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North Dakota Making the Switch from Visa to Mastercard

It'll replace the ReliaCard

  NORTH DAKOTA — North Dakota is making the switch from Visa to Mastercard. Human Services will begin using the new Way2Go Card on June 1. It’ll replace the ReliaCard. The cards are issued to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families clients, Child Care Assistance Program providers, and parents who choose not to receive electronic child support payments through direct deposit….

Jurors Hear Opening Statements in Ashley Hunter Double Murder Trial

The defense said the state's timeline won't add up

FARGO, ND– A Fargo double–murder trial has begun with opening statements. Ashley Hunter’s attorney said there are missing pieces to the puzzle. The state took the jury through the events that lead to Ashley Hunter being charged with two counts of murder and one count of arson. The defense said that the timeline is incomplete and police stopped looking for…

Fargo Police Investigating Toddler’s Death

They have released very few details about the death

FARGO, ND — Fargo Police are investigating the death of a two year old. They have released very few details about the death. The medical examiner indicated the autopsy results showed no sign of homicidal violence and no medical explanation for the death. There were no signs of criminal activity which could have caused the death. Categories: Community, Crime, Local…

Jury Selected in Fargo Murder Trial; Friends and Family of Victims Prepare

One of the victim's roomates hopes the trial can bring closure to the family

FARGO, ND –After multiple delays, Ashley Hunter’s trial is set to begin. He is accused of killing two men in Fargo in 2015. For friends and family, it hasn’t been easy. “People say it was like it was yesterday,” said Dan Aubol, a close friend of Samuel Traut. “Your brain just takes snapshots of everything.” After nearly two years and…

Settlement Reached in Drowning Death of Velva Girl

The charges were filed after a probe into the June 2015 death of a girl who was supervised by an unlicensed day care worker in Velva

  NORTH DAKOTA — Three people have reached a settlement in the drowning death of a 5-year-old girl in Velva. The state will pay over $72,000 to cover the costs of defending themselves in court after charges were dropped. Julie Leer, a former lawyer for the Department of Human Services, will get $28,000. The regional Human Services director in Minot…

Man Accused Of Taking Pickup In Custody After Chase

Officers Found Justin Hatten After 90 Minute Search

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – A Milaca, Minnesota man is in custody after crashing a stolen pickup near Jamestown. Authorities arrested 28-year-old Justin Hatten after he lost control of the pickup on I-94 and fled into some nearby trees. Officers began a ground search around 9:40 Saturday night and found Hatten about ninety minutes later. They say the pickup had been stolen…

Mauch, Schwartenzberger Named 2017 North Dakota Small Business Persons of the Year

Govenor Burgum stopped by to give his congratulations and to help present the award

FARGO, ND — Two people have been named the 2017 North Dakota Small Business Persons of the year. Erich Mauch and Carla Schwartenzberger were honored for the success of their company, Razor Consulting, which offers professional services such as project management, accounting and sales. Govenor Burgum stopped by to give his congratulations and to help present the award. Both Mauch…

Why Your Veterinarian May Send You to the Pharmacy

Some medications are not available for pick up at the vet

NORTH DAKOTA — Pet owners are being sent to the pharmacy instead of their vet to get medications As of April 1st, the North Dakota Board of Pharmacy has enforced stricter laws when it comes to some medications. Specifically, compound medications, or dispensing a drug in a different form. “There was no allowance for the veterinarian previous to us creating…

ND Government Employees Willing to Take Voluntary Buyouts

Agencies told employees the buyouts might limit the need for layoffs

  BISMARCK, ND — About 100 employees from cabinet-level agencies in North Dakota state government have expressed interest in taking voluntary buyouts to help with the state’s struggling finances. Gov. Burgum gave agency heads in April the option to offer buyouts to employees and letters went out to some 3,600 with the offer. Agencies told employees the buyouts might limit…

ND Republican Leaders Questioning Governor’s Vetoes

Some have requested an attorney general's opinion

  BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota Republican leaders want to know if Gov. Burgum exceeded his authority on some vetoes he issued. House Majority Leader Al Carlson and his Senate counterpart, Rich Wardner, have requested an attorney general’s opinion. The state Constitution gives the governor “line-item” veto authority on spending measures. The leaders question whether the governor can veto a…