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Sunday, February 1st 2015 

ND lawmakers to mull bipartisan medical pot measure

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A freshman lawmaker from Fargo is pushing for the legalization of medicinal marijuana in North Dakota.

Democratic Representative Pam Anderson's bill has bipartisan support.

Anderson says she introduced the legislation at the request of one of her constituents who suffers from chronic pain.

She says the 64-year-old man gets sick from taking prescription drugs for pain.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says 23 states have laws allowing medical marijuana.

Anderson says the public is becoming more accepting of allowing the use of medical marijuana. But she's not too sure about the state Legislature.


Garrison residents to vote on 4th school bond Thursday

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

GARRISON, N.D. (AP) Residents of Garrison will vote in the coming days in the fourth school bond election in less than two years.

The February 5th ballot measure asks voters to approve $5.9 million for expansion projects at the town's elementary school and high school.

KXMC-TV reports that residents in the community of about 1,450 people have rejected a school expansion three previous times. But Superintendent Steve Brannan says the proposal lost by just seven votes in the most recent election on November 4th, so school officials will try again.

A $5.9 million bond issue would raise property taxes for the owner of a $150,000 home by about $150 per year.


Head Start programs in Dickinson getting $1M in funding

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) Programs that aim to provide early-childhood and childhood education to low-income families in Dickinson are getting more than a $1 million in federal funding.

Members of North Dakota's congressional delegation announced the continuation of federal funding for the Early Head Start and Head Start programs this week.

The funding will support the more than 200 children enrolled in both programs. Early Head Start and Head Start aim to promote parent involvement and child readiness for kindergarten.


Police say Zamboni driver was drunk at high school game

FARGO, N.D. (AP) Police say a Fargo man was drunk while operating a Zamboni Friday night at a high school hockey game.

Clay Whittlesey of the Fargo Park District says spectators alerted officials at the South Sports Arena that Steven Anderson was driving his Zamboni into the boards and appeared impaired. Anderson was smoothing the ice for the game between the Davies High School and Williston High School girls' teams.

A Fargo Public Schools employee called the police. Anderson was arrested for DUI and booked into the Cass County Jail.

He was not in custody as of Saturday afternoon. A phone number for Anderson could not be located.

Jim Larson of the Fargo Park District said another Zamboni driver was called but the coaches decided to play on the rough ice instead.


State's total number of flu-related deaths reaches 38

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

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) The Department of Health says the total number of North Dakotans who have died from the flu this season has reached 38.

KXMB-TV reports that around 180 people in North Dakota have been hospitalized due to the flu.

Last season there were 9 flu-related deaths reported. Jill Baber with the health department tells the station that hospitals have gotten better at reporting flu cases.

The increased number of cases is also due to this year's vaccine being a bad match for the season's most prominent flu strain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the vaccine is only 23 percent effective this year.


Fort Yates brothers seeking to overturn assault convictions

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

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) Two brothers from Fort Yates convicted in federal court of assaulting a woman are asking for another day in court.

KXMB-TV reports Christopher Rainbow and Jordan Rainbow were found guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury by a jury earlier this month.

Christopher Rainbow's attorney is asking for a new trial for his client because he says the jury wasn't given adequate instructions on the charges. Jordan Rainbow's attorney is asking for a mistrial due to testimony given by a doctor dealing who dealt with the victim's injuries.

U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon has asked that the court to deny the motions.

Judge Daniel Hovland will rule at a later date.


Jury finds North Dakota man guilty on pair of drug charges

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A federal jury has found a North Dakota man guilty on drug charges.

Sean Conklin of Rugby is charged in with one count of distribution of methamphetamine and one count of distribution of heroin. Authorities say Conklin was dealing drugs between June 2012 and January 2013.

Sentencing is set for May 18th in Bismarck.


North Dakota beat Nebraska-Omaha 4-3

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Brendan O'Donnell scored midway through overtime as North Dakota beat Nebraska-Omaha 4-3 on Saturday for a split of a National Collegiate Hockey Conference series.

O'Donnell snapped a shot from the right circle past Nebraska-Omaha goalie Ryan Massa at 2:04 of overtime as top-ranked North Dakota avenged Friday's 3-2 overtime loss.

The win by North Dakota (19-6-2, 10-5-1-0) extended several streaks. Nebraska-Omaha is 19-0-1 when O'Donnell scores a goal. It is 13-0-1 in Saturday games and 16-0-1 when leading after two periods.

Mark MacMillan scored two goals in the first period and North Dakota took a 2-1 lead into the third period.

North Dakota goalie Zane McIntyre made 31 saves, including a point-blank stop of Justin Parizek's breakaway at time ran out in regulation.


Hooker's double-double helps North Dakota beat ISU 80-69

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) Quinton Hooker scored 15 points, matched a career-high with 10 assists, and was one board shy of a triple-double in helping North Dakota snap a four-game home losing skid with an 80-69 victory over Idaho State Saturday.

Hooker shot 6 of 10 from the floor and grabbed nine rebounds. Estan Tyler matched his season-high with seven field goals on his way to 19 points. Terrel de Rouen scored 15 points and Jaron Nash chipped in 14 on 7-of-11 shooting for UND (7-13, 3-6 Big Sky) in Grand Forks.

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