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North Dakota Legislature Adjourns for 2017 Session

Leaders thanked members in each party and their staffs for all of their work to get the session done before the mandated 80-day cutoff

  BISMARCK, ND — After four months and 77 days in session, the North Dakota legislature has adjourned the 2017 session. Leaders thanked members in each party and their staffs for all of their work to get the session done before the mandated 80-day cutoff. Gov. Burgum thanked the legislature for “working with the executive branch and other state agencies…

Cleanup Week Prep Underway

Logs and brush up to 10 inches in diameter along with tires and rims will be collected. No wood, building material or concrete will be accepted

  FARGO, ND — It’s time to throw all of your unwanted junk on the boulevard. The annual metro Cleanup Week will take place May 1 thru 5. Here’s how it works: you are asked to set out all of your unwanted items before 7 a.m. on your normal garbage pickup day. Limit appliances to two per household. Logs and…

Pine Ridge Reservation Declares State of Emergency Over Lack of Law Enforcement

The reservation is dealing with a wave of drug-related crime

  SOUTH DAKOTA — A major shakeup in law enforcement on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council declared a state of emergency and withdrew support this week for Police Chief Harry Martinez, who has since resigned. The reservation is dealing with a wave of drug-related crime. Eight police chiefs have come and gone since 2008. Not…

Wells County Sheriff Resigns, Deputies Fired

The state's attorney says an investigation is underway

  WELLS COUNTY, ND — The sheriff of Wells County, North Dakota has abruptly resigned. Johnny Lawson says he stepped down for personal reasons. The county commission has also fired his two deputies. The state’s attorney says an investigation is underway. Lawson has asked people to pray for himself and his family as they continue on to new adventures. Sheriff’s…

Judge Finds Liquor License Non-Renewal Unreasonable Near Pine Ridge Reservation

The ruling is a setback for advocates who want to close the stores in Whiteclay

  WHITECLAY, NE — A judge has overturned a decision to bar four Nebraska beer stores from selling next to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The South Dakota reservation is struggling with alcohol-related problems. The ruling is a setback for advocates who want to close the stores in Whiteclay, an unincorporated village of nine people that sells millions of cans of…

Eight Extradited from Jamaica to North Dakota Over Lottery Scam

The eight suspects have appeared in federal court in Bismarck

  BISMARCK, ND — Eight more people have been extradited from Jamaica to North Dakota in a lottery scam. The eight suspects have appeared in federal court in Bismarck. Four pleaded not guilty. Four didn’t enter pleas because their public defenders weren’t present. All were ordered held until detention hearings. Authorities allege the scam bilked at least 90 mostly elderly…

Garfield, Minnesota Home Damaged in Fire

The garage and vehicle inside were both lost

GARFIELD, Minn. — Fire spreads from a garage into a house, causing extensive damage. It happened at 9170 Blue Jay Way Northwest in Garfield, Minnesota, west of Alexandria. Authorities say the fire consumed the upper floor of the house and caused extensive damage to the main and lower floors. The garage and vehicle inside were both lost. The fire is…

Wrigley Being Considered for ND’s Top Prosecutor Job…Again

Wrigley served as U.S. attorney from 2001 to 2009 and hired Myers as assistant prosecutor

  NORTH DAKOTA — Former Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley could be getting one of his old jobs back. According to Senator Hoeven, Wrigley and Chris Myers are both being considered by the White House for North Dakota’s top federal prosecutor job. But Hoeven says Myers has told him he does not want to go through the nomination process. Wrigley served…

United Airlines Reaches Settlement Deal with Man Dragged Off Chicago Flight

The airline has established 10 recommendations that improve and update their customer service polices

  CHICAGO, IL — The attorney for the Kentucky man who was dragged off a United Airlines plane has reached a settlement with the airline for an undisclosed amount. He also says his client will not sue the city of Chicago as part of the agreement. United has released details of its review of the incident. The airline has established 10…

Rescue Crews Respond to Medical Emergency at West Fargo Apartment Building

Police and emergency workers responded to an apartment building at 612 6th Street East

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Rescue crews in West Fargo are on the scene of a medical emergency at an apartment building. The call for help came just before 5:30 p.m. Police and emergency workers responded to an apartment building at 612 6th Street East. More ambulances were soon dispatched. KVRR reporter Nick Broadway and photojournalist John Hanson are on the…