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Tuesday, September 30th 2014
Associated Press North Dakota News Summary

Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment
TRIBAL GRANTS

Tribes share in more than $3M in federal grants

Some American Indian tribes and tribal colleges in North Dakota are getting more than $3 million in federal money to improve safety on reservations and at tribal campuses.

The state's congressional delegation says Cankdeska Cikana Community College in Fort Totten is getting nearly $1.7 million to support tribal members pursuing health professions. The Turtle Lake Community College is getting nearly $1.2 million for the same purpose.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is getting $300,000 to support foster care and adoption programs on the reservation that straddles the North Dakota and South Dakota border.

The money comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

JOB TRAINING GRANTS

3 Dakotas colleges getting job-training grants

Three community colleges in the Dakotas are getting large grants through a federal effort to boost job training across the country.

In North Dakota, Bismarck State College is getting more than $9.9 million. In South Dakota, Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown and Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell each are getting about $2.5 million.

The money is through a competitive grant program administered by the federal Departments of Labor and Education. The grant winners were announced by the White House. About $450 million was doled out to 270 community colleges nationwide.

SCHOOL LUNCHES

School lunches to consist of Pride of Dakota food

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — More than 34,000 students in dozens of North Dakota schools will lunch on products from their own state Wednesday.

The products that will be served to students during the annual Pride of Dakota School Lunch Day have been grown by North Dakota farmers and ranchers and processed by local businesses.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says this event helps students learn how their food is raised and produced.

The menus have been prepared by the Department of Instruction. The lunches will be served at more 130 schools across the state.

PHARMACY BURGLARIES

3 arrested in connection with pharmacy burglaries

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Three women have been arrested in Grand Forks in connection with recent pharmacy burglaries in Hillsboro and Larimore.

The Grand Forks County sheriff's department says the stolen narcotics have a street value of nearly of $50,000.

The women were arrested when law enforcement executed a search warrant at a home. Authorities say they seized various items including drug paraphernalia and narcotics believed to have come from the burglaries.

The women are 35-year-old Jodi Olson, 18-year-old Alexis Littlewind and 29-year-old Amanda Peterson. They have been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit burglary.

Olson and Littlewind are also facing multiple counts of possession of a control substance with intent to deliver, possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Court records don't list attorneys for the Grand Forks women.

DRONES AT NIGHT

ND county employs drones for 1st time at night

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The Grand Forks County sheriff's department has flown its first nighttime drone mission.

Sheriff Bob Rost says the unmanned aircraft team was contacted after four suspects fled a traffic stop about 2:20 a.m. Sunday in rural Larimore, about 30 miles west of Grand Forks.

The drone was deployed after a K-9 unit was unable to locate the suspects. Rost says the aircraft helped locate one of the suspects in a corn field.

Two suspects were arrested on the scene, and a third was taken into custody later.

The Federal Aviation Administration in March granted the county permission for night operations. The drone unit is a joint effort among the Grand Forks County sheriff's department, the University of North Dakota and two unmanned aircraft manufacturers.

GOVERNOR-PARK SYSTEM

Dalrymple unveils state parks improvement plan

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple wants the state to spend more oil tax revenues to improve North Dakota's park system and for statewide conservation enhancements.

Dalrymple's plan calls for raising the cap on the North Dakota Outdoor Heritage fund from $30 million every two years to $50 million.

The plan also calls for investing an additional $30.4 million in new funds to improve state parks.

The GOP governor's plan comes as conservation advocates are pushing a measure for an even bigger slice of North Dakota oil tax revenues for a fund to benefit water, wildlife and parks projects. The measure will appear on the November ballot.

Backers want 5 percent of the state's oil extraction taxes for the fund. That would raise about $260 million during the 2015-17 budget cycle.

ELECTION WEBSITE

Jaeger encouraging voters to use election website

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Secretary of State Al Jaeger is encouraging voters in North Dakota to use a state website to find information about the upcoming general election.

Jaeger says the website www.vote.nd.gov has information about polling locations and hours, the full text of each of the eight measures on the ballot and details about candidates for statewide, legislative and judicial positions.

Jaeger says sample ballots, voter identification requirements and absentee voting information are also available at the website.

The election is Nov. 4.

WILDLIFE CHIEF

ND Game and Fish appoints new chief of wildlife

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has a new chief of wildlife.

Director Terry Steinwand has appointed 15-year department employee Jeb Williams as the new head of wildlife. Williams will succeed Randy Kreil, who announced his retirement in August.

Williams has been the assistant wildlife chief since 2011. He has also held the positions of biologist and wildlife resource management supervisor.

Williams is a native of Beach. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology and resource management from Dickinson State University.


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Monday, September 29th 2014
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GOVERNOR'S ORCHESTRA

ND gov seeks apps for official state band, chorus

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Governor Jack Dalrymple (DAHL'-rimp-ul) is seeking applications from groups interested in being the official state band or orchestra and the official state chorus.

School, community and church bands, as well as orchestras and choirs from across the state can apply.

The governor and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple will select groups based on musical talent, achievement and community involvement.

The band or orchestra and chorus may be invited to perform at official state functions including the governor's State of the State Address and a session of the North Dakota Legislative Assembly.

Applications are due October 17th.

SUBSTITUTES SHORTAGE

North Dakota's substitute teachers shortage grows

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's shortage of substitute teachers continues to grow despite multiple attempts to end it.

Janet Welk is the director of the state Standards and Practices Board. Welk tells the Bismarck Tribune the shortage is the worst North Dakota has seen.

The problem began in the late 1990s. The board then began issuing life licenses to teachers who had taught or been licensed for 30 years. Teachers with those licenses can continue to work without ever having to renew it.

The board later made another change allowing anyone with a bachelor's degree to obtain a teaching license. People with two years of post-secondary coursework are now also allowed to be substitutes.

But the changes haven't fixed the problem, and occasionally, administrators or athletic directors have to substitute absent teachers.

TRIBES-SCHOOL LANDS

Tribes want last of Indian boarding school lands

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Sixteen tribes from Nebraska and the Dakotas want the federal government to turn over to tribal care the three parcels left of an acreage where an Indian boarding school sat in the late 1800s.

The Rapid City Journal reports the tribal members have petitioned the federal government to release the lots totaling roughly 165 acres into federal tribal trust.

The parcels are considered spiritual land guaranteed to the Sioux Nation as part of the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie.

When the facility opened, children from Northern Plains tribes were funneled into roughly 1,200 acres dedicated by the federal government to the Rapid City Indian Boarding School.

The failed school closed in 1933, and the land eventually was dissolved into the lots that remain under tax-free federal trust.

AGING SERVICES DIRECTOR

ND Aging Services Division gets new director

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Department of Human Services has named a new director for its Aging Services Division.

Cindy Marihart has worked in the social services field for more than 25 years. Most recently she worked as director of the Mahnomen County Human Services Department in Minnesota.

North Dakota's Aging Services Division provides services and funds programs to improve quality of life and help older adults. The office also offers services that help individuals with physical disabilities live independently in their homes and communities.

FARGO BEER-EXPANSION

Fargo beer expands to Minneapolis-St. Paul market

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Fargo beer has arrived in Minneapolis.

The Fargo Brewing Company unveiled its year-round selections Saturday at the autumn brew review sponsored by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild. Additional public events are scheduled for October.

A Woodbury, Minnesota company will be distributing the beer in cans throughout the Twin Cities. It's expected to be available on tap by early next year.

The company's year-round beers include Wood Chipper India Pale Ale, Stone's Throw Scottish Ale, Sodbuster Porter and Iron Horse American Pale Ale.

Fargo Brewing Company was established in 2010. It began producing the beer in downtown Fargo in the summer of 2013.

MAN SHOOTS FOOT

Minot man shoots himself in foot with shotgun

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Law enforcement authorities in Minot say a man shot himself in the foot, prompting the response of police officers and emergency personnel.

Captain John Klug with the Minot Police Department says 26-year-old Jeffrey Bailey injured himself with a shotgun. Klug says police secured the scene at a trailer park and provided immediate medical attention until an ambulance and emergency staff arrived at the scene.

The Minot man was transported to Trinity Hospital. His condition is unknown.

DEER CRASH-DEATH

Deer-pickup truck crash kills woman near Pingree

(Information in the following story is from: KSJB-AM, http://ksjbam.com)

PINGREE, N.D. (AP) — A collision involving a pickup truck and a deer killed a woman and injured a man near Pingree in central North Dakota.

The Stutsman County Sheriff's Office did not immediately identify the 18-year-old female driver and the 19-year-old male passenger.

KSJB-AM reports the woman swerved to avoid the deer on a gravel road on Saturday a few miles northwest of Pingree. The pickup entered the ditch and rolled, ejecting the woman. Authorities tell the station the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man was transported to a local hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Authorities say the incident remains under investigation.


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Sunday, September 28th 2014
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MISSING STUDENT-SARTELL

Slain student honored in hometown of Sartell

(Information in the following story is from: St. Cloud Times, http://www.sctimes.com)

SARTELL, Minn. (AP) — Sartell High School has observed a moment of silence in memory of a 2014 graduate who was found slain in Moorhead this week.

Tom Bearson was a freshman at North Dakota State University. His death has been ruled a homicide.

The St. Cloud Times reports there was a moment of silence in his honor Friday night before the Sabers' football game against Grand Rapids. A message from the 18-year-old's family was read over the public address system, saying they're deeply touched by the love and support from the Sartell community.

Sartell players wore the initials "TB" on their helmets and students collected donations for a memorial fund.

A funeral Mass for Bearson will be held Monday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell with visitation set for Sunday.

INTERNAL INVESTIGATION

Fargo Police Department to get external review

(Information in the following story is from: KFGO-AM, http://www.kfgo.com)

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The city commissioners in Fargo are planning an external review of their police department following recent criticisms by former officers.

Deputy Mayor Tim Mahoney says former officers have questioned the management style of Chief Keith Ternes. Mahoney tells KFGO-AM the former employees also had concerns over how Ternes disciplines his officers.

Mahoney says he expects law enforcement officers with no connection to Fargo will look at the department's internal policies and procedures.

Ternes told the commission he welcomes an independent review to answer any concerns about morale and administrative oversight. He says the criticisms come from a handful of former employees.

RECRUITMENT PROBLEMS

Minot Air Force Base has civilian staffing issues

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Officials say the Minot Air Force Base is struggling to fill federal civilian jobs as more potential employees head to work the Bakken oil fields.

U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp (HYT'-kamp) and John Hoeven (HOH'-ven) met with federal civilian employees Friday to hear concerns. They were joined by Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta.

Air Force officials say potential employees are being pulled away to work at high-paying jobs in the Bakken oil fields. Archuleta says current employees also told her it's getting more difficult to afford the rising cost of living in Minot.

The Minot Daily News reports the cost of living in Minot moved from being 14 percent below the national average in 2003 to 6 percent above the national average in 2013.

STATE MILL-EXPANSION

North Dakota's state-owned mill plans expansion

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's state-owned flour mill is undergoing an expansion costing more than $27 million.

General manager Vance Taylor says the expansion that should be done next fall will make the Grand Forks facility the largest wheat-grinding factory in the U.S.

He says it's needed to meet growing flour demand.

North Dakota Wheat Commission marketing director Jim Peterson says the expansion also should help ease a backlog of grain shipments that are largely blamed on increased crude oil shipments from the state's booming oil patch.

Peterson says the added milling capacity means more options for farmers who could ship wheat by truck.

TRIBES-SUBSTANCE ABUSE

ND tribes get fed money to address substance abuse

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two American Indian tribes in North Dakota are getting a total of more than $1.3 million in federal money to address crimes related to alcohol and drug abuse.

U.S. Senator John Hoeven (HOH'-ven) says the Spirit Lake Sioux tribe is getting about $589,000 and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa is getting about $750,000.

The money is through a federal Justice Department program aimed at using enforcement, intervention and treatment to reduce crimes in tribal communities related to substance abuse.

REPEAT SEX OFFENDER

Mandan man charged with 4th sex crime in 2 months

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — A 33-year-old Mandan man has been charged with his fourth sex crime in less than two months.

Police charged Cameron Zahn with sexual assault on Thursday. KXMB-TV reports police had searched Zahn's phone after he had been charged with corruption or solicitation of a minor in August.

Police found messages that suggested he had sex six or seven times with a 16-year-old girl.

Zahn was also charged with sexual assault and gross sexual imposition on separate days in early September. The sexual assault is a Class C felony and the second charge is a Class AA felony.

A Class AA felony is punishable by up to life in prison. Zahn allegedly had sex with a 14-year-old girl three times after she told him no.

NORTH DAKOTA-MONTANA ST

Montana State knocks off North Dakota 29-18

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Dakota Prukop threw for 269 yards and a touchdown to lead Montana State to a 29-18 win over North Dakota on Saturday.

The Bobcats (3-2, 1-0) got an interception return for a touchdown by Khari Garcia early in the second quarter, Shawn Johnson scampered in from 16 yards and Mitchell Herbert caught his first collegiate touchdown pass as MSU built a 26-7 halftime lead.

North Dakota (2-3, 0-1) was able to cut it to 11 on a late touchdown pass from Joe Mollberg to R.J. McGill and two-point conversion.

Prukop finished 17 for 24 passing and Johnson had 75 yards rushing on 15 carries. Jayshawn Gates had 85 receiving yards on three catches.

UND, which came in with the second-ranked defense in the Big Sky, held MSU's offense to 329 yards after the Bobcats totaled over 500 for three straight games.

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