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Tuesday, September 27th 2016
Associated Press North Dakota News
Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. CDT
OIL PIPELINE-ARCHAEOLOGIST

Leaked memo: No remains, artifacts found at pipeline site

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's chief archaeologist says in a memo leaked to a conservative blogger that an inspection found no American Indian artifacts or human remains at a Dakota Access pipeline construction site.

Paul Picha (PEEK'-ah) says in the memo published Monday by Say Anything blogger Rob Port that seven state archeologists inspected the 1.3-mile section along the route of the $3.8 billion pipeline in southern North Dakota. The memo says only some animal teeth and bone fragments were found.

Officials say the memo is only a draft and is part of an on-going investigation.

Standing Rock Sioux officials said crews earlier this month bulldozed the site, which they say has "significant cultural and historic value." It led to a clash between protesters and security guards hired by pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners.

FARGO FIRE

Fargo apartment building evacuated after fire; no injuries

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Fire forced the evacuation of a Fargo apartment building, but no one was hurt.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze in an apartment bathroom shortly after arriving about 9:30 p.m. Monday. All of the building's occupants had safely evacuated after fire alarms sounded.

Only the one apartment was damaged. The cause of the fire wasn't immediately determined.

MAPLE VALLEY SCHOOL VOTE

Maple Valley voters reject school bond measure a third time

(Information from: KOVC-AM, http://www.newsdakota.com)

TOWER CITY, N.D. (AP) — An official count shows that voters in the Maple Valley School District in southeastern North Dakota have once again rejected a bond measure to fund a reorganization plan.

The $14.3 million measure needed 60 percent approval to pass. KOVC radio reports that an official count on Monday of the votes cast in the Sept. 20 election determined that only 59.76 percent of voters were in favor.

If the measure had passed, the school district would have closed schools in Buffalo and Oriska and brought all students into a renovated school in Tower City. Similar proposals were narrowly defeated by voters twice last year.

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METH SENTENCE

Parshall man sentenced to year in prison for dealing meth

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to serve one year in prison for dealing drugs.

Leroy Arnold Anderson Jr., of Parshall, pleaded guilty in March to distribution of methamphetamine. Authorities say he sold drugs on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation for about one year. He was arrested in June 2015 with more than 50 grams of meth.

Defense attorney Ryan Costello says Anderson had been living a destructive lifestyle but has been clean and sober for 10 months.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ordered Anderson to serve four years of supervised release.

TURKEY LICENSES

Fall turkey hunting licenses still available in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — More than 850 hunting licenses remain for North Dakota's fall turkey season.

The state Game and Fish Department made 3,510 licenses available this year, a decline of about 4 percent from last year. The agency recently held its license lottery.

Only North Dakota residents could apply in the initial lottery. Both resident and nonresident hunters can apply for the leftover licenses, which became available Monday.

The season begins Oct. 8 and runs through next Jan. 8.

BYPASS-OPENING

$20 million truck bypass around Killdeer completed

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The state Transportation Department says a $20 million truck bypass project in Killdeer is completed.

Agency spokeswoman Jamie Olson says the 4-mile project designed to divert truck traffic around the oil patch city was completed this month after more than a year of construction.

Olson says a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring state and local officials is slated Wednesday in the city.

The state has invested a total of $420 million on the construction of truck routes for the communities of Williston, Watford City, Alexander, New Town, Dickinson and Killdeer.


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Monday, September 26th 2016
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MOFFIT FATAL

Sterling man injured in US 83 crash dies over the weekend

MOFFIT, N.D. (AP) — A Sterling man injured in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 83 late last week died over the weekend.

The Highway Patrol says the 41-year-old man was driving a pickup truck that went into the ditch and rolled on its side near Moffit on Friday evening.

The man died of his injuries on Saturday in a Bismarck hospital. His name wasn't immediately released.

INTERSTATE FATAL

Crash on Interstate 94 kills 36-year-old Bismarck man

NEW SALEM, N.D. (AP) — A crash involving two pickup trucks on Interstate 94 west of Bismarck killed a man from that city.

The Highway Patrol says the 36-year-old man was driving a pickup that rear-ended a pickup pulling a trailer loaded with lumber near new Salem on Friday evening. He was pronounced dead at a Bismarck hospital. His named wasn't immediately released.

The other driver was treated at a Bismarck hospital for minor injuries.

CARTER-NUKES

Pentagon chief is expert on nukes but says little about them

WASHINGTON (AP) — As defense chief for a president who famously envisioned "a world without nuclear weapons," Ash Carter has said remarkably little about them.

He has been quiet on a range of nuclear issues, including the Pentagon's efforts to correct an array of morale, training, discipline and resource problems in the Air Force nuclear missile corps.

When asked, he has left no doubt he sees nuclear weapons as the "bedrock" of U.S. security. But he rarely reveals the underpinnings of his thinking.

This quiet approach is expected to end when Carter visits Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota on Monday. There he plans to deliver a speech on nuclear deterrence. It will be his first visit to a nuclear weapons base since he became defense secretary in February 2015.

WILLISTON-MEAT PROCESSORS

Lack of meat processors near Williston hurts food pantries

(Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com)

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A social services agency is struggling to distribute needed protein to food pantries in Williston because of the lack of licensed processors in the area.

The Williston Herald reports that the Community Action Partnership of North Dakota created the Sportsmen Against Hunger program as pantry items reached critical lows at the local Salvation Army. The organization pays for processing of a filled tag in exchange for a meat donation.

Williston Community Action Partnership client services director Deeann Long says the program gained traction until harsh winters wiped out the deer population. Activity and participation was minimal by 2014.

Western North Dakota became a processing desert after the absence of deer drove processors in the region to close.

The program has been stalled because of the lack of certified processors.

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WILLISTON-TREE MEMORIAL

Williston couple's tree honors grandson lost to suicide

(Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com)

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A Williston couple has planted a tree in their front yard to honor their deceased grandson and raise awareness about depression and suicide.

The Williston Herald reports that a young Princeton gold maple stands in front of Loyce and James Rauser's home, where their grandson, 35-year-old Erik Rauser, lived with them since he was a teenager.

Erik Rauser killed himself in June. The Rausers say he struggled with depression and shrugged off their attempts to urge him to seek help.

The couple plans to plant more trees at the new Williston High School.

Erik Rauser was passionate about trees. He had graduated from the North Dakota School of Forestry and was planning to start his own tree maintenance business in Minneapolis.

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WILLISTON ANIMAL SHELTER

Williston breaks ground on $5M animal shelter

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A new $5 million animal shelter is planned in Williston.

City officials broke ground on the planned facility last week.

Officials say the exterior of the 18,000-square-foot building is on track to be finished by December. Space for veterinary and grooming services for rescued dogs and cats is expected to be finished in about a year.

Officials say the facility will serve Williams and McKenzie counties, along with eastern Montana.


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Sunday, September 25th 2016
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AQUATIC NUISANCE SPECIES

Officials ask waterfowl hunters to prevent spread of plants

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is asking for help from waterfowl hunters in preventing the spread of aquatic nuisance species.

State regulations require waterfowl hunters to take numerous steps to clear plants, seeds and plant fragments from decoys, strings, anchors, waders and other equipment. They are also asked to remove all water from decoys, boats, motors, trailers and other watercraft; and remove all aquatic plants from boats and trailers before leaving a marsh or lake.

In addition, hunters are encouraged to brush their hunting dogs free of mud and seeds.

RED RIVER DIVERSION-LAWSUIT

Diversion backers waiting on opponents to file for inunction

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — An attorney for proponents of a Red River diversion project says opponents should decide whether they are going to ask a judge to halt the start of construction.

Backers of the channel around Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota, want preliminary work to begin on a gated inlet structure this fall. An attorney for upstream opponents said in July that he would be filing an injunction in order to halt the first phase of the project.

Diversion authority attorney Robert Cattanach says in court documents that the uncertainty over the timing of a request for an injunction may complicate "numerous regulatory, financial and political" decisions that need to be made.

Cattanach says the delay could affect a November vote on whether Cass County citizens should extend sales taxes pledged to the project.

OIL PIPELINE-PROTEST-RALLY

Pipeline protester who inspired rally extradited to Nebraska

(Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com)

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — An oil pipeline protester from South Dakota who inspired a rally after she was arrested and jailed in North Dakota has been moved to Nebraska to face another criminal complaint.

Forty-two-year-old Olowan Martinez was arrested Sept. 13 for criminal trespass during a protest against the Dakota Access pipeline. Earlier this week, about 300 people showed up outside the Morton County Jail in Mandan to appeal for her release. They held up a large sign that read "Free Olowan." Some called out to her in the jail.

The Bismarck Tribune reports the North Dakota arrest triggered a warrant from Nebraska, where Martinez was wanted on charges of making terroristic threats, theft and criminal mischief.

Martinez was released on $10,000 bond after making her initial appearance Thursday in Sheridan County, Nebraska.

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MISSING WOMAN-SEARCH

Police say body of Twin Cites woman could be in Fargo area

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Authorities in the Fargo area are searching for the remains of a 45-year-old Vadnais Heights, Minnesota woman allegedly killed by a 51-year-old man.

Timothy Barr, of Lakeville, Minnesota, is charged with two counts of second degree murder without intent and criminal vehicular homicide. Police say Barr told two people he accidentally ran over Michelle Newell with his car.

The Cass County Sheriff's Office in Fargo is asking anyone with farm property to check for anything unusual.

Newell's family reported her missing on Sept. 8. Cass County deputies questioned Barr near Interstate 94 in North Dakota on Aug. 31 after someone called to say a man was lying in a ditch.

Barr allegedly told a police informant that he and a woman were going to South Dakota to sell methamphetamine. .

TRANSGENDER MAN-NAME CHANGE

Transgender man sues over Indiana law blocking name change

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A transgender man granted asylum last year is suing Indiana over a state law that prevents him from changing his first name to a male name that matches his gender identity.

The 31-year-old was brought to Indiana from Mexico illegally by his parents at age six. His identity isn't disclosed in his federal lawsuit, which contends Indiana's law requiring anyone seeking a name-change to provide citizenship proof is unconstitutional.

His suit says he's forced to "out" himself as transgender whenever he displays his driver's license listing his gender as male alongside the female birth name Indiana won't let him change.

His predicament arose from dissonance between state and federal rules. He's among a growing number of LGBT people seeking asylum for fear of persecution in their countries of origin.

DRUG CONSPIRACY PLEA

Fargo man to plead guilty to distributing meth, heroin mix

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man says he will plead guilty to dealing a mixture of methamphetamine and fentanyl.

Tyrone Wilburn, of Fargo, is charged in federal court with conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver a controlled substance. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years.

Authorities say Wilburn distributed the drugs in the Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota area and his conduct led to the "serious bodily injury" of at least one person.

A change of plea hearing has not been scheduled.


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