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BISMARCK—Cheri Giesen, the executive director of Job Service North Dakota, will resign next month to "pursue other opportunities," Gov. Doug Burgum announced Tuesday, Aug. 22. Giesen was first appointed to her position in June 2014 by then-Gov. Jack Dalrymple before Burgum reappointed her last December. The state's workforce agency has about 160 employees and nine regional offices. Giesen's last day on the job will be Sept. 5, according to a news release. State Labor Commissioner Michelle Kommer will also lead Job Service North Dakota during an interim period.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party has hired Scott McNeil as its executive director, the party announced Tuesday, Aug. 22. McNeil previously worked in fundraising for a Washington, D.C., firm and in field operations in southern Illinois for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He has also helped run multiple statewide campaigns in Massachusetts, according to a news release. McNeil succeeds outgoing executive director Robert Haider.
Authorities were called to a campsite inside Brainerd International Raceway early Saturday morning after a man was found dead. Deputies were dispatched about 2:30 a.m. Saturday to BIR to investigate the death, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office reported. Upon arrival, deputies located an unresponsive male. Resuscitation was attempted, but was unsuccessful. It was determined the man died by suicide. The man's body was transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office. The raceway hosted the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals over the weekend.
MERRIFIELD, Minn.—A 32-year-old Lindstrom man was arrested Friday after crashing his vehicle while transporting his severely burned 10-year-old son to the hospital in north-central Minnesota.. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office reported the incident occurred at 10:04 p.m. Friday on the 11000 block of Sorenson Lake Road, south of Merrifield. The boy was burned after falling into a fire, the sheriff's office reported. While driving his son, the man lost control of the vehicle and struck a power pole, ending up in a swampy area.
FARGO -- ABC announced Monday afternoon that "American Idol" wannabes can audition in the Dakotas early next month. The show will hold auditions Wednesday, Sept. 6, in Fargo and Sunday, Sept. 10, in Rapid City, S.D. The two were listed as one of four newly announced open call cities. The ttwo others were Houston and San Antonio, Texas.
MCINTOSH, Minn.—A 65-year-old male from Oklee, Minn., has died after crashing a motorcycle. The driver was traveling west on Highway 2, east of McIntosh, Minn., when he lost control of a Honda Shadow motorcycle and went into the north ditch.
FORT YATES, N.D.—Gov. Doug Burgum and Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II have signed a memorandum of understanding that directs state and tribal authorities on regulating an elk hunting season within the Standing Rock Reservation. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department and Standing Rock Game, Fish and Wildlife Department developed the memo to help coordinate elk management and law enforcement efforts relating to each other's authority within the boundaries of the reservation.
DULUTH, Minn.—The vice president of the University of Minnesota Duluth College Republicans has stepped down after racist and nationalist posts on the group's Facebook page. The group's president removed several posts from its Facebook page late Monday night after concerns were raised about their content. Among the posts removed was one from Aug. 11 that, according to WDIO-TV, read in part: "There is a cozy thought to the USA killing millions. I mean we spend all this money on the miltary (sic), why not use it?"
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Fifteen of Douglas County named 122 lakes have temporary no wake zoning on them starting Tuesday, Aug. 15, for 30 days. Watercraft can not create a wake within 300 feet of the shoreline after the Douglas County commissioners enacted the temporary special control because of unseasonably high rainfall.
BISMARCK — Sparb Collins, the executive director of the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System, will retire later this year, the system's board of trustees announced Tuesday, Aug. 15. Collins has been the PERS executive director for 28 years, according to a news release from Gov. Doug Burgum's office. The system and its board will recruit a new director over the next few months, and PERS Chief Operating Officer Sharon Schiermeister will act as interim director during a transition period. Collins' last day will be Oct. 31.