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FARGO — A self-described "flaming conservative" is in North Dakota for a five-day stretch to try to convince voters — mostly Republicans — to support recreational marijuana on the Nov. 6 ballot. Don Murphy, who is a lobbyist in the nation's capital fighting to end the federal prohibition on marijuana, is also a former eight-year Republican legislator in the "very blue" state of Maryland. With most Republicans opposed to marijuana legalization, and many Democrats on the other side, he has his work cut out for him.
SIOUX FALLS -- A 34-year-old Sioux Falls mother who has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and felony child abuse is believed to have intentionally drove herself and her 6-month-old son off an interstate in south Sioux Falls early Tuesday morning, police said Wednesday, Oct. 17.
WEST FARGO -- A West Fargo Sheyenne High School senior has been named the Distinguished Young Woman of North Dakota during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls. Esofi Nunyi, the daughter of Dorin Ngwe, competed against three other finalists for the state honor and will now compete in the national finals in Mobile, Ala., in June.
SIOUX FALLS -- A 34-year-old Sioux Falls mother has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and felony child abuse after a traffic incident near a busy Sioux Falls highway interchange early Tuesday morning, Oct. 16. Police Sgt. Shaun Olson said Julia Jacquelyn Alzoubaidi was the driver of a vehicle on Interstate 229 in the southern part of Sioux Falls that rolled into the ditch about 3:30 a.m.
BISMARCK — Fifteen North Dakota schools have the opportunity to join 50 others in the state in a suicide prevention program for middle school and high school students. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota’s Caring Foundation is offering funding for the extra 15 schools and accepting applications. The state Department of Health program, called Sources of Strength, is being implemented in the 50 schools and many are already seeing positive results.
WILLISTON, N.D. — The 2022 Babe Ruth World Series for 14-year-olds will return to Williston in northwest North Dakota in 2022, it was announced by the baseball league’s international headquarters staff in Hamilton, N.J. Williston will be able to select its own team for the event because it’s the host and will compete with eight regional champions from across the country, plus the North Dakota Babe Ruth state champion for 14-year-olds.
FARGO — A printing shop was a busy place this week as a group opposing legalizing medical marijuana was having fliers printed — almost 350,000 of them — giving their side to the story on the issue confronting North Dakota voters in less than a month. If residents haven't received the fliers yet, they will in the coming days as North Dakotans Against the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana campaign manager Norm Robinson said they will be going to every single family home, apartment and post office box in the state.
CHANHASSEN, Minn. — The Carver County Attorney's office has determined two sheriff's department officers who shot a 16-year-old boy outside his home in the western Twin Cities suburb of Chanhassen this past summer acted in self-defense. In the incident on July 13, Archer Amorosi, who according to a 34-page report on the incident had been suffering from mental illness, was shot multiple times after he charged one of the officers with a hatchet in one hand and what deputies thought was a handgun in the other hand.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — North Dakota has a new U.S. marshal. The state’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation director Dallas Carlson was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Oct. 11. Carlson was nominated for the position in March and his nomination was advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee last month.
STURGIS, S.D. -- Attendance was the second highest in the past 10 years at the 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August in the Black Hills of South Dakota, according to official numbers released Thursday, Oct. 11. The City of Sturgis in reporting the numbers said there were 495,000 visitors at the 10-day event with a total economic impact to the state of $786 million. More than $580,000 was raised at various events for local nonprofit organizations.