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Thursday, June 30th 2016
Associated Press North Dakota News
Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. CDT
WILLIAMS-EXPANSION PROJECT

$55M Williams County expansion project enters second phase

(Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com)

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Officials are into the second phase of a $55 million Williams County expansion project.

The Williston Herald reports that crews last week demolished a building to make way for a three-story addition to the County Administration Building.

The 29,000-square-foot structure will accommodate all county-related administrative departments in their own suite. County Communications Officer Melody Miluer says that will improve access for the public.

The first phase of the expansion project began in April, when an apartment building was leveled to provide space for a 51,000-square-foot jail addition with 108 beds to ease overcrowding.

Renovations to the Williams County Courthouse will be the final phase of the expansion project. That's slated to begin in fall 2017.

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BEACH KILLING-CHARGE

Beach man charged with murder in shooting death in city

BEACH, N.D. (AP) — A Beach man is accused of killing another man from the city earlier this month.

Twenty-two-year-old Gabriel Castro is accused of shooting 24-year-old Richard Young in the head on June 6. Young died four days later.

KXMB-TV reports that Castro also is charged with hindering law enforcement and giving false information to officers. He could face life in prison without parole if convicted of murder.

Court documents do not list an attorney for Castro, and a home telephone listing could not be found. He is due in court Aug. 25 for a preliminary hearing.

BEEF PLANT BANKRUPTCY

Northern Beef creditors get final notice to submit claims

(Information from: Aberdeen American News, http://www.aberdeennews.com)

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — More than two years after bankruptcy proceedings started for the Northern Beef Packers plant in northern South Dakota, unsecured creditors have been given final notice to submit proof of their claims for payment.

Court documents show 738 creditors received notice that all claims must be filed by Sept. 12. The American News reports that there's about $743,000 available for claims distribution.

Northern Beef operated a beef processing plant in Aberdeen from 2012 until July 2013, when the company laid off its employees, filed bankruptcy and closed.

The plant was sold at a bankruptcy sale in December 2013. The new ownership group re-opened the plant last year. It has no ties or obligations to the bankruptcy proceedings.

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HIGHER ED-CONTRACTS

Board nixes pay raises for North Dakota college presidents

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The state Board of Higher Education says it won't give pay raises to any of the college presidents and has delayed its decision on whether to extend the contract of North Dakota State University president Dean Bresciani.

Board members say they struggled with the pay issue but decided against increases because of the state's financial woes. Many of the presidents had already decided they would not accept raises.

The board says it will discuss extending Bresciani's contract in November, when it will review the NDSU president's progress on meeting goals that include teamwork, communication and collaboration.

The board voted to extend the contracts through June 2018 for presidents from Minot State, Mayville State, Valley City State, Bismarck State, Lake Region State and North Dakota State College of Science.

RED RIVER DIVERSION

Minnesota DNR says diversion environmental review was proper

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has signed off on an environmental review of a Red River diversion project around the flood-prone cities of Fargo, North Dakota, and Moorhead, Minnesota.

The DNR said in its report Wednesday that the review meets all legal requirements and backers of the project can move ahead with trying to secure necessary permits. DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr says it's not an endorsement of the project.

Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority Chairman Darrel Vanyo says his group is happy with the findings, but calls the pursuit for permits the "big issue" in getting the project started.

A group of upstream opponents has filed a lawsuit asking the Army Corps of Engineers to consider a cheaper project that wouldn't flood farmland that would be part of a staging area.

NEW OIL RULES

North Dakota adopts rules to reduce oil industry spills

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators have adopted new rules aimed at reducing spills by the oil industry.

The state Industrial Commission on Wednesday approved the rules that included bonding and increased inspections on pipelines. Another new rule requires berms to be built around a well site to keep spills from spreading.

North Dakota oil companies have opposed the rules. They say adding more rules adds costs to companies that already are dealing with depressed crude prices.

The rules must still pass before the Legislature's Administrative Rules Committee, which has the power to block, change or delay new regulations.

Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms says public hearings on rules were done in several cities in April. He says October is the earliest the rules could be in place.


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Wednesday, June 29th 2016
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NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE CHARGE

Fargo man charged with negligent homicide in wife's death

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a Fargo man whose wife died after authorities say she huffed compressed air.

Brent Glarum is charged with felony negligent homicide and reckless endangerment and misdemeanor violation of a protection order. He could face up to 11 years in prison if convicted.

Police issued the arrest warrant on Tuesday. Court documents do not list an attorney for Glarum.

Brent Glarum pleaded guilty to a huffing-related charge in 2011 and was given a suspended jail sentence and a year of probation.

CHASE ARREST-CHARGES

Bismarck man facing 4 felony charges in 3-county chase

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck man accused of leading law officers on a 75-mile chase through Burleigh, Morton and Oliver counties is facing four felonies.

Forty-six-year-old Dawson Mountain Jr. is charged with terrorizing, reckless endangerment, fleeing and felonious restraint. Authorities allege a female passenger in his vehicle was held against her will in the Sunday incident that began when Bismarck officers responded to a fight report.

Mountain and the passenger were treated for injuries after the incident. The female told police in a 911 call during the chase that Mountain had a knife and was stabbing himself.

Court documents don't list an attorney for Mountain. A home telephone listing couldn't be found.

The Bismarck Tribune reports Mountain pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and fleeing a police officer in an incident last year.

OPIOID ANTIDOTE

North Dakota pharmacies promoting opioid antidote naloxone

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota pharmacists are promoting the use of a drug that temporarily reverses the effects of opioid overdose.

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is carried by some paramedics and first responders and is being hailed as a lifesaver in a spate of recent drug overdoses.

Health officials say overdose deaths in North Dakota have increased from 20 in 2013 to 43 in 2014.

The North Dakota Board of Pharmacy earlier this year began allowing all pharmacies to prescribe the antidote to patients at risk of an overdose.

Individuals at risk of overdose, or who know someone at risk, are encouraged to speak with a doctor or pharmacist about getting a naloxone rescue kit.

Most insurance plans cover naloxone for treatment of opioid overdose.

AIRPORT GRANTS

3 North Dakota airports get federal grants for improvements

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's congressional delegation says three small airports have been awarded federal grants totaling $1.9 million for improvements.

The money comes from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Stanley airport is getting $926,000 to extend a taxiway and other work.

The airport in Edgeley is getting $684,500 for runway rehabilitation and other improvements. The Harvey airport will use $347,700 for safety enhancements.

NATIVE AMERICANS-HIV PREVENTION

Funds available for HIV prevention, care of Native Americans

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The federal Indian Health Service is looking to provide financial assistance to tribes, tribal organizations and urban nonprofits across the country to improve HIV prevention and care outcomes among the Native American population.

The agency will grant up to five awards together totaling no more than $200,000 a year for five years.

The effort is meant to reduce the number of new HIV infections annually, cut the risk of transmission by changing behavior and encourage an open discussion about the virus.

Rear Adm. Dr. Sarah Linde is the Indian Health Service's acting chief medical officer. She says more HIV education is needed because agency data show that as many as 26 percent of the American Indian and Alaska Native people living with the virus do not know it.

DICKINSON REFINERY SOLD

Tesoro Corp. buys struggling oil refinery in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A struggling oil refinery in southwestern North Dakota has been sold to Texas-based Tesoro Corp.

North Dakota-based MDU Resources and Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners spent $430 million on the Dakota Prairie Refinery in Dickinson.

It began selling fuel last year but hasn't been profitable due to the slumping oil industry. The plant lost $7.2 million in the first three months of the year, and officials in May announced plans to operate it at only 75 percent capacity.

MDU Resources bought out Calumet Monday and sold the refinery to Tesoro for an undisclosed price.

MDU Resources CEO David Goodin says the move reduces risk for the company while also ensuring the plant will continue operating

Tesoro also owns a refinery in Mandan, North Dakota, about 100 miles to the east.


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Tuesday, June 28th 2016
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ATTEMPTED MURDER PLEA

Bismarck man pleads not guilty to attempted murder charge

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

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck man accused of stabbing another man has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder.

Twenty-eight-year-old Nigel Wakefield is accused of stabbing the man Feb. 1 after being kicked out of a business for disturbing customers. Police Officer Mike Renton testified during a Monday hearing that the victim suffered a wound to his neck.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that Wakefield underwent a psychological evaluation in May and was declared fit for trial. South Central District Judge Sonna Anderson scheduled a four-day trial to begin Dec. 6. Wakefield faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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SUNFLOWER CONFERENCE

National Sunflower Association holds Annual Summer Seminar

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The National Sunflower Association is holding its Annual Summer Seminar in Bismarck this week.

The event is Tuesday through Thursday at the Ramada Hotel.

The annual meeting gives industry leaders and producers a chance to network and to learn about what's happening in the sunflower industry.

This year's keynote speaker is Carl Casale, president and CEO of CHS Inc.

HERITAGE CENTER-LAWSUIT

North Dakota Historical Society to use own funds for lawsuit

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The state Historical Society must use money from its own budget to pay private attorneys to defend against a lawsuit.

The Legislature's Budget Section committee denied the agency's request Monday for $75,000 to pay lawyers.

A contractor that supervised a recent $52 million upgrade of North Dakota's official museum on the Capitol grounds is suing the state for breach of contract.

Wahpeton-based Comstock Construction Inc. alleges in court documents that the agency owes it nearly $1.5 million in damages and unpaid bills for its work on the North Dakota Heritage Center. The company has requested a jury trial.

The agency says it withheld payment to the company because the company still has not finished some work.

The State Historical Board in April voted to retain Serkland Law Firm in Fargo.

OIL PATCH DRUG SENTENCE

Oklahoma man gets 11 years for dealing drugs in oil patch

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A 31-year-old Oklahoma man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for selling drugs in the North Dakota oil patch.

Timothy Sumpter, of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, pleaded guilty in March to a federal charge of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Authorities say a traffic stop near Bowman in March 2014 yielded about two pounds of methamphetamine and a half-pound of heroin that had been transported from California. Sumpter was one of three people in the vehicle.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland says Sumpter must serve five years of supervised release when he finishes his prison term.

DEAD DRUG INFORMANT

North Dakota drug informant's family sues for wrongful death

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The family of a North Dakota college student who was a confidential informant for a drug task force has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

The body of 20-year-old Andrew Sadek was found about two years ago in the Red River, which separates North Dakota from Minnesota, not far from where he attended college in Wahpeton. He died of a gunshot wound to the head.

John and Tammy Sadek filed a civil complaint Monday against Richland County Sheriff's deputy Jason Weber and the county. The suit seeks unspecified damages.

The suit says the defendants, including Weber, who was part of the task force, failed to train Andrew Sadek to perform undercover operations or to "reasonably supervise" him.

A spokeswoman for the North Dakota attorney general's office was not immediately available comment.

CROP REPORT

Different weather conditions hit North Dakota crops

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota farmers saw a variety of weather conditions affect crops in the last week, from heavy rain and flooding in the northwestern part of the state to continued dry weather in southwestern areas.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that many areas of the state also experienced storms and windy conditions that resulted in some crop damage.

The report says topsoil moisture supplies were rated 88 percent adequate to surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 78 percent adequate to surplus. Pasture and range conditions statewide are rated 56 percent good to excellent and stock water supplies are 82 percent adequate to surplus.

Spring wheat condition was calculated at 78 percent good to excellent.


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