BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Carrington Republican Rep. Chet Pollert is preparing for his first session as the new majority leader of the North Dakota House. He succeeds longtime Fargo Rep. Al Carlson, who lost his re-election bid last month. Carlson controlled the business of the chamber with a booming voice, a big stick and no fear of leaving bruises in his wake. Pollert has spent two decades in the Legislature but is low-key and little known outside political circles.
VELVA, N.D. (AP) – Authorities say a 24-year-old California man died in a one-vehicle accident in McHenry County. The Highway Patrol says the crash happened about 10 a.m. Sunday 4 miles south of Velva. The man was driving a pickup that went through an intersection and wound up crossing through a fence and entering a cattle pasture. The truck rolled over several times. The patrol says the man was ejected from the vehicle. He died at the scene.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A state investigation found no criminal wrongdoing when a Burleigh County commissioner’s business was awarded a county construction contract. Bitco Construction, Commissioner Brian Bitner’s company, was paid $19,510 for landscaping work at the Burleigh Morton Detention Center. Bitner says he abstained from the commission’s vote to approve the contract. But investigators say it raised transparency concerns.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The resumption of soybean sales to China is encouraging to American farmers who have seen the value of their crop plummet amid a trade war with the Asian country. But producers see it only as a small step toward normalcy as they continue monitoring the unsettled trade relations. And they’re continuing to push for more federal aid.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – An effort is underway to reintroduce elk to parts of northeast Minnesota, but it could be a long process. University of Minnesota research shows that nearly 80 percent of local rural landowners and residents support restoring elk to the area. Minnesota Public Radio reports that community support is vital because 2016 barring the expansion of elk in northwestern Minnesota. The state brought in 1,500 elk about 20 years ago. Now they have a population of more than 10,000.