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Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Saturday, September 20th 2014 
Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment
FIGHTING SIOUX-TASK FORCE

UND forms task force to begin nickname process

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) The University of North Dakota has formed a task force that will figure how the school goes about picking a new name and logo.

The Grand Forks-based university says the group will meet for the first time next week.

UND spokesman Peter Johnson says the group isn't charged with picking a new name but it could make a recommendation to university President Robert Kelley later this year.

Johnson says the earliest the school could legally adopt a new nickname and logo is January 2015.

The university officially retired the nickname in June 2012.

Sixty-eight percent of North Dakotans at the polls voted to drop the nickname deemed "hostile and abusive" by the NCAA before it was retired.

TRIBAL OIL POLICY

ND tribal candidate: Oil industry could be slowed

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) One of two remaining candidates running to be the next leader of an oil-rich North Dakota American Indian nation says he will work to slow oil development if environmental protections there cannot be met.

Mark Fox is a tribal tax director and candidate for chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. Fox says he is not an advocate of the oil industry or rapid development on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

Fox and tribal attorney Damon Williams will face off in a November 4th contest that will determine the tribes' next leader.

Williams says the reservation needs additional regulators to ensure that the oil industry is acting responsibly and safely.

About a third of oil produced in North Dakota comes from land on the reservation.

OIL SPILL

20 barrels of oil spill in Burke County

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) About 20 barrels of oil and five barrels of brine have spilled in Burke County after an equipment failure at an oil well.

Kris Roberts is an environmental geologist with the Department of Health. Robert says Oasis Petroleum owns the well on land is leases about nine miles northeast of Powers Lake.

Roberts says the spill sprayed onto a wheat field and wetland. All but two barrels of oil have been recovered. Absorbent booms have been deployed to contain the spill in the wetland.

Inspectors from the Department of Health and the Division of Oil and Gas are on site and monitoring the company's response.

RIG COUNT-NORTH DAKOTA

N. Dakota adds 4 rigs

HOUSTON (AP) Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. was unchanged this week, holding at 1,931.

The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,601 rigs were exploring for oil and 329 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. North Dakota gained four rigs in this week's tally.

West Texas Intermediate crude futures continued to slide to $92.47 a barrel on Friday.

DOGS ATTACK DOG

Bismarck couple rescues collie from 2-on-1 attack

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

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A Bismarck couple walking their dog wound up fending off two loose dogs that attacked the border collie.

June and Ron Veitz's dog, Chance, wound up in surgery Wednesday after the two dogs bit off one of his ears and severed the other ear. Chance had multiple bite wounds on his torso and head.

June Veitz tells the Bismarck Tribune she hit the dogs with her firsts and kicked them to try and get them off Chance. Her husband tackled the dogs and forced them to the ground while she pulled Chance to safety.

Bismarck Police Officer Pat Renz described the dogs as a male and female "bulldog cross." Renz says the owner was located and the matter will likely be forwarded to the city attorney for review.


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Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Friday, September 19th 2014 
Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment
MICROSOFT-FARGO

Staffing cuts at Microsoft will be felt in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. (AP) A new round of staff cuts at Microsoft could have an effect in Fargo.

Senior director and Fargo site leader Don Morton tells KFGO-AM that a number of positions will be eliminated in Fargo. He says employees have been made aware of the scheduled layoffs and a support program is in place.

Morton in July told U.S. Senator John Hoeven (HOH'-ven) that no layoffs were planned in Fargo as part of a worldwide workforce reduction of 18,000 people that was announced at that time.

The company hasn't announced the specific number of people it plans to cut from its Fargo operation.

The station reports Microsoft employed nearly 900 people in the area in 2013, and 700 others worked for vendors at the Fargo campus.

PROPANE TERMINAL

CHS dedicates $24 million rail propane terminal

(Information in the following story is from: KOVC-AM, http://www.newsdakota.com)

HANNAFORD, N.D. (AP) CHS Incorporated has dedicated a $24 million rail propane terminal in eastern North Dakota.

KOVC radio reports that the facility west of Hannaford will have the capacity to store more than 1 million gallons of the fuel.

The terminal will be operated by Central Plains Ag Services in a joint venture with CHS. Terminal Manager Mike Post says it will be open 24 hours a day.

OIL EXECUTIVE-PLEA

Oil exec reaches plea deal in illegal dumping case

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) Authorities say an oil executive accused of endangering drinking water in southwest North Dakota has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

Executive Drilling President Nathan Garber is slated to be sentenced on September 26th. The Montana man is charged with multiple felony counts of violating federal environmental laws. He faces more than 50 years in prison.

Terms of the plea deal were not disclosed.

The criminal charges against Garber are connected to a state case against Halek Operating, which was fined a record $1.5 million for illegally dumping more than 800,000 gallons of wastewater into a former oil well in Stark County.

Authorities say Garber ordered the illegal dumping and told workers to tamper with the disposal well so it would pass a state inspection.

STALKING ARREST

Man accused of stalking police department employee

(Information in the following story is from: WDAY-TV, http://wday.com)

FARGO, N.D. (AP) Authorities are accusing a North Dakota man stalking a female employee of the Fargo Police Department.

WDAY-TV reports the 62-year-old Alan Retzlaff has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of stalking.

Authorities say Retzlaff gave the woman chocolates, waited for her in a parking lot, bought a diamond with the intention of giving to her and visited her home with the purpose of asking her to marry him.

The station reports the woman went to a neighbor's house and called police while the man was in her driveway. Court records the woman told the officers responding to the scene that the man had stalked her for two weeks.

The woman isn't a police officer.

Retzlaff posted a $2,000 bond to be released from the Cass County Jail.

CONSTRUCTION WORKER-CHARGED

Man facing sexual imposition charge involving girl

(Information in the following story is from: KOVC-AM, http://www.newsdakota.com)

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) A construction worker in North Dakota who authorities accuse of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl has been charged.

KOVC-AM reports that a $50,000 bond has been set for 19-year-old Joseph Chapps of Hardy, Arkansas. He is facing a gross sexual imposition charge.

The station reports Chapps had been staying at a Cooperstown motel with two relatives until he was arrested August 19th. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday at the Barnes County courthouse.

Chapps' court-appointed attorney Mark Blumer declined to comment Thursday.

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER-BOARD

Insurance commissioner appointed to national board

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm has been appointed to a national board of financial regulators.

Hamm will serve a two-year term on the Financial Stability Oversight Council representing the interests of all the nation's state insurance regulators on the board.

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners appointed Hamm to his new role.

The council was created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Protection and Consumer Protection Act in 2010. It monitors the nation's financial system, identifies risks to the system and coordinates a response to any threats.

Members of the council include U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew who chairs the council and Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen.

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER-BOARD

Insurance commissioner appointed to national board

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm has been appointed to a national board of financial regulators.

Hamm will serve a two-year term on the Financial Stability Oversight Council representing the interests of all the nation's state insurance regulators on the board.

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners appointed Hamm to his new role.

The council was created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Protection and Consumer Protection Act in 2010. It monitors the nation's financial system, identifies risks to the system and coordinates a response to any threats.

Members of the council include U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew who chairs the council and Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen.

MONTANA-N DAKOTA ST

NDSU-Montana game features plenty of Sioux Falls

FARGO, N.D. (AP) North Dakota State has signed a handful of key players from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in the last several years, including six players on this year's roster.

The top-ranked Bison will be facing one who got away when they play Number 4 Montana Saturday at the Fargodome.

Standout Montana free safety Matt Hermanson attended NDSU's football camp in high school and was offered a scholarship by the Bison when he was a junior. He opted for the Grizzlies when longtime family friend and assistant football coach Mike Breske moved from NDSU to Montana after the 2009 season.

Breske is now the defensive coordinator at Washington State. Hermanson, now a senior, has 23 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a quarterback sack in three games.


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Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Thursday, September 18th 2014 
Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment
TEX HALL REPORT

Law firm's report: ND tribal leader abused power

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) The leader of an oil-rich North Dakota American Indian nation is accused of using his position to benefit from business partners' lucrative oil field contracts on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

A report into the business dealings of Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation chairman Tex Hall was presented by Dentons law firm to the tribes' elected body last month. The report was only made public Monday after tribal members protested for its release.

The investigation found Hall had private agreements with Blackstone, LLC while the firm was working for the tribes. It also alleges Hall tried to get an energy company to pay him between $1.25 million and $1.6 million before he would permit their work to go ahead unmolested.

Hall's office in a statement called the report a sham.

GOP-OIL PATCH FUNDING

North Dakota GOP unveils oil patch spending plan

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) North Dakota Republicans have unveiled an $800 million one-time spending plan to address immediate problems tied to the oil boom in the western part of the state.

GOP leaders from the state's oil-producing region say the plan released Wednesday is the result of meetings between lawmakers and local officials.

North Dakota's newfound oil riches have resulted in unprecedented demands for spending on roads, schools, public works, law enforcement and emergency medical services.

Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner says the spending plan will be a priority when the Legislature meets in January.

Democratic Senator Connie Triplett of Grand Forks says she believes most lawmakers in her party will back the plan because of the big needs in the oil patch.

North Dakota Republicans wield supermajority control in the Legislature.

FARM BURGLARIES

8 arrested in connection with burglaries in ND

MINOT, N.D. (AP) Eight people have been arrested in connection with several burglaries that occurred throughout rural Ward County.

Sheriff's Captain Robert Barnard says the department has received numerous reports of thefts and burglaries at farmsteads, businesses and homes since May.

Barnard says the arrestees are facing multiple charges including theft of property, drug possession and theft of a motor vehicle.

Deputies have recovered $30,000 in stolen property including guns and vehicles. Drug paraphernalia and over 500 pounds of scrap copper wire have also been seized.

The Minot residents who were arrested are: 33-year-old James Hollis, 35-year-old Angelique Arnette, 32-year-old Jade Backman, 31-year-old Tracy Gamble, 34-year-old Delwin Irwin Junior and 30-year-old Bryan Loran.

Twenty-five-year-old Joseph Lindsey and 23-year-old Jacob Rebel, for whom authorities don't have addresses, have also been arrested.

It's unclear whether the individuals have attorneys.

SPOKANE INTRUDER SHOOTING UPDATE

Man to be sent to Washington state to face murder for hire charges in 2 deaths

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A felon accused of fraud and terror in the North Dakota oil patch will be transported to Washington state to face federal charges alleging he ordered the killings of a business associate and a former trucking company employee.

An indictment unsealed Wednesday charges James Henrikson with murder for hire in the deaths of Doug Carlile and Kristopher Clarke. Carlile was shot in his kitchen in Spokane, Washington. Clarke's body has never been found.

Henrikson appeared in court Wednesday in Bismarck and quietly answered the questions of a magistrate judge, who approved a request for the U.S. Marshals Service and the Department of Homeland Security to transport him to Washington.

If convicted, Henrikson could face the death penalty. He's been jailed in North Dakota since January on illegal weapons charges.

DRUG DEATHS

Woman convicted in overdose deaths sentenced again

(Information in the following story is from: KZZY-FM, http://lrradioworks.com)

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) A Devils Lake woman convicted in the drug overdose deaths of two other women two years ago is headed back to prison.

Fifty-one-year-old Patsy Owlboy was sentenced Monday on a felony drug delivery charge.

KZZY radio reports that she was sentenced to 3 years in prison in the latest case, which Ramsey County State's Attorney Lonnie Olson said involved Owlboy selling prescription pills to an undercover agent.

In the earlier case, Owlboy was convicted of supplying drugs to two women who died in April 2012, and sentenced to 1 years in prison.

ADULT LEARNERS-GRANT

NDSU gets $1M endowment for adult learners

FARGO, N.D. (AP) North Dakota State University has received a $1 million endowment to support scholarships for adult learners who are starting or returning to college.

The Bernard Osher Foundation awarded the money to the university. The funds are meant to be spent on undergraduate students.

The university says the foundation has donated $50,000 each year since 2012 to assist adult learners.

Scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 have been given to students in several disciplines. NDSU awarded 15 Osher scholarships this academic year.

The school says the average age of a recipient of an Osher scholarship at NDSU is 34.

PHEASANT SURVEY

Pheasant population up 30 percent in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A summer survey indicates the number of pheasants in North Dakota has risen 30 percent from last year.

The state Game and Fish Department says pheasant brood observations were up 37 percent, while the average brood size was down only 4 percent.

The roadside survey conducted in late July and August included 253 runs along 106 brood routes across the state.

Upland Game Management Supervisor Stan Kohn attributes the higher pheasant population to good spring weather for most of the nesting and early brooding period. He says pheasant hunters are going to find more birds in most parts of the state.

The 2014 regular pheasant season opens October 11th and continues through next January 4th.


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