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FARGO — A former executive accused of embezzling more than $118,000 from a local organization has been ordered to complete 200 hours of community service and pay back much of the money. Amy Renee Espeseth, 37, of Moorhead, Minn., had a trial slated to begin Tuesday, June 18, but was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to a felony count of misapplication of entrusted property, according to Cass County District Court records.
BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. — Wilkin County commissioners unanimously approved Tobacco 21 on Tuesday, June 11, raising the purchasing age for tobacco and vaping products sold in the county beginning Sept. 1. A half dozen supporters testified during a public hearing. The initiative was brought forward by Wilkin County Public Health, the county’s We Care Coalition and Partnership 4 Health, the Wahpeton Daily News reported.
BISMARCK — The Trump administration has granted North Dakota's request for a disaster declaration that frees up federal funds to help recover from spring flooding, Governor Doug Burgum's office said Wednesday, June 12. The declaration covers the period from March 21 to April 29 and includes the counties of Adams, Barnes, Cass, Dickey, Emmons, Grand Forks, Grant, Hettinger, LaMoure, Logan, McKenzie, Morton, Pembina, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele, Traill and Walsh. The state's assessment of the damages could be as high as $10.5 million.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota fire deaths dropped 46% last year, making it the second-lowest number on record, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said. In 2018, 37 people died in fires across the state with careless smoking being the leading cause of fire where a cause was determined, the DPS State Fire Marshal Division said in its finalized report Tuesday, June 11. It was the lowest death total since 35 people were killed in 2009.
BISMARCK — A panel tasked with selecting members of North Dakota's new ethics commission will meet later this month, according to a meeting notice posted late Monday afternoon, June 10.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction is seeking public comments on the state's literacy plan that is being updated this summer. The plan provides a framework that addresses literacy skills for children from birth to grade 12. In 2017, North Dakota received a federal grant through the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy program, which requires the state literacy plan be updated annually, according to DPI's website .
BISMARCK — A new study commissioned by North Dakota officials predicts the state's electric consumption will grow by as much as 71% over the next two decades thanks largely to expanding oil and gas activity. The North Dakota Industrial Commission reviewed the Barr Engineering Co. study during its meeting Tuesday, May 28. The commission, chaired by Gov. Doug Burgum, oversees the North Dakota Transmission Authority, which commissioned the forecast.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Health on Tuesday, May 28 released new income eligibility guidelines for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children program., or WIC Starting June 3, families with income at or below 185% of the federal poverty level will be eligible for the special program designed for soon-to-be and new mothers, and children under age 5. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
BISMARCK — Ryan Taylor, a fourth-generation rancher, published author, former policy maker and advocate for rural people and rural places, has joined Ducks Unlimited as public policy director for the prairie states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. He brings to the conservation nonprofit his vast experience in policy and as a working rancher on the family’s homestead near Towner, N.D.
BISMARCK - Student results from the North Dakota State Assessment for English and math are now available for parents to request from their childrens’ schools, the state superintendent said. Kirsten Baesler said they offer helpful information about the progress of each student’s learning. The results are called Individual Student Reports. The North Dakota State Assessment itself was given this spring to students in grades three through eight, and to students in the 10th grade.