The deadline is nearing for North Dakota hunters to submit a license application for the 2016 gun season.
The Wednesday deadline applies to muzzleloader, regular gun, gratis and nonresident landowner, and youth antlered mule deer applications.
The Game and Fish Department says state law requires residents age 18 or older to prove residency on the application by submitting a valid North Dakota driver's license number or a North Dakota non-driver photo identification number.
The application deadline for regular statewide youth deer licenses is Sept. 1.
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WOLFORD, N.D. — A Rugby, N.D., man has been identified as the victim who was killed in a Saturday crash involving a pickup and a horse-drawn wagon in Pierce County.
Bradley Cichos, 53, died at the scene, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, which responded to the collision at 4:30 p.m.
The Highway Patrol said a 2006 Chevy pickup rear-ended a homemade wagon eastbound on State Highway 17, about 1½ miles west of Wolford.
The Highway Patrol also released names of other wagon passengers in the crash:
The wagon's driver, 61-year-old Lyman Halvorson of Wolford, was taken to the Rolla Hospital before being airlifted to Trinity Hospital.
Amiyah Halvorson, 4, of Wolford was airlifted from the scene to Trinity Hospital in Minot.
Margaret Cichos, 53, of Rugby was taken to the Towner County Hospital in Cando before being airlifted to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.
Kenzie Halvorson, 18, of Wolford was taken to the Rugby Hospital.
Sierra Halvorson, 25, and Landon Halvorson, 29, both of Wolford, were not injured in the crash.
The Highway Patrol said Monday it didn't know the extent of injuries for those traveling in the wagon.
The pickup driver, 75-year-old Lyle Lima of Wolford, was not injured. The crash remains under investigation and charges, if any, against Lima have not been determined.
The wagon's driver is not face charges.
Two horses died as a result of the collision.
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Senator Has Long Fought to Expand Veteran Counseling Services in Grand Forks, Including Amendment to Spending Bill Last Week to Pave Way for Vet Center
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Securing a major victory for North Dakota veterans, U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has responded to her call for a Vet Center in Grand Forks by agreeing to bring a five-day Vet Center to Grand Forks on a six-month trial basis.
VA is working to locate operating space in Grand Forks to begin five-day operations as early as next week. Around 20 veterans a week currently use Grand Forks Vet Center services, which right now are available only one day a week. If use of Vet Center services doesn’t increase after the Vet Center increases to five days a week, VA will reassess need in Grand Forks and surrounding community.
Heitkamp began her push to bring a Vet Center to Grand Forks after hearing from veterans in the city and surrounding rural communities about the unmet need for mental health and counseling services in the region. North Dakota has lost more post-9/11 servicemembers to suicide than combat, and it’s Heitkamp’s hope that a Grand Forks Vet Center will help alleviate readjustment and mental health challenges returning veterans face.
“After working hard to pave the way for a Vet Center in Grand Forks, I’m overjoyed that VA has agreed to my request,” said Heitkamp. “It was no secret that I had Grand Forks in mind when I helped secure funding for new Vet Centers in the spending bill that Congress passed last year. Our veterans put it all on the line to protect us, and I fight every day to guarantee they have the services they need and deserve. Now we need to make sure veterans in the area know that readjustment and psychological counseling services will be available five days a week in Grand Forks, so we can demonstrate to VA that Vet Center offerings veterans have earned are needed in the community.”
Heitkamp received the good news about a Vet Center coming to Grand Forks from VA Under Secretary David Shulkin. Since last year, Heitkamp has been pressuring Shulkin and VA Secretary Robert McDonald to bring a much-needed Vet Center to Grand Forks.
Heitkamp’s most recent work to pave the way for a Grand Forks Vet Center was last week, when the U.S. Senate agreed unanimously to include her bipartisan legislation to strengthen the case for a Grand Forks Vet Center in a spending bill passed on Thursday. Specifically, her legislation requires better coordination between the VA’s Readjustment Counseling Service and the Office of Rural Health to make sure veterans in rural areas can access the support they need, which is often difficult to come by in small towns or remote regions.
The bipartisan year-end spending bill Congress passed in December, which Heitkamp supported, included $258 million for Readjustment Counseling Services – $15 million above the requested level. The increased funds are directed towards Vet Centers to address unmet mental health needs of veterans in rural and very rural areas like North Dakota, and Heitkamp has consistently pushed for VA to use those funds in Grand Forks.
Vet Centers help veterans readjust to civilian life by providing free counseling, screening, and referral services while removing the stigma of seeking mental health care. In North Dakota, the VA currently maintains Vet Centers in Fargo, Bismarck, and Minot. Expanding access in Grand Forks from one day a week to five – as Heitkamp has long called for – will dramatically improve counseling services for veterans and servicemembers.
ST. MICHAEL, N.D.--The driver of the car that reportedly hit and killed a 5-year-old in St. Michael over the weekend pleaded not guilty to a second-degree homicide charge.
On Saturday May 21 st, Richard Jackson Sr. was driving a car in St. Michael on Spirit Lake Nation with passengers Lois Chaske, Louis Chaske and Myrna Whiteshield when the car hit and killed the child, according to a statement from Spirit Lake Reservation officials, and the car left the scene.
Jackson was intoxicated at the time of the accident with a BAC of 0.165, the statement says.
The boy killed was Keyden Curtis White Tail, who had graduated from preschool at Little Feather Headstart in Parshall, N.D., two days before the accident, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help his family. He died Sunday May 22 nd at Fargo's children hospital.
"He loved school and went every day," his obituary states. "He loved to build Lego's, play with his cars and ride his bike." All three passengers in the car were charged in Spirit Lake Tribal Court with unlawful consumption for being under the influence of alcohol on the dry reservation and reckless endangerment for leaving the scene of the accident and failing to render assistance to the child.
All three pleaded guilty to the charges Wednesday and were sentenced to 10 days in jail with all 10 days suspended for a year on the unlawful consumption charges. They must also pay $150 in fines and fees and complete an alcohol and drug evaluation.
The three will be sentenced on the reckless endangerment charges June 8.
Jackson was charged with a DUI, reckless endangerment and second-degree homicide. He pleaded not guilty to the homicide charge, but also pleaded guilty to the DUI and reckless endangerment charges.
For the DUI, Jackson was sentenced to $300 in fees, ordered not to drive on the reservation for 90 days and must complete an alcohol and drug evaluation.
For reckless endangerment, he was sentenced to 365 days in jail with 185 days suspended and $550 in fees.
Jackson is scheduled to meet with the prosecutors Tuesday on the homicide charge. Jury selection is scheduled to begin July 6, and his trial is set for July 20.
Near Binford, N.D. (WDAY/WDAZ TV) - A woman is dead after a rollover two miles east of Binford, North Dakota around 2:30 Saturday morning.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol says 34-year-old Matthew Bakke of Binford was driving west on Highway 65. The vehicle crossed the eastbound lane and entered the ditch. It went back on the road, into the other ditch, rolled and hit a tree.
A 35-year-old woman from Binford died at the scene. Bakke was taken to a Cooperstown hospital and lifeflighted to Sanford in Fargo.
The woman was wearing a seatbelt and Bakke was not.
The highway patrol says alcohol was a factor and the crash remains under investigation.
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ND Highway 5 in Cavalier will be temporarily closed beginning Wednesday, June 1 until Thursday, June 9 as Dakota Northern Railroad will be working to update the crossing. There will be a detour in place for local traffic only. Thru traffic will need to utilize an alternate route during this time.
Farm financial measures in 2015 were substantially lower than in 2013. On
average, the current ratio dropped from 2.04 in 2013 to 1.45, and the term debt
coverage ratio declined from 1.40 to 0.60 during the past two years.
In 2015, the rate of return on equity was less than the rate of return on
assets, which indicates that debt capital was not employed profitably. The
average rate of return on equity, minus 1.7 percent, and the rate of return on
assets, 0.5 percent, were extremely low. The average of the previous 10 years
was 13.3 and 9.9 percent, respectively.
The average farm borrowed $562,007 during the year and made principal payments
of $513,173, thereby increasing farm debt by nearly $50,000 per farm. The
relationship between debt and assets (solvency) deteriorated in 2015.
Capital purchases have declined because of the sharp drop in net farm income.
Average purchases of machinery, equipment and buildings such as grain and
machinery storage and farm shops dropped to $76,996 in 2015, compared with
$121,488 in 2014 and $194,064 in 2013.
Total government payments, including conservation incentive programs, received
in 2015 averaged $27,301 per farm, compared with $15,495 in 2014. A year lag
occurs in commodity-based safety net program payments under the 2014 farm
program. Payments that will be received in the last quarter of 2016, based on
the 2015 crop year, will be higher.
Similar to 2014, the finding that the least profitable farms were larger than
average was unusual. The least profitable 20 percent of farms had negative net
farm income of minus $141,049 on 2,614 crop and 424 pasture acres.
The 20 percent, or one-fifth, of the most profitable farms had an average net
farm income of $214,214 and were slightly larger, at 2,770 crop and 684 pasture
The remaining farms, the middle 60 percent profit group, had average net farm
income of $23,278 but were much smaller at 1,260 crop and 519 pasture acres.
A Grafton woman is facing four drug delivery felonies for reportedly having "a large amount of methamphetamine" in her home, according to court documents. Norma Jean Czapiewski, 53, was charged Thursday in Walsh County District Court with four class A felonies: delivery of a controlled substance, two counts of delivery of methamphetamine, and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force conducted controlled buys from Czapiewski three times in April in Grafton on the 12th, 18th and 22nd for methamphetamine and prescription medications, according to a criminal complaint.
The task force then carried out a search warrant at her home on West Fourth Street in Grafton and found baggies, methamphetamine, digital scales, more than $900 in cash, multiple flip phones, rifles and two magazines, among other items, according to a search warrant inventory.Czapiewski was booked in the Grand Forks County Correctional Center just before 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Her next court appearance is 11:45 a.m. June 8
Donald Trump will speak at the conference this afternoon, and police officers are getting ready now.
Bismarck police have already had one presidential candidate to provide security for
But are thankful they had a little more than a month to prepare this time around.
"I would say it has been easier for Mr. Trump because of the advanced notice, even though this is going to be a lot more labor intensive and it's going to take a lot more bodies," says Randy Ziegler.
Ziegler says one of the big challenges is the man power it will take to cover an event this size.
"When we have an event like this, we're expecting there to be about 75 uniformed officers working," says Zeigler.
Ziegler says they have a little practice with this size of event through working at concerts.
But says it's still very different with the hype of a presidential candidate.
"We're looking at what? Almost eight thousand people that are going to listen to him speak," says Zeigler.
Zeigler says a big part of preparing for an event like Trump is planning for the worst and hoping for the best.
"Hopefully we're over preparing, that's our ultimate goal," says Zeigler.
Ziegler says protestors have reached out to him and have been cooperative.
He says they will be located south of fifth street across from the event Center.
We will have more for you about steps the airport will be taking today for Trump's arrival.
May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and North Dakota health experts are urging people to be aware of the warning signs, and to take preventive measures.
Having a stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the U.S., but researchers say it's oftentimes more disabling than it is deadly.
Chrissy Meyer, communications director for the American Heart Association of North Dakota, says the good news is about 80 percent of strokes are preventable.
"Public Enemy Number One is high blood pressure, when we talk about stroke risk factors," she states. "And so, we really want to make people aware that they need to be having their blood pressure checked."
According to the latest numbers from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 320 North Dakotans died from strokes in 2013.
Nationally, nearly 800,000 people suffer strokes every year. And Meyer says Native American adults and other people of color are at a higher stroke risk than their white peers.
"One of the key things that Native Americans, African-Americans and really anyone should be doing is having those conversations with whomever their primary care physician is, to identify a prevention plan that will keep them stroke-free," she points out.
And as part of Stroke Awareness Month, Dr. Michael Manchak with Sanford Health in Fargo participated in nationwide Twitter chat to talk about how to prevent and treat a stroke. You can find more information under #strokechat.