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SENATE-NORTH DAKOTA-THE LATEST

The Latest: Cramer announces Senate bid at rally

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer has officially launched his U.S. Senate campaign at an evening rally in Bismarck.

Cramer's formal announcement Friday night amid party faithful comes about a month after he first passed up the Senate race.

The Republican is a staunch advocate of President Donald Trump and has been considered the GOP's best hope of beating Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.

The only other declared candidate, Tom Campbell, a second-term state senator, trailed Heitkamp badly in name recognition and money, and had drawn little enthusiasm from the GOP.

Cramer told The Associated Press that Trump had personally encouraged him three times to run for the seat, including twice after he said he wouldn't.

HOUSE-NORTH DAKOTA

GOP hopefuls jockey for North Dakota's lone US House seat

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer's shift to the North Dakota Senate race is setting off a GOP scramble for the state's lone congressional seat.

State Sen. Tom Campbell is expected to run for his place in the House now that Cramer is in the Senate race. But the wealthy potato farmer has failed to energize much support from party faithful.

Tiffany Abentroth is a declared GOP candidate in the race. The former Marine and Iraq war veteran from eastern North Dakota only recently entered the public arena.

The wild card is state Sen. Kelly Armstrong, who also heads the state Republican Party. Armstrong confirmed Friday that he was "considering" a bid.

Former state lawmaker Ben Hanson of Fargo is the Democrats' only declared candidate.

BIG BUST

New Town traffic stop leads to large oxycodone seizure

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

NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) — A recent traffic stop in New Town led to the seizure of oxycodone pills valued at more than $115,000.

Three Affiliated Tribes drug enforcement officials say a New Town police officer pulled over Jorge Pitts of Southfield, Michigan, in the early morning hours of Jan. 25.

KMOT-TV reports that tribal and federal authorities say they discovered more than 1,600 oxycodone pills in the vehicle, along with a loaded semi-automatic handgun.

Pitts faces felony drug and weapon charges. Court documents don't list an attorney for him. He could enter pleas during a March 1 hearing.

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STATE FAIR-ENTERTAINMENT

North Dakota State Fair announces 2018 grandstand concerts

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota State Fair has released its grandstand entertainment lineup for this summer's fair.

Country stars will include Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell, Kip Moore and Michael Ray.

Rockers Nickelback and Cheap Trick also are scheduled to perform.

The 2018 fair is July 20-28. Tickets go on sale March 16.

KIDS IN CAR-REVOCATION

Woman who left kids in car outside bar might get revoked

(Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com)

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A Minot woman who left her two preschoolers in a car outside a bar for about an hour while she and her boyfriend drank and gambled inside in December 2015 might be going to prison.

The Minot Daily News reports the state has filed to revoke the probation of 24-year-old Chelsea Erie. Her probation officer says Erie pleaded guilty on Jan. 4 to leaving the scene of a property damage accident last September, and Erie also has allegedly failed to pay fines and court supervision fees.

A court hearing is scheduled Thursday.

Erie pleaded guilty to felony child neglect in the bar incident. She was given a two-year deferred prison sentence and 10 days in jail.

Police say Erie's 3- and 5-year-old children weren't harmed.

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SHARE TABLES

'Share tables' eliminate waste in Bismarck-area schools

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

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — So-called "share tables" are allowing students in Bismarck-Mandan schools to return unwanted food so it can be used to help feed the hungry.

It's part of an effort by the U.S. Agriculture Department to eliminate waste in the federal school lunch program.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that students can place prepackaged, wrapped food items and beverages on the designated "share table." Those items may be reused or donated to a local food bank.

Mandan Public Schools and Bismarck Public Schools are participating in the effort. The Mandan district donates leftover food to Spirit of Life Roman Catholic Church, which distributes food to needy families in the area.

Mari Jo Sigl is outreach ministry coordinator for Spirit of Life church. She says the schools' leftovers help about 50 people a week.

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