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MINOT, N.D. — Norsk Hostfest officials said this week some websites are selling overpriced tickets to the concerts that are coming to the Minot Scandinavian festival next week. President Dave Reitan said patrons should visit hostfest.com or call 701-852-2368 to buy tickets in order to not be overcharged or scammed. Official Norsk Høstfest tickets are only sold for $67, $87 and $100 plus tax and fees, he said.
MINOT, N.D.—Trinity Health in Minot held a groundbreaking celebration Thursday, Sept. 20, to reveal more details about its new $350 million, six-story regional health care center. Although work on the hospital has been underway for months, the event was an opportunity to celebrate with the community, said officials. The new medical center will offer advanced cardiac, neurosurgical and orthopedic care with about 200 private rooms, state-of-the-art surgical suites, a behavioral health section and an emergency and trauma center with 24 treatment bays.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- The identity of a motorcyclist killed when his bike crashed into a ditch early Wednesday morning, Sept. 19, has been released. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said Thomas M. O’Dell, 26, of Dickinson died at the scene. O’Dell’s motorcycle went off the road while riding towards Williston on U.S. Highway 85 about 6 miles north of town at 12:30 a.m. The 2016 motorcycle was totaled.
ST. PAUL — An experienced political reporter who grew up in Minnesota has been selected as the Forum News Service’s state government reporter. Dana Ferguson, who has covered South Dakota politics for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader during the past three legislative sessions, will join Forum News Service beginning Nov. 1.
WILLISTON — The driver of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle died early Wednesday, Sept. 19, after a single-vehicle crash. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said in a release that the driver, a 26-year-old man from Williston, drove off the road while riding towards Williston on U.S. Highway 59 about 6 miles north of town at 12:30 a.m. The 2016 motorcycle was totaled, and the man was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota National Guard is sending three helicopters and 15 personnel to the East Coast to assist the emergency response to Hurricane Florence if needed. The helicopters and personnel will depart Saturday morning, Sept. 15, from Bismarck to Maryland to be near the disaster area in case they are asked to assist with life-saving or life-sustaining efforts, Gov. Doug Burgum's office said.
MANDAN, N.D. -- There was a leak in Mandan on Thursday, and for now, law enforcement is stuck trying to solve the case. A sticky brown substance was found on an Exit 153 on-ramp as well as other streets just before noon Sept. 13, forcing the closure of Mandan Avenue for approximately three hours. Authorities closed the scene for safety reasons until they could identify the substance, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. It was then determined the stuff was 87 percent maple syrup, possibly used for cattle feed.
FARGO — A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind attend an upcoming trial for a man accused of conspiring to kill the 22-year-old Fargo woman. The GoFundMe page reads: “The second defendant in the case is now going to trial on Sept 18th, we are hoping to be in Fargo for the duration of the trial. With our financial situation right now that is not possible, so we are asking for a little help making this possible. Thank you all.”
PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz fans will need to wait a little longer to see their favorite player on the field. Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson confirmed Wednesday, Sept. 12, that Nick Foles will start at quarterback for the team at Tampa Bay on Sunday. Pederson told the media Wednesday morning Wentz has yet to be cleared for contact.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington, Minn., area is mourning the loss of a local businessman and hockey coach after an early Saturday morning, Sept. 8, hunting accident claimed the life of Jeffrey Dean Nickel at the Eagle Lake Wildlife Management Area southeast of Fulda, Minn.