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Friday, December 15th 2017
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Bismarck considers funding options for homeless shelter

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

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bismarck is exploring funding options to address the area's homeless crisis after the only men's shelter in the city closed several months ago.

The Bismarck City Commission directed its budget committee to determine the amount of money needed to secure a shelter for Bismarck-Mandan's homeless population.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that Commissioner Josh Askvig says the budget committee should look to offer between $5,000 and $10,000 as support. Commission members are asking for help from the private sector and faith-based communities.

The Ruth Meiers Hospitality House closed its men's emergency shelter in Bismarck on Oct. 27.

The United Way has been filling the area's emergency housing gap since then. Agency officials say it will cost over $260,000 to manage emergency housing needs through June 2018.



AG: Loaded guns may be carried in vehicles under new law

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEHN'-juhm) says a loaded gun may be stored in a vehicle but proper identification must be revealed to law enforcement during a traffic stop.

Stenehjem says in a written opinion issued Thursday that a valid state driver's license or other proper identification "is the equivalent of a valid concealed weapons license" under North Dakota's so-called constitutional carry law.

The law took effect in August and allows law-abiding adults to forgo background checks and classes.

Mandan Republican Rep. Todd Porter and some other GOP lawmakers asked for the opinion, after some law enforcement and prosecutors raised questions if it was legal to have a loaded weapon in a vehicle without a permit.


Longtime state Sen. Kilzer of Bismarck announces retirement

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

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A longtime state senator from Bismarck is retiring.

The Bismarck Tribune reports Sen. Ralph Kilzer announced Wednesday he is retiring after more than 20 years in the Legislature.

The 82-year-old orthopedic surgeon was elected to the state House in 1996 and the state Senate in 1998. Kilzer says he will retire when his term ends in November 2018.

Kilzer represents District 47, which covers northwestern Bismarck and is heavily Republican. Kilzer says he's talked to about five people who are interested in the seat.

One contender is Tom Trenbeath (TREN'-beth), who retired last year as North Dakota's chief deputy attorney general. Trenbeath previously served in the state Senate from 2000 to 2006, before joining the attorney general's office.

As senator, Trenbeath represented District 10, in northeastern North Dakota.



Trinity Health launching air ambulance service in Williston

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

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Trinity Health is launching a new air ambulance service in Williston.

The health care provider says it will be an extension of its NorthStar Criticair helicopter and airplane service based in Minot. The air ambulance is staffed around the clock by an on-call flight crew which includes a pilot, paramedic and critical care nurse.

The Minot Daily News says Trinity Health is collaborating with Executive Air Taxi Corp. to provide the aircrafts, pilots and maintenance expertise.



Dryer fire prompts dorm evacuation at UND; no one hurt

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — No one was hurt in a fire that prompted the evacuation of a dormitory on the University of North Dakota campus in Grand Forks.

Authorities say West Hall was cleared of students about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when an overloaded dryer started on fire.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze and cleared smoke from the building. Students were allowed back in about an hour later.

Several dryers had fire damage, and the dorm's first floor suffered smoke damage.


Authorities identify victim of fatal crash in McLean County

WHITE SHIELD, N.D. (AP) — Authorities have identified an 81-year-old White Shield woman who died in a two-vehicle crash in McLean County.

The Highway Patrol says Blanche White Eagle was driving a pickup truck and failed to yield at a state Highway 1804 intersection west of White Shield about midday Tuesday.

The semi driver tried unsuccessfully to stop, and his rig collided with the pickup. White Eagle died at the scene. The semi driver wasn't injured.

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Thursday, December 14th 2017
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Judge blocks proposed health care merger in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge has blocked a proposed merger between Sanford Health and Mid Dakota Clinic until a Federal Trade Commission hearing next month.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says a U.S. District Court judge issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday blocking the proposed merger.

Stenehjem and the FTC allege the deal would violate antitrust law by significantly lessening competition for health care services in the Bismarck-Mandan area.

In a statement, Stenehjem says competition in the marketplace "benefits consumers, including when that competition is for medical care."

Sanford and Mid Dakota called the decision disappointing, and said the government's case "rests on theories that are at odds with reality here in North Dakota."

The two providers agreed to merge earlier this year. Dakotas-based Sanford has 45 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and three countries.


Bismarck schools receive overdose antidote training

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

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — School administrators in the Bismarck area are being trained to use an antidote commonly carried by first responders for cases of opioid overdoses.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health is offering training and free doses of Narcan to area colleges and school districts in response to the region's opioid crisis.

Narcan is the nasal form of the drug naloxone, which can be administered in the event of a known or suspected drug overdose.

Public Health Director Renae Moch says the initiative is a way to introduce a response program at the schools.

Bismarck Public Schools Superintendent Tamara Uselman says Narcan is just one way to respond to the crisis. She says schools and community stakeholders need to continue working on prevention and education.



Reward fund for missing New Town woman doubles

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

NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) — Anonymous contributions have more than doubled the amount of a reward for information about a missing woman on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

Olivia Lone Bear, a mother of five, disappeared in late October. Additional donations to the reward fund in recent days have pushed the total to $21,000.

The woman's brother, Matthew Lone Bear, tells the Bismarck Tribune no organized search began until Nov. 1. He says his family has tried to maintain a civil relationship with Three Affiliated Tribes police despite tension over the search and resources.

The 32-year-old woman was last seen the evening of Oct. 24 leaving a New Town restaurant.



US attorney in North Dakota honored for work on drug cases

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's top federal prosecutor has been honored for his work on drug cases.

U.S. Attorney Chris Myers was selected as prosecutor of the year by the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Awards Program, or HIDTA. He will travel to Washington D.C. in early 2018 to receive the award.

Myers is currently involved in prosecuting an international fentanyl-trafficking operation that was responsible for an overdose death of a North Dakota man in January 2015.

The investigation is dubbed Operation Denial. It has resulted in more than 20 arrests, including two men from China accused of separately running chemical labs that produced fentanyl and other illegal opioids that were sold to Americans.

The HIDTA program provides assistance to various law enforcement groups in regions throughout the U.S. known for drug trafficking.


Minot School District disputes flood cleanup expenses

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The Minot Public School District is disputing the amount of money it owes in a pending civil lawsuit over unpaid flood cleanup expenses.

The Minot Daily News reports the district says it owes $1.1 million rather than $1.9 million claimed by a company resulting from the 2011 Souris River flood.

The district hired the ServPro company to clean up flood-damaged schools. The Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursed all but $1.9 million of the expense.

Minot Public Schools contends Servpro said it wouldn't charge more than what FEMA paid. ServPro disputes that.

A federal judge ruled in September that the contract was breached, but he didn't rule on resulting damages. A trial is set for January.

The district wants a nine-day trial, though a judge only wants it to last three days.


Autopsy report says Bismarck inmate died for heart disease

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

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A state medical examiner says the cause of death for a Bismarck jail inmate who died a week after having a siezure was heart disease.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that 47-year-old Mike Lang died in a hospital on Sept. 13. He had the siezure at the Burleigh Morton County Detention Center on Sept. 6 and went into a coma.

No further details of the autopsy were released. State health department officials say they can't say more because the Bureau of Criminal Investigation is looking into Lang's death.

Lang's family members say he also had pneumonia, low blood sugar, a cut on the back of his head, a broken nose, broken cheek bones and broken ribs.

Lang was arrested in August on a charge of felony luring.


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Wednesday, December 13th 2017
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Man has loaded gun in carry-on bag at Bismarck airport

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

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Police say a man who had a loaded gun in his carry-on bag at Bismarck Municipal Airport was not arrested.

Bismarck Police Sgt. Mark Buschena says the 43-year-old man apparently had forgotten that he had the handgun in his bag Monday afternoon. The Bismarck Tribune reports Buschena says the man had no arrest warrants and the handgun had not been stolen.

So a report of the incident was simply sent to the city attorney for review.



Online drought aid map being deactivated at end of month

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Agriculture Department at the end of the month is deactivating an online map it set up in June to help drought-impacted farmers and ranchers.

The Drought Hotline map was launched to help connect producers in need of hay and those with hay to sell, or pasture or hay land to rent. It will be deactivated on Dec. 29.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the map has had participants from 33 states and two Canadian provinces, and it's been viewed 11,000 times.

Much of central and western North Dakota was mired in severe, extreme and even exceptional drought during the growing season.


North Dakota to reduce debt of incarcerated parents

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A new law in North Dakota will end monthly child support obligations of parents sentenced to jail or prison for 180 days or longer.

The Legislature recently approved the change to prevent the accumulation of past-due child support owed by incarcerated parents. The law takes effect Jan. 1.

The law allows a child support obligation to be re-established if an incarcerated parent has more than $750 of net monthly income from outside sources. It does not apply to parents on work release or probation.

Leann Bertsch is the director of the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. She says the law will help facilitate successful re-entry into the community by reducing debt that could set former inmates up for failure and possible re-incarceration.

State records show about 330 inmates will have their child support obligations terminated.


Wells County village of Manfred recognized for its history

MANFRED, N.D. (AP) — The village of Manfred in Wells County has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The register is the federal government's list of properties it considers worthy of preservation and recognition.

The State Historical Society of North Dakota says the Manfred Historic District is an example of the rise and decline that was common of rural towns across the state.

Many of Manfred's buildings are being preserved by Manfred History and Preservation Inc., in an effort to maintain an authentic settlers' community.


Award-winning, hall of fame Bismarck police dog dies

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An acclaimed Bismarck police dog has died.

The police department says Luna became seriously ill earlier this month, and veterinarians found a tumor during surgery. The dog did not recover from surgery and died Saturday.

Luna had served with the department since December 2012. Police say she located an "enormous amount" of illegal drugs during her career, including cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine.

She won several regional and national awards and was inducted into the North Dakota Animal Hall of Fame in 2014.


Ramsey County pickup crash kills 90-year-old Fordville man

CRARY, N.D. (AP) — A Fordville man is dead after a pickup truck crash in Ramsey County.

The Highway Patrol says 90-year-old Edgar Behm lost control of his truck on an icy county road east of Crary about 8:30 a.m. Monday, and the vehicle overturned in the ditch.

Behm died at the scene. There were no passengers.

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