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Tuesday, January 23rd 2018
Associated Press North Dakota News
Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. CST
OIL PIPELINE PROTEST-SHOOTING
Dakota Access protester pleads guilty in shooting incident
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Denver woman accused of shooting at law officers while being arrested for protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota has pleaded guilty to two charges in a deal with prosecutors.
It means Red Fawn Fallis won't stand trial, where she could have faced up to life in prison if convicted. Prosecutors will recommend a sentence of no more than seven years.
Fallis was accused of firing a handgun three times during her October 2016 arrest. No one was hurt.
Fallis pleaded guilty Monday to civil disorder and gun possession by a convicted felon. Prosecutors will drop a more serious count — discharge of a firearm during a felony crime of violence.
Sentencing wasn't immediately scheduled.
About two dozen supporters of Fallis packed the courtroom under heavy security.
SUPREME COURT-WATER POLLUTION-NORTH DAKOTA
Attorney general applauds high court decision on water rule
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's attorney general is applauding a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that recognizes federal district courts as the forum to hear legal challenges to an Obama administration rule aimed at protecting small streams and wetlands from development and pollution.
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem led a coalition of 12 states that obtained the first preliminary injunction against the "Waters of the U.S. Rule" in 2015 in North Dakota, arguing it would greatly and unlawfully expand the federal government's authority over states' land and water and the ability to control pollution.
The rule has never taken effect because of lawsuits and is now under review by President Donald Trump's administration.
Stenehjem says he'll ask the federal district court to resume North Dakota's case as soon as possible now that the jurisdiction issue has been resolved.
OIL FIELD FLARING
Oil industry missed natural gas flaring target in October
(Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com)
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Revised numbers show North Dakota's oil industry failed to meet the state's natural gas flaring goals in October.
The latest numbers from the Mineral Resources Department show the industry flared slightly more than 16 percent of natural gas produced in October — not 15 percent as the agency reported from preliminary figures.
North Dakota's Industrial Commission requires companies to flare no more than 15 percent, to reduce wasteful flaring. Regulators can limit oil production for companies that fail to meet the target. But the policy also includes many exceptions, making restrictions rare.
The Bismarck Tribune reports that 11 companies flared more than 15 percent in October, but none of them were ordered to limit oil production because they met one of the conditions in the policy.
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OFFICER SHOOTING-PLEA
Man shot by Bismarck officer pleads not guilty to charges
(Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com)
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A man shot by a Bismarck policeman after allegedly attacking the officer has pleaded not guilty.
Fifty-one-year-old Donald Miller faces felony counts of robbery with serious bodily injury and simple assault on a peace officer
The Bismarck Tribune reports he pleaded not guilty Monday, and South Central District Judge Bruce Haskell scheduled trial for May 1-3.
Authorities allege Officer Justin Antonovich was responding to an unrelated call outside a motel last October when Miller attacked him, punching him and gouging his eyes before Antonovich shot him.
State and county investigations cleared the officer of any wrongdoing. He returned to regular patrol duties late last year.
Police initially didn't release Antonovich's name because the officer invoked a new law that expands the rights of crime victims. They later changed their policy.
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POLICE VEHICLE STRUCK
Underage drinker hits police vehicle in Fargo
(Information from: KFGO-AM, http://www.kfgo.com)
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Police say an underage drinker had a blood alcohol content three times the legal limit when she hit a police vehicle in Fargo.
The 20-year-old driver damaged the back of the police vehicle, but no one was hurt in the crash Friday night.
KFGO reports the woman was arrested on possible charges of driving under the influence, underage drinking and other counts.
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WINTER STORM
Winter storm howls through Midwest, cancels flights
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Heavy snow and strong winds are pushing through the Midwest, closing highways in Kansas and South Dakota and snarling flights in Denver and Minneapolis.
The National Weather Service says more than 10 inches (26 centimeters) of snow has already fallen on North Platte in western Nebraska. In southern Minnesota, the storm dumped 9 inches (22 centimeters) on Owatonna by midday Monday. Dozens of school districts in Minnesota canceled classes.
Weather service meteorologist Bill Borghoff in Minnesota says the storm starting brewing Saturday night over Nebraska and spread to Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Transportation officials advised against traveling in southwest Minnesota due to whiteout conditions.
Officials say about 190 flights have been canceled at Denver International Airport. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport reports more than 100 cancellations.
Monday, January 22nd 2018
Associated Press North Dakota News
Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. CST
OIL FIELD FLARING
Oil industry missed natural gas flaring target in October
(Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com)
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Revised numbers show North Dakota's oil industry failed to meet the state's natural gas flaring goals in October.
The latest numbers from the Mineral Resources Department show the industry flared slightly more than 16 percent of natural gas produced in October — not 15 percent as the agency reported from preliminary figures.
North Dakota's Industrial Commission requires companies to flare no more than 15 percent, to reduce wasteful flaring. Regulators can limit oil production for companies that fail to meet the target. But the policy also includes many exceptions, making restrictions rare.
The Bismarck Tribune reports that 11 companies flared more than 15 percent in October, but none of them were ordered to limit oil production because they met one of the conditions in the policy.
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HEAVEN'S HELPERS
Free soup and sandwich cafe reopens in Bismarck
(Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com)
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A hot soup and sandwich cafe in North Dakota has reopened more than two years after losing its lease on a former location.
The Bismarck Tribune reports that the new and expanded Heaven's Helpers Soup Cafe offers free food six days a week, with freewill donations accepted. It's located in Bismarck near the former Ruth Meiers Hospitality House men's emergency shelter, which closed in October.
Executive Director Mark Meier says that some challenges the cafe faced to reopen, included raising $250,000 and relying on thousands of volunteer hours to help with renovations. He encourages people who would normally go to a restaurant for lunch to stop at the cafe and give a donation.
The volunteer-run cafe first opened in 2009 but lost its lease in June 2015.
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DOUBLE FATAL-NORTH DAKOTA
Patrol IDs 2 women killed in ND nursing home van crash
THOMPSON, N.D. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two women killed when a minivan transporting residents of a nursing home collided head-on with a car in northeastern North Dakota.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol identifies the victims as 59-year-old Lynette Ysteboe and 97-year-old Alpha Flatten, both of Hatton. Authorities say the women were passengers in a minivan owned by and transporting residents of Hatton Prairie Village nursing home in Hatton.
The van collided with a Nissan Altima on Highway 15 near Thompson on Thursday morning.
Authorities say the westbound Nissan was negotiating a curve in the frost-covered road when it crossed the center line and collided with the eastbound van.
The drivers were taken to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks with non-life-threatening injuries.
FATAL CRASH-SOUTH DAKOTA
1 dead, 1 hurt in pickup crash near Sisseton
SISSETON, S.D. (AP) — One person is dead and another seriously injured after a pickup crash in northeastern South Dakota.
The Highway Patrol says a 2007 Ford Crew Cab was southbound on Interstate 29 when it left the road and rolled north of Sisseton Saturday morning.
A 23-year-old woman who was a passenger was thrown from the pickup and died at the scene. The 28-year-old man who was driving suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital in Fargo, North Dakota.
Neither was wearing a seat belt. Authorities say charges are pending against the driver.
MINOT PARKS
Minot announces plans for new parks, trails
(Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com)
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A park district in northern North Dakota is planning to add new parks, trails and recreation areas for residents and visitors.
The Minot Park District announced plans for cross-country, mountain bike and multi-use trails, a neighborhood park in east Minot and a new 18-hole golf course and recreation area.
Parks Director Ron Merritt tells the Minot Daily News that the district is seeking approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its new trails, which would be located on a former Superfund site.
The concept for the east Minot park includes a multi-use sports court, playground, dog park, restrooms and parking. Merritt says the park's development is still a year or two away.
The park district is working with architects to move forward with the golf course. Meritt says the district has enough money set aside to get started.
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OIL PIPELINE PROTEST-SHOOTING
Dakota Access protester accused in shooting arrested
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Denver woman accused of shooting at law enforcement officers during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline has been arrested for violating conditions of her pretrial release.
The U.S. Marshals Service says Red Fawn Fallis signed out of a halfway house in Fargo Thursday morning to attend adult learning classes but never showed up.
Authorities say Fallis also was half an hour late returning to the halfway house. She was arrested upon her return and jailed.
Fallis is accused of firing a handgun three times at officers during her October 2016 arrest. No one was hurt.
She was to stand trial beginning Jan. 29. Her attorneys announced earlier this week that they've reached a deal with prosecutors to avoid trial and a potential life sentence.