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GRAND FORKS — Altru Hospital will soon have its first-ever air ambulance to transport patients in life or death situations to Grand Forks for treatment. The new air ambulance program, called Altru Care Flight, will focus on the hospital's current coverage area — south of the Canadian border and two hours east and west of Grand Forks by car. The single-engine prop plane will be based out of the Grand Forks airport. The service is expected to start April 1.
BISMARCK — A bill that aims to make it easier for spouses of military personnel to transfer their occupational licenses to North Dakota passed the state Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Senators voted 47-0 to move a bill from Sen. Scott Meyer, R-Grand Forks, to create occupational licensing reciprocity for military spouses who are in good standing and licensed by a reasonable entity.
Bemidji State 3, Northern Michigan 0 Adam Brady’s first-period goal stood as the game-winner with the Beavers going on to clinch their second straight five-point weekend through an all-around dominant win over Northern Michigan. Read more here. Minnesota 4, Ohio State 3
Minnesota Duluth 5, Denver 2 Denver scored less than three minutes in, but the second-place Bulldogs responded with four straight goals to open up a nine-point lead on the Pioneers, who are tied with North Dakota for for the final home-ice playoff spot in the NCHC in fourth place. Read the full story here. North Dakota 5, Western Michigan 1
BISMARCK — A federal judge has dismissed a racketeering lawsuit the developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline brought against environmental groups. U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson of Arkansas said Thursday, Feb. 14, that Energy Transfer Partners' allegations fall "far short" of the standard needed to establish an organized criminal enterprise. "This case involves several groups/individuals with similar interests who happened to allegedly engage in unlawful activity around the same time," he wrote.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A site along U.S. Highway 2 where 16 cattle died on Monday, Feb. 11, could soon host a new billboard from an organization that advocates for animal rights by way of meat-free diets. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, announced Thursday its plans to place a sign along Highway 2, about 3 miles west of Devils Lake, to honor the animals that died when a livestock trailer overturned this week and killed roughly a fifth of the cattle being transported.
Two residents from Fergus Falls, Minn., who helped expose a false story about “Trump worship” in the German newspaper Der Spiegel will be visiting UND’s campus Friday to discuss what they learned about the stereotypes that many international and urban American readers have about "small town" United States. In 2017, the German newspaper published a story written by Claas Relotius about the small Minnesota city. The piece painted the town as racist and had residents who blindly supported President Donald Trump.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A former Yankton Sioux tribal official was sentenced this week to spend life in prison for 15 counts of sexual offenses involving children over a period of 24 years. Quentin Bruguier Jr., 55, of Lake Andes, was ordered on Monday, Feb. 11, in U.S. District Court to serve 12 life sentences for four counts of sexual abuse and eight counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. He was also given three 10-year sentences for three counts of abusive sexual contact. All sentences will run concurrently in federal prison.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has renewed his nomination of Drew Wrigley to again serve as the U.S. attorney for North Dakota. "We welcome the president's re-nomination of Drew now that the new Congress has convened," Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said in a statement on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Hoeven said Wrigley, who served as lieutenant governor from 2010 to 2016, "brings a depth of experience that will promote public safety in our state and help ensure offenders are brought to justice."
BISMARCK — The University of Mary raised more than $100 million during the first of three phases of a strategic plan and capital campaign that has a $272 million goal. The first phase of Vision 2030, completed in three and a half years, stands as the largest successful capital campaign in the history of western North Dakota, the school said Tuesday, Feb. 12. The school's Phase I goal was $96 million. “Words cannot express how honored and humbled we feel on this bright day,” said University of Mary President Monsignor James Shea at a news conference Tuesday.