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Sunday, February 19th 2017
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Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment at 1:20 a.m. CST

Blacker's 44 saves leads W. Michigan over North Dakota 3-2

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Western Michigan freshman goalie Ben Blacker made 44 saves as the Broncos beat North Dakota 3-2 Saturday for a sweep of their National Collegiate Hockey Conference series.

The Broncos (18-8-4, 11-8-1-0) beat North Dakota 4-2 on Friday as Blacker made 32 saves.

North Dakota (15-13-3, 8-11-1-1) lost for the sixth time in eight games and is in danger of missing out on home ice in the NCHC playoffs for the first time in 15 years.

Matheson Iacopelli scored twice in the first period and Taylor Fleming netted the game-winner 3:03 into the second period. Blacker made that stand up with 32 saves in the last two periods.

Shane Gersich and Tucker Poolman scored for UND, which got 16 saves from Cam Johnson. UND outshot the Broncos 46-19.


Executive order that incarcerated Japanese Americans is 75

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Satsuki Ina was born behind barbed wire in a prison camp during World War II, the daughter of U.S. citizens forced from their home and locked up for years following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.

Roughly 120,000 Japanese immigrants and Japanese-Americans were sent to camps across the West because the government claimed they might plot against the U.S. Thousands were elderly, disabled, children or infants too young to know the meaning of treason. Two-thirds were citizens.

As survivors commemorate the 75th anniversary of the executive order that authorized their incarceration, they're speaking out to make sure that what happened to them doesn't happen to Muslims, Latinos or other groups.

Ina and other survivors say they are alarmed by President Donald Trump's executive orders that limit travel and single out immigrants.


Judge dismisses charges against 3 Dakota Access protesters

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

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — A judge has dismissed criminal trespass charges against three Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters halfway through their trial.

Lawyers who were in the courtroom Friday told the Bismarck Tribune that Judge Allan Schmalenberger ruled that the prosecutor failed to show that the land was posted or that the protesters had been asked by an authorized person to leave. At least one of those elements is required to prove criminal trespass.

The prosecutor put five highway patrolmen on the stand as the trial began Friday. After that, defense attorneys moved to get the cases dismissed.

Morton County State's Attorney Brian Grosinger argued in court that the protesters should have known the land was private.

The three protesters were among 22 people arrested at a construction site near Almont Sep. 13.



Primary care and walk-in clinic to open in Bismarck

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

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Northland Community Health Centers, a federally-funded organization that offers medical treatment to people regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay, is planning to open a primary care and walk-in clinic in Bismarck.

The Bismarck Tribune reports the clinic is expected to open in April.

Patrick Butler, CEO of Northland Health Centers, says the organization has wanted to create a clinic in Bismarck. He says local community organizations, including the Wilson Health Cooperative and the Sacred Pipe Resource Center, were the inspiration behind bringing the community clinic to Bismarck.

The clinic will have seven exam rooms, some primary care and others for walk-ins. Some rooms will be designated for mental health services. It will provide discounts for in-house services based on income.

Butler says depending on community needs the clinic might eventually expand.



Produce donation program sees record contributions in 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A program that helps feed the hungry around North Dakota donated a record 468,000 pounds of fresh produce last year to food pantries, soup kitchens and other charitable feeding groups.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the Hunger Free ND Garden Project has now donated 1.8 million pounds of produce since being launched in 2010 by the state Agriculture Department and the Great Plains Food Bank.

The program asks home gardeners and commercial growers to donate a portion of their harvest.


Payments trickle in to South Dakota for pipeline protest aid

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

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota is still owed hundreds of thousands of dollars for helping North Dakota law enforcement during protests over the Dakota Access oil pipeline, and the bill keeps getting bigger.

South Dakota state troopers have gone to North Dakota four times to assist. Troopers are in Morton County of North Dakota now for their second rotation of 2017.

So far, South Dakota has been repaid about $84,000 of the over $303,000 it is owed for the first two deployments in October and November. Department of Public Safety spokesman Tony Mangan tells the Sioux Falls Argus Leader that the bill represents nearly 6,400 man-hours.

The payments are trickling in as North Dakota lawmakers debate funding for the ongoing operations, and lawmakers in both Dakotas debate how to handle future protests.


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Saturday, February 18th 2017
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Conrad leads W. Michigan over North Dakota 4-2

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Colt Conrad had a goal and an assist and Ben Blacker made 32 saves as Western Michigan beat North Dakota 4-2 Friday in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

Conrad's goal at 18:30 of the third period was an empty-net goal. He also assisted on Neal Goff's goal in the second period as the Broncos (17-8-4, 10-8-1-0 NCHC) beat UND (15-12-3, 8-10-1-0) for the first time at home.

Michael Rebry scored in the first period and Sheldon Dries had the game-winner late in the third period.

Rhett Gardner had a short-handed goal and Cole Smith also scored for the Fighting Hawks, who lost for the fifth time in seven games.

UND goalie Cam Johnson made 37 saves but suffered his first loss (5-1-0) to Western Michigan.

The loss leaves UND in fifth place in the NCHC with five games remaining. The top four teams play at home in the first round of the conference playoffs.

UND is 5-12-2 when scoring less than four goals.


Army formally ends study of disputed pipeline crossing

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army has formally ended further environmental study of the Dakota Access oil pipeline's disputed crossing beneath a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.

The Army published notice Friday in the Federal Register that it's scrapping the study launched last month by the Army Corps of Engineers. The study was ordered amid concerns from the Standing Rock Sioux and other Native American tribes that a pipeline leak beneath Lake Oahe would pollute drinking water.

President Donald Trump later pushed to advance pipeline construction. The Army gave Texas-based developer Energy Transfer Partners permission for the crossing on Feb. 8.

Pipeline opponents have continued to call for more study. The Indigenous Environmental Network says more than 100,000 comments have already been submitted.

The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux also are fighting the pipeline in court.


Recalled sauces made in Minnesota are found in Fargo store

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Three sauces that are the subject of a recall in Minnesota and North Dakota were found at an ethnic food store in Fargo.

KFGO reports the products were removed from the store's shelves, but officials say there may be more in North Dakota.

The sauces were made by Dukarani Food Processing in Minneapolis and have been recalled because they may be contaminated with a bacteria that can cause botulism.

Officials from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the North Dakota Department of Health say the 8 oz. glass jars of Pepper Sauce, Ketele Sauce, and Benniseed Sauce sold through Feb. 9 should not be consumed.

Officials say they are unaware of any illnesses associated with the sauces.


Fargo gets $1.2 million grant from FEMA

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded more than $1.2 million to the city of Fargo.

The money is to help protect the city's wastewater treatment plant from flooding.

The grant is part of FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and will cover 75 percent of the cost to flood-proof the plant. Sen. John Hoeven says the grant will provide wet weather flow relief for the Broadway Interceptor Sanitary Sewer Overflow, to help minimize the risk of a sewer backup.

Hoeven says the funds will help keep Fargo residents healthy and safe in the event of a flood.

U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer says that to date, Fargo's wastewater treatment plant has received more than $16.2 million in federal funds for flood protection.


Outlook indicates small chance for Souris River to flood

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

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The latest flood outlook from the National Weather Service indicates there's a minimal chance for the Souris River to reach major flood stage in North Dakota or to cause significant problems.

The Minot Daily News reports the flood outlook issued earlier this month raised concerns because of heavy snowfalls earlier in the winter.

Snowpack in the area is still significant and carries enough moisture to be concerning, particularly if precipitation were to occur once the melt gets underway. But National Weather Service hydrologist Allen Schlag says the current weather outlook favors a manageable runoff.

The Souris River flooding in 2011 caused an estimated $1 billion in damage in northern North Dakota and prompted the evacuation of 10,000 people in Minot.



2 juveniles in custody following attempted burglary chase

(Information from: KFGO-AM, http://www.kfgo.com)

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Police say two juveniles are in custody for trying to burglarize a tobacco shop in Fargo.

Officers responded to an alarm at Sports Vape early Friday where they found a glass door had been smashed.

KFGO reports two male suspects dressed in black, one with a crowbar, were seen running from the scene. Sgt. Matt Ysteboe says officers caught up to the suspects about seven blocks away, outside Fargo South High. One suspect was detained. The second suspect managed to climb the fence at the football field. He was eventually caught following an extensive search.?

Ysteboe says investigation is underway to determine if the pair is connected to another attempted burglary earlier at Electric Underground, a video and tobacco store in Fargo.


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Friday, February 17th 2017
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Update: Major flooding possible in northern Red River Valley

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Forecasters say there is an increased risk for moderate to major flooding in the northern Red River Valley of northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota this spring.

Those areas have the wettest soils and highest snowpack conditions, according to an updated spring flood outlook released Thursday by the National Weather Service.

The forecast says the Park River at Grafton could see flows near or above previous record flooding. The Pembina River at Neche also could see flows near or just below the high levels of 2013.

The threat of significant snowmelt flooding remains high for the Devils Lake Basin, where near record runoff is projected.

But the weather service says thawing conditions into next week should lower the flood risk in the southern Red River Basin.


North Dakota Senate OKs bills aimed at pipeline protesters

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Senate has endorsed a trio of House measures influenced by the dispute between Dakota Access pipeline protesters and law enforcement.

The Republican-led chamber on Thursday approved a measure that makes it a crime for adults to wear masks in most cases. The Senate also approved bills that increase penalties for rioting and trespassing.

The masks and trespassing measures were slightly amended by the Senate. They now return to the House to see if representatives will agree with Senate changes.

North Dakota has been the center of protests against the $3.8 billion, four-state pipeline, in large part because of objections of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in the southern part of the state.

There have been more than 700 protest-related arrests in North Dakota since mid-August.


Minor flooding still appears likely at pipeline protest camp

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The latest spring flood outlook from the National Weather Service calls for only minor flooding in the area of Dakota Access pipeline protesters' encampment in North Dakota.

Thursday's update is similar to one issued three weeks ago. The numbers still indicate that parts of the camp could end up underwater, but there's little chance of major or even moderate flooding through May.

The outlook doesn't include flood risks associated with ice jams, which can't be predicted. That's what has state and federal officials worried. They're working to help the Standing Rock Sioux get the camp near the Cannonball River cleaned up and cleared out before any flooding.

Some in the camp say the flood fears are overblown, and many say they might seek higher ground but they're not leaving.


Consumer complaints against utilities decline in ND in 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State regulators say consumer complaints against utility and telephone companies in North Dakota were down in 2016.

The North Dakota Public Service Commission said Thursday that complaints last year against the three investor-owned electric companies in the state — Xcel Energy, Otter Tail and MDU — were all slightly lower compared with 2015.

Complaints against the telecommunications company CenturyLink dropped from 89 in 2015 to 60 in 2016. The commission had filed a complaint against CenturyLink for quality of service complaints in 2015. That case was recently settled with an agreement from CenturyLink to invest in infrastructure improvements in western North Dakota and to improve customer service statewide.

The commission received 105 public comments about the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline in 2016, up from 62 in 2015.


Woman sentenced to probation for fracturing daughter's skull

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

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Minot woman to probation for fracturing her 2-year-old daughter's skull.

Roberta Josephine Plentychief pleaded guilty to Class B felony child abuse. The Minot Daily News reports the charge could have sent Plentychief to prison for 10 years. But prosecutors agreed to a plea deal that called for her to be sentenced to a year in prison, with all time suspended except for 140 days she already has served in jail.

Plentychief will be on supervised probation for 18 months. She also must register as an offender against children, and complete a chemical dependency and parenting evaluation.

Her attorney says Plentychief was 19 when she threw her daughter to the floor in January 2016.

The victim and Plentychief's younger child are in foster care.



Jeans get governor booted from North Dakota Senate's floor

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum's preference for wearing jeans got him booted from the state Senate's floor.

Burgum, a Republican software entrepreneur elected in November, had finished posing for a photo with some students on the Senate floor Wednesday when he was asked to leave.

Spokesman Mike Nowatzki says the governor "meant no disrespect to the chamber rules."

Burgum's preference for jeans and sweaters has spurred much grumbling at the Capitol among many male lawmakers who wear a suit and tie when the Legislature is in session.

Burgum also wore jeans at his inauguration last month, when other governors in recent years donned tuxedos or a suit.

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