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Thursday, September 18th 2014
Associated Press North Dakota News Summary

Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment
TEX HALL REPORT

Law firm's report: ND tribal leader abused power

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The leader of an oil-rich North Dakota American Indian nation is accused of using his position to benefit from business partners' lucrative oil field contracts on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

A report into the business dealings of Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation chairman Tex Hall was presented by Dentons law firm to the tribes' elected body last month. The report was only made public Monday after tribal members protested for its release.

The investigation found Hall had private agreements with Blackstone, LLC while the firm was working for the tribes. It also alleges Hall tried to get an energy company to pay him between $1.25 million and $1.6 million before he would permit their work to go ahead unmolested.

Hall's office in a statement called the report a sham.

GOP-OIL PATCH FUNDING

North Dakota GOP unveils oil patch spending plan

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Republicans have unveiled an $800 million one-time spending plan to address immediate problems tied to the oil boom in the western part of the state.

GOP leaders from the state's oil-producing region say the plan released Wednesday is the result of meetings between lawmakers and local officials.

North Dakota's newfound oil riches have resulted in unprecedented demands for spending on roads, schools, public works, law enforcement and emergency medical services.

Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner says the spending plan will be a priority when the Legislature meets in January.

Democratic Senator Connie Triplett of Grand Forks says she believes most lawmakers in her party will back the plan because of the big needs in the oil patch.

North Dakota Republicans wield supermajority control in the Legislature.

FARM BURGLARIES

8 arrested in connection with burglaries in ND

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Eight people have been arrested in connection with several burglaries that occurred throughout rural Ward County.

Sheriff's Captain Robert Barnard says the department has received numerous reports of thefts and burglaries at farmsteads, businesses and homes since May.

Barnard says the arrestees are facing multiple charges including theft of property, drug possession and theft of a motor vehicle.

Deputies have recovered $30,000 in stolen property including guns and vehicles. Drug paraphernalia and over 500 pounds of scrap copper wire have also been seized.

The Minot residents who were arrested are: 33-year-old James Hollis, 35-year-old Angelique Arnette, 32-year-old Jade Backman, 31-year-old Tracy Gamble, 34-year-old Delwin Irwin Junior and 30-year-old Bryan Loran.

Twenty-five-year-old Joseph Lindsey and 23-year-old Jacob Rebel, for whom authorities don't have addresses, have also been arrested.

It's unclear whether the individuals have attorneys.

SPOKANE INTRUDER SHOOTING UPDATE

Man to be sent to Washington state to face murder for hire charges in 2 deaths

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A felon accused of fraud and terror in the North Dakota oil patch will be transported to Washington state to face federal charges alleging he ordered the killings of a business associate and a former trucking company employee.

An indictment unsealed Wednesday charges James Henrikson with murder for hire in the deaths of Doug Carlile and Kristopher Clarke. Carlile was shot in his kitchen in Spokane, Washington. Clarke's body has never been found.

Henrikson appeared in court Wednesday in Bismarck and quietly answered the questions of a magistrate judge, who approved a request for the U.S. Marshals Service and the Department of Homeland Security to transport him to Washington.

If convicted, Henrikson could face the death penalty. He's been jailed in North Dakota since January on illegal weapons charges.

DRUG DEATHS

Woman convicted in overdose deaths sentenced again

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

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — A Devils Lake woman convicted in the drug overdose deaths of two other women two years ago is headed back to prison.

Fifty-one-year-old Patsy Owlboy was sentenced Monday on a felony drug delivery charge.

KZZY radio reports that she was sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison in the latest case, which Ramsey County State's Attorney Lonnie Olson said involved Owlboy selling prescription pills to an undercover agent.

In the earlier case, Owlboy was convicted of supplying drugs to two women who died in April 2012, and sentenced to 1 ½ years in prison.

ADULT LEARNERS-GRANT

NDSU gets $1M endowment for adult learners

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State University has received a $1 million endowment to support scholarships for adult learners who are starting or returning to college.

The Bernard Osher Foundation awarded the money to the university. The funds are meant to be spent on undergraduate students.

The university says the foundation has donated $50,000 each year since 2012 to assist adult learners.

Scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 have been given to students in several disciplines. NDSU awarded 15 Osher scholarships this academic year.

The school says the average age of a recipient of an Osher scholarship at NDSU is 34.

PHEASANT SURVEY

Pheasant population up 30 percent in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A summer survey indicates the number of pheasants in North Dakota has risen 30 percent from last year.

The state Game and Fish Department says pheasant brood observations were up 37 percent, while the average brood size was down only 4 percent.

The roadside survey conducted in late July and August included 253 runs along 106 brood routes across the state.

Upland Game Management Supervisor Stan Kohn attributes the higher pheasant population to good spring weather for most of the nesting and early brooding period. He says pheasant hunters are going to find more birds in most parts of the state.

The 2014 regular pheasant season opens October 11th and continues through next January 4th.


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Wednesday, September 17th 2014
Associated Press North Dakota News Summary

Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment
YOUTH DEER SEASON

ND youth deer hunting season opens Friday

North Dakota youth can take to the fields in search of deer beginning Friday at noon Central time.

The 9 ½-day season runs through Sept. 28. It's for North Dakota hunters ages 11 through 15. Certain restrictions apply.

North Dakota's main deer season — the gun season — is Nov. 7-23.

Two other seasons open Saturday — sandhill crane, and youth waterfowl hunting. The early resident waterfowl season opens on Sept. 27.

PRIDE OF DAKOTA

Pride of Dakota Harvest Showcase set in Dickinson

More than 75 North Dakota companies will be showcasing their products during the sixth annual Pride of Dakota Harvest Showcase in Dickinson this weekend.

The event is Saturday and Sunday at the Dickinson Recreation Center. Admission is $2 per person. People who bring a produce donation or a reusable cloth shopping bag get in for $1. Children under 12 get in free.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says products will range from foods to decorative items to sporting goods.

More than 500 North Dakota companies are members of the Pride of Dakota branding program. A Harvest Showcase is planned in Williston in mid-October. Holiday Showcases are planned in Grand Forks, Fargo, Minot and Bismarck in November and December.

DNA FUNDS

North Dakota gets fed funding for DNA processing

North Dakota is getting $200,000 in federal funding to help process DNA evidence at the state crime lab.

The state's congressional delegation announced the funding from the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday.

The delegation says the funding is intended to help resolve pending crime cases involving DNA samples and help prevent backlogs.

DICKINSON-FATAL CRASH

2 Gladstone residents killed in I-94 crash

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — Authorities have publicly identified the two Gladstone residents who died in a car crash on Interstate 94 near Dickinson.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol says 82-year-old Frank Miller and 65-year-old Judith Miller died at the scene.

Two vehicles, one of which was being driven by Frank Miller, were traveling westbound on I-94 when they struck each other in a sideswipe manner. Miller's SUV was in the driving lane, while the other vehicle was in the passing lane. Both vehicles went into the north ditch after they collided.

Miller's SUV rolled multiple times until it came to rest on its roof.

An 18-year-old woman from Gladstone was driving the second vehicle. She was hurt in the crash and was transported to a local hospital.

STOLEN FIREARMS-ARRESTS

4 arrested in ND theft of $42K worth of firearms

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Police in Williston have arrested four people on various charges including possession of stolen property in connection with a gun burglary at an auto parts store.

Lt. Detective David Peterson says the investigation into the Sept. 4 incident at Napa/Myer Auto Parts store also led to charges of possession and delivery of methamphetamines and heroin.

Police arrested 31-year-old Robert Rehfeldt, 20-year-old Breanna McCollim, 29-year-old Brandon Dodson, all from Idaho, and 54-year-old Kelly Plutowski from North Dakota. It's unclear whether they have attorneys.

An affidavit against Dodson shows law enforcement estimate that about $42,000 worth of firearms were stolen, as well as $20,000 worth of flashlights, firearm parts and accessories. Records show two of the stolen guns were sold to confidential informants.

State and federal authorities are involved in the investigation.

FALL TURKEY LICENSES

Over 1,000 ND fall turkey licenses still available

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — More than 1,000 fall turkey licenses are still available in North Dakota.

The state's Game and Fish Department says the remaining licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis starting Sept. 30. Licenses remain available in eight units.

Hunters are allowed a maximum of 15 licenses for the fall season, which runs from Oct. 11 through Jan. 4.

The department says resident and non-resident hunters can apply online or by mail. The application is available on the department's website and some license vendors will also have paper applications.

HOMICIDE-MINOT

Minot police deem man's death a homicide

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Police in Minot are treating the investigation into the death of a 25-year-old man as a homicide.

Capt. John Klug with the Minot Police Department says Shannon Brunelle of Minot was found dead in a garage Monday morning.

Klug says police are searching for a 37-year-old man who is considered a person of interest in the case. He says the man was an acquaintance of Brunelle.

DIVERSION-WETLANDS RESTORATION

Committee says wetlands sale should be rejected

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The search to replace wetlands that will be lost to a flood protection project south of Fargo likely will continue after a state committee voted against a request for an acquisition in Grand Forks County.

The North Dakota Natural Areas Acquisition Advisory Committee on Tuesday rejected the proposal by Ducks Unlimited to buy a 160-acre site near Thompson. The committee said there were too many unanswered questions about the property.

Ducks Unlimited is looking to restore 17 acres of wetlands that will be filled in for construction of a ring dike near the Oxbow, Hickson and Bakke areas.

A spokesman for the family that owns the property near Thompson says they're surprised the government is blocking the sale.

The recommendation will be forwarded to Gov. Jack Dalrymple for final action.

DEER-VEHICLE COLLISIONS

Chance of deer-vehicle collision high in Dakotas

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Motorists are more likely to crash into a deer in the Dakotas than in most other states.

State Farm has released its annual ranking of states in terms of the likelihood of deer-vehicle collisions. The insurer uses claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration.

South Dakota ranks fifth in the nation, with the chance of a driver hitting a deer estimated at 1 in 82. North Dakota is 16th, with the chance 1 in 120.

The national odds are 1 in 169.

West Virginia tops the list for the eighth year in a row, with a 1-in-39 chance of a motorist hitting a deer.


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Tuesday, September 16th 2014
Associated Press North Dakota News Summary

Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment
SEEKING HUNTERS

Game and Fish connecting landowners, doe hunters

North Dakota's Game and Fish Department is working with 18 landowners across the state who want to host hunters with antlerless deer licenses.

The program is not for buck hunters. It's designed to direct hunters with antlerless licenses to specific areas, to reduce deer populations.

Interested hunters can get their name on a list of possible participants through the Game and Fish Department website or by calling the department's main office in Bismarck.

Participating landowners have openings for about 200 doe hunters. Hunters must have a valid 2014 deer gun license to be considered.

North Dakota's 2014 regular deer gun season runs from Nov. 7-23. The archery season extends through Jan. 4, 2015. The youth season is Sept. 19-28, and the muzzleloader season runs from Nov. 28 through Dec. 14.

MINOT-OCCUPANCY RULES

Minot to review rules on housing occupancy

City officials are studying Minot's home occupancy regulations after more than a dozen complaints in recent months.

The complaints include camper violations, unauthorized home businesses and too many unrelated people living in a single home.

City Planner Donna Bye tells the Minot Daily News (http://bit.ly/1BFTIrf) that a committee scheduled to meet Thursday will consider whether the ordinance needs to be changed or given more teeth.

DAIRY PROCESSOR-FINE

Dairy processor to pay fine related to Fargo plant

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Dairy processor Kemps, LLC has agreed to pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a $57,000 fine related to Clean Air Act violations at a Fargo plant.

The EPA says the violations are associated with the company's failure to submit a risk management plan.

The federal law requires facilities that store chemicals in amounts exceeding certain thresholds to submit a risk management plan. The agency says the plans help prevent and minimize chemical spills.

The Fargo plant is subject to the risk management provisions of the Clean Air Act because of the amount of anhydrous ammonia that's present at the facility. The chemical has several uses including as refrigerant.

The EPA says Kemps has submitted a risk management plan since the violation was documented.

WDAZ EMMY

WDAZ-TV in Grand Forks wins regional Emmy

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The news team at WDAZ-TV in Grand Forks has won the first regional Emmy in the station's 49-year history.

It was awarded for team coverage for "The Search for Anthony."

Staffers received the award Saturday in Minneapolis.

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE-GRANT

ND gets $2.7M for unemployment insurance programs

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has received $2.7 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to improve the state's unemployment insurance programs.

The federal agency says the money will allow the state to adopt new technologies and ensure payments are given to those eligible to receive them.

Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez says the funds will also help the state integrate programs to ensure recipients of unemployment insurance are given the resources they need to find a new job quickly.

The agency granted more than $87 million nationwide to assist states revamp their programs.

POWER LINE

Federal agencies approve North Dakota power line

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Construction on a 200-mile-long power line in western North Dakota is set to begin after getting the go ahead from two federal agencies.

Basin Electric says the U.S. Forest Service and the Rural Utilities Service gave approval for the project recently. The company is still waiting for approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Western Area Power Administration but the company says construction can begin now.

The 345-kilovolt transmission line from Basin Electric's power station near Beulah to the oil patch town of Tioga was approved by state regulators in April.

The project faced opposition from American Indian tribes as it crosses through Killdeer Mountain Battlefield. Federal troops fought Sioux warriors there in 1864. The tribes were fearful that the line could disturb remains of those killed.

STEALING FROM NEIGHBOR

Man accused of stealing from neighbor sentenced

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

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Fargo man accused of stealing cash and jewelry from the home of a neighbor and family friend has been sentenced to three months in a halfway house and one year of probation.

Charles Carney was sentenced in East Central District Court Monday after pleading guilty to felony theft. He was also ordered to pay back the victim, although the amount of restitution has not been finalized.

KFGO radio reports (http://bit.ly/1nYgbaX ) that Carney apologized to the victim and told her he developed two personalities after he began to drink and gamble following medical issues and a cancer diagnoses.

The victim told the court that Carney had a key to her home and she considered him a son. She estimated her losses to be at least $100,000.

HIGHER ED-FLOOD MONEY

Higher education group recommending flood money

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A state Board of Higher Education committee is recommending that the North Dakota University System ask the Legislature for more than $5 million to help with flood control and repair projects at Minot State and Valley City State.

The money would come from a separate bill meant to cover costs typically associated with catastrophic events or infrastructure emergencies. The request must be submitted to state Office of Management and Budget by Oct. 3.

Valley City State is asking for $3.3 million to help with a flood control plan that would include a permanent dike and floodwall. The bulk of the construction should begin next spring.

Minot State is requesting $1.8 million to cover costs that were not covered by the federal government for flood events in 2010 and 2011.

BOOMTOWN TRIP

Sioux Falls mayor travels to ND oil boomtown

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The mayor of South Dakota's largest city is getting a firsthand look at North Dakota's oil boomtown.

Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether on Monday was traveling to Williston, the hub of western North Dakota's bustling oil patch. He was being accompanied by Mike Cooper, Sioux Falls' director of planning and building services.

The Sioux Falls officials planned to meet with Williston Mayor Howard Klug and a city commissioner, and tour the city and an oil rig site.

Williston is the nation's fastest-growing micropolitan area, an entity with between 10,000 and 50,000 people.

Huether planned a Wednesday morning news conference in Sioux Falls to discuss the trip.


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