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Sunday, May 29th 2016
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VETERANS-PARKS

Soldiers, vets get into state parks for free on Memorial Day

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Members of the military and veterans can get into any state park in North Dakota for free on Monday, which is Memorial Day.

The state Parks and Recreation Department says the free admittance is to recognize the contributions of soldiers to the country.

The department says it's a busy weekend at most state parks, with events and activities planned for the unofficial start of summer.

GRAND FORKS FIRE

Prosecutors: Man who firebombed cafe should not be released

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a man who pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime for firebombing a Somali restaurant in Grand Forks should not be released before his sentencing hearing.

Matthew Gust, of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, is accused of targeting the Juba Coffee House because of the nationality of the employees and customers. Gust has denied that the December incident revolved around race, but pleaded guilty to a pair of charges.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 29. In the meantime, Gust is asking to be released either to his parents or a residential treatment center in order to will help him with his sobriety and allow him to work.

Prosecutors say Gust is a flight risk and danger to the community and should not be released.

CABIN LOGS

Inmates cut logs for presidential cabin replica in Dickinson

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

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — Inmates from the Missouri River Correctional Center in Bismarck are have been cutting logs that will be used to build a replica of former President Theodore Roosevelt's Elkhorn ranch cabin in Dickinson.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that six semi-truck loads of logs from downed cottonwood trees were hauled this past week to Dickinson.

The project is part of a presidential library and museum project in the conceptual and development stage.

Presidential library project CEO Jim Kelly says having the logs delivered to the site gives it a tangible, touch-it reality.

Correctional center plant director Loren Haid says the trees had to go anyway, so it was serendipitous that they're being used on the cabin project.

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BINFORD FATAL

Woman killed in rollover crash near Binford

BINFORD, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say a 35-year-old Binford woman was killed when a sport utility vehicle rolled over near Binford.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the SUV was headed west on Highway 65 about 2:30 a.m. Saturday when it crossed the eastbound lane and entered the ditch. The driver overcorrected back onto the road and the vehicle landed in the north ditch, rolled over several times and struck a tree.

The driver, 34-year-old Matthew Bakke, of Binford, suffered injuries and was flown to a Fargo hospital. A woman who was a passenger died in the crash. The patrol hasn't released her name.

The crash remains under investigation.

ENDANGERED FISH-DAM

US wants to help endangered Yellowstone fish with $57M dam

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials say building a $57 million concrete dam and fish bypass channel along Montana's Yellowstone River offers the cheapest way to help an endangered species that dates to the time of dinosaurs.

The U.S Army Corps and Interior Department are proposing the irrigation dam on the lower Yellowstone near the North Dakota border.

That's where aging pallid sturgeon have been trapped for decades downstream of their spawning grounds.

Environmentalists say the dam could doom the fish and there's no proof the bypass channel would work.

They want the government to remove an existing man-made rock weir on the river. The weir diverts water for 58,000 acres of cropland.

A government study published Thursday said removing the weir and using pumps to get water would cost $138 million or more.

DEER LICENSES

Deadline nears for North Dakota deer gun license apps

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The deadline is nearing for North Dakota hunters to submit a license application for the 2016 gun season.

The Wednesday deadline applies to muzzleloader, regular gun, gratis and nonresident landowner, and youth antlered mule deer applications.

The Game and Fish Department says state law requires residents age 18 or older to prove residency on the application by submitting a valid North Dakota driver's license number or a North Dakota non-driver photo identification number.

The application deadline for regular statewide youth deer licenses is Sept. 1.


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Saturday, May 28th 2016
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RED RIVER DIVERSION

Diversion backers, opponents disagree about project permits

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The decision by a Minnesota watershed district to back out of an agreement for a Red River diversion project around the Fargo area has raised questions about permits for the planned $2.1 billion channel.

The Buffalo Red River Watershed District includes representatives from three counties in western Minnesota. The group's board voted earlier this week to reject a new joint powers agreement with the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority.

Wilkin County State's Attorney Tim Fox says the diversion authority needs a permit from the Buffalo Red River group before it can start construction. Diversion authority board president Darrell Vanyo says the project won't need approval from Buffalo Red if the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources issues its permit.

A spokeswoman for the Minnesota DNR did not immediately return a request for comment.

DEER LICENSES

Deadline nears for North Dakota deer gun license apps

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The deadline is nearing for North Dakota hunters to submit a license application for the 2016 gun season.

The Wednesday deadline applies to muzzleloader, regular gun, gratis and nonresident landowner, and youth antlered mule deer applications.

The Game and Fish Department says state law requires residents age 18 or older to prove residency on the application by submitting a valid North Dakota driver's license number or a North Dakota non-driver photo identification number.

The application deadline for regular statewide youth deer licenses is Sept. 1.

OIL PATCH BABIES

Boom is alive in North Dakota, but now it's about babies

(Information from: KFYR-TV, http://www.kfyrtv.com/)

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota oil patch is experiencing a baby boom.

Officials with CHI St. Alexius Health in Dickinson say the hospital had a record-breaking 77 new babies last month and are expecting more than 80 births in June.

Dr. Thomas Arnold, an OB-GYN at the hospital, tells KFYR-TV that "it doesn't make sense" that the number of births is increasing during the downturn in oil production. He says it shows that many families decided to stay in the area despite hard times.

Arnold says staff is working extra hours to handle the deliveries.

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GOP 2016-TRUMP

Trump shifts to Clinton after claiming GOP delegate majority

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Presidential candidate Donald Trump is armed at last with a majority of the Republican Party's delegates, and he is shifting his attention toward the general election while Hillary Clinton remains locked in a divisive Democratic primary contest.

Trump's good news has been tempered by ongoing internal problems, including the sudden departure of his political director and continuing resistance by many Republican leaders to his outsider candidacy.

Clinton is facing fresh questions about her use of a private email server while secretary of state even as she fights to pivot toward Trump, whom she called an "unqualified loose cannon."

Trump sealed his delegate majority Thursday by claiming a small number of the party's unbound delegates who told The Associated Press they would support him at the national convention in July.

TWO CHASES

Minot man arrested twice after pursuits

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say they've arrested a 34-year-old Minot man on eluding charges after he tried to flee from officers two straight days.

The Ward County Sheriff's Office says Burlington police stopped a motorcycle on Highway 2 and 52 about 4 p.m. Wednesday when the rider sped off. Deputies say that after a chase and a scuffle, officers arrested Trenton Jacob Kary on charges of fleeing, driving under suspension, reckless driving and assault on a police officer.

At about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, a Ward County deputy spotted a vehicle leaving the Ward County Jail with its headlights off. Another chase ensued ending at Kary's residence, leading to a second arrest. Kary is being held at the Ward County Jail.

Attorney information for Kary was not listed in court records.

TRAIN-WHEELCHAIR

Report released on Jamestown train-wheelchair collision

(Information from: KQDJ, http://www.newsdakota.com/kqdj-1400am/)

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — A final Jamestown Police Department report on the collision of a train and a man in a wheelchair says the train's engineer tried to avoid the crash.

KQDJ radio reports that the train's engineer saw 60-year-old Dennis Schneider attempting to cross the tracks April 21 and hit the emergency brakes while sounding his warning horn.

The train slowed from 35 mph to 10 mph before it struck Schneider, whose wheelchair had become stuck in the tracks.

Schneider was taken to a Fargo hospital with undisclosed injuries and is now recovering at a Valley City hospital.