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Friday, October 24th 2014
Associated Press North Dakota News Summary

Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment
MINOT SHOOTING-BOND

No reduced bond for murder conspiracy suspect

(Information in the following story is from: KXMC-TV, http://www.kxnet.com)

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A judge has refused to reduce bond for a Dickinson man accused in a July 2013 shooting in Minot that injured another man.

Charles Tomlin Jr. is charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the incident that injured Christopher Docher, who was shot twice in the neck but survived.

Authorities allege Tomlin had traveled to Minot with others seeking revenge for an acquaintance following a fight at a Minot bar. He was arrested in July, and could face life in prison without parole if convicted.

Tomlin was seeking to have his $100,000 bond lowered. KXMC-TV reports that Judge Gary Lee rejected the request Wednesday, citing in part Tomlin's criminal record of gang and gun violence in California.

MANSLAUGHTER CASE-SENTENCE

Idaho trucker gets prison time in fatal ND crash

(Information in the following story is from: KXMC-TV, http://www.kxnet.com)

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — An Idaho truck driver convicted in a fatal crash in North Dakota has been sentenced to serve three years in prison.

A jury in August convicted 58-year-old Clark Christensen, of Shelley, Idaho, of negligent homicide. He initially had faced a more serious charge of manslaughter.

Authorities say Christensen was driving a semitrailer that plowed into several vehicles stopped at a red light just west of Minot in May 2013 because his brakes were not properly maintained. Christensen said a sneezing fit and not bad brakes led to the crash.

Eight vehicles were damaged or destroyed, and 21-year-old Megan Shoal was killed. She was a Minot State University student from Plentywood, Montana.

KXMC-TV reports that Christensen was given credit for more than a year's time he's already spent in prison.

RESTAURANT THEFT

Former Devils Lake restaurant manager charged

(Information in the following story is from: KZZY-FM, http://lrradioworks.com)

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — A former manager of a McDonald's restaurant in Devils Lake is accused of stealing more than $20,000 from the business.

KZZY radio reports that Amber Aldinger-Cross is due in court on Dec. 4, and could enter pleas at that time to a felony theft charge as well as drug counts.

Aldinger-Cross is accused of taking the money from the restaurant's cash deposits over several months earlier this year. Authorities say they found marijuana and drug paraphernalia when they executed a search warrant for her home and vehicle.

Aldinger-Cross could face 16 years in prison if convicted on all of the charges. Her attorney did not immediately respond to an Associated Press request for comment.

RURAL BROADBAND

Rural North Dakota receiving $4.5M for broadband

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two communications providers in rural North Dakota are receiving more than $4.5 million in federal funding to help expand high-speed Internet access.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that providers in three rural North Dakota counties will receive funding through federal telecommunications grants.

Daktel Communications will receive a grant of about $2.4 million to establish a fiber-to-the-home network. The network will provide broadband service to rural Stutsman County.

BEK Communications Cooperative will receive about $2.1 million to create a fiber-to-the-home network that will aid parts of Morton County and Oliver County.

RICE LAKE

Ward County to seek state help for flooded lake

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Ward County plans to seek state help for the chronically flooded Rice Lake.

The lake near Minot in north central North Dakota has risen four straight years, damaging or destroying dozens of homes. The Ward County Water Board has hired a contractor to develop a long-range plan, but County Building Inspector Mike Larson says there are immediate concerns that can't wait.

Among them is removing debris washed up by floodwaters. Larson says officials don't have the necessary equipment to remove it, and the National Guard might be the best solution.

There also are worries about hazards in the water, including chemicals. The County Commission is sending a letter to the governor and State Water Commission asking for help.

MIDTERM ELECTIONS-STATE RACES-NORTH DAKOTA

Ad spending on ND measures dwarfs state races

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The amount of money spent on television advertising on North Dakota ballot measures far outpaces the spending on state races.

The numbers released Thursday by the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity show candidates for statewide offices have spent $237,400 to run 1,673 ads on North Dakota airwaves. The nonpartisan group says that amounts to 43 cents per eligible voter.

The group says $1.4 million has been spent on television advertising in North Dakota on five of the eight measures to be decided by voters on Nov. 4. That amounts to about $2.53 per eligible voter.

North Dakota's contest for agriculture commissioner has generated the most television advertising. Data show Democratic challenger Ryan Taylor has spent $71,600 on television advertising, while incumbent Republican Doug Goehring has spent about $65,400.

NORTH DAKOTA-POLL

UND women picked to repeat as Big Sky champs

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The University of North Dakota women's basketball team is picked by coaches and also by members of the media to repeat as Big Sky Conference champions.

UND is tops in both preseason polls, followed by Montana.

UND shared the league's regular-season title last season and won the postseason tournament. The team advanced to its first NCAA Division I Tournament.

A dozen letter-winners are back this season for head coach Travis Brewster, last year's coach of the year in the Big Sky.

UND opens its regular season Nov. 15 at Colorado, in the first round of the Preseason Women's National Invitational Tournament.


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Thursday, October 23rd 2014
Associated Press North Dakota News Summary

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(Information in the following story is from: KZZY-FM, http://lrradioworks.com)

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — A former manager of a McDonald's in Devils Lake is accused of stealing more than $20,000 from the business. Amber Aldinger-Cross is due in court in early December. She is accused of taking the money from the restaurant's cash deposits over several months earlier this year.

(Information in the following story is from: KXMC-TV, http://www.kxnet.com)

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — An Idaho truck driver convicted in a deadly crash in North Dakota has been sentenced to three years in prison. Fifty-eight-year-old Clark Christensen was convicted in August of negligent homicide. Authorities say Christensen was driving a semitrailer that plowed into several vehicles stopped at a red light near Minot in May 2013. Twenty-one-year-old Megan Shoal was killed.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says fall turkey licenses remain in Unit 25. The unit covers McHenry County and portions of Pierce and Ward counties. The remaining licenses are for hunters who do not have a license, or for those who want additional licenses.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An analysis shows that supporter and opponents of a state conservation fund have spent more than $618,000 on television ads to date. The numbers released today by the Center for Public Integrity show supporters of spending a bigger portion of North Dakota's oil tax revenues on conservation projects have spent nearly $485,000 on TV advertisements. A group that opposes the measure has spent $133,600.


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Thursday, October 23rd 2014
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Law enforcement officials in Moorhead, Minnesota, have returned a Corvette and nearly $10,000 in alleged drug proceeds to a Fargo man after a judge threw out the case. Police found four pounds of marijuana when the car was impounded after Thomas Schultz was pulled over in June for reckless driving. A judge dismissed the case because of a state Supreme Court ruling and a new law that bans forfeitures before a conviction.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says fall turkey licenses remain in Unit 25. The unit covers McHenry County and portions of Pierce and Ward counties. The remaining licenses are for hunters who do not have a license or for those who want additional licenses.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Rural communities in North Dakota are receiving more than $4.5 million in federal funding to help expand high-speed Internet access. Daktel Communications will receive a grant of about $2.4 million to establish a fiber-to-the-home network. BEK Communications Cooperative will receive about $2.1 million to create a fiber-to-the-home network that will aid parts of Morton County and Oliver County.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An analysis shows that backers and foes of a state conservation fund have spent more than $618,000 on television advertisements to date. The numbers show that supporters of spending a bigger portion of North Dakota's oil tax revenues on conservation projects have spent almost $485,000 on TV ads. A group that opposes the measure has spent more than $133,000.


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Thursday, October 23rd 2014
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Public Service Commission has approved a permit for a new coal mine in the west-central part of the state. Regulators on Wednesday approved the permit for Coyote Creek Mining Company a subsidiary of Dallas, Texas-based North American Coal Corporation. Regulators say the company's proposed Coyote Creek Mine near Beulah is the first major mine to be permitted in North Dakota since the late 1970s.

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota oil patch officials and leaders are asking the head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development for help dealing with high housing costs. HUD chief Julian Castro toured western North Dakota communities yesterday with U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (HYT'-kamp). He later heard about housing concerns in a roundtable discussion.

TOWNER, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a 32-year-old Towner man died around 11:30 a.m. yesterday after he was struck and killed by a BNSF train in his pickup truck. The railroad crew was not injured. The crash remains under investigation.

SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) — A Colorado man has pleaded guilty to the 2012 murder of a Montana teacher in the oil boom town of Sidney. Montana District Judge Richard Simonton yesterday accepted the guilty plea from 25-year-old Michael Keith Spell on a count of deliberate homicide. A charge of attempted kidnapping was dropped under a plea agreement.


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Thursday, October 23rd 2014
Associated Press North Dakota News Summary

Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment
HOUSING SECRETARY

HUD chief visits North Dakota oil patch

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota oil patch officials and leaders are asking the head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development for help dealing with high housing costs.

HUD chief Julian Castro toured western North Dakota communities Wednesday with U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (HYT'-kamp). He later heard about housing concerns in a roundtable discussion.

The oil boom has driven housing costs up in the area. Newer one-bedroom apartments in Williston often rent for $2000 a month or more.

Castro also announced the HUD approval of emergency waivers for fair market rents in nine western North Dakota counties.

Fair market rents determine government rent subsidies to qualifying low-income renters. But Heitkamp has said that fair market rents determined by HUD for North Dakota counties previously did not reflect the rising cost of housing.

COAL MINE PERMIT

North Dakota regulators approve coal mine permit

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Public Service Commission has approved a permit for a new coal mine in the west-central part of the state.

Regulators on Wednesday approved the permit for Coyote Creek Mining Company, a subsidiary of Dallas, Texas-based North American Coal Corporation.

Regulators say the company's proposed Coyote Creek Mine near Beulah is the first major mine to be permitted in North Dakota since the late 1970s. The company still needs federal permits before the mine is built.

Coyote Creek Mining wants to begin delivering coal to the Coyote Power Station in May 2016. Regulators say the power plant would use about 2.5 million tons of coal from the mine each year.

FARGO FLOOD PROTECTION

Fargo lawmaker pushes water projects bill for city

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Republican House majority leader is proposing to spend $275 million on flood protection and water projects in his home city of Fargo.

Al Carlson made the announcement Wednesday on what he calls historic legislation. The bill would include $125 million for neighborhoods impacted by chronic flooding and $150 million for a project to transport water from the Missouri River to the Red River Valley.

Carlson says Fargo has always had a water problem, either "too much or too little."

Carlson and Republican Bette Grande are up for re-election in a south Fargo district. One Democratic opponent, Pamela Anderson, says she thinks it's "interesting" that Carlson decided to unveil the plan two weeks before the election and says he won't be able to fulfill his promise if he loses.

MONTANA TEACHER KILLED

Colorado man pleads guilty to oil patch murder

SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) — A Colorado man has pleaded guilty to the 2012 murder of a Montana teacher in an oil boom town where residents say their lives were forever altered by the crime.

Montana District Judge Richard Simonton on Wednesday accepted the guilty plea from Michael Keith Spell on a count of deliberate homicide. A charge of attempted kidnapping was dropped under a plea agreement.

Prosecutors are recommending a 100-year sentence. They want Spell to serve his time in prison.

Attorneys for Spell want the mentally disabled 25-year-old from Parachute, Colorado committed to a state institution for the disabled.

Spell admitted that he and an accomplice killed Sherry Arnold during an attempted abduction as the 43-year-old Sidney High School math teacher was out for a pre-dawn jog. The accomplice pleaded guilty last year and is awaiting sentencing.

STEALING FROM NEIGHBOR

Agent who stole from neighbor losing license

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

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Fargo man who pleaded guilty to stealing cash and jewelry from the home of a neighbor and family friend is losing his real estate license for three years.

The North Dakota Real Estate Commission tells KFGO radio that Charles Carney agreed to a three-year suspension of his license.

Carney was sentenced in September to three months in a halfway house and one year of probation after pleading guilty to felony theft. He also was ordered to pay back the victim, who estimated her losses over several years to be at least $100,000.

Carney said he developed two personalities after he began to drink and gamble following medical issues and a cancer diagnoses.

TRAIN DEATH

Man struck, killed by train while driving

TOWNER, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a Towner man died Wednesday after he was struck and killed by a BNSF train in his pickup truck.

Authorities have yet to identify the 32-year-old man that died around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The Highway Patrol says the man attempted to cross the tracks when he was struck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The railroad crew was not injured. The crash remains under investigation.


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