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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.
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.
PIERRE, S.D. – Maj. Rick Miller of Pierre has been named as the next superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, the agency said Monday, May 13. Miller is currently an assistant superintendent for the Highway Patrol in charge of administrative services and special operations. He will replace Col. Craig Price who was named to the position of Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Public Safety by Gov. Kristi Noem. It was Price, then as Highway Patrol superintendent, who promoted Miller to major in 2013.
ST. PAUL - With Minnesota's new hands-free cellphone law going into effect in less than three months, state officials are still saying far too many drivers are using their devices behind the wheel. Law enforcement cited 1,927 motorists for texting and driving during a three-week enforcement period that ended April 30, compared with 1,576 during last year's two-week campaign, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said.
MERRIFIELD, Minn. — Seven deer originating from a deer farm in Merrifield tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported Wednesday, May 8.
BISMARCK — State utility regulators approved a large wind farm in oil-rich western North Dakota Tuesday, May 7. The Aurora Wind Project is slated for a 44,000-acre site five miles northwest of Tioga. It will consist of up to 121 turbines with a maximum capacity of 300 megawatts and is expected to cost $385 million. North Dakota has 3,155 megawatts of installed wind capacity, good for 10th in the nation, according to the American Wind Energy Association.