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BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Tuesday, May 22, and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, as a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the Friday, May 18, shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. The governor's directive is in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Donald Trump.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Highway Patrol is starting the yearly Click It or Ticket initiative on Monday, May 21, with a highly visible seat belt enforcement campaign. The patrol will be a part of Operation Border to Border from 4-8 p.m. The one-day national awareness event is designed to increase seat belt use from 90.1 percent, according to 2016 figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
WILLISTON, N.D. — A 29-year-old Tioga woman was killed when her vehicle struck a disabled semi and trailer along U.S. Highway 2 early Friday morning, May 18. The semi, a 2006 Peterbilt, driven by David Caudill, 31, of New Brockton, Ala., was partially in the right lane 10 miles northeast of Williston when it became disabled shortly after 5 a.m., the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The woman's vehicle, a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, was westbound and struck the rear of the trailer, spun and overturned. The woman was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.
CASS LAKE, Minn. — Former state Sen. Harold "Skip" Finn died Thursday, May 17, according to a statement from his daughter. Finn, 69, a Leech Lake band member, represented Minnesota's District 4 from 1991 to 1996. A member of the DFL, he also served as majority whip. In a statement released Friday, Finn's daughter — who is now a state representative herself — said her father died at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis.
LANCASTER, Minn. -- A wildfire that started Tuesday in the northwest corner of Minnesota before jumping the border into Manitoba now is largely contained, officials say, but fire crews remain on high alert for the possibility of wildfires across the region, despite rain in the forecast. The Clow Fire, which started early Tuesday afternoon as a grassfire in Clow Township about 10 miles northwest of Lancaster, burned about 1,300 acres, driven by low relative humidity levels and southwest winds of 37 mph.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum tapped state Highway Patrol Maj. Brandon Solberg to lead the agency Thursday, May 17. Solberg will succeed Col. Michael Gerhart, who is retiring from the the Highway Patrol at the end of June after four years as its superintendent. Solberg has been with the Highway Patrol for more than two decades, the governor's office said, including more than 10 years as a commander at the patrol headquarters at the state Capitol. He was previously a Dickey County sheriff's deputy and a part-time reserve deputy in Barnes County.
LEGIONVILLE, Minn. -- A monstrous floating bog -- about the size of three football fields -- is refusing to leave without a fight from the spot it floated into on a northern Minnesota lake north of Brainerd. The bog has been lodged in North Long Lake in front of the Minnesota American Legion’s Legionville School Safety Patrol Training Center since last fall.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn.—Blogger and food writer Molly Yeh will be starring in food show premiering next month. The Food Network announced Tuesday, May 15, the writer whose blog is titled "My Name is Yeh" will be the focus of a show titled "Girl Meets Farm," starting at 11 a.m. June 24. Originally from Chicago, and a previous resident of New York City, Yeh moved to East Grand Forks in 2013 with her husband, Nick Hagen, a local farmer.
ROCKVILLE, Minn. — A man was killed when his vehicle left the road and overturned into the Sauk River early Tuesday morning, May 15.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's 2018 deer season is set, with 55,150 licenses available to hunters this fall, 650 more than last year, the Game and Fish Department announced Tuesday, May 15. In total, antlered mule deer licenses increased by 150 from last year, antlerless mule deer by 550, antlered whitetail by 150 and antlerless whitetail by 150. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reduced the number of "any antlered" licenses by 100, and reduced "any antlerless" license by 250.