FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A bill named for a Fargo woman who was killed while her baby was cut from her womb looks like it won’t get a vote the U.S. House. The initiative sponsored by outgoing North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp passed the Senate earlier this month. Heitkamp tells KFGO radio that the bill is being blocked by Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte (GOOD’-latt), although it’s not clear why he’s standing in the way. Goodlatte’s office did not respond to requests for interviews.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Gov. Doug Burgum won’t stand in the way of an attempt to bring legal sports betting to North Dakota but he won’t advocate for it either, a spokesman said. North Dakota is one of many states attempting to capitalize on the U.S. Supreme Court’s lifting of a federal ban on sports gambling. Two Republican lawmakers are crafting separate legislation that would allow sports betting to generate revenue for the charitable gambling industry and the state.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Cargill plans to sell its malt operations to a European business. The Star Tribune reports that the Minnetonka-based agribusiness is seeking regulatory approvals to sell the business in the second half of 2019 to Boortmalt, a subsidiary of French-based Axereal. Cargill says it is making the move to focus on its other food and beverage ingredient groups. Cargill’s malt business has 15 plants around the world. Last spring it announced it was closing its malt plant near Jamestown, North Dakota.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A Wisconsin man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for selling heroin that led to three overdoses, including one fatality, in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Twenty-eight-year-old Jovan Harris of Milwaukee was sentenced this week on multiple federal drug charges. Authorities say Harris was indicted after an investigation into a spike in heroin overdose deaths in the Fargo-Moorhead area between September 2015 and April 2016.
The North Dakot Highway Patrol said one adult and one child were injured in a crash near Medina Thursday. Addison Hofmann failed to negotiate a curve at the crest of a hill while driving about 15 miles North of Medina, causing the car to drift off the edge of the road, strike an approach, and roll several times before landing in a ditch. Hofmann was seriously injured while a 3-year-old child in the car had cuts and bruises. Both were taken to Jamestown Regional Medical Center before Hofmann was airlifted to a Fargo hospital. The patrol is still investigating the crash.