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Some UND boosters say no school nickname is fine
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Members of a committee working on a new nickname for the University of North Dakota say there's a lot of support for no nickname at all.
The University of North Dakota has been without a moniker for the last three years, after the school retired its Fighting Sioux nickname. A task force that has been talking with alumni, athletes and other people about a new nickname has a December 31st deadline to give recommendations to UND President Robert Kelley.
Sherri Kleinssaser Stockmoe, co-chair of the task force, said after a committee meeting Thursday that many people have said they are fine without a nickname, but noted that they have yet to hear the options for a new logo.
Others are still unhappy the Fighting Sioux nickname was dropped.
FORT YATES DEATH-CHARGES
FBI: Man fatally stabs cousin in Fort Yates
FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) — Federal authorities have charged a Cannon Ball man in his cousin's stabbing death on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
Twenty-six-year-old Ryan Ironroad is charged with felony murder and assault with a dangerous weapon in the death of 29-year-old Clay Hagel of Fort Yates.
A Bureau of Indian Affairs dispatcher received a report of a stabbing in Fort Yates on November 22nd. Witnesses say Ironroad demanded money before cutting Hagel on the arm and stabbing him in the stomach with a serrated knife. Hagel died in a hospital.
Authorities say Ironroad denies killing Hagel. He was arrested December 11th and is being held in the Burleigh County jail. Online jail records didn't indicate an attorney.
Hagel and Ironroad are members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
ND won't limit deer gun licenses to 1 per hunter
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota wildlife officials have eliminated a proposal to limit deer gun licenses to one per hunter in 2015.
North Dakota's Game and Fish Department proposed the license distribution plan change last month in response to a declining deer population and high demand for licenses.
Game and Fish Director Terry Steinwand says the decision to not move forward with the proposal involved several factors, including substantial public input and significant costs needed to put the new system in place.
Deer hunters will again be able to apply for deer gun and muzzleloader lottery licenses, and also purchase an archery license.
Wildlife division chief Jeb Williams says about 30,000 people who applied for a deer gun license this year didn't get one in the lottery.
DIVIDE COUNTY SPILL
250-barrel spill contained at Divide County well
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Oil and Gas Division says a 250-barrel oil spill has been contained at a well in Divide County.
Continental Resources Incorporated reported a failed tank on Wednesday at the site about 10 miles northeast of Wildrose.
Regulators say a state inspector has been to the site, and the spilled oil was contained and recovered.
A barrel holds 42 gallons.
Mandan man pleads guilty to sex assault charge
(Information in the following story is from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com)
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A 30-year-old Mandan man accused of sexually assaulting a woman has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.
The Bismarck Tribune reports that Derek Wisham pleaded guilty on Thursday to sexual imposition, which is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Wisham originally had been charged with felony gross sexual imposition, which carries a potential life sentence.
Wisham is accused of sexually assaulted a woman who was at his house for a bonfire party in June.
Wisham also pleaded guilty Thursday to simple assault, which is a misdemeanor.
A sentencing date has not been set.
TRIPLE FATAL CRASH
3 dead following 3-vehicle crash in western ND
WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — Three men are dead following a three-vehicle crash on Highway 85 in western North Dakota.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol on Thursday identified the fatal victims as 37-year-old Gregory Madden of Monroe, Louisiana; 36-year-old Robert McGowen of Boaz, Alabama; and 34-year-old Timothy Reese of Albertville, Alabama.
The Highway Patrol says Madden lost control of the Ford pickup truck he was driving on the icy highway Sunday evening. The vehicle rotated counterclockwise and got into incoming traffic. A Dodge pickup truck then struck Madden's vehicle on the passenger side. Right after, a truck tractor was unable to stop and hit the Dodge on the back side.
McGowen and Reese were passengers in Madden's pickup truck. The Highway Patrol says the three men were not wearing seatbelts.
4 North Dakota high school coaches being honored
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Four coaches are being inducted into the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Darrell Berglund of Hazen, Dan Carr of Linton, Denny Dinius of Langdon and Greg Hoeckle of Carrington will be inducted during the association's convention in late July in Mandan.
Berglund coached basketball, golf and football. Carr coached basketball and golf. Dinius and Hoeckle both coached track and football.
N DAKOTA ST-ALL AMERICANS
More All-America honors for NDSU's Haeg, Emanuel
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State University junior offensive lineman Joe Haeg and senior defensive end Kyle Emanuel have been named to another All-America team.
The Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association announced the team Thursday, in coordination with the 13 FCS conference offices.
Haeg and Emanuel earlier were named to the American Football Coaches Association FCS All-America Team. Emanuel this week also was named winner of the Buck Buchanan award, given to the top defensive player in the FCS.
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