BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Travel conditions in the Dakotas remain hazardous as a winter storm continues in the northern Great Plains. Fender-benders have been reported throughout both states, including a school bus-car collision in the Sioux Falls area with no injuries. The National Weather Service has posted various winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories for the region through tonight. Several inches of snow have fallen in many areas.
EMERADO, N.D. (AP) - A northeastern North Dakota couple accused of keeping a filthy and unsanitary home have pleaded not guilty to felony child abuse and neglect charges. Richard and Kimberly Elskoe, of Emerado could face up to five years in prison if convicted. Authorities say their home was filled with animal feces and urine, garbage and other debris that endangered the six minors who lived there, including a special needs teen.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has appointed former Montana state Sen. Kim Gillan to lead a six-state region that includes North Dakota. Gillan said today that she will be based in Denver and will begin her new job as the HHS' regional director next month. She served 16 years in the Montana Legislature and has also worked as an energy analyst and business consult, among other jobs.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota woman has filed a lawsuit against a North Carolina man whom she accuses of breaking into her rural home more than six years ago while trying to find abandoned farmsteads. Shirley Starke (STAR'-kee) is seeking $700,000 in damages from Patrick Zaun and several companies he has been affiliated with since the alleged 2007 break-in. She says it doesn't matter that Zaun thought her home was abandoned and that it has caused her emotional distress.
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