Oct 15, 2018 6:40AM (GMT 12:40) - 288 words
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The former treasurer of the University of North Dakota Student Government has been sentenced to two years of probation and 150 hours of community service for embezzling from his fraternity. Twenty-three-year-old Chase Johnson, of Fargo, was charged in March with felony theft for stealing from the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, where he also had served as treasurer. He pleaded guilty earlier this month and paid nearly $27,000 in restitution.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Police say a woman has been arrested after a man was stabbed at a Fargo hotel. Officers responded to the Woodspring Suites about 1:30 p.m. Sunday where they found a man with a non-life threatening stab wound to his forearm. A 41-year-old Fargo woman was arrested for possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Charges of aggravated assault are pending.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — An already tenuous bid for a second term has taken on new urgency for North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp since she voted against Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Heitkamp is scrambling to find her footing amid fears that the race against Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer is slipping away, and with it Democrats' slim hopes of a Senate majority. Heitkamp plans to essentially camp out in North Dakota ahead of the November election.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's capital city is updating its strategic plan, a tool the city uses to identify future goals and the steps needed to achieve them. As part of the "Imagine Bismarck" process, residents are being asked to take an online survey. An interactive town hall meeting to further engage residents is planned for Nov. 1 at Bismarck State College.
Oct 13, 2018 12:20AM (GMT 06:20) - 793 words
Augustana University to consider NCAA Division I athletics
(Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, http://www.yankton.net/)
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Augustana University's president says the Sioux Falls school is looking into a move to NCAA Division I athletics.
The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports that university president Stephanie Herseth Sandlin says the possible move from Division II to Division I is part of a long-term planning process and won't be an athletics-only decision. She says athletics can help Augustana expand opportunities and partnerships for the school and its students.
Herseth Sandlin says the school hopes to make a decision by the end of the fiscal year.
She says Augustana last explored a possible reclassification about 12 years ago, after South Dakota State University and North Dakota State University moved to D-I athletics. The University of South Dakota and the University of North Dakota have since followed.
New Hindu temple near Sioux Falls to serve the Dakotas
(Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com)
TEA, S.D. (AP) — Founders of a Hindu temple to open this weekend near Sioux Falls say the worship space will be the first of its kind in the Dakotas.
The Argus Leader reports that the Hindu Temple of Siouxland will open Sunday to serve Hindu communities across the region. Organizers are planning an opening ceremony with ancient Hindu rituals to consecrate the new $585,000 temple in Tea, a town surrounded by farmland southwest of Sioux Falls.
Manohar Velpuri has helped raise financial support for the temple for years. Velpuri says that the nearest temple is in Minneapolis or Omaha, Nebraska.
He says that more than 400 families in the Sioux Falls area practice Hinduism, in addition to smaller communities scattered across the state in Yankton, Watertown and Brookings.
NORTH DAKOTA CROPS
North Dakota corn, sugar beet crops down, but soybeans up
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota corn and sugar beet production is expected to be down slightly this year, while the soybean crop is forecast to be up just a bit.
The federal Agriculture Department's latest estimates put the state's sugar beet crop at 6.43 million tons, down just slightly from last year, and the corn crop at 426 million bushels, down 5 percent. The soybean crop is projected to be 247 million bushels, up 1 percent.
Sunflower production is pegged at down 3 percent and the dry bean crop down 11 percent, while canola production is projected to be up 19 percent to a record 3 billion pounds.
Alfalfa hay production is forecast at up 43 percent from last year's drought-plagued season, with other hay production up 33 percent.
MORTON COUNTY FATAL
Authorities ID New Salem man killed in Interstate 94 crash
NEW SALEM, N.D. (AP) — Authorities have identified a 79-year-old New Salem man who died in a crash on Interstate 94 in Morton County.
The Highway Patrol says the pickup truck that Karl Freadhoff Jr. was driving was rear-ended by a sport utility vehicle about 10 miles east of New Salem when Freadhoff's truck slowed for an unknown reason.
The pickup came to rest on its roof in the ditch. Freadhoff died at the scene about 6:30 a.m. Thursday.
The SUV driver wasn't hurt.
US MARSHAL CONFIRMED
BCI director confirmed as next US marshal for North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Senate has confirmed the leader of North Dakota's Bureau of Criminal Investigation to be the next U.S. marshal for the District of North Dakota.
President Donald Trump nominated Dallas Carlson in March. U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp say he was confirmed Thursday.
Carlson has worked in law enforcement for more than 35 years, including 29 years at BCI. He's been the agency's director since 2011.
Duties of the U.S. marshal include protecting the federal judiciary, apprehending federal fugitives, managing seized assets, housing and transporting federal prisoners and operating the Witness Security Program.
Change-of-plea set for man accused of attacking priest
TOWNER, N.D. (AP) — A Minnesota man charged with attacking a priest in North Dakota is scheduled to change his not guilty plea.
Forty-three-year-old Chad Legare, of Alexandria, Minnesota, is accused of assaulting the Rev. Robert Wapenski Jan. 30 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Anamoose, in a dispute involving a woman.
Legare earlier pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, aggravated assault and burglary. Court documents show that a trial scheduled for Nov. 13-16 in state district court in Towner has been canceled, and a change-of-plea hearing has been set for Nov. 13.