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FARGO – Cellphone users in the region might be left wondering what a Thursday, Jan. 18, alert means. Authorities issued a “blue alert” shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday telling residents to check local news outlets for more information. A blue alert is activated when a suspect is at large after killing or seriously injuring a law enforcement officer, or when an officer has been abducted or is missing.
The Blue Alert you may have received on your phone was sent from the North Dakota Emergency Notification System. The Bismarck Police Dept. issued an alert concerning an assault against an officer. Check back for more on this story.
BISMARCK -- A pump failure caused a saltwater and oil spill in in Bottineau County in far north-central North Dakota near the Canadian border over the weekend, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said Tuesday, Jan. 16.
COLFAX, N.D. — A man was found near here suffering from "extreme hypothermia" Tuesday morning, Jan. 16, after apparently walking about 6 miles from his vehicle that was stuck in a ditch, according to the Richland County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a person lying on the road shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday on County Road 3 a half mile north of County Road 4, which is about 6 miles west of Colfax.
BISMARCK — First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum will attend a White House Women's Event featuring Ivanka Trump and presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway. On Tuesday, Jan. 16, Helgaas Burgum will share the stage with state and federal leaders during panel discussions on the economy, education, national security and health care — including the nation's opioid crisis, which Helgaas Burgum has made a primary focus to contribute her expertise and experience related to combating addiction.
Protesters blocked entrances to Wells Fargo in downtown Duluth on Friday, Jan. 12, including the security gate, preventing the bank from opening. Members of the Duluth Police Department, including Chief Mike Tusken, are negotiating with three protesters locked onto a door and the gate in an effort to end the protest.
BISMARCK—Coal production climbed to its highest point in nearly a decade at North Dakota's five lignite mines last year, an industry group said Wednesday, Jan. 10. The 29.1 million tons produced was the most since 2009, according to the Lignite Energy Council. The Freedom Mine north of Beulah, the largest lignite mine in the country, produced 14.7 million tons.
Pop performer Pink will sing the national anthem before the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, the NFL and NBC announced Monday, Jan. 8. It will be Pink’s first performance at a Super Bowl. Justin Timberlake, as previously announced, will headline the halftime show Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium. Pink’s 2018 Beautiful Trauma World tour is set to kick off on March 1 in Phoenix.
FARGO — North Dakota State's run of five straight national football championships began — and ended — against James Madison University. The Bison defeated James Madison 26-14 in the opening round in 2011 and went on to win their first Football Championship Subdivision championship. NDSU's bid for a sixth straight championship ended last year in a 27-17 semifinal loss in the Fargodome.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's taxable sales and purchases saw a modest bump in the third quarter of 2017, inching up 2.3 percent from the same three-month period the year before. The third quarter total of nearly $4.731 billion marked the second consecutive quarter the economic indicator has increased, according to State Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger's office. The tax commissioner said that's an especially positive sign considering July, August and September saw severe drought in North Dakota.