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Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Sunday, March 29th 2015 
Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment

North Dakota tops St. Cloud State to reach Frozen Four

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Drake Caggiula scored his team-leading 18th goal of the season, Zane McIntyre stopped a handful of point-blank shots and North Dakota beat St. Cloud State 4-1 on Saturday night in the West Regional final to advance to the Frozen Four.

North Dakota advance to the Frozen Four for the seventh time in Dave Hakstol's 11 years as coach. Hakstol is 7-2 in regional championships.

Caggiula scored the winner at 6:49 of the second period when his shot was stopped by goalie Charlie Lindgren and ricocheted in off a St. Cloud defenseman.

Andrew Panzarella, Luke Johnson and Colten St. Clair also scored for North Dakota (29-9-3). Jimmy Murray scored for St. Cloud (20-19-1).

McIntyre finished with 19 saves.

North Dakota won the last of its seven NCAA titles in 2000.


Much remains as ND Legislature heads to home stretch

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — As the North Dakota Legislature heads to its home stretch, several pieces of major legislation are still being negotiated by both chambers of the North Dakota Legislature, including all remaining two-year budget and major tax bills.

The session opened in January with 853 measures. As of Friday, 181 had made it to Governor Jack Dalrymple (DAHL'-rimp-ul)'s desk.

Data from the Legislative Council, the Legislature's research arm, show 321 bills awaited action at midday Friday, compared with 363 bills that remained during the same period last session.

There were 842 bills filed last session, or 11 fewer than the current session.

Data show 303 bills have failed so far this session, compared with 197 bills that failed during the same period last session.


ND lobbyist numbers rise as session progresses

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The number of lobbyists has increased significantly as North Dakota's 64th legislative session has progressed.

Data from the North Dakota Secretary of State's office show 380 lobbyists representing 709 organizations were registered in January. There are now 544 lobbyists representing 942 organizations, which isn't too far off the numbers from the past two sessions.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger doesn't expect too much of an increase during the final weeks.


Education board to consider action against Baesler, Tschosik

(Information in the following story is from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's teacher licensing board is slated to consider whether to take disciplinary action against the state superintendent of public instruction and a Bismarck teacher.

The Bismarck Tribune reports the Education Standards and Practices Board plans to discuss what to do with Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler and her former fiancι Todd Tschosik at its meeting Thursday in Bismarck.

Baesler was charged last month with simple assault after Tschosik claimed she hit him in the face. Tschosik pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in December 2014.

The charge against Baesler was dropped earlier this month.

Board members previously agreed to hold off on taking any action until the court reached a decision in the case against Baesler.


Public hearing on proposed oil pipeline scheduled in Crosby

CROSBY, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Public Service Commission is holding a public hearing in Crosby on Monday on a proposed oil pipeline in Divide and Burke counties.

Meadowlark Midstream Co. has submitted an application for the proposed 46-mile-long Global Stampede Pipeline. It would have the capacity to move 50,000 barrels of crude per day, from a pump station near Fortuna to a rail facility near Columbus.

The estimated cost of the project that also includes a 400-barrel above-ground storage tank is $33 million.

The hearing on Monday is at 9:30 a.m. Central time in the Crosby Community Center.


Oil company requesting flaring exceptions for 140 oil wells

(Information in the following story is from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An oil company is asking the state regulators to grant an exception to North Dakota's flaring rate requirements for 140 of its oil wells in Dunn and McKenzie counties.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that XTO Energy is arguing it has nowhere to take its gas because gas-processing company OneOK couldn't secure an easement agreement and build a 20-mile pipeline expansion. OneOK says the pipeline would have moved 40 million cubic feet per day to the company's Garden Creek gas plant in McKenzie County.

XTO's request was heard this week by the state's Oil and Gas Division and will be forwarded to the State Industrial Commission for action. Earlier this week, the commission more clearly defined gas-capture rules, imposing penalties for noncompliance and also establishing flexibility to cover extenuating circumstances.


Goerhing: Anhydrous ammonia transfers need documentation

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is reminding farmers about anhydrous ammonia rules as spring planting nears.

People who use the fertilizer must file proper documentation before transferring anhydrous from a tanker to a nurse tank in the field. Goehring says written notification needs to go the state Agriculture Department, the county commission and the county emergency manager.

The notification needs to include a legal description of where the planned transfer will take place and personal contact information. It should be done 30 days before a transfer. There's no fee involved, and the form can be found on the Agriculture Department's website.

Goehring says the rule is in place to ensure that people handling anhydrous have proper training, and to make information readily available to emergency responders in case of an accident.


Police arrest 2 men they believe robbed Fargo gas station

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Police in Fargo have arrested two men they believe held up a gas station on Thursday.

Authorities say the two men entered the All Stop store about 10:45 p.m. and demanded money. One of the suspects displayed a handgun and then fled the gas station after taking an undetermined amount of cash.

They arrested a 19-year-old man for conspiracy to commit robbery, a Class B felony, and for four unrelated warrants. A 20-year-old suspect was arrested for conspiracy to commit robbery, criminal trespass and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle.

One of the suspects is from Fargo. The other does not have a permanent address.


Police: 6-year-old girl 'whacked' Mandan man for abusing her

(Information in the following story is from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com)

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — A 6-year-old girl who police say was being sexually abused by a Mandan man smacked her assailant in the face, causing him to stop.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that Ivan Carlos Borrero Valez was charged with felony gross sexual imposition on Friday and could receive up to 20 years in prison.

Court documents show that a woman reported on March 22nd that her 6-year-old daughter had been sexually assaulted by Valez. The child was interviewed at the Dakota Children's Advocacy Center, where she said she was staying at a relative's house when Valez allegedly fondled her.

The 6-year-old said she asked Valez to stop and when he didn't, she "whacked" him in the face with her hand, causing him to leave.

An attorney is not listed for Valez.


Authorities identify Fargo man who died in Berthold crash

BERTHOLD, N.D. (AP) — Authorities have identified a 42-year-old Fargo man who died in two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 2 in Berthold on Friday.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol says Scott Olson was driving a pickup truck westbound when he rear-ended a semi-tractor pulling a grain trailer.

The patrol says the semi, driven by Justin Landis, of Dagmar, Montana, was slowing down to make a left turn when it was struck from behind.

Neither Landis nor a passenger in the pick-up truck suffered injuries.

Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Friday, March 27th 2015 
Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment

Oil prices jump almost 5 percent as tensions mount in Yemen

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil rose sharply on Thursday as mounting tensions in Yemen got traders worried that the flow of crude from the Persian Gulf region could be disrupted.

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states launched strikes on key military installations in Yemen. They aim to oust Shiite rebels who forced the country's embattled president to flee.

U.S. crude rose $2.22, or 4.5 percent, to close at $51.43 a barrel in New York. U.S. crude oil has jumped 17 percent since hitting a low of $43.96 a barrel a week ago.

It was the first time the benchmark U.S. oil contract closed at $50 or higher since March 9th. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. refineries, rose $2.71, or 4.8 percent, to close at $59.19 a barrel in London.


ND bill would ID lawmakers making public records requests

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota legislative leaders are pushing a measure that would name lawmakers who make written requests for public records.

Currently, lawmakers can make anonymous requests for public records through the Legislative Council, which is the Legislature's research arm.

Republican Senator Tim Flakoll of Fargo is the main sponsor of the bill. He says there have been some cases where unnamed lawmakers have made single requests for thousands of pages of documents at a staggering cost to taxpayers.

Although the proposed legislation is intended to strip the anonymity of lawmakers making such requests, it still provides a huge loophole. Lawmakers can still be unnamed if they make the request for public records by telephone.


ND State Assessment delayed because of test delivery issues

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Department of Public Instruction says planned student achievement testing that will gauge how well students are meeting the new Common Core educational standards has been delayed because of issues delivering the tests.

The department says contractor Measured Progress told the state this week that it needed to delay North Dakota State Assessment testing because of a "single, problematic anomaly" with the delivery system. The tests were scheduled to begin Wednesday.

Department spokesman Dale Wetzel says they believe the problem is on the verge of being solved. Wetzel says the delay "is not ideal" but that it's more important that testing go smoothly.

Common Core outlines what skills students need to be ready for college and careers.

Nevada and Montana also have contracts with Measured Progress and are delaying exams.


NDSU student body candidates base platform on alcohol sales

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Two North Dakota State University students running as a team for student body president and vice president are basing their platform on allowing alcohol sales during Bison football games at the Fargodome.

Robert Kringler is a junior majoring in history and Aaron Weber is a sophomore majoring in agricultural communications. They believe that allowing beer sales during games will cut down on binge drinking and "encourage safer consumption habits."

The pair says that similar changes at institutions like the University of North Dakota and University of Minnesota have shown to decrease alcohol-related incidents during sporting events

Kringler and Weber sent out a news release Wednesday outlining their "Your Campus, Your Voice" platform.

School officials could not be reached for comment.


Education board: System should keep legal, audit services

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Board of Higher Education is asking lawmakers to reconsider moving control of lawyers and auditors from the university system to other agencies.

The motion approved Thursday came after the board heard from Deputy Attorney General Thomas Trenbeath and Auditor Robert Peterson on the legislative proposal to change the structure of legal and internal audit services.

A majority of board members say they are worried about losing qualified people and don't believe it's fair that longtime employees will have to reapply for jobs that will likely pay less money.

Grant Shaft, of Grand Forks, and Kathleen Nesset, of Tioga, voted against the motion. Shaft says the changes are inevitable and he preferred that the board stay neutral in order to maintain "a seat at the table."


Iowa regents director in running for North Dakota chancellor

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The executive director of the Iowa Board of Regents is a finalist for a higher education job in North Dakota.

A search committee reported Thursday that Robert Donley is one of eight finalists for the next chancellor of the North Dakota University System.

Donley has been the top staff member since 2008 for the board that governs Iowa's three public universities.

He applied for the North Dakota position last week, writing that he believed his "experience on a state and national level" can benefit its higher education system and citizens.

Donley declined comment Thursday, but acknowledged his candidacy through a spokeswoman.

Leaving Iowa could cost Donley a bonus. The regents approved a two-year, $125,000 deferred compensation plan if Donley's on the job August 31st, 2016. He earns about $160,000 annually.


APNewsBreak: Branstad appointee faces conflict over pipeline

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad's pick to chair the Iowa Utilities Board is acknowledging she has a potential conflict in a hotly-contested case on whether to build a major oil pipeline.

Geri Huser's brother has represented farmers who oppose the $3.8 billion pipeline that would transport crude oil from North Dakota across Iowa. In December, he sent a letter to the board objecting to the project on letterhead listing his sister as one of the firm's attorneys.

Huser said Thursday she knew that her brother was representing landowners facing eminent domain, but was unaware it was linked to the pipeline. She said she didn't know about the objection letter until the Associated Press inquired.

Huser says she hasn't decided whether she'd be able to participate or if she'll have to step aside.


Former chancellor Potts among 8 selected for interviews

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Board of Higher Education has narrowed the list of candidates for university system chancellor from 21 to eight. Former chancellor Robert Potts made the cut.

Seven men and one woman will be invited to participate in video interviews on April 14th. The board will then pick finalists for face-to-face interviews.

Potts ran the system for two years. He departed in 2006 after a dispute that started when one college president raised questions about the scope of his authority.

State Senator Tim Flakoll, who serves as provost for the Tri-College University in Fargo, is among the final eight, as is Paul Turman, vice president for academic affairs for South Dakota's university system.

The other candidates are Sylvia Moore, Michael Thomas, Keith Miller, Mark Hagerott and Robert Donley.


Bond set at $750,000 for man charged in hog farm shooting

(Information in the following story is from: KXMB-TV, http://www.kxnet.com)

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Bond has been set at three-quarters of a million dollars for an 18-year-old man charged with fatally shooting two fellow employees at a north-central North Dakota hog farm.

KXMB-TV reports Bottineau resident Jeremy Rodriguez Rios appeared for the first time in court Thursday. He is charged with two counts of felony murder in the deaths of 37-year-old Brian Story and 50-year-old Christopher Sluder.

All three worked at Turtle Mountain Pork, a commercial hog operation near Souris, in Bottineau County. Sluder managed the business.

Investigators say Rodriguez Rios admitted to shooting the two men with a handgun on Tuesday and throwing the gun in the sewage pit below the hog barns.

Rodriguez Rios is scheduled to be back in court on April 17th.

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