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BISMARCK -- North Dakota lawmakers voted down a proposal to increase the speed limit on the state's highways Thursday, Feb. 2. House Bill 1184, introduced by Rep. Ben Koppelman, R-West Fargo, would have increased the speed limit on paved, two-lane highways from 65 mph to 70 mph, bumped the limit on divided multi-lane highways from 70 mph to 75 mph, and raised the interstate speed limit from 75 mph to 80 mph.
DAWSON, N.D. -- A 50-year-old Tappen man who authorities say fled after his pickup rolled and was struck by a semi truck on Interstate 94 was arrested near the crash site Monday, Jan. 30. James Dewey, the driver of a 2002 Ford Explorer, was transported to the Burleigh County Correctional Center after he was treated for minor injuries, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said in a news release.
BAUDETTE, Minn. -- Investigators have released the name of a Baudette man who was fatally hit by a car while he was kneeling in the middle of the road last weekend near Lake of the Woods.
WASHINGTON — Approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline easement to cross Lake Oahe is “imminent,” members of North Dakota’s Congressional delegation said Tuesday, Jan. 31. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer informed him Tuesday he has directed to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with the easement needed to complete the pipeline. Hoeven released the statement after meeting with Speer and Vice President Mike Pence.
CASSELTON, N.D.—A report is expected to be released next week that will provide a probable cause for a major train derailment that happened near Casselton in December of 2013. The derailment triggered a massive fireball and highlighted the dangers of moving crude oil by rail. The final report on the investigation into the derailment is expected to be released when the National Transportation Safety Board meets on Tuesday, Feb. 7, according to Eric Weiss, a spokesman for the agency.
WILLMAR, Minn. — A semi carrying 850 full-grown turkeys tipped over Monday morning on Kandiyohi County Road 5 north of Willmar. The driver, 39-year-old Edgardo Diaz, of Montevideo, was not hurt. But nearly six hours after the 7 a.m. crash, crews were still on the scene removing dead and injured birds. Some turkeys were not injured and were loaded into another truck. According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened when Diaz attempted to turn south onto Kandiyohi County Road 25 from Kandiyohi County Road 5.
CASS LAKE—A level 3 offender will be released near the Cass Lake area Feb. 7. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reported Matthew Ryan Ottoson, 27, will be released from prison. Ottoson has a history of sexual conduct with adolescent female victims ages 13-15. Conduct included force to gain compliance and he was known to his victims. Ottoson is 5 feet, 10 inches tall with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 131 pounds.
Two people died in a crash just east of Miesville Friday afternoon, Jan. 27. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the crash occurred at 3 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 61 and Highway 316 in Welch Township (Goodhue County). A Chrysler van was driving westbound on Highway 61 and a Ford SUV was southbound on Highway 316 when the two vehicles collided, causing the Ford to roll. Both drivers were killed; a passenger was transported to Regions Hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life threatening.
WAUBUN, Minn.—A White Earth, Minn., police officer was injured Saturday night after a car hit his squad vehicle during a traffic stop. The 52-year-old man's squad car, a 2014 Ford Explorer, was stopped at 9:14 p.m. just north of Minnesota Highway 113 on U.S. Highway 59 in Waubun, according to a Minnesota State Patrol crash report. A 2005 Chevy Malibu, driven by Karen Jean Jones, 63, of White Earth, was southbound on Highway 59.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. -- Icy roads were to blame for a Saturday night rollover about 7 miles west of Mahnomen, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.