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Monday, August 31st 2015
Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment

West Fargo Police taking applications for Explorer program

WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Students interested in careers in law enforcement can now apply to an introductory course offered by the West Fargo Police Department

The department is accepting applications for its Explorer program, which is open to students ages 14 through 21.

The classes are scheduled to begin Sept. 24 and will be held twice a month. Topics include drug enforcement, K9 handling, SWAT operations, traffic stops, firearms and crime scenes.

The department says the main goals of the nationally recognized program is to help young adults choose a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens.

Applications are available at the department and online at WWW DOT WestFargoPolice DOT com.


Family Crisis Shelter plans expansion in Williston

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

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A shelter for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault has plans to build a bigger facility in Williston.

The Williston Herald reports the Family Crisis Shelter has purchased land to expand facilities after five years of searching. Plans for the land were approved at a recent Williston Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

Renderings call for a new 37-bed facility for the shelter. Director Lana Bonnet says the current 12-bed space has been full since Thanksgiving of 2009, and that the shelter has often had to put victims in a hotel.

Bonnet says she hopes a groundbreaking for the new facility can be held in the spring.


North Dakota tribal colleges share $7M federal funding

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's congressional delegation says five tribal colleges in the state are sharing $7 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education.

The delegation says the grants are going to Turtle Mountain Community College, United Tribes Technical College, Sitting Bull College, Candeska Cikana Community College Fort Berthold Community College.

Federal officials say the funds will be used to help the tribal colleges strengthen their academic quality, management, and overall fiscal stability.


New ND law bolsters student journalists' free speech rights

Journalism students returning to North Dakota public schools this fall will be able to do their jobs at high school and college newspapers with stronger free-speech protections.

That's thanks to a new state law that took effect earlier this month.

The measure guarantees student journalists free speech in school-sponsored media. The law makes North Dakota among a few states to enact legislation that balances a 1980s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said limits could be set on the free-press rights of high school students.

The new law only allows administrators to restrain student journalists in a few instances, such as if their material is libelous, invades privacy, or incites students to commit a crime or disrupt school.


North Dakota dove-hunting season opens Tuesday

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's dove-hunting season opens statewide on Tuesday.

The daily limit is 15 and the possession limit is 45. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. The season runs through November 9th.

The state Game and Fish Department is reminding hunters to register with the Harvest Information Program prior to hunting. Those who registered with the program to hunt the spring light goose season in North Dakota do not have to register again, as it is required only once per year.


New North Dakota business turns bison waste into fertilizer

(Information in the following story is from: Devils Lake Journal, http://www.devilslakejournal.com)

LEEDS, N.D. (AP) — A new business in northern North Dakota is turning bison waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer.

The Devils Lake Journal reports the business Buffalo Earth partners with a neighboring bison feedlot near Leeds to convert the waste into fertilizer.

The business received a $135,000 award in June from the North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission.

The newspaper reports it takes about two to three months to complete the conversion. Lines of manure that are 200 feet long are heated three times, destroying many of the impurities.

The final product is sold in bulk and in small steeping bags that people can use when watering their houseplants or garden.

The business has worked with the North Dakota State University Extension Service in developing the fertilizer.


USDA grants over $900K to ND county for sewer improvements

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — More than $900,000 in federal assistance has been approved for North Dakota's Benson County to improve the sanitary sewer system in Leeds.

U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven say the funds come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program.

Heitkamp says the grant will help the city of Leeds and the county continue to provide safe and clean water to residents.

Hoeven says North Dakota's rapid growth has resulted in a greater demand for services in rural communities.

In addition to the grant, the county received a more than $1 million loan to support the project.

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