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Thursday, November 26th 2015
Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
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Stenehjem says he doesn't endorse limits on drug informants

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

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEN'-jehm) says he doesn't favor a proposal that would limit law enforcement authorities from using college students as confidential informants in drug-related investigations.

Stenehjem's remarks to KFGO-AM come over a year after the death of a North Dakota college student who was working for a drug task force as a confidential informant a few months before he died. The body of 20-year-old Andrew Sadek was found June 2014 in the Red River with a gunshot wound to the head.

His mother, Tammy Sadek, maintains the task force pressured her son to work with them and that he was murdered. She is proposing the measure banning college students as informants.

Stenehjem says a better option may be for authorities to have a uniform policy and fully explain informants how they would be used in investigations.


Hotel, restaurant deal in works for Bismarck development

(Information in the following story is from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Developers of a multimillion-dollar housing and retail complex in downtown Bismarck say they're brokering a deal with a hotel chain and restaurant.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that the names of the chains aren't being released until January. Architect Jeff Ubl says developers are awaiting chain approval and brand confirmation for the hotel.

The public-private partnership dubbed FiveSouth is proposed in the area of the Bismarck Event Center and Kirkwood Mall.

City commissioners in September approved moving forward with a tax increment finance district to fund $35 million in public infrastructure including two new parking ramps.

Investments in the mixed-use development could total $350 million.


Authorities identify teen who died in rollover crash in ND

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified the teenager who died Tuesday when the vehicle she was driving rolled on a frost-covered roadway.

Authorities on Wednesday identified the victim as 16-year-old Baylee Stoppleworth of Kensal. The passenger who survived the crash is 16-year-old Jamestown resident Maci Olsen.

The Highway Patrol says Stoppleworth lost control of her sport utility vehicle while negotiating a curve around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday on Highway 20, six miles north of Jamestown. The SUV entered the ditch and rolled. Both women were transported to a hospital, where Stoppleworth died.

An incident report shows Olsen was wearing a seatbelt, but Stoppleworth was not.

The Highway Patrol says the incident remains under investigation.


2 men charged in connection with woman's assault in ND

(Information in the following story is from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com)

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Two Williston men accused of assaulting a woman are facing multiple charges.

The Bismarck Tribune reports 21-year-old Jean-Michael Kisi and 22-year-old David Mbulu were charged Wednesday with criminal conspiracy to commit gross sexual imposition, conspiracy to commit murder and being an accomplice to attempted murder.

Kisi is also charged with gross sexual imposition, while Mbulu also faces an attempted murder charge.

Williams County sheriff's deputies on Friday found the 24-year-old woman covered in blood, walking along a road near Epping. She was eventually airlifted to Minot due to the severity of her injuries.

The woman told deputies she was traveling with the men in a vehicle when an argument ensued and she was assaulted.

Court records don't list defense attorneys who could comment on the men's behalf.


ND man charged after dead dog was found in dumpster

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man has been charged with animal cruelty after a dog was found dead in a dumpster.

Court records show 28-year-old James Music is facing one count of animal cruelty in Ward County.

The Minot Police Department on Wednesday said the German wirehaired was found Oct. 19 in the dumpster of a local business. Animal Control conducted an investigation and determined that the dog's mouth was taped shut and the animal was beaten to death.

Police say the investigation lead to Music's arrest. They say Music owned another German wirehaired that is now under the custody of authorities.

Music is scheduled to appear in court Monday. His attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the case Wednesday.


Food co-ops seek to keep more homegrown products in state

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Food co-ops planned in the two largest metropolitan areas in the state say they're looking to offer food that is not only healthy and natural, but local.

The Bismarck-Mandan Community Food Co-op has already held its groundbreaking ceremonies, and the Prairie Roots Food Cooperative in Fargo is well on its way to reality with more than 900 members onboard.

North Dakota ranks first or second in the nation in the production of a dozen commodities, but most of them are shipped out of state. Karen Ehrens, coordinator for the state's Healthy North Dakota program, believes the co-ops can be attractive to both large and small producers in the state.

Ehrens says it could be possible for the larger growers to diversify their crops or rent out some of their land.


North Dakota State beats Montana for 27th straight at home

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A.J. Jacobson scored 17 points, Paul Miller added 15 and North Dakota State beat Montana 73-53 Wednesday night for the Bison's 27th straight victory at home.

The Grizzlies were up 23-11 after back-to-back 3-pointers by Bobby Moorehead and Brandon Gfeller. But North Dakota State closed the first half on a 17-2 run for a 28-25 lead after Montana went scoreless for seven-plus minutes.

Jacobson's five straight points midway through the second half put North Dakota State up 47-32.

Carlin Dupree added 13 points for North Dakota State (3-1), which made 23 of 34 free throws compared to 16 attempts for Montana.

Martin Breunig had 28 points and 12 rebounds for Montana (2-2). He was 12 of 16 from the field, but had five of the Grizzlies' 17 turnovers.

Wednesday, November 25th 2015
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Report shows sunflower harvest wrapping up in North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota farmers are wrapping up the fall harvest, and ranchers are weaning and marketing calves and preparing for winter feeding.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the only crop left in the field is sunflowers, and the harvest is 95 percent complete.

North Dakota's winter wheat crop is rated 69 percent in good-to-excellent condition, unchanged over the week.

Pasture and range conditions statewide are rated 44 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies are 80 percent adequate to surplus.


Stenehjem kicks off campaign for North Dakota governor

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEHN'-juhm) has kicked off his campaign for governor while former North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Sarah Vogel has established an exploratory committee for a potential bid.

Stenehjem was announcing his gubernatorial bid on Tuesday in Grand Forks, Fargo and Bismarck.

Stenehjem is a Republican. He is running for the seat being vacated by Governor Jack Dalrymple (DAHL'-rimp-ul). GOP Representative Rick Becker, a plastic surgeon in Bismarck, also has announced a bid for governor.

No Democrats have entered the race. Vogel says she is mulling a run.

Vogel is a former North Dakota assistant attorney general and served two terms as agriculture commissioner, declining in 1996 to run for a third. She was defeated that year in a bid to become a state Supreme Court justice.


US Senate giving old computers to North Dakota schools

MCCLUSKY, N.D. (AP) — More than three dozen computers no longer used at the U.S. Senate are going to a number of schools in North Dakota.

The offices of U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (HYT'-kamp) and John Hoeven (HOH'-ven) take part in the chamber's Computers for Schools program. Computers no longer used in the Senate are donated to classrooms across the country.

Hoeven says he hopes the surplus computers "will be a real benefit to each of the schools as they prepare their students for the future."

McClusky High School, Oberon Public School, Newburg-United School, Rolette Public School and Max Public School will each receive five computers with flat screen monitors.

Ed Clapp Elementary School in Fargo HP has received 10 computers with 21-inch flat-screen monitors.


New Catholic high school to be built on 48 acres in Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A new Catholic high school will be built on a 48-acre plot in Bismarck thanks to a land donation.

Light of Christ Catholic Schools announced Tuesday that it will build a new St. Mary's Central High School. The land valued at $6 million was donated by the family of local developer Ron Knutson.

Light of Christ President Gerald Vetter says enrollment at Bismarck's Catholic schools has increased by 20 percent over the past five years. He says space is maxed out at many of the school system's facilities and enrollment is expected to continue to increase.

Bishop David Kagan says the donation is the largest ever to the Diocese of Bismarck.

Knutson says children will "get a great education and feel part of a family" at the new school.


Authorities identify man killed in McKenzie County crash

NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) — The Highway Patrol has identified a New Town man who died in a weekend crash on state Highway 23 in McKenzie County.

Authorities say 26-year-old Jeremy Oberry was following a semitrailer in his pickup truck and failed to yield when the semi slowed to make a turn Sunday night about 3 miles west of the Four Bears Bridge.

Oberry died at the scene. The two people in the semi weren't hurt.


Woman dies in rollover crash on frost-covered road in ND

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a woman is dead after the vehicle she was driving rolled on a frost-covered roadway.

The incident happened around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday on Highway 20, six miles north of Jamestown. Authorities did not immediately identify the driver and a female passenger who survived the crash.

The Highway Patrol says the driver lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a curve and her sport utility vehicle entered the ditch and rolled. Both women were transported to a hospital, where the driver died.

An incident report shows the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

The Highway Patrol says the incident remains under investigation.


Judge throws juror in jail for bailing on 2nd day of trial

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

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota judge threw a juror in jail for skipping out of a medical malpractice trial.

KFGO-AM reports that East Central District Judge Wade Webb issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Jay Willis after Willis failed to show up on the second day of trial in Fargo. The trial went on with eight jurors instead of nine.

Cass County Deputy Tom Hall says Willis, of West Fargo, agreed to turn himself in and spent two days in jail.

A phone number for Willis could not be located.


Jury finds ND man guilty of gross sexual imposition

(Information in the following story is from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man with a lifetime sex-offender registration requirement has been found guilty of gross sexual imposition.

The Bismarck Tribune reports 31-year-old Jon Torey Nesheim faces up to 20 years in prison after a South Central District Court jury returned the guilty verdict.

Authorities accuse the Palermo man of raping a woman he met in November of last year through a dating website. Authorities say the woman rejected Nesheim's sexual advances, but she later woke up to him raping her.

Authorities consider Nesheim a high-risk sex offender. He has been required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life due to convictions in 1999 and 2003 out of Mountrail County.

Nesheim's attorney didn't immediately return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment Tuesday.


Federal judge sentences man in Jamaican lottery scam

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a Jamaican lottery scam that authorities say cost victims around the country millions of dollars.

A jury in May convicted 26-year-old Sanjay Williams, of Montego Bay, Jamaica, of conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering. U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland sentenced Williams on Tuesday in Bismarck.

Prosecutors say the case came to light four years ago when an elderly North Dakota woman received a call from a man who told her she had won $19 million and a new car, and needed only to pay taxes and fees. The process dragged on until the widow's savings were wiped out.

Prosecutors say subsequent investigations identified more than 70 people who were scammed out of more than $5 million.


UND men's hockey team slips to fifth in national polls

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The University of North Dakota men's hockey team has slipped one spot in the two national polls but still remains in the top five of both.

UND went from 4th to 5th in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week, after a weekend split with St. Cloud State. The Huskies remained at Number 7 in both polls.

Defending national champion Providence remains atop both polls, followed by Boston College, Quinnipiac and Massachusetts-Lowell.

The Fighting Hawks travel to Michigan State this weekend to take on the unranked Spartans.

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Tuesday, November 24th 2015
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Amtrak train collides with truck in northern North Dakota

GRANVILLE, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol say the driver of a semitrailer has been hospitalized after he failed to yield at a railroad crossing and was struck by an Amtrak passenger train.

Authorities didn't immediately release the condition of the 58-year-old Minot man, who was driving the truck that collided with the train about 1 p.m. Monday east of Granville.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says neither passengers nor crew members aboard the Empire Builder train headed west from Rugby to Minot suffered serious injuries.

The truck's cab and the trailer split, coming to rest on different sides of the tracks.

Magliari says both locomotives received some damage, but the train will continue its trip to Minot, where the railway will make some adjustments to continue the trip further west.


Crash on ND 23 near Four Bears Bridge kills New Town male

NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) — A crash on state Highway 23 in McKenzie County involving a pickup truck and a semitrailer killed a New Town male.

The Highway Patrol says the male was following the semi in his pickup, and failed to yield when the semi slowed to make a turn shortly after 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

The pickup struck the semi and the driver was ejected. He died at the scene, about 3 miles west of the Four Bears Bridge. Authorities did not immediate identify him or say how old he was.

The two people in the semi were not hurt.


More than 45 pets rescued from Fargo house fire

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Dozens of pets have been rescued from a house fire in Fargo.

Firefighters responded to the blaze shortly after 6:15 p.m. Sunday and saw flames and smoke through a hole in the roof. Flames were present in the attic area, but the first two floors of the home only contained light smoke.

Much of the fire was contained within the first 15 minutes and it was extinguished within about 35 minutes.

The Fargo Fire Department says at least 40 birds, along with several cats, turtles and a lizard were removed from the home. None of the pets were injured in the fire.

All three of the home's human occupants had evacuated before fire crews arrived on the scene.

Fire investigators determined the blaze was cause by an electrical short.


Alexander looks to co-op with Williston for spring sports

(Information in the following story is from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com)

ALEXANDER, N.D. (AP) — The Alexander and Williston school systems are considering a cooperative for spring sports.

Alexander has partnered with Watford City in the past, but the Williston Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1jg9Z1w ) that Watford City isn't continuing the co-op this school year so that it can remain under the Class B enrollment cap. Watford City has been growing due to the western oil boom.

Alexander has reached out to Williston to see if its athletes can compete with that school in baseball, softball and track.

The matter is to be discussed next month, with a final decision by the end of the year.


Man crashes van carrying group home residents, arrested

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Formal charges are pending against a Fargo man accused of driving drunk and crashing a van carrying two residents of a group home.

West Fargo police say the van collided with a pickup truck Sunday afternoon, drove over a curb, continued on and crashed into several garages at an apartment complex. No injuries were reported.

The 40-year-old driver eventually was stopped by bystanders. He was arrested on several charges including driving under the influence and endangering a vulnerable adult.


Newly paved streets in Zap carry a big bill for residents

(Information in the following story is from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com)

ZAP, N.D. (AP) — A town that hosted one of North Dakota's most infamous parties has newly paved streets, but some residents aren't pleased about the cost.

About 250 people live in Zap, where the "Zip to Zap" college spring break event in 1969 ended with National Guard soldiers kicking more than 2,000 students out of town after the celebrating spun out of control.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1Ypesil ) that each property owner in Zap will pay about $6,700 in special taxes over 20 years to pay for the repaving project. As a comparison, an average special assessment for a Bismarck road project is about $2,840.

Zap resident Lucretia Dirk says she likes the new roads but not the big bill. Mayor Terry Barden says the majority of residents are happy with the investment.

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