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ND dealing to keep dinosaur mummy in Bismarck
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials are negotiating a $3 million deal to keep Dakota the duckbilled dinosaur on permanent display in Bismarck.
The rare mummified fossil is planned as a cornerstone of a $51 million expansion at the North Dakota Heritage Center.
Tyler Lyson discovered the dinosaur on his uncle's ranch in southwestern North Dakota in 1999.
Researchers say Dakota is one of the most important dinosaur discoveries in recent times. The petrified beast has been the subject of a children's book and an adult book, and National Geographic television programs.
State paleontologist John Hoganson says negotiations to keep the petrified beast in Bismarck are ongoing. He says money for the deal would come from private donations.
Dakota currently on loan to the North Dakota Heritage Center until July 2015.
Hoeven: BNSF pledges to speed fertilizer delivery
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Sen. John Hoeven says BNSF Railway Co. has promised to add more trains to ensure timely delivery of fertilizer for spring planting.
Hoeven says BNSF Executive Chairman Matt Rose told him that the railroad "will dedicate additional resources and crews to get fertilizer to North Dakota producers faster."
Increased crude oil and freight shipments largely have been blamed for causing the rail delays.
BNSF has said that rail service has been backlogged due to bad weather.
FARGO TV SHOW
North Dakota native adds expertise to 'Fargo' show
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Residents in North Dakota's largest city are ready to celebrate the premier of "Fargo" the TV show, along with a homegrown actor who plays a part in the series.
The 90-minute episode on FX will be shown Tuesday night at the historic Fargo Theater. The Joel and Ethan Coen production stars Billy Bob Thornton, who plays the bad guy, and Martin Freeman, who plays an insurance salesman corrupted by Thornton.
North Dakota native Tom Musgrave, who plays Freeman's boss in the show, will attend the premier in Fargo and take the stage for a question-and-answer session afterward. Musgrave was born in Bottineau and grew up in Valley City.
Musgrave says he had an advantage with his North Dakota background and jokes that he was the "expert on set."
SYNTHETIC DRUG OVERDOSES
Man sentenced to 20 years in synthetic drug case
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — One of 15 people to plead guilty in a synthetic drug conspiracy that resulted in the overdose deaths of two teenagers has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Casey Rosen (row-ZEEN') pleaded guilty in January 2013 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances resulting in serious bodily injury and death. He is the 13th defendant sentenced in the case.
Authorities say Rosen was a partner with Andrew Spofford, who cooked up the chemicals that led to the June 2012 deaths of two teens who lived in the Grand Forks area. Assistant U.S Attorney Chris Myers called Rosen the "money man" in the operation.
Spofford was sentenced earlier to 17½ years in prison.
Investigators have dubbed the case "Operation Stolen Youth."
Police: Woman arrested after trying to flee
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Minot police say they've arrested a 33-year-old Surrey woman accused of eluding officers and ramming a patrol car during a traffic stop.
Police say that when officers attempted to stop the vehicle just before 2 a.m. Monday, it drove over a curb and into another roadway. Officers say they attempted to make contact with the driver and it reversed and rammed a patrol car, nearly striking the officer.
The vehicle fled again and was stopped a short time later.
Police say Stacie Wattendorf was booked in the Ward County jail on charges of reckless endangerment and fleeing or eluding an officer in a motor vehicle. Attorney information for Wattendorf was not listed in court records.
COBB-KANSAS CITY SHOOTING
Craig Cobb friends with suspect in KS slayings
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — White supremacist Craig Cobb is friends with a man jailed in the killing of three people at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City on Sunday.
Cobb says he last spoke with Frazier Glenn Cross on Thursday and that Cross gave no indication that he might be planning an attack.
Cobb says the allegations against Cross have nothing to do with him and so he isn't commenting. But he says he hopes Cross didn't do it.
Cobb is jailed in North Dakota while he awaits an April 29 sentencing for terrorizing residents of Leith.
Cross, of Aurora, Mo., hasn't been formally charged in the Kansas City killings, but U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says there's enough evidence to justify submitting a hate-crimes case to a grand jury.
Cobb wants to 'retire from white nationalism'
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A white supremacist who unsuccessfully tried to take over the small North Dakota town of Leith says he wants to leave the state if he's released from jail and "retire from white nationalism."
Sixty-two-year-old Craig Cobb has been jailed since mid-November, when he was arrested for terrorizing residents of Leith during an armed patrol. He's awaiting an April 29 sentencing, and hoping a judge will spare him more jail time by accepting a plea deal that calls for four years of probation.
Cobb says if he gets out of jail he'll petition another state to accept him, which would be a requirement of his probation. He didn't say which state.
Cobb says he feels he's done his part to promote white nationalism and is tired of the spotlight.
VALLEY CITY STATE-PRESIDENT
Search committee named for new VCSU president
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota University System has named the members of a committee that will search for the new president of Valley City State University.
The members of the committee announced on Monday are tasked with finding the successor of Steven Shirley who will be taking over as Minot State University president in July 2014.
Kirsten Diederich is the chair of the state's Board of Higher Education. She will head the committee that is composed of students, faculty, staff and community leaders.
A national search firm that is yet to be selected will assist in the process.
Shirley is in his sixth year at Valley City State. He has spent 17 years in higher education. He previously served as vice president and dean of student affairs at Dakota State University.
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