakota Tax Department discovered it mistakenly sent the money to the wrong city. The money includes $74,511 in lodging tax and $37,255 in lodging and restaurant tax proceeds received by the city of Devils Lake between April 2011 and October 2014, according to Myles Vosberg, director of the state’s tax administration division.

Dems question Laffen advertisement

Dems question Laffen advertisement

Footage was filmed for oil industry ad
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Democratic party officials are raising questions over a Grand Forks Republican state senator’s campaign advertisement. But the senator, Lonnie Laffen, said there is nothing wrong with the ad. Laffen’s ad includes a few seconds of footage previously shot for a North Dakota Petroleum Council advertisement from last year. That ad featured Laffen as a founder of his firm, JLG Architects.


UND's energy, environment research facility names director

UND's energy, environment research facility names director

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Tom Erickson had been named director of the Energy and Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota. Erickson served as acting and then interim director after former Director Gerald Groenewold was placed on administrative leave in May and subsequently fired.


Weather experts say cattle-killing blizzard can’t be climate change

BROOKINGS, S.D. – A study conducted by a team of weather experts determined the October 2013 blizzard that devastated parts of western South Dakota and Wyoming isn’t anything to be alarmed about in the near future. The blizzard accounted for the deaths of an estimated 45,000 head of livestock, reports said. The team concluded the event couldn’t be tied to climate change, though, because of limited data on severe weather events in the fall. The team included researchers at South Dakota State University, who said the storm is not cause for alarm.

Featured Staff Blogs UND HOCKEY
Gameday final: UND 6, Providence 1
Tonight's viewing: Midco Sports Network (Ch. 27, 622 HD). Notes: Only minor changes for UND. Chyzyk is in for Poganski. Acciari is in for Providence. Gilmour returns to PC's blue line. Full lines and ...
10/24/14 at 6:05 PM BISON MEDIA BLOG
FCS Pick 'Em - Week 9
Week 9 may be Separation Saturday in the FCS, there are some tremendous matchups this week, some teams playoff fates may be sealed this weekend. It's also time to get serious for me, trailing by three...
10/24/14 at 2:41 PM ADDICTED TO RUNNING
Cutting back
"Racing is the fun part; it's the reward of all the hard work." - Kara Goucher It's been a few years since I've written my taper plan in the blog, so when a reader left a comment on the blog for me t...
10/24/14 at 12:43 PM ASTRO BOB
Pew! Rosetta's comet has bad case of gas, halitosis
I count at least 20 individual jets in this recently released photo of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. No doubt about it. As the comet wends its way toward the Sun, there's been a clear increase in...
Out of the woods, back in the office
Im in catch-up mode today after spending the better part of 10 days hunting ruffed grouse and hanging out with friends at our getaway in northwest Minnesota. Aside from a couple of days that were wind...
10/24/14 at 11:03 AM

Featured Area Voices UND NEWS
English Coulee cleanup set for Saturday morning on UND campus
On Saturday, Oct. 25, University of North Dakota students, faculty, and staff will work together with community members and workers from the City of Grand Forks to clean up English Coulee. Interested...
Average Social Security and SSI amounts in Sept. 2014
For September 2014, last month, following are three easily understood tables providing Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) information. These tables are online here. Supplemental S...
10/24/14 at 12:11 PM NDSU NEWS
NDSU math department starts new program for high school students
NDSUs Department of Mathematics launches a new program called Math Circle on Monday, Oct. 27. The program is for high school students who want to be challenged in math. NDSU math professors will lead...
Gluten-free Chilean Quinoa Tabbouleh
One of our great-nieces and her husband have twin sons with wheat or gluten intolerance. Although most of us dont think about this particular allergy, people who are allergic to wheat or other grains...
One Special Friend is Enough for Kindness
Have you ever felt like everyone was in on a joke except you? Im not sure if I should feel angry or sad, but deep in my heart, Im feeling a strange combination of dark emotions that are all jumble...
10/18/14 at 7:17 AM