Regional Briefs

Expanded State Museum now open

BISMARCK- The newly expanded State Museum of the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck is open as of Monday.

The N.D. Heritage Center expansion will not be fully completed until Nov. 2, but the first two museum galleries of four are open to the public. These two galleries span the state’s history from 600 million years ago to the 1860s. The Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time covers the story of the evolving geology and the earliest life in North Dakota from 600 million years ago to 13,000 years ago. The Innovation Gallery: Early Peoples covers the first arrival of people 13,000 years ago through the 1860s. This gallery features more than 1,000 artifacts that help tell the story of early life on the Northern Plains.

In addition to the two museum galleries, additional spaces are open to the public including the newly renovated Russell Reid Auditorium, a new Great Plains Theater, the new Museum Store, select hallway exhibits, visitor kiosks, and more.

The N.D. Heritage Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Due to construction, the new entrance and new parking lot are not completed. Visitors will use the existing west entrance to the N.D. Heritage Center. Parking is limited in the existing lot.

2 dead in head-on crash

MANDAREE Two Mandaree residents are dead following a head-on collision with a semi-truck on N.D. Highway 22 Saturday just before 11:45 p.m., according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

A 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Corrina Larocque, 39, failed to negotiate a right hand curve and drove head-on into a 2010 Kenworth flat bed tow truck driven by Mark Estavanik, 45, Jupiter, Fla., while both were traveling “at highway speeds,” according to a crash report.

Both Larocque and a passenger, Ricky Finley, 41, were killed and the vehicle was totaled. The Kenworth was also totaled and Estavanik suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Stanely.

Man sentenced for helping escape

Christopher Rattery was sentenced Thursday to 12 months in prison with a year of supervised release to follow as well as a $100 special assessment to the crime victim’s fund for his role in facilitating an escape from a Rugby jail, according to the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota.

Rattery pleaded guilty in January to the charge of helping Wesley Brown III escape from Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center in Rugby.

Programs awarded $2.6M

More than $2.6 million in federal funding will go to two North Dakota Indian reservations for Head Start programs.

The Cankdeska Cikana Community College at the Spirit Lake Reservation will receive more than $1 million and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on the Standing Rock Reservation will receive $1.5 million.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced the awards Monday. The funds will support early childhood learning and development.

Utah man injured in crash

ALEXANDER A Utah man was injured in a crash on U.S. Highway 85 about three miles south of Alexander Saturday at 11:30 p.m., according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Chris George Anderson, 42, Lehi, Utah, was driving a 2012 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck east on a gravel road when he failed to stop at a stop sign before entering the westbound lane of the highway. His vehicle was struck by a 2003 Peterbilt semi-truck driven by David Lavel Brown, 52, West Richland, Wash., which was hauling a 2014 Dragon tanker trailer loaded with 140 barrels of crude oil. The Peterbilt was already westbound in the lane Anderson entered.

Anderson was transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Williston with non-life-threatening injuries. He was also cited for driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and for care required in operating a motor vehicle.

1 injured in 3-car collision

WILLISTON One person was injured in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 2 about 15 miles west of Williston around 8:15 a.m. Monday.

According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, both a 2008 Dodge Avenger driven by Lindsey McLinden, 30, Culbertson, Mont., and a 2007 Dodge Silverado driven by Casey Ubben, 34, were traveling east on the highway when McLinden lost control of her vehicle in the snow causing her vehicle to enter the westbound lane and strike head-on a 2012 Volvo semi-truck driven by Liudmila Kandratovich, 47, Tacoma, Wash.

The Volvo then lost control and entered the eastbound lane and struck Ubben’s vehicle, pushing and then following it into the south ditch.

McLinden, Kandratovich and the Volvo’s passenger Henrykh Kodzis, 49, Tacoma, Wash., were all wearing seatbelts and were uninjured in the crash. Ubben was injured and was transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Williston before being air lifted to Trinity Hospital in Minot to be treated for injuries suffered in the accident.

McLinden was cited for care required.

Man dies in crash near New Town

NEW TOWN A New Town man died after he crashed his vehicle into two parked vehicles on N.D. Highway 22 on Thursday at 4:20 p.m., according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The patrol said alcohol may have been a factor when Frederick Hale, 53, struck the trailer attached to a 1998 International semi-truck while traveling northbound on the highway. Hale’s 1997 Ford F250 then spun around and struck the left side of a Ford F450 parked in front of the semi before he was ejected from his vehicle and died.

The unidentified operators of the parked vehicles were repairing the International truck while parked about three feet of the highway with hazard triangles displayed.

Sakakawea declared ice free

Lake Sakakawea was officially declared ice free Monday at 8:59 a.m. The determination is made by staff at the Garrison Dam Power Plant.

A year ago Lake Sakakawea was declared ice free on May 13, which was the third latest ice free date in the history of the reservoir. Lake Sakakawea was declared frozen over Dec. 14, 2013.

Woman run over twice, possibly intentionally

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Sioux Falls police are investigating whether a driver intentionally ran over a woman with a vehicle twice.

Authorities say the woman was taken to a hospital with a broken leg after the mid-day incident Sunday. They say the woman had been arguing with the driver of the car before the car backed over the woman and then drove forward, running over her a second time.

Police Sgt. Jerry Mundt said that the driver might face aggravated assault charges.