BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Three people killed in an air ambulance crash in North Dakota have been hailed as “heroes of the impossible.” A crowd estimated at up to 1,500 attended a memorial Monday at the Bismarck Event Center for paramedic Chris Iverson, nurse Bonnie Cook and pilot Todd Lasky. The air ambulance carrying the three crashed into a farm field shortly after taking off from Bismarck on Nov. 18.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) – The company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline is asking a Montana judge to change his order blocking the oil pipeline to allow pre-construction work to continue. Attorneys for TransCanada will argue on Wednesday that U.S. District Judge Brian Morris should clarify or amend his ruling to say the injunction does not apply to activities such as finalizing contracts, purchasing materials, conducting land surveys and discussing federal permits.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota Public Service Commission has ordered a businessman to stop receiving or purchasing grain because of bounced checks and unpaid contracts. The PSC has issued a cease and desist order against Hunter Hanson and his two businesses, Midwest Grain trading and NoDak Grain.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing nearly $3 million in broadband infrastructure in Morton County. The USDA’s rural development state director Clare Carlson says the project will fill a gap in broadband service for 126 households south of Mandan.
An Iowa man was convicted and sentenced for attempting to arrange a sexual encounter with an investigator he thought was a 14-year-old girl in Grand Forks. Ryan William Baker was sentenced to five years in prison on a felony charge of luring minors by computer. Baker will have to register as a sex offender once he’s released and will be on supervised probation for three years. Baker was arrested after posting an ad on Craigslist that was responded to by an investigator posing as a 14-year-old girl and admitting that he intended to meet a girl for a sexual encounter.