MINOT, N.D. (AP) – Minot Air Force Base says the commander of the 69th Bomb Squadron was removed from command. The air base says Lt. Col. Paul Goossen was removed from the squadron’s command Tuesday “due to a loss of trust and confidence from his failure to maintain a professional workplace environment.” Goossen took over command of the 69th last year. It is one of two B-52 bomber squadrons at Minot. Lt. Col. Dennis Zabka assumed command of the squadron Tuesday.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A New York City woman who suffered a severe arm injury while protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota two years ago is suing law enforcement even though she does not yet have evidence that might help her prove law officers were to blame. Sophia Wilansky earlier this year unsuccessfully sued the federal government to get access to shrapnel and clothing taken from her while she was hospitalized. She maintains a police flashbang device caused her injury. Authorities dispute that.
MINOT, N.D. (AP) – Elementary school students in Minot raised nearly $3,000 to outfit a K-9 officer with the city police department. The money raised by the students at Longfellow Elementary was enough to buy a uniform vest and collar for the German shepherd named Mace, as well as a bulletproof vest. Senior Patrol Officer Matthew Pappenfuss says the children “went above and beyond.”
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A tanker truck rollover in Billings County spilled nearly 7,800 gallons of produced water onto rangeland and possibly Ash Coulee Creek. The Health Department says the crash happened about 4 miles west of Fairfield on Saturday. Liquid Connections Inc. reported it the same day. Produced water is a mixture of saltwater and oil that can contain drilling chemicals. Health Department officials have been to the site and will continue to investigate and monitor remediation.
Legislation that would enable homeowners to purchase leased lots around Jamestown Reservoir was approved by Congress and now goes to the president to be signed into law, according to the office of Sen. John Hoeven. The Senate approved the legislation in October, it was then amended and approved by the House of Representatives. It was sent back to the Senate for final approval Tuesday. The law would transfer lots at Patterson Lake to the Dickinson Parks and Recreation Department and land around Jamestown Reservoir to the Stutsman County Park Board, allowing homeowners the opportunity to permanently purchase their land from these local entities, according to Hoeven.