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BISMARCK — Fifteen North Dakota schools have the opportunity to join 50 others in the state in a suicide prevention program for middle school and high school students. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota’s Caring Foundation is offering funding for the extra 15 schools and accepting applications. The state Department of Health program, called Sources of Strength, is being implemented in the 50 schools and many are already seeing positive results.
WILLISTON, N.D. — The 2022 Babe Ruth World Series for 14-year-olds will return to Williston in northwest North Dakota in 2022, it was announced by the baseball league’s international headquarters staff in Hamilton, N.J. Williston will be able to select its own team for the event because it’s the host and will compete with eight regional champions from across the country, plus the North Dakota Babe Ruth state champion for 14-year-olds.
FARGO — A printing shop was a busy place this week as a group opposing legalizing medical marijuana was having fliers printed — almost 350,000 of them — giving their side to the story on the issue confronting North Dakota voters in less than a month. If residents haven't received the fliers yet, they will in the coming days as North Dakotans Against the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana campaign manager Norm Robinson said they will be going to every single family home, apartment and post office box in the state.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — North Dakota has a new U.S. marshal. The state’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation director Dallas Carlson was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Oct. 11. Carlson was nominated for the position in March and his nomination was advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee last month.
STURGIS, S.D. -- Attendance was the second highest in the past 10 years at the 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August in the Black Hills of South Dakota, according to official numbers released Thursday, Oct. 11. The City of Sturgis in reporting the numbers said there were 495,000 visitors at the 10-day event with a total economic impact to the state of $786 million. More than $580,000 was raised at various events for local nonprofit organizations.
KILLDEER, N.D. -- A 49-year-old Texas man has died in a rollover crash about one mile north of Killdeer in far western North Dakota. Billy Galloway of Livingston, Texas, died in the crash about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, when he apparently failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, went into the ditch and rolled his vehicle, said the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
GRAND FORKS — The world’s largest group for police leaders has recognized the U.S. Attorney’s Office in North Dakota for its work in prosecuting suspects in an international drug ring that led to several fentanyl overdose deaths.
BISMARCK — The U.S. Supreme Court has now waded into North Dakota election law. The high court on Tuesday, Oct. 9, responding to an emergency appeal, released a decision on a 6-2 vote that will allow the state to require a residential address on a driver's license or ID card to vote and won't accept a post office box except with supplemental proof of a residential address. The issue has been lingering since the 2017 state Legislature approved a change in the voting law.
FARGO — As a parent and grandparent, Kristie Spooner has two roles that pushed her to help form a group that opposes the recreational marijuana measure on the Nov. 6 ballot. Called "Healthy & Productive North Dakota Against Measure 3," she said her organization is focused on the health effects and other dangers of marijuana. Spooner also said she knows firsthand about the health risks of marijuana from her job as an addiction counselor in Fargo.
BOTTINEAU, N.D. -- A 19-year-old Bottineau man has been charged with felony manslaughter and remains in jail in the accidental shooting death of his roommate and friend Devon Main at their trailer park residence last week, said Bottineau County Sheriff Steve Watson on Monday, Oct. 8.