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Monday, June 29th 2015
Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
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Heitkamp, McCain focusing on ND's trafficking challenges

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — Longtime anti-human trafficking advocate Cindy McCain and U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (HYT'-kamp) has toured western North Dakota to look at the state's human trafficking challenges.

Cindy McCain is the co-founder of the McCain Institute and wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee U.S. Senator John McCain. She joined Heitkamp in Watford City on Sunday to hear firsthand about the unique challenges the state is facing and the work being done to combat human trafficking.

The Watford City gathering follows others previously held in Bismarck and Williston. It will bring together advocates, victims' services, health care professionals, law enforcement and community leaders.

The McCain Institute, based at Arizona State University, is working to create the first comprehensive estimate of human trafficking in the U.S. and establish a web-based clearinghouse on trafficking information.


New security service at NDSU can be activated with 1 touch

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State University students and staff will have access this year to a safety and security service that will allow dispatchers to track their whereabouts at all times and let users call for help by swiping the smartphone screen.

The app was used by some students in the spring in a pilot program and will be available this fall to everyone affiliated with the campus. The system works both on and off campus on a 24/7 basis and it is integrated with the current NDSU technology that provides centralized electronic locks and a surveillance camera system.

Safety has been in the forefront at NDSU since freshman Thomas Bearson was killed by an unknown assailant in September and two students were raped at an off-campus apartment in December.


At-risk North Dakotans urged to get HIV testing

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials are urging people at risk for HIV and AIDS to get tested.

The state Health Department has recorded 396 confirmed cases of HIV/AIDS in North Dakota.

Health officials say about one-fourth of the people estimated to be HIV positive are believed to be unaware of their infection and they could unknowingly be transmitting the disease.

The Health Department says HIV testing is available at no charge throughout the state, and results are available in 20 minutes.


ND Game and Fish Department pays $533,500 to counties

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has paid $533,500 to counties in which it owns or leases land, about $52,500 more than for the previous year.

The payments are in lieu of property taxes. The payments for 2014 ranged from less than $90 in Ward and Griggs counties to more than $54,000 in Sheridan, McLean and Wells counties.

The department manages more than 200,000 acres for wildlife habitat and public hunting in 51 counties. The department does not own or manage any land in Traill or Renville counties.


Devils Lake grad gets award for pro hockey officiating

(Information in the following story is from: Devils Lake Journal, http://www.devilslakejournal.com)

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — A 1990 graduate of Devils Lake High School has won an award for his officiating in a mid-level professional hockey league.

The Devils Lake Journal reports Scott Senger was honored by fellow East Coast Hockey League officials earlier this month with the Ryan Birmingham Memorial Award.

Senger got his start as an official in Devils Lake and got into it more when he moved to Las Vegas. He says everything fell into place when he moved to South Carolina, and he has been working as a part-time official for the past six years. He's also a strength and conditioning coach for the University of South Carolina Upstate.

The ECHL has teams across the country, including the Rapid City Rush.


Bismarck teen gets Girl Scout honor for skating lessons

(Information in the following story is from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck teen has won the highest honor for a Girl Scout by sharing her passion for ice skating with others.

The Bismarck Tribune reports Christina Feland earned the Gold Award through her project called "It's Never Too Late to Skate." The project helped students in their teens or older learn to skate.

Feland says she knew many friends who wanted to learn to skate, but didn't want to be in classes along with little children.

During the project, Feland taught an 8-year-old one-on-one how to skate. She says he went from not being able to skate to scoring the winning goal for his team at a state championship.

Feland hopes she can teach a hockey skills class in Grand Forks when she starts at the University of North Dakota next year.


North Dakota launching vulnerable adult telephone hotline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota is launching a telephone hotline to report suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of vulnerable adults.

The state Department of Human Services says the hotline will be in place on Wednesday. The number is 1-855-462-5465.

Officials say if a vulnerable adult is in immediate danger of serious injury or death, people should call 911.

Officials say the department received about 1,500 reports of possible abuse, neglect, or exploitation of vulnerable adults last year.


DSU publishes online images of Theodore Roosevelt letters

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — Dickinson State University is publishing online a collection of images that includes letters from President Theodore Roosevelt to cartoonist John McCutcheon and from Edith Roosevelt to writer Octave Thanet.

The letters published online by the university's Theodore Roosevelt Center come from the Newberry Library, an independent research library based in Chicago.

The center has been creating a digital library of items related to the life and presidency of Theodore Roosevelt since 2008. The latest addition expands the items available digitally to nearly 30,000.

The images can be found online at WWW DOT TheodoreRooseveltCenter DOT org. The digital collection includes correspondence to and from Roosevelt, diary entries, notes, political cartoons, scrapbooks, newspaper columns and magazine articles by and about Roosevelt, speeches and photographs.


Woman accused of biting officer sentenced to 10 months

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A woman accused of biting a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer on the arm has been sentenced to 10 months in prison.

Jesse Grant, of Fort Yates, pleaded guilty in March to assaulting a federal officer. Authorities say the assault happened in August 2014 on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

Grant had been in custody since March when her release was revoked for failing to report for supervision.

Grant's court-appointed lawyer had asked for a sentence of 15 months in prison.

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