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FARGO - File this one under "only in North Dakota." Multiple videos have been circulating on Facebook Thursday, Feb. 8 after a cow broke loose from the Little International Livestock Show on the campus of NDSU. In the video, you can see three people trying to corral the cow near NDSU's Minard Hall, located in the heart of campus. "The cow was on the loose for a little bit," said NDSU Media Relations coordinator Sadie Rudulph.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum named Deputy Tax Commissioner Joe Morrissette the state's new budget director Thursday, Feb. 8. Morrissette will take over as director of the Office of Management and Budget, a Cabinet-level position, March 1. He succeeds Pam Sharp, who retired Nov. 30 but has stayed on in a temporary role through the transition. Morrissette has been the state's deputy tax commissioner since 2014. He previously worked in OMB and Legislative Council, and he has a master's in business administration from the University of Mary in Bismarck.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Public Service Commission's two rail safety inspectors issued 49 violations last year, the agency said Thursday, Feb. 8. The program was approved by state lawmakers in 2015 after an oil train derailment near Casselton, N.D., sparked an explosion in late 2013. Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak said inspectors issued "multiple violations related to wheel defects, side bearing problems, and switch issues," which "have a direct relation to derailments."
WOODBURY, Minn. – A Fargo man is facing felony charges after his arrest in this Twin Cities suburb in a weeklong Super Bowl sex trafficking sting.
WALKER, Minn.—Eelpout Festival organizers believe there will be no vehicle restrictions during this year's festival. Thanks to this year's cooler temperatures, festival attendees will likely be able to drive campers, trucks and cars onto the ice as they see fit. This is a change from the 2017 and 2016 Eelpout festivals; unseasonably warm weather prompted restrictions those years. Last year, for example, the Cass County Sheriff's Office decided to only allow snowmobiles and class 1 and 2 all-terrain vehicles on the ice for a portion of the festival.
Duluth police have identified the woman who dropped off a severely wounded dog at a local veterinary clinic last week, and determined the circumstances of how the dog was injured. Police said a woman called the Duluth Animal Shelter on Wednesday morning to identify herself as the person who anonymously dropped off the dog at the Waters Edge Veterinary Clinic on Jan. 31. Authorities had issued a call Tuesday for information about the woman, in order to learn how the dog received its injuries.
PEMBINA, N.D.—An environmental activist who shut off an emergency valve on the TransCanada Keystone oil pipeline was sentenced Tuesday to spend one year in prison. Michael Eric Foster, 53, of Seattle, initially was charged with eight different crimes for his participation in the 2016 action that targeted a section of pipeline that runs through northeast North Dakota. Foster was joined on trial by co-defendant Samuel L. Jessup, of Winooski, Vt., a fellow "valve-turner" who livestreamed Foster's actions at the pipeline for viewing on the Internet.
FARGO - Inside Edition will air an exclusive story on the case of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind and her child, Haisley Jo.
MITCHELL, S.D. — A Mitchell woman was arrested for allegedly stealing a vehicle when she posted about the crime on social media and left her driver's license at the scene. Natasha Gonzalez, 30, has been charged with grand theft valued between $1,000 and $2,500, a Class 6 felony punishable by up to two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.
ST. PAUL—A Red Lake, Minn., man was sentenced Friday, Feb. 2, to 30 years in federal prison in the deaths of two people on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Jared Daniel Jones, 23, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in the second degree, according to a release Monday, Feb. 5, from the office of U.S. Attorney Gregory Booker. Jones was sentenced to 360 months in prison by Senior Judge Donovan Frank in U.S. District Court in St. Paul on Friday.