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MAPLETON, N.D. -- A Mapleton Elementary third-grade teacher Kayla Delzer has been named North Dakota’s 2019 Teacher of the Year. Delzer was presented the award in the school gymnasium Tuesday morning, Sept. 25. Delzer has taught in Mapleton since 2016, after teaching in West Fargo and Thief River Falls, Minn.
The Minnesota Duluth men's hockey program will begin the 2018-19 season right where it left off at the end of last season—on top. The defending national champion Bulldogs picked up 44 of 50 first-place votes Monday, Sept. 24, to take the top spot in the USCHO Division I men's preseason poll. Aside from UMD, which returns 19 of the 26 players from the 2017-18 squad, four other NCHC teams were included in the national poll, including two more in the top 10.
LAKE ANDES, S.D.—A Charles Mix County man is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cattle and feed checks earlier this year. Aaron Podzimek, of Wagner, allegedly stole cattle worth $301,871.30 and feed checks worth approximately $47,000 at some point between Feb. 1 and July 31. On Thursday, Podzimek was indicted on charges of grand theft of more than $100,000 and less than $500,000.01, a Class 3 felony, and grand theft of more than $5,000 and less than $100,000.01, a Class 4 felony.
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- A two-hour documentary, “The Mayo Clinic: Faith-Hope-Science,” created by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns will air on public television on at 8 p.m. Central Tuesday night. The documentary tells the story of the Rochester clinic that has been called a “place for hope where there is no hope,” according to Burns’ website.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- Authorities on Monday, Sept. 24, have released the names of the two people that were killed in a head-on collision involving three vehicles early Sunday morning in western North Dakota. Gilberto Gomez Jr., 24, of Donna, Texas, and Rosa Aguayo, 45, of San Bernardino, Calif., died at the scene on U.S. Highway 2 about 8 miles west of Williston.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — It was a good day for the golfers with regional ties Friday, Sept. 21, at the opening round of the Sanford International Champions Tour event at Minnehaha Country Club. Madison, Wisconsin, native Steve Stricker and Council Bluffs, Iowa's Jerry Smith each shot 7-under-par 63s to be part of a four-way tie for the lead after the inaugural 18 holes. Brandt Jobe and David McKenzie were also in the clubhouse with rounds of 63 at days' end, in which the field averaged 68.2 strokes in the round.
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.
GRAND FORKS -- Employees were evacuated from an agribusiness plant late Wednesday night, Sept. 19, when a fire started, the Grand Forks Fire Department said. Firefighters found smoke and fire inside J.R. Simplot just before 11 p.m., a news release said. The blaze was quickly extinguished, but the release estimates $150,000 in damage to the building and contents. The investigation is ongoing.
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.