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

Money raised for wreaths at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) The Bismarck Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol is raising money to place wreaths on each of the more than 5,600 headstones at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery south of Mandan.

The project is part of a national effort known as Wreaths Across America.

Officials say a wreath sponsorship is $15.

The CAP will sponsor a wreath-placing ceremony on Dec. 12 at the cemetery.


Fargo attorneys say ruling on drug dogs shows flaws in law

FARGO, N.D. (AP) Defense attorneys in Fargo who have argued that unwarranted searches with drug-sniffing dogs are unconstitutional and unfair to lower-income people say an 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling earlier this week backs their premise.

The 8th Circuit says it was wrong for police in Iowa to bring a drug dog within inches of a resident's apartment window without first obtaining a warrant. The court threw out the evidence.

Fargo lawyers who have had appeals on warrantless sniffs rejected by the state Supreme Court say the opinion shows flaws in the law that allows drug dogs in apartments and condos without warrants, but not in private homes.

Cass County State's Attorney Birch Burdick says he hasn't had time to review the 8th Circuit ruling and could not comment.


6 lions killed in North Dakota's Zone 1 during early season

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) Mountain lion hunting during the early season in North Dakota's Zone 1 closed on Sunday with six cats killed, under the quota of 14.

The state Game and Fish Department says the late season in Zone 1 began Monday and runs through next March or until the quota of seven cats is filled.

The late season allows lions to be pursued with dogs, in addition to other legal methods.

The late season quota in Zone 1 filled early last year, so hunters are advised to check updates on the Game and Fish website, WWW DOT GF DOT ND gov.

Zone 1 roughly encompasses the southwest and west central parts of the state. There is no quota in Zone 2, the rest of the state. Lion hunting there is open through the end of March.


Longtime state parks employee named manager at Turtle River

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A longtime North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department employee is the new manager at Turtle River State Park.

Larry Hagen has been named to replace Steve Crandall, who recently retired. Hagen has been the manager of Lake Metigoshe State Park since 1992.

Hagen first began working for parks and recreation as a seasonal employee in 1978. He has held full-time positions in five North Dakota parks.

Hagen is originally from Fargo. He has a bachelor of science degree from North Dakota State University.


Farm recalls produce used in Costco salad linked to E. coli

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Food and Drug Administration says a California farm is recalling a vegetable mix believed to be the source of E.coli in Costco chicken salad that has been linked to an outbreak that has sickened 19 people in seven states.

The FDA said Thursday Taylor Farms Pacific of Tracy, California, recalled a mix of celery and onion used in Costco chicken salad and other foods.

Costco says it uses one supplier for those vegetables in the chicken salad sold in all its U.S. stores.

A message left with Taylor Farms was not immediately returned.

The number of people sickened in the outbreak will likely grow over the next few weeks, even though the product has been removed from store shelves, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

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Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Thursday, November 26th 2015 
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Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment

Stenehjem says he doesn't endorse limits on drug informants

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

FARGO, N.D. (AP) North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEN'-jehm) says he doesn't favor a proposal that would limit law enforcement authorities from using college students as confidential informants in drug-related investigations.

Stenehjem's remarks to KFGO-AM come over a year after the death of a North Dakota college student who was working for a drug task force as a confidential informant a few months before he died. The body of 20-year-old Andrew Sadek was found June 2014 in the Red River with a gunshot wound to the head.

His mother, Tammy Sadek, maintains the task force pressured her son to work with them and that he was murdered. She is proposing the measure banning college students as informants.

Stenehjem says a better option may be for authorities to have a uniform policy and fully explain informants how they would be used in investigations.


Hotel, restaurant deal in works for Bismarck development

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

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) Developers of a multimillion-dollar housing and retail complex in downtown Bismarck say they're brokering a deal with a hotel chain and restaurant.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that the names of the chains aren't being released until January. Architect Jeff Ubl says developers are awaiting chain approval and brand confirmation for the hotel.

The public-private partnership dubbed FiveSouth is proposed in the area of the Bismarck Event Center and Kirkwood Mall.

City commissioners in September approved moving forward with a tax increment finance district to fund $35 million in public infrastructure including two new parking ramps.

Investments in the mixed-use development could total $350 million.


Authorities identify teen who died in rollover crash in ND

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified the teenager who died Tuesday when the vehicle she was driving rolled on a frost-covered roadway.

Authorities on Wednesday identified the victim as 16-year-old Baylee Stoppleworth of Kensal. The passenger who survived the crash is 16-year-old Jamestown resident Maci Olsen.

The Highway Patrol says Stoppleworth lost control of her sport utility vehicle while negotiating a curve around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday on Highway 20, six miles north of Jamestown. The SUV entered the ditch and rolled. Both women were transported to a hospital, where Stoppleworth died.

An incident report shows Olsen was wearing a seatbelt, but Stoppleworth was not.

The Highway Patrol says the incident remains under investigation.


2 men charged in connection with woman's assault in ND

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

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) Two Williston men accused of assaulting a woman are facing multiple charges.

The Bismarck Tribune reports 21-year-old Jean-Michael Kisi and 22-year-old David Mbulu were charged Wednesday with criminal conspiracy to commit gross sexual imposition, conspiracy to commit murder and being an accomplice to attempted murder.

Kisi is also charged with gross sexual imposition, while Mbulu also faces an attempted murder charge.

Williams County sheriff's deputies on Friday found the 24-year-old woman covered in blood, walking along a road near Epping. She was eventually airlifted to Minot due to the severity of her injuries.

The woman told deputies she was traveling with the men in a vehicle when an argument ensued and she was assaulted.

Court records don't list defense attorneys who could comment on the men's behalf.


ND man charged after dead dog was found in dumpster

MINOT, N.D. (AP) A North Dakota man has been charged with animal cruelty after a dog was found dead in a dumpster.

Court records show 28-year-old James Music is facing one count of animal cruelty in Ward County.

The Minot Police Department on Wednesday said the German wirehaired was found Oct. 19 in the dumpster of a local business. Animal Control conducted an investigation and determined that the dog's mouth was taped shut and the animal was beaten to death.

Police say the investigation lead to Music's arrest. They say Music owned another German wirehaired that is now under the custody of authorities.

Music is scheduled to appear in court Monday. His attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the case Wednesday.


Food co-ops seek to keep more homegrown products in state

FARGO, N.D. (AP) Food co-ops planned in the two largest metropolitan areas in the state say they're looking to offer food that is not only healthy and natural, but local.

The Bismarck-Mandan Community Food Co-op has already held its groundbreaking ceremonies, and the Prairie Roots Food Cooperative in Fargo is well on its way to reality with more than 900 members onboard.

North Dakota ranks first or second in the nation in the production of a dozen commodities, but most of them are shipped out of state. Karen Ehrens, coordinator for the state's Healthy North Dakota program, believes the co-ops can be attractive to both large and small producers in the state.

Ehrens says it could be possible for the larger growers to diversify their crops or rent out some of their land.


North Dakota State beats Montana for 27th straight at home

FARGO, N.D. (AP) A.J. Jacobson scored 17 points, Paul Miller added 15 and North Dakota State beat Montana 73-53 Wednesday night for the Bison's 27th straight victory at home.

The Grizzlies were up 23-11 after back-to-back 3-pointers by Bobby Moorehead and Brandon Gfeller. But North Dakota State closed the first half on a 17-2 run for a 28-25 lead after Montana went scoreless for seven-plus minutes.

Jacobson's five straight points midway through the second half put North Dakota State up 47-32.

Carlin Dupree added 13 points for North Dakota State (3-1), which made 23 of 34 free throws compared to 16 attempts for Montana.

Martin Breunig had 28 points and 12 rebounds for Montana (2-2). He was 12 of 16 from the field, but had five of the Grizzlies' 17 turnovers.

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