MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Police have identified the man found dead in the parking lot of the Minot public works building earlier this week. Authorities say 42-year-old Jeffrey Tanberg was a local resident who was found dead Tuesday. An autopsy will be done at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks to determine what caused Tanberg’s death. Police say no foul play is suspected.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature on Wednesday decided Gov. Doug Burgum’s spending blueprint assumed oil prices that are likely rosier than reality, lowering expected energy tax collections by nearly $600 million for the next two-year budget cycle. Republican and Democratic legislative leaders said their budget plan better reflects the current price of oil, a major contributor to the state’s wealth. “It’s still a very volatile world out there,” said Republican Sen. Ray Holmberg, chairman of Senate Appropriations Committee.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — New North Dakota State University head football coach Matt Entz has named two members of his offensive staff. Entz has promoted tight ends and fullbacks coach Tyler Roehl to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Randy Hedberg to associate head coach and passing game coordinator. Hedberg has been on the Bison staff the past five seasons and Roehl the past six. Entz was offensive coordinator this past season, during which NDSU won its record seventh FCS title. He’s taking over as head coach from Chris Klieman, the new head coach at Kansas State. NDSU has five assistants from this year’s staff returning in 2019 including defensive tackles coach Nick Goeser, defensive ends coach Buddha Williams and cornerbacks coach Kody Morgan.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Officials say traffic deaths in North Dakota declined in 2018 to their lowest number in a decade. Preliminary figures released Wednesday show that 104 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in North Dakota in 2018, a decrease of 10 percent from 2017. That’s according to the North Dakota Department of Transportation and the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Authorities say it’s North Dakota’s lowest fatality number since 2008, which also saw 104 deaths.