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The Rolette County Sheriff's Department will hold a press conference from Rolla, N.D. at 10 a.m. to address the shooting of a police officer and suspect . Join us for live coverage of the press conference on our live video page beginning at 9:45 a.m.
PORTAL, N.D. – Winter weather contributed to a spill at a saltwater disposal well last weekend but the contamination was contained to the site, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said Wednesday, Jan. 18. RIM Operating Inc. reported that 400 barrels, or 16,800 gallons, of produced water spilled and was contained and recovered at the site about 8 miles east of Portal.
BISMARCK - North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk is a candidate for a job at the Energy and Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota. Kalk said he has had two interviews for the director of energy systems development and would resign from the Public Service Commission if hired for the position. "I'm hopeful that a formal offer is coming our way," Kalk said Wednesday, Jan. 18.
BOWMAN, N.D. — A pipeline leak has caused a spill of about 300 barrels, or 12,600 gallons, of produced water about 11 miles south of Bowman, the North Dakota Department of Health said Tuesday, Jan. 17. The leak, in a gathering pipeline owned by Luff Exploration Co., was discovered last Friday. Officials were still working to determine the extent of the damage, but there were no indications that it affected water sources, said Bill Suess, spill investigation program manager. The health department and the North Dakota Industrial Commission are investigating. (FNS)
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota House easily passed legislation to limit the bonuses given to the governors’ staff and appointees Tuesday, Jan. 17. House Bill 1153 would limit recruitment and retention bonuses paid to an employee in the governor’s office or state officer appointed by the governor to 10 percent of their annual salary or $5,000, whichever is less. It came in response some controversy over bonuses paid to some of former Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s staff and Cabinet members in 2015.
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MOTLEY, Minn. — Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch said Tuesday, Jan. 17, that Alan Dumpprope, 20, of Motley, has been identified as the person found dead inside a home last week. The Cass County Sheriff's Office received a report of a house fire at 6:42 a.m. Friday off Minnesota Highway 64 in rural Motley, about 22 miles west of Brainerd. Responders arrived and found a trailer house engulfed in fire. Efforts to extinguish the fire were immediately underway.
A Crookston woman accused of keeping heroin in her bra police said she intended to sell is expected to change her plea this morning. Cynthia Esquivel, born in 1972, will have a hearing at 9 a.m. in Grand Forks District Court, where she is charged with possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver or manufacture, a Class A felony that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. It's unclear if she has reached a plea agreement or if she will be sentenced today.
A Duluth teen was listed in critical condition following an all-terrain vehicle crash north of the city on Monday. The 13-year-old, whose identity was not immediately released, was airlifted to Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth after the crash in Fredenberg Township, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office. Authorities reported that emergency responders were called to the 6500 block of Stevens Road, near Island Lake, at about 3 p.m. Monday.
RICE LAKE, Wis. -- A Rice Lake, Wis., man died after apparently following through on his threat to set off an explosion in his apartment late Sunday, authorities said. About 14 other residents of the apartment complex were evacuated by police before the explosion. The building was a complete loss after the explosion and fire, the Rice Lake Police Department reported. Rice Lake police identified the man who died as Joseph Zunker, 44.