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BISMARCK—North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring will seek re-election this year, he announced Thursday, Feb. 1. The Republican has been in office since 2009, when then-Gov. John Hoeven appointed him to fill the job vacated by Democrat Roger Johnson, who resigned to lead the National Farmers Union. Goehring was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. In 2014, Goehring survived a challenge for the Republican Party's endorsement at the state convention.
KENSINGTON, Minn. — Three barns and 22 calves were lost in a fire Wednesday night, Jan. 31, on a farm north of Kensington. The fire apparently started when a skid loader was left idling near some round hay bales, a news release from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said. The fire then spread to nearby calf barns.
MITCHELL, S.D. — A Minnesota man was sentenced to 10 years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary for assaulting a Mitchell woman. Eustace Miles, 50, of Moorhead pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in 2017 for punching the victim, hitting her with an extension cord and belt. He also stabbed a pair of scissors into the victim's ear, puncturing her eardrum, in July 2016. Miles must pay $5,161.97 in fines, court costs and restitution to the victim.
GRAND FORKS — Two deer shot by hunters in southwestern North Dakota during the 2017 deer gun season have tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the state Game and Fish Department said Monday, Jan. 29. According to Dr. Dan Grove, wildlife veterinarian for Game and Fish, the whitetail buck and mule deer doe came from Unit 3F2. Since 2009, 11 deer in North Dakota have tested positive for CWD, Grove said, all from Unit 3F2. Commonly known as CWD, chronic wasting disease affects the nervous system in members of the deer family and is always fatal.
BISMARCK—Longtime North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced a re-election bid Monday, Jan. 29, setting up an intraparty battle for the statewide elected office. Jaeger, a Republican first elected in 1992, said in a statement that he was proud of his record, including implementing new technology, conducting fair elections and managing the state's records. He noted North Dakota has been listed No. 1 on the Pew Charitable Trusts' election performance index four election cycles in a row.
YPSILANTI, N.D. – The Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office has identified the Jamestown man killed Saturday, Jan. 27, in a car crash with horses that were standing on a road.
RED LAKE, Minn.—Two people were found dead of possible drug overdoses Friday on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northwest Minnesota.. The Red Lake Department of Public Safety received a report Friday morning of two possible overdose victims located at a Red Lake residence, according to a release posted to the Red Lake Police Department's Facebook page. When emergency personnel and law enforcement arrived, the victims—an adult male and an adult female—were deceased, the release said. Their names are being withheld pending notification of family members.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Randy Christmann will seek re-election this year, he announced Thursday, Jan. 25. Christmann, a Republican, has been a member of the three-member commission since 2012 and currently serves as its chairman. The PSC regulates utilities, licenses grain elevators and is responsible for siting power plants and transmission lines, among other duties.
An Oklahoma man denied charges that say he exposed himself and in front of a customer more than two years ago at a Grand Forks Starbucks. Larry Brian Rick, 49, of Moore, Okla., pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Grand Forks District Court to two Class C felony counts of indecent exposure. The charges stem from an Aug. 15, 2015, incident reported at 1217 S. Washington St., the location of a now-closed Starbucks. Rick was staring at a customer before he exposed his genitals and masturbated in front of her, witnesses said in charging documents. He then left the restaurant.
FARGO - For the third year in a row, fewer people are flying out of North Dakota airports. Commercial airport traffic dropped more than two percent in 2017 from the year before. That's about 23,000 fewer flyers. It marks the third year in a row the state has seen a drop, but experts say it's not nearly as bad as the numbers might look.