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ND Legislature misses goal of finishing session early
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) The North Dakota Legislature has missed its goal of finishing its work five days before the constitutional 80-day limit.
Monday is Day 76. Lawmakers had hoped to bank five days so that they could return to the Capitol to address additional impacts from oil price swings.
The session opened in January with 853 measures.
Data from the Legislative Council show 31 bills awaited action late Friday.
North Dakota's Legislature ended its longest session ever in 2013, when it logged 80 days. Lawmakers met for more than 20 hours straight on the last day of that session.
WARD COUNTY JAIL-MONITOR
State says monitoring to continue at Ward County Jail
(Information in the following story is from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com)
MINOT, N.D. (AP) The North Dakota director of jail inspections says correcting compliance issues in the Ward County Jail is going to take some time.
Steve Engen with the state Department of Corrections sent a letter this week to Ward County commissioners after they asked for a timeline for bringing jail compliance monitoring to a close. The county is responsible for paying for a state compliance officer.
The state began monitoring the jail after it released an investigative report in December.
The Minot Daily News reports the investigation found the jail had been violating state laws and rules. Some of the violations included not providing medical physicals to inmates as required and consistently operating above inmate capacity with insufficient staffing.
Engen says the monitoring is necessary to avoid closing the jail.
Fargo police looking for suspect who robbed area bank
FARGO, N.D. (AP) Fargo police are looking for a man they say robbed an area bank Saturday.
Authorities say the man entered the Gate City Bank on South University Drive around 12:20 p.m. and gave a bank teller a note demanding cash.
The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on food.
The suspect is described as a 5-foot, 6-inch white man with a slim build. He was last seen wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, dark colored baseball hat, black gloves, blue jeans, and wire rimmed glasses.
Williston man dies after car strikes back of semi near Tioga
TIOGA, N.D. (AP) A Williston man has died following a crash with a semitrailer near Tioga.
KXMB-TV reports the man driving the Honda Accord was traveling east on U.S. Highway 2 when his car struck the back of the semi that slowing down to turn.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene.
The drivers of both cars have not been identified.
Oakes student being recognized nationally for excellence
OAKES, N.D. (AP) An Oakes student is being honored nationally for academic excellence.
Eighteen-year-old Brittany Roney is among four national student semifinalists in ACT's College and Career Readiness campaign. The other three semifinalists are students from California, Hawaii and Virginia. The four will be honored at a gala in Washington, D.C., on June 3rd.
Roney is an honor student and active in the FFA, student council and National Honor Society. She plays volleyball and basketball. She does extensive volunteer work in her community and holds down part-time jobs during the school year all while battling thyroid cancer.
She plans to attend Valley City State University to study business administration.
State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says Roney "really exemplifies the type of student that we have in North Dakota."
NATIVE AMERICAN YOUTH
Native youth kick off Generation Indigenous challenge
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Janay Jumping Eagle is on a mission to curb teen suicide in her hometown on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Dahkota Brown of the Wilton Band of Miwok Indians in California wants to keep American Indian and Alaska Native students on track toward graduation.
The teenagers are at the heart of Generation Indigenous, or Gen-I, a White House initiative that kicked off this week with a brainstorming session that coincided with thousands of indigenous people gathering in New Mexico for North America's largest powwow.
The initiative stems from a visit last year by President Barack Obama to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. The goal is to improve the lives of tribal youth by challenging them to tackle some of the problems that have plagued Indian Country for decades.
Steele woman accused of forging $250,000 on company account
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) A North Dakota woman has been charged with forgery for allegedly cutting herself a $250,000 check on the dime of a cooperative in Linton.
Forty-year-old Michelle Biegler was charged this week with felony forgery.
The Bismarck Tribune reports that Mandan police were notified after KEM Electric reported a forged check on its bank account.
A police investigation found that Biegler was an employee of a Mandan-based company and had access to the KEM's account information. She allegedly used that information to forge a check worth a quarter of a million dollars.
Biegler allegedly took the check to a bank in Steele and used part of the money to purchase a home. The rest was deposited in a bank account.
The Steele woman is being held at Morton County Correctional Center.
Creator of Scooby, Popeye bringing art exhibit to Bismarck
(Information in the following story is from: KXMB-TV, http://www.kxnet.com)
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) The man responsible for creating countless beloved cartoon characters is showcasing his work at an art exhibit in Bismarck.
Cartoonist Ron Campbell is hosting a live art show at the Bismarck Arts and Galleries Association this weekend, where he will exhibit and sell his artwork.
KXMB-TV reports Campbell's cartoon creations include Scooby Doo, Popeye, the Flintstones and dozens of others.
Campbell says now in retirement that he realizes how much his work has had an impact on the kids who watched his characters growing up.
At his art show, Campbell will recreate some of his old favorite cartoons and talk about his experiences with fans.
Campbell says nobody should buy art online. Rather, "you should see it."