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BISMARCK — North Dakota saw the nation's steepest drop in homelessness this year, a federal agency said Monday, Dec. 17. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimated that 542 North Dakotans experienced homelessness on a single night in 2018, a 50 percent drop from last year. Homelessness among veterans and experienced by families with children fell 87 percent and 64 percent, respectively.
VELVA, N.D. - A 24-year-old California man has been identified as the victim of a fatal crash about 4 miles south of Velva on Sunday morning, Dec. 16. Bryce Belden of San Bernadino was driving a 2007 Dodge Dakota east on Highway 23 just before 10:15 a.m., the North Dakota Highway Patrol said, when he drove through the crossing at Highway 41. His vehicle passed onto a minimum maintenance road and went off the right shoulder of the roadway, through a fence and rolled several times in a cattle pasture. Belden was not wearing a seat belt, the patrol said.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A young man and a teenage boy were injured when the driver lost control of their vehicle around 2:45 p.m. due to poor road conditions on Ninth Street Northeast 4 miles east of Thompson. Jacob Garceau, 19, was driving the 1995 Dodge Dakota south on Ninth Street Northeast. Just to the south of the intersection with Sixth Avenue Northeast, Garceau lost control on compacted snow and ice. The Dodge slid into the east ditch and onto a frozen creek, where it struck the bank before coming to rest upright on the ice.
VELVA, N.D. — A 24-year-old California man is dead after failing to stop at an intersection about 4 miles south of Velva. The crash occurred at 10:12 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, during clear weather conditions. He was traveling east on Highway 23 in a 2007 Dodge Dakota when he failed to stop at the intersection with Highway 41.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- In approving a strategic vision plan looking ahead to 2030, Augustana University said Thursday night, Dec. 13, that Division I athletics will be in its future.
Several bomb threats have been reported around the country, including at 20 North Dakota hospitals, several Minnesota businesses and South Dakota schools. Hospitals in Wishek, Elgin, and Tioga in North Dakota were among those reporting bomb threats or emergency situations on Thursday, Dec. 13. The hospitals locked down, evacuated or closed following the threats, though most resumed normal operation by Thursday evening.
BISMARCK — A federal appeals court affirmed a lower court's decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a group of Morton County landowners alleging they signed easement contracts along the Dakota Access Pipeline route based on "various misrepresentations" Thursday, Dec. 13. The plaintiffs alleged other landowners received more money for easements allowing pipeline construction on their land despite being told they received the best price for anyone in Morton County.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- A wintry night celestial display is in store as the Geminid meteor shower promises one of the strongest showings of the year Thursday, Dec. 13, and Friday. And this year, mild temperatures in the 20s should provide for more pleasant viewing -- as long as the clouds give way as predicted. The National Weather Service forecast calls for mostly clear skies with a slight southern breeze.
MITCHELL, S.D. -- Two women, ages 43 and 52, died in a one-vehicle rollover crash late Tuesday night, Dec 11, east of Mitchell. Authorities say a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer was westbound on Interstate 90 when the driver lost control of the vehicle, which then entered the median, tipped and rolled several times. The vehicle came to rest on its roof in the eastbound lane. The crash occurred at 10:35 p.m. at mile marker 337, near the Riverside Road exit.
GRAND FORKS - A Davenport man is facing a negligent homicide charge after a crash left one person dead. Nathan Daniel Stachler was westbound on 88th Street Northeast and failed to fully yield at the intersection of County Road 39, near Osnabrock, about 100 miles northwest of Grand Forks, on May 17, court documents said. His car T-boned a southbound car in the intersection and both vehicles ended up in the ditch, an affidavit said.