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Road construction project beginning

Construction on the intersection of N.D. Highway 1804 and North Washington Street in Bismarck will cause reduced speeds and detours starting next week.

North Washington Street will be closed from 57th Avenue to Highway 1804. There will be a detour taking motorists a mile west of 57th Avenue Northwest to 15th Street Northwest and a mile north back to the highway.

Highway 1804 will remain open, with reduced speeds and flaggers. There will be a 12-foot width restriction.

Drivers are expected to slow down, follow signs and be cautious in work zone areas.

The project is expected to be complete in October.

For more information, visit http://www.dot.nd.gov/travel-info-v2/, or call 511.

The Mavericks coming to Belle Mehus

The Mavericks country-Latin rock 'n' roll band is coming to the Belle Mehus Auditorium in Bismarck as the band celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Tickets go on sale at 11:30 a.m. Friday for the show on Oct. 12. Doors open that day at 7 p.m.

The Mavericks are known for their 1990s hits "What a Crying Shame" and "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down."

Tickets can be purchased at JadePresents.com, Etix.com or the Bismarck Event Center Ticket Office.

Public asked to identify lone star ticks

The North Dakota Department of Health is asking people to watch for lone star ticks and submit pictures and information by email to ndticks@nd.gov.

During routine surveillance this spring, officials identified a lone star tick from the Stutsman County area. This tick can transmit several diseases to people. It is an aggressive biter and prefers human hosts. The bite from a lone star tick is thought to be associated with the red meat allergy commonly known as alpha-gal; however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states further research is needed to confirm this link.

Tips when submitting pictures:

• Submit clear photos that appear to be of lone star ticks. Females have a white dot on their backs.

• If possible, include a dime or penny in the picture for scale.

• Do not submit pictures of ticks that are fully engorged (full of blood)

• Provide the date the tick was found, the county it was found in, and if the person or animal it was removed from had any recent travel out of the area.

• The department will return information about the tick via email, but this may take several weeks.

Arrest made in bar beating death

WILLISTON — A 26-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the beating death of a 57-year-old man outside a downtown bar in early May.

Justin Crites was arrested Thursday on a warrant accusing him of manslaughter, a class B felony, the Williston Herald reported. Formal charging documents, including an affidavit of probable cause laying out the police’s reasoning for the arrest, were not entered into the state’s electronic court records system Thursday afternoon.

Crites’ arrest came almost one month to the day since Jay LePage died in a Minot hospital.

LePage was attacked outside The Shop Bar early on the morning of May 4. He was taken to a hospital in Minot and died May 7.

Police have released almost no details about the attack since it happened.

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Compiled from press releases, staff reports and wire services

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