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North Dakota wants judge to delay part of voter ID ruling

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials are asking a federal judge to delay part of a ruling that found problems with the state's voter identification laws.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland earlier this month agreed to expand the proof of identity Native Americans can use for elections and eliminated a requirement that those documents include residential street addresses.

Deputy Secretary of State Jim Silrum says that part of the ruling is "unworkable." He says someone with only a post office box could still vote in a precinct where they don't live.

Several members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota challenged the state's voter identification laws, saying they were a form of voter suppression.

The state also is opposing attorney fees totaling more than $1.1 million filed by the plaintiffs.


North Dakota Sen. Heitkamp to support Pompeo nomination

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says she will support CIA Director Mike Pompeo's nomination to become secretary of state.

Pompeo faces Democratic opposition so Heitkamp's vote is seen as crucial for Republicans to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee.

Heitkamp says in a statement Thursday that she met with Pompeo last month to discuss his nomination. She says he is "committed to empowering the diplomats at the State Department so they can do their jobs in advancing American interests."

Heitkamp, North Dakota's only Democratic statewide officeholder, faces a tough re-election fight from GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer in a critical race for control of the Senate.


Dakotas sunflower seed competitors settle federal lawsuits

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Federal lawsuits between two sunflower seed competitors in the Dakotas who accused each other of false advertising have been settled out of court.

Wahpeton, North Dakota-based Giant Snacks Inc. filed the original lawsuit against Mound City, South Dakota-based Wild Dutchman Products Inc. and one of its partners. It accused Wild Dutchman of misleading consumers about the amount of salt in its products.

Wild Dutchman then filed a countersuit for what it said were bogus claims that Giant Snacks, which calls its seeds "Giants," was making about its relationship with sunflower farmers.

Court documents show that the two sides reached an agreement during a meeting with a federal magistrate judge on Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed.

Giant Snacks attorneys Donna Gonzales and Joel Leviton and Wild Dutchman lawyer William Harrie did not return messages seeking comment.


Canadian company developing wind farm in McHenry County

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

VELVA, N.D. (AP) — A Canadian company is planning to develop a wind project in McHenry County.

The Minot Daily News reports that the 99-megawatt New Frontier Wind project is to have 29 turbines spread over nearly 17 square miles (44 square kilometers) south of Velva. It's expected to begin commercial operations in December.

Edmonton, Alberta-based Capital Power has 24 other wind farms in the U.S. and Canada.



Woman who stole from drilling company ordered to pay $690K

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

STEELE, N.D. (AP) — A woman convicted of embezzling from a North Dakota drilling contractor has been ordered to pay more than $690,000 in restitution.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that Judge James Hill ordered 51-year-old Melinda Strom to pay restitution to Northland Boring in the full amount that prosecutors and the victim requested.

Strom was a secretary for the business. She pleaded guilty last month to a felony charge of misapplication of entrusted property but disputed the amount.

Defense attorney Bobbi Weiler said she and her client had no comment on the restitution order.

Northland Boring had an office in Bismarck but has since consolidated operations to Steele.



Trucker burned in chemical transfer in Wahpeton

WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) — A trucker suffered serious chemical burns while unloading hydrous ammonia from his semi at the Minn-Dak Yeast Plant in Wahpeton.

Richland County sheriff's officials say 43-year-old Ryan Moody was accidentally sprayed in the face while unloading the chemical Thursday. Moody was transported to St. Francis Hospital in Breckenridge, then taken by air to Sanford Hospital in Fargo. There's no immediate word on his condition.

Moody's semi is owned by Wayne Transports of Rosemount, Minnesota.