Minnesota regulators reaffirmed support for a proposal to replace an aging crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. The Public Utilities Commission previously decided to grant a certificate of need allowing Enbridge Energy to replace their Line 3 Crude Oil Pipeline. The commission refused to reconsider the decision, and agreed that Enbridge has met several additional conditions that were imposed by the commission when the project was approved in June.
A Judge has dismissed charges against a passenger arrested with another man after 30 pounds of marijuana was found during a traffic stop. The car was traveling from Portland, Oregon to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, on I-94 when it was pulled over in Bismarck last week. Deandre Nixon was charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. The charges were dismissed after Nixon’s co-defendant, Ulises Rodriguez, took responsibility for the controlled substances and paraphernalia found in the vehicle. Rodriguez faces felony possession charges and two drug-related misdemeanors connected to the traffic stop.
Clint Hill, the Secret Service agent who famously used his body to shield first lady Jacqueline Kennedy during the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, has received the highest honor in North Dakota. Gov. Doug Burgum presented Hill with the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award on Monday. Hill’s portrait will hang in the North Dakota Capitol along with the portraits of the other 43 people who have received the award.
The North Dakota National Guard moved a step closer to funding its tuition assistance program. The state Emergency Commission voted unanimously in favor of a proposal by the Guard which would move $450,000 from the organization’s Reintegration Program to fund the tuition assistance program, which helps Guard members go to college. The commission also approved $110,000 to be transferred from the State Contingency Fund to the Guard for the program.
An initial investigation into the crash of an air ambulance plane in western North Dakota indicates the plane might have broken up in midair, according to Civil Air Patrol officials. The twin-engine plane crashed on Sunday, killing the pilot, a paramedic, and a nurse. An analysis and the debris found on the ground indicate the plane might have broken up around 14,000 feet in the air, according to Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. Sean Johnson.