Towner woman dies in crash

Alice Marie Rosencrans, 83, Towner, died in a rear-end collision on U.S. Highway 2 about two miles east of Towner Tuesday just after 1 p.m.

According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, a 2012 Kenworth T800 tractor-trailer driven by Harold R. Porch II, 54, Moore, Okla., was westbound on the highway when it crashed into the rear of a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by Rosencrans. A fire engulfed both vehicles following the collision but Porch was able to exit his vehicle without injury. Rosencrans remained in her vehicle throughout the fire.

Bill would support language programs

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Wednesday held a hearing on legislation co-sponsored by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., that would help Native American children learn their native languages to make sure those languages continue to survive, while also boosting academic performance among students.

Heitkamp’s Native Language Immersion Student Achievement Act would help protect Native languages by establishing a grant program to support Native language immersion instruction from pre-kindergarten through college.

In North Dakota, programs that would benefit from such grants include the Wakanheza oti (Sacred Children’s Place) at Spirit Lake Reservation, Tiny Turtles preschool at the Turtle Mountain Reservation and Lakhol iyapi Hohpi (Lakota Language Nest) at Standing Rock Reservation,

In March, identical legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Lawmaker: Oil tax savings unlikely to be tapped

BISMARCK (AP) – The chairman of committee in charge of North Dakota’s oil tax savings account says it’s unlikely lawmakers will tap into the fund when its earnings first become available.

Rep. Keith Kempenich says there is no need to access the fund if money is available from other sources.

The Legacy Fund gets 30 percent of the state’s oil tax collections. The money can’t be touched before 2017 and it would still take a two-thirds vote of the Legislature for the state to dip into the fund.

The fund’s balance is more than $2 billion at present.

Kempenich said he doesn’t “think there’s going to be a will to appropriate it.”

North Dakota voters approved the fund in 2010.