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Sunday, October 23rd 2016
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The Latest: Pipeline protest prompts more than 80 arrests

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Authorities in North Dakota say 83 people were arrested Saturday at a construction site of the Dakota Access pipeline.

The Morton County sheriff's office says about 300 protesters trespassed three miles onto private property Saturday morning. The sheriff's office says officers used pepper spray when some protesters attempted to breach a line that law enforcement officers had formed between demonstrators and construction equipment.

Authorities say the confrontation between officers and protesters lasted five hours.

The sheriff's office says one protester attempted to grab an officer's pepper spray canister, spraying the officer in the face and blinding him for five minutes.

Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier says Saturday's incident shows that "this protest is not peaceful or lawful."

Charges against the individuals include assault on a peace officer, engaging in a riot and criminal trespass.


South Dakota's portion of oil pipeline nearly finished

(Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Work on the four-state pipeline whose construction has sparked protests in North Dakota is nearly finished in South Dakota.

The Argus Leader reports that Dakota Access pipeline operator Energy Transfer Partners has told the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission that 100 percent of the pipe is underground in the state, including beneath waterways such as the Big Sioux River.

The $3.8 billion, 1,200-mile pipeline will carry oil from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois. Its construction has drawn thousands of protesters over the past several weeks to an area in North Dakota near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

The operator told the PUC Friday that the pump station in Redfield is 85 percent complete. The company is working on erosion control and testing.



Semi crash near Mandaree leaves woman dead, causes spill

MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — A rollover crash near Mandaree has left one woman dead and caused the spill of a fluid used by the oil industry during the drilling process.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the incident happened around 12:15 a.m. Friday, when 24-year-old Dickinson resident Justin Killough lost control of the semi he was driving on Highway 22. The vehicle rolled and entered the ditch. The tanker trailer then separated from the semi.

Killough and passenger Robyn Holzkamm were ejected during the crash. Killough was taken to a hospital, while the 23-year-old Holzkamm, of Reeder, died at the scene.

The tanker trailer was loaded with invert, a fluid used during the drilling process. The Highway Patrol says the tanker trailer leaked at the crash scene, but the spill has been contained.


Bone fragments found along pipeline path not from human

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's medical examiner says two bone fragments found along the path of the proposed Dakota Access pipeline were not from a human.

The discovery Thursday came several weeks after the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says it has found several sites of "significant cultural and historic value" in the area, where protesters and private security clashed in September over construction.

Dr. William Massello says in a memo obtained by The Associated Press that the bones were from a "horse, cow or deer."

The bone fragments were found Thursday during a tour with government officials and people from Energy Transfer Partners, as well as tribal members.

Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault was on the tour and says the discovery — human fragments or not — shows the need for more study.


March trial set for Enderlin man accused in fatal shooting

LISBON, N.D. (AP) — An Enderlin man accused in the shooting death of another man in that city last February is to stand trial next March.

Twenty-eight-year-old Paul Miller is charged with murder and reckless endangerment in the death of Billy Holladay. Court documents show that he's been scheduled for a two-week trial beginning March 20.

Miller could face life in prison without parole if convicted.


Old social media posts haunt state Legislature candidate

(Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com)

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Old social media posts involving drinking, driving and shooting things have come back to haunt a state legislative candidate from Minot.

The posts that Republican Matthew Ruby made in 2012 and 2013 surfaced recently on a Fargo-based conservative website.

The 24-year-old National Guard sergeant tells the Minot Daily News the posts don't reflect his views or behavior. He says he's never driven drunk or hunted while drinking.

Ruby said the posts were in poor taste, and he apologized.

State Democratic Party Executive Director Robert Haider issued a statement saying he was disappointed with the posts and calling them a distraction.

Ruby and Randy Schobinger are looking to retain Republican control of District 40's House seats in the Nov. 8 election. AJ Schultz and Heidi Rintoul are running as Democrats.


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