BISMARCK — The North Dakota Industrial Commission on Tuesday, Dec. 17, approved a new Bank of North Dakota feed loan program to aid ranchers impacted by extreme weather. Loans through the Livestock Feed Loan Program may be used to buy feed; to pay expenses incurred for haying remotely, hauling hay or hauling livestock to a feedlot; to pay feedlot fees; and to cover the cost of harvesting cash crops.
BISMARCK — Mark Watne of Velva will lead North Dakota's largest farm organization for a seventh year. Watne was reelected president of North Dakota Farmers Union during the organization's annual state convention in Bismarck over the weekend. More than 600 people attended the event that included educational speakers, entertainment, policy debate, election of officers, Farmers Union Mutual Insurance’s annual meeting, and live and silent auctions. Watne said he was honored to be reelected.
BISMARCK — Highway fatalities in North Dakota are on pace to end the year below 100 for the first time in 17 years. The last time it happened was 2002, when the final count was 97 fatalities on North Dakota roads, according to the state Department of Transportation and the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The statewide fatality count as of early Wednesday, Dec. 11, was 93. Last year at this time, it was 96. The total for 2018 was 105.
WILLISTON, N.D. — State and federal authorities chased a stolen vehicle through two northwestern North Dakota counties before finally stopping and arresting the driver. The chase began about 1:40 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, and it lasted 73 miles through Divide and Williams counties. Speeds reached 115 mph, according to the Highway Patrol.
BISMARCK — A Dickinson man was arrested early Saturday, Dec. 7, after the vehicle he was driving left a Bismarck street and crashed into a building, police say. Emir Basic, 22, was cited for reckless endangerment and DUI, Bismarck police Lt. Luke Gardiner said. Witnesses told police Basic was eastbound on Broadway at a high rate of speed when the vehicle struck the curb on the south side of the avenue, clipped a van, left the roadway and struck a building. Which building wasn't immediately clear. Basic and a passenger were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries.
NEW SALEM, N.D. — A house fire in New Salem last Thursday, Dec. 5, killed a 59-year old man. Officers with the Morton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an explosion shortly before noon at 409 N. 6th St. and found the body of Richard Doll. Some areas of the home had been damaged by smoke and fire. The fire department determined an explosion had not occurred but there had been a fire. The sheriff's office and North Dakota fire marshal are investigating. No foul play is suspected.
WILLISTON, N.D. — A paperwork mistake led to a prisoner being mistakenly released from the Williams County jail in Williston, according to the sheriff's office. Daniel Decoteau, 33, was sentenced Nov. 27 to serve two years after pleading guilty to felony burglary. He was released from jail two days later, and not arrested until Friday. “The incident has been investigated and the correctional center is taking steps to ensure this type of situation does not happen again,” Sgt. Detective Caleb Fry said.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — An equipment failure resulted in an oil spill at a well in McKenzie County, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division reported Monday, Dec. 9. Newfield Production Co. estimated on Saturday that 480 barrels of oil leaked from its facility. That amount is equal to 20,160 gallons. All of the oil has been recovered, according to the division. The spill occurred about 6 miles west of Watford City. A state inspector has visited the site and will continue to monitor cleanup, the division said.
NEW SALEM, N.D. — A 16-year-old Mandan girl is dead after a two-vehicle crash in rural Morton County on Thanksgiving. The girl, identified as Alexis Griffin, was driving a car that was struck by a pickup truck at the intersection of two county roads about 7 miles east of New Salem, the Highway Patrol reported. The crash happened about 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Road conditions at the time were good, authorities said.
BISMARCK — The former treasurer accused of embezzling from the charitable group BisMan Stiletto has pleaded not guilty. Kathryn Artlip, 51, allegedly stole $10,000 over nearly three years from the group that helps Bismarck-area children in need. She was arrested in October and charged with theft of property, a felony that carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison. Defense attorney Todd Ewell on Monday, Nov. 25, waived a preliminary hearing and entered a not guilty plea on Artlip's behalf.