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A trucker from Texas is dead after a crash in the western North Dakota oil patch.....

     NEW ENGLAND, N.D. (AP) - A trucker from Texas is dead after a crash in the western North Dakota oil patch. The Highway Patrol says the 62-year-old man from Houston was hauling a load of pipe on state Highway 21 in Slope County when his semi hauling a flatbed trailer went into the ditch and rolled. The man died at the scene west of New England about 9:30 a.m. Monday. His name wasn't immediately released.


     LARIMORE, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a motorcyclist has died in a crash with a suspected drunken driver. The crash happened about 9 p.m. Monday east of Larimore. The patrol says a man driving a pickup truck turned into a driveway in front of a motorcycle, striking the biker. He was thrown from the motorcycle when it hit a ditch and overturned. Authorities say the 53-year-old man died at the scene. The 43-year-old Larimore man driving the pickup was not hurt and was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk.


     WASHBURN, N.D. (AP) - The president of the Washburn City Commission is denying any wrongdoing as a group of residents seeks to remove him from office. Concerned Citizens for the Recall of Washburn President Larry Thomas says it has enough petition signatures to move forward with a recall vote. The group cites alleged disregard for transparency and employee harassment as reasons. Thomas calls the allegations "totally fabricated." He says the group "should be embarrassed." The Bismarck Tribune reports that the group has until Nov. 6 to file the petition.


    BISMARCK, N.D. - Soldiers of the Bismarck-based 68th Troop Command welcomed a new commander to the unit on Sunday during a change of command ceremony at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory.

    Col. James Olson assumed duties as the 68th Troop Command commander from Col. Scott Fontaine, who has served in the position since 2015. Fontaine retired in a later ceremony when attendees honored his more than 28 years of service with the North Dakota Army National Guard.

    Olson enlisted in the North Dakota Army National Guard in 1986. He was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at North Dakota State University and has served in several leadership roles as an engineer officer in the 142nd Engineer Battalion. His most recent assignments include deputy commander of the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and commander of the 136th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB).
    Olson also has deployed for overseas missions three times. In 2000, he served in support of Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo as a general construction platoon leader with the 142nd Engineer Battalion. He again served overseas with the unit in 2003 in Iraq as the battalion plans officer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Olson returned to Kosovo in 2009 for a peacekeeping mission there as the future operations officer for Multinational Task Force East.

    "Platoon leader was best assignment I've had; I'm thankful for my time with Soldiers," Olson said.

    He said his vision as 68th Troop Command commander is making sure the organization allows Soldiers to get necessary training and be positioned within the National Guard to be successful.

    "I'm most excited about getting back with Soldiers, welcoming back my old unit, the 136th CSSB (in Afghanistan), from deployment and reaching new horizons with our subordinate companies," Olson said.

    Olson holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from North Dakota State University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Mary and is a 2016 graduate of U.S. Army War College with a degree in strategic studies.

    A native of Turtle Lake, North Dakota, Olson resides in Bismarck with his wife, Kathryn. They have two children, Kayla and Jack.

    The 68th Troop Command is a command and control headquarters for more than 800 Soldiers who are organized into two battalions, one company and four separate units. The unit's primary mission and focus is to provide command and control, as well as training, administrative and logistical support to maintain Soldier and unit readiness for missions stateside and overseas.



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