KEENE, N.D. (AP) – Three Williston residents died when a sport utility vehicle crashed head-on into a semitrailer in McKenzie County. The Highway Patrol says the SUV crossed into the wrong lane at a roundabout on state Highway 23 north of Keene shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday, hitting the semi. The three SUV occupants died at the scene. The semi driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum wants to use earnings from a voter-approved oil tax savings account to expand a National Guard training facility in a sparsely populated northeastern county, a move the military says is needed in part to handle longer-range and deadlier ammunition. But some farmers and ranchers worry about the safety of their families and livestock, increased noise and the loss of private agriculture land to the government.
BISMARK, N.D. (AP) – An economist expects the projected economic recession to be both good and bad news for North Dakota’s next budget cycle. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the fiscal forecast is predicting strong expectations in 2019 followed by a slower pace of growth similar to the rate of inflation for 2020 and 2021. Moody’s Analytics Finance Director says national recession expected to occur by 2020 would cause the demand for oil and agriculture to decrease.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A judge has denied an effort led by North Dakota Democrats and others to force Republican Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to withdraw from a lawsuit that seeks to invalidate former President Barack Obama’s health care law. South Central District Judge James Hill denied the request Friday.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (The Jamestown Sun) – A Rapid City woman was arrested for second-degree murder after being accused of fatally stabbing someone to death early Saturday morning, Dec. 8, in the west side of town, according to a press release from the Rapid City Police Department. Lorraine Swallow, 32, is being held at the Pennington County Jail after allegedly stabbing the victim at a home on the 2600 block of Castle Heights Place, the release said. The victim, whose name isn’t being released until their family is notified, is the third homicide victim this year in Rapid City, the release said.