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Sunday Afternoon Storms Spawn Funnels and Tornadoes

Tornado Near Oriska/Funnel Near LaMoure & Edgeley garage door A very active weather day in the region with storms spawning funnels and tornadoes. One tornado was spotted on a farm about 5 miles southwest of Oriska, North Dakota. Tara Opatz sent us video of it and says it formed over their farm and touched down in the field next to…

North Dakota Request For Major Disaster Declaration Approved

It'll make federal assistance available under the Federal Emergency Management Agency

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  President Trump has approved North Dakota’s request for a major disaster declaration due to fall flooding and the early snowstorm. It’ll make federal assistance available under the Federal Emergency Management Agency. An estimated $10 million in damage was done to public infrastructure from a three-day October storm and flooding. The declaration covers 16 counties: Barnes, Eddy, Foster,…

Burgum Expected to Ask for Federal Help Following Storm

Seven Counties in North Dakota have already issued flood emergency declarations.

BISMARCK, N.D.–Gov. Doug Burgum is expected to ask for federal help in dealing with record-breaking snow that fell last week in North Dakota and subsequent flooding. Officials say seven counties in central and eastern North Dakota and the cities of Jamestown, LaMoure and Valley City already issued flood emergency declarations. Burgum spokesman Mike Nowatzki says more cities and counties are…

National Guard Sends Troops to Cass County & LaMoure to Help With Flood Fight

GUARD1 Courtesy: North Dakota National Guard GUARD2 Courtesy: North Dakota National Guard GUARD3 Courtesy: North Dakota National Guard GUARD4 Courtesy: North Dakota National Guard The North Dakota National Guard is sending soldiers and equipment to Cass County and the City of LaMoure to help in the flood fight. That includes up to ten members, trucks for hauling sandbags and a…

Civil Air Patrol Spots Ice Jams along The James River near LaMoure

You can also see overland flooding starting north of Oakes

ADRIAN JAMES-ICED-OVER OAKES-SOUTH-OVERLAND-FLOODING ADRIAN-NORTH The Civil Air Patrol is giving us a better view of flooding issues in LaMoure and Dickey counties in North Dakota. Seven ice jams were located by aircrews along the James River from Montpelier south to just north of LaMoure. The river was reported frozen south of the city. There was also an ice jam at…

Former Police Chief Enters Alford Plea To Child Sexual Abuse Charges

James Watson Has Been Charged In At Least Three Counties

A former LaMoure police chief has entered an Alford plea to multiple child sexual abuse charges in Hettinger and Stark counties. 52-year-old James Watson’s plea is not an admission of guilt but he acknowledges there is enough evidence for a conviction. A jury in Golden Valley County last month convicted him of continuous sexual abuse of a child. The charges…

New LaMoure Hog Farm Set to Save Local Cooperative Thousands of Dollars

The Fairview Colony's new farm will allow the cooperative to sell their hogs to the antibiotic market more easily

LAMOURE, N.D. — A LaMoure–based agriculture cooperative is about to open a modern hog farm. The new farm will allow them to raise their hogs in an environmentally sensitive manner. The cooperative invited the public to walk through the farm before it goes operational. The Fairview Colony held an open house at their soon–to–be–opened hog farm, which showcases the latest…

Woman Crashes Into Gas Tanker After Sneezing

Woman Was Hurt While Semi Driver Was Not, No Fuel Spilled

LAMOURE CO., N.D. — Authorities say a sneeze caused a woman to crash into a semi. North Dakota Highway Patrol says 44-year-old Michele Eckmann of LaMoure was driving north on Highway 281 about 13 miles north of Edgeley Friday afternoon when she sneezed. It caused her SUV to drift and she struck the tanker trailer loaded with gas. Eckmann was…

Former LaMoure Police Chief Found Guilty Of Sexual Abuse of a Child

James Watson Was Tried In Far Western North Dakota County, Faces Charges In Two Other Counties

GOLDEN VALLEY CO., ND — A jury has convicted the former police chief of LaMoure of sexually abusing a child. A Golden Valley County jury returned its verdict Monday against James Watson. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison on a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child. He’s also facing separate trials on felony sexual misconduct…