Local Briefs

Two young men die in McKenzie County crash

WATFORD CITY – Hank D. Allen, 17, and Austin L. McCaulley, 18, both of Watford City, died from injuries suffered in a crash along U.S. Highway 85 just west of Watford City Tuesday afternoon, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The men were passengers in a 2001 Subaru Forester traveling west on Highway 85 and driven by Fenton H. Matthew, 17, Watford City. While traveling in the westbound traffic lane the vehicle hit an area of slush which rotated the vehicle into the eastbound lane of the highway where it was struck on the passenger side by a 2005 Peterbilt semi-truck driven by Jerry W. Bottoms, 63, Fairfield, Texas. The Subaru was totaled and “split in half,” according to the incident report.

Matthew suffered some injuries and possible charges are pending further investigation.

School board currently working on 2013-2014 calendar

Minot Public School administrators are still working on next year’s school calendar, which is more complex than in other years.

They are contending a calendar that must include a school start date after Labor Day to allow for time to finish construction of the new Erik Ramstad Middle School. Superintendent Mark Vollmer said the district can’t hold school on certain holidays and must still fit in professional development days for teachers.

The calendar draft calls for a school start date of Sept. 5 and an ending date of June 6. High school graduation would fall on June 7. Christmas vacation would extend from Dec. 21 to Jan. 1.

Vollmer said he will come back with a final calendar proposal at the April board meeting.

– Andrea Johnson