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Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Friday, August 28th 2015 
Here is the latest North Dakota news from The Associated Press
(Information in the following story is from: KFGO-AM, http://www.kfgo.com)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) North Dakota has agreed to pay $58,000 in legal fees and costs associated with a federal lawsuit that challenged the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Court documents show that nearly $7,000 will be paid to the National Center for Lesbian Rights. The lawsuit was thrown out shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in all 50 states.

(Information in the following story is from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com)

MANFRED, N.D. (AP) Officials are using a State Historical Society Cultural Heritage Grant to help restore an old schoolhouse in Manfred. The schoolhouse in the town on U.S. Highway 2 was built in 1910. It's among several buildings that essentially make the town a living museum.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division says about 2,100 gallons of oil and more than 12,000 gallons barrels of saltwater were released, contained and recovered on a site just outside of Williston. StatOil reported that the cause of the contained fluid release at the oil and gas well is listed as equipment failure.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) North Dakota's congressional delegation says the 11 narcotic task forces are sharing a federal grant to continue illegal drug-fighting efforts. The delegation says the $447,000 grant comes from the U.S. Justice Department. North Dakota's attorney general's office will administer the grants.


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Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Friday, August 28th 2015 
Here is the latest North Dakota news from The Associated Press
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. (AP) A North Dakota woman has sued American Crystal Sugar, alleging she endured years of sexual discrimination and harassment when she worked at the company's East Grand Forks plant. KFGO-AM reports Janine Bailey filed her lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Minnesota on Thursday.American Crystal Vice President Lisa Borgen tells KFGO that the company vigorously denies the allegations. She says the company doesn't tolerate discrimination or harassment in the workplace.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division says about 2,100 gallons of oil and 12,600 gallons barrels of saltwater were released, contained and recovered on a site just outside of Williston. StatOil Oil and Gas LP reported Wednesday's incident to the state division. A state inspector has been out to the location.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is allowing sport fishing on four national wildlife refuges in northeastern North Dakota. The Ardoch, Lake Alice, Rose Lake and Silver Lake refuges all are part of the Devils Lake Wetland Management District. North Dakota's congressional delegation announced the change this week.

EVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) The attorney for a 54-year-old Grand Forks man facing criminal charges in a fatal boat crash says he's devastated by the incident. KZZY-FM reports that Thomas Burns did not speak or enter a plea during a court hearing Thursday. Burns' attorney, Darla Schuman, said he continues to be under medical care for his injuries from the August 9th wreck.


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Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Friday, August 28th 2015 
Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment
FEDERAL WATER RULE-INJUNCTION

Judge blocks new federal rule on jurisdiction of waterways

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A federal judge in North Dakota has blocked a new rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some state waters.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson of North Dakota issued a temporary injunction Thursday against the Obama administration rule. The rule gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.

Thirteen states led by North Dakota asked Erickson to suspend guidelines they say are unnecessary and infringe on state sovereignty. The federal government says the new rule clarifies ambiguity in the law and makes it easier for the states to manage some waterways.

The other states involved are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, South Dakota and Wyoming.

AMERICAN CRYSTAL SUGAR-LAWSUIT

Woman alleges sexual harassment at American Crystal Sugar

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. (AP) A North Dakota woman has sued American Crystal Sugar, alleging she endured years of sexual discrimination and harassment when she worked at the company's East Grand Forks plant.

Janine Bailey filed her lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Minnesota on Thursday. In it, the Grand Forks woman claims her co-workers and bosses made inappropriate statements and played demeaning pranks on her, such as hiding her tools.

KFGO-AM reports that Bailey claims she was told "women are dumb" and that women didn't belong there. She also claims she was retaliated against after she filed an earlier discrimination claim.

American Crystal Vice President Lisa Borgen tells KFGO that the company vigorously denies the allegations. She says the company doesn't tolerate discrimination or harassment in the workplace.

OIL AND SALTWATER RELEASE

Oil and saltwater release contained in Williams County

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division says about 2,100 gallons of oil and 12,600 gallons barrels of saltwater were released, contained and recovered on a site just outside of Williston.

StatOil Oil and Gas LP reported Wednesday's incident to the state division.

The company reported that the cause of the contained fluid release at the oil and gas well is listed as equipment failure, which caused a tank to overflow. The site is about 15 miles northwest of Williston.

A state inspector has been out to the location.

EBOLA VACCINE TRIALS

Sanford Health seeks patients to test Ebola vaccine

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Sanford Health is seeking 30 patients from Sioux Falls and Fargo, North Dakota to enroll in a clinical trial testing an Ebola vaccine.

The program, which is sponsored by Merck, will explore the vaccine's ability to safely generate antibodies that could protect against future exposure to the virus. Trial participants are required to receive a single shot. Ninety percent will get the vaccine, and the remaining 10 percent will receive a placebo.

The study is open to adults ages 18 to 65 who have not previously had Ebola or been in contact with someone who has contracted the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Ebola attacks the immune system and organs and causes internal and external bleeding.

Sanford Health is based in Sioux Falls and Fargo.

BOATING FATAL

ND man accused in fatal boat crash makes court appearance

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

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) The attorney for a 54-year-old Grand Forks man facing criminal charges in a fatal boat crash says he's devastated by the incident.

KZZY-FM reports that Thomas Burns did not speak or enter a plea during a court hearing Thursday. Burns' attorney, Darla Schuman, said he continues to be under medical care for his injuries.

Authorities allege that Burns was intoxicated on August 9th when a boat he was driving on Devils Lake struck a tree about 30 yards from shore. He is charged with felony manslaughter, felony reckless endangerment and boating under the influence.

Twenty-six-year-old April Stenger of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, was killed. Three other passengers were injured.

District Judge Lee Christofferson set bail at $20,000 and required frequent alcohol testing and monitoring of Burns, with no boating or fishing.

REFUGES-FISHING

Sport fishing OK'd for 4 wildlife refuges in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is allowing sport fishing on four national wildlife refuges in northeastern North Dakota.

The Ardoch, Lake Alice, Rose Lake and Silver Lake refuges all are part of the Devils Lake Wetland Management District.

North Dakota's congressional delegation announced the change. U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer says hunting and fishing is permitted when those activities are compatible with an individual refuge's purpose and mission. Hunting is now permitted on 336 wildlife refuges, and fishing on 275 refuges.

N DAKOTA ST-STIPENDS

FCS power North Dakota St to provide athlete stipends

FARGO, N.D. (AP) North Dakota State says it will start providing stipends to scholarship athletes in all 16 sports beginning next year with a goal of paying the full cost of attending college.

Officials with the school that has won four straight Football Championship Subdivision titles say the anticipated additional cost will be up to $3,400 per full scholarship.

The proposal to help players with miscellaneous expenses originated with the most powerful conferences at the Football Bowl Subdivision level. Those schools approved the legislation in January.

NDSU officials say they believe that Liberty University is the only other mid-major offering cost of attendance scholarships for all sports.

An NCAA spokeswoman did not immediately return a phone message left Thursday.


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Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Thursday, August 27th 2015 
Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment
GAS CAPTURE-NORTH DAKOTA

ND regulator: Industry unlikely to meet flaring target

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) North Dakota's top energy regulator says oil drillers are unlikely to meet targets that require reducing the amount of natural gas that is burned off as a byproduct of the state's oil production.

State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms told North Dakota's Industrial Commission on Wednesday that problems with federal permits and land access permission for planned pipelines will make reaching new capturing goals "essentially impossible."

Data show the industry is capturing 82 percent of the natural gas at present. The industry is required to capture 85 percent by January 1st

Helms recommended the industry be given until October 1st, 2016, to meet the threshold. But the Commission took no action.

Governor Jack Dalrymple (DAHL'-rimp-ul), who heads the panel, says more information is needed on why the goals won't be met.

UND DRONE FLIGHT

UND test pilots fly drone into public airport for 1st time

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) The University of North Dakota aviation program notched a milestone when three pilots from the school navigated an unmanned aircraft at a public airport.

The test at a remote airport in northeastern North Dakota was meant primarily to test radio systems on the drone. The project is being conducted through the Northern Plains UAS Test Site, one of six federally funded sites in the United States.

UND aviation researcher Andrew Regenhard supervised the flight. He says UND drone pilots have trained extensively on simulators, but the actual flight had "finer aspects" that can't be duplicated in a classroom.

Regenhard says the test is a steppingstone to more meaningful research in the future.

STATE MILL-DIRECTOR BONUS

State mill director gets bonus for record year

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) After a record year at North Dakota's state-owned flour mill, its chief executive is getting a bonus of more than $63,000.

North Dakota's Industrial Commission approved the bonus for Vance Taylor on Wednesday. The bonus is based on a percentage of his fiscal year 2015 salary of almost $221,000. His salary this year is about $241,000.

The Grand Forks mill has about 135 employees. The mill recently reported a $16.7 million profit for the year ending June 30. That was up about 25 percent from the previous year.

Employees at the mill last month received an average annual bonus of about $13,400.

The mill makes bakery flour for bread and baked goods, as well as semolina and durum flour, which are used to manufacture pasta.

HEMP PETITION-STANDING ROCK

Attorney wants to legalize hemp on Standing Rock reservation

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) An attorney on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation wants residents to decide whether the tribe should legalize industrial hemp, but the tribal chairman is concerned about legalizing the plant without the federal government's blessing.

Attorney Chase Iron Eyes has been collecting signatures to put the decision before voters September 30th. He says hemp would be a boon to the economy of the reservation that straddles North Dakota and South Dakota.

Chairman Dave Archambault says he agrees industrial hemp could benefit the tribe, but says legalization could put its sovereignty in jeopardy.

Archambault says the tribe should get a permit from federal agriculture officials before it begins to grow hemp.

Hemp advocates say a shift in the federal government's priorities on marijuana opens the door for industrial hemp on tribal lands.

BEAVER PROBLEM-BACKERS

Group to try non-lethal solution to beaver problem in Fargo

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

FARGO, N.D. (AP) Park district officials in Fargo are giving a group of volunteers a chance to try a non-lethal method to keep beaver colonies from chopping down and killing trees along the Red River.

KFGO-AM reports the Park Board Facility Committee has agreed to allow volunteers to protect trees from harm by using an abrasive paint that beavers dislike.

The Fargo Park District caused an uproar in April when it announced its plans to trap and kill the beavers. Some residents organized and even started an online petition to convince officials to alter their plans.

Officials are targeting two parks along the river. Committee member Joel Vettel says the park district still plans to trap beavers in one park, and if the volunteer effort doesn't show results, the trapping will expand.

BOATING FATAL

Manslaughter charge filed against boat driver in fatal crash

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

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) Criminal charges have been filed against a North Dakota man who was driving a boat that was involved in a fatal crash earlier this month.

KZZY-FM reports authorities allege Thomas Burns of Grand Forks was intoxicated during the early hours of August 9th. Prosecutors say he was driving a boat on Devils Lake that struck a tree about 30 yards from shore while traveling at over 30 mph.

Burns has been charged with felony manslaughter, felony reckless endangerment and boating under the influence.

Twenty-six-year-old April Stenger, of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, was killed. Three other passengers were injured in the crash.

Authorities say Burns registered a blood alcohol level that was more than double the legal limit.

The station reports Burns was arrested Wednesday. Court records don't list an attorney for Burns.

WILLIAMS COUNTY FATAL

Crash at Williams County intersection kills Wildrose man

MCGREGOR, N.D. (AP) A Wildrose man is dead after his car collided with a semitrailer at an intersection of two state highways in rural Williams County.

The Highway Patrol says 72-year-old James Cain failed to yield at the intersection of Highways 50 and 40 south of McGregor on Tuesday afternoon. He died at the scene.

Both vehicles went into the ditch after the crash. The patrol says a utility pole was damaged, cutting electricity to some rural areas.

The driver of the semi was not hurt.


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Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Wednesday, August 26th 2015 
Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) BISON BLOCK PARTY

Scheels Bison Block Party set Thursday in Fargo

North Dakota State University this week is holding its annual Bison Block Party.

The free event for fans of the school's fall sports teams is from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Scheels. Bison fans can mingle, and meet head football coach Chris Klieman, Thundar the mascot, the Gold Star Marching Band and the NDSU cheer team.

Also at the event will be Corso, the live Bison mascot featured on ESPN College GameDay broadcasts from downtown Fargo the last two years.

There also will be food, inflatable games and musical entertainment.

The NDSU football team is the four-time defending champion in the Football Championship Subdivision.

The University of North Dakota football team plans a similar event Thursday night at Memorial Stadium in Grand Forks.

WRIGLEY-GOVERNOR

Lt. Gov. Wrigley 'actively considering' gubernatorial bid

North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley says he's "actively considering" a run for governor.

Wrigley says he's been talking with his wife, Kathleen, on the prospect of a gubernatorial bid. But he says a decision has not been made.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced Monday that he will not run for re-election.

Wrigley is atop the short list of potential Republican gubernatorial candidates. The 49-year-old former aide to former Gov. John Hoeven is best known for his role as the state's chief federal law enforcement officer.

As a former U.S. attorney, Wrigley successfully prosecuted Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. for kidnapping and causing the death of former University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin in November 2003.

Wrigley also obtained North Dakota's first federal death penalty verdict in the case.

SCHOOLS-SECURITY SYSTEM

West Fargo schools install new visitor management system

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

WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) West Fargo schools have installed a new visitor management system that forces guests to scan a government-issued ID and compares their information against national offender databases.

The West Fargo School District has installed the new system in its 17 schools.

School visitors now must scan their driver's license or government-issued ID to gain access beyond the main office.

In addition to national offender databases, the new system also compares the information from each visitor against local databases for red flags such as no trespassing orders or custodial disputes.

If an individual is allowed into the building, a customized visitor ID is then printed out.

School safety and security coordinator Heather Konschak says the district purchased the equipment using a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

CROP REPORT

Rain over past week boosts crop development in North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. (AP) Much-needed rain over the past week has boosted the development of crops in North Dakota.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that rainfall totaled up to an inch. The majority of major crops in the state are in good to excellent condition.

Topsoil moisture is rated 70 percent adequate to surplus, and subsoil moisture is 71 percent in those categories. Pasture and range conditions in North Dakota are rated 59 percent good to excellent, and stock water supplies are 85 percent adequate to surplus.

About 70 percent of the state's staple spring wheat crop has been harvested, along with 37 percent of the durum both well ahead of the average pace.

The sugar beet harvest is getting underway, at 3 percent complete. That's about average.

CHILD NEGLECT CHARGES

Bismarck man, woman face child neglect and drug charges

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A Bismarck man and woman are accused of keeping a home in a condition unfit for a 16-year-old girl living there.

Authorities say they found unsheathed swords and uncapped syringes in the home, rotten food and other garbage, and a dead mouse and insects.

Thirty-eight-year-old Jessica Christianson and 44-year-old James Kinsella face child neglect and drug charges. Court documents do not list an attorney for them, and a home telephone listing could not be found.

The two also are ordered to not have contact with the child. Police say the girl is with a family member.


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