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Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Tuesday, March 3rd 2015 
Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment

Bismarck man charged with distributing meth from California

A Bismarck man is accused in a drug conspiracy that involves methamphetamine that was moved between California and North Dakota.

Bruce Freeman is charged in federal court with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. A preliminary hearing is set for March 13.

The affidavit says the drug ring involves "multi-pound quantities" of meth and accuses Freeman of receiving shipments both through the mail and in person. Authorities say one package delivered to a post office box registered to Freeman had two stuffed animals that contained bags of meth.

A federal public defender could not be reached for comment.


UND police say person wounded by officer after pursuit

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) University of North Dakota police say one of its officers shot and wounded a person after a pursuit that ended outside a Grand Forks hospital.

The shooting happened early Saturday morning in the parking lot of Altru Hospital, but police released few details until Monday.

UND police say 41-year-old David Elliott was shot after a pursuit that covered multiple counties as well as the city of Grand Forks. A UND police officer fired into Elliott's vehicle.

Elliott's condition has not been released. Authorities say Elliot is not under arrest.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave. UND police declined to name him or say what led to the shooting.


North Dakota school resource officer says role misunderstood

(Information in the following story is from: Valley City Times-Record, http://www.times-online.com )

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) One of the few school resource officers in North Dakota says the role is as much about counseling and educating students as it is enforcing the law.

Cass County Deputy Chris Potter is in his first year as a school resource officer at Maple Valley School District. He says keeping students safe also means acting as a trusted adult and teaching them about issues such as drunken driving, domestic abuse and bullying.

About 19 North Dakota school districts have school resource officers. The program costs Maple Valley $50,000 a year.

Potter earlier this year testified in favor of a bill that would have allocated $1 million to put resource officers in up to 15 rural school districts. Legislators, however, killed the measure last week.


Number of defendants charged in fentanyl overdoses up to 5

FARGO, N.D. (AP) Two more people have been charged in a federal investigation into numerous drug overdoses in the Grand Forks area linked to powdered fentanyl, bringing the total number of defendants to five.

The first document with details of the case was unsealed involving 20-year-old Ryan Jensen of Grand Forks. He's charged with five counts, including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances resulting in serious bodily injury and death, and money laundering.

Jensen is one of four men charged for their roles in the deaths of two people who allegedly ingested a combination of substances that included fentanyl, a powerful synthetic drug. Authorities say the drugs were bought online from underground websites and distributed in North Dakota and Oregon.

Jensen's lawyer, Tyler Morrow, and federal prosecutors declined to comment.


North Dakota man accused of sexually assaulting 8-year-old

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

HAZELTON, N.D. (AP) A warrant has been issued for a 29-year-old North Dakota man accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old child.

The child's mother reported the alleged abuse to the Emmons County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday. The woman told authorities that the man fondled the child while the child was at the man's Hazelton home.

Emmons County Sheriff's Deputy Myron Rankins in an affidavit reported that the child was taken to a hospital where the results of an examination were consistent with the alleged abuse that was recounted to authorities.

Records show that the child's account during an interview also supported the nurse's findings.

The man hasn't been formally charged. A judge has issued an order forcing the man to provide a buccal swab for DNA testing purposes.


North Dakota woman accused of locking children in dog kennel

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

GRAFTON, N.D. (AP) A woman is accused of locking four young children in a dog cage in a North Dakota basement and turning out the lights as punishment.

Twenty-three-year-old Jordan McKay Nelson is charged with four counts of abuse and neglect of a child, and felonious restraint.

Court documents say the children, aged from 5 to 9 years, were held under "terrorizing conditions" and that at least one of them was forced to eat dog food.

During a police interview, a boy drew a picture of himself in the kennel with the words "help me."

A police affidavit says Nelson is in a relationship with the children's biological mother. Her lawyer did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

A preliminary hearing is set for April 13.

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Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Monday, March 2nd 2015 
Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment

Lawmakers say angst over higher ed budget might be premature

FARGO, N.D. (AP) North Dakota college presidents are worried about the impacts of the higher education budget approved by the state House, but lawmakers in both chambers say it's a work in progress.

The presidents say the bill has less money than the governor's proposal and changes a well-researched funding formula they believe was fair to all schools.

Opponents of the new formula say it hurts, among other things, schools with students who may need additional math and English classes and could eventually lead colleges to turn away people who are needed in the workforce. Proponents say the changes will increase the incentive for students to graduate on time.

Senator Tim Flakoll and Representative Mike Nathe, who chair their respective education committees, say the final product will likely look different.


North Dakota lawmaker wants train derailment training

MINOT, N.D. (AP) U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (HYT'-kamp) is urging the federal government to offer training for train derailments to first responders.

Heitkamp has reintroduced the RESPONSE Act, which would work to ensure local firefighters and other emergency crews know how to handle an emergency caused by a train derailment. Heitkamp says first responders should have the necessary skills and training to control the situation and respond as effectively as possible.

The Minot Daily News reports the RESPONSE Act was first introduced in 2014, but it failed to pass through the Senate. Heitkamp hopes the recent train derailment in West Virginia will help the bill garner more support.

RESPONSE stands for Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs and Safety Evaluation.


Bismarck officials asking residents to not flush some items

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) Bismarck officials are reminding residents that the toilet is not a trash can.

Officials say the city is experiencing an increase in wastewater pump station malfunctions. They say crews are regularly unclogging mounds of rags and wipes from pumps at a considerable expense.

Officials say residents shouldn't flush wipes because they can damage the city's sewer system and may cause basement sewer backups.

Increasingly popular bathroom wipes that are often advertised as flushable are being blamed for creating clogs and backups in sewer systems around the nation.

Wastewater authorities nationwide say wipes may go down the toilet, but even many labeled flushable aren't breaking down as they course through the sewer system. That's costing some municipalities millions of dollars to unclog pipes and pumps and to replace and upgrade machinery.


Century-old piano at Minot Air Force Base being auctioned

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

MINOT, N.D. (AP) An upright piano at the Minot Air Force Base that is more than a century old is being auctioned.

The Minot Daily News reports that the Chickering and Sons piano was made between 1905 and 1910 and is currently at a storage facility at the base. The piano's sale is being coordinated by Government Liquidation, which handles military surplus auctions.

Pianos manufactured by Chickering and Sons during the time that the piano at auction was completed were made of rosewood and mahogany imported from South America. Similar pianos have sold for up to $16,000.

Dennis Goldade with Government Liquidation says he doesn't have information about where the piano had been before getting to the base.

The auction closes Tuesday.


ND woman earns GED more than 50 years after quitting school

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

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) A North Dakota woman has earned her GED more than 50 years after dropping out of high school to help in her family's farm.

WDAZ-TV reports Katherine Schuler left school when she was in 10th grade in 1959. She spent the next 50 years raising four children and working various jobs.

Schuler says she drew inspiration from her 14 grandchildren and reached out to the adult learning center at Lake Region State College last October to start studying for the GED.

She passed the reading and social studies tests quickly, and last month, she passed the math test.

April Duchscher with the school's adult learning center says Schuler is a role model for the community.

Schuler says she wanted her grandchildren to see how much she wanted an education.


Wyndmere woman offers live streams of high school events

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

WYNDMERE, N.D. (AP) A coach at Wyndmere school is offering a free live stream of sporting events to fans who can't make it to games.

Shelly Orth has been broadcasting high school games and activities for the past few months. She uses her iPad to capture the action and then shares the video in real time through a streaming service called Cube. Orth's broadcasts include pre-game interviews with coaches, play by plays of the action and keys to the game.

WDAY-TV reports fans across the country and world have tuned in to the broadcasts.

Orth says there are viewers in 27 U.S. states, Germany, Australia, China, Japan, Sweden and Denmark.


Bismarck State's last community book chat set for Sunday

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) Bismarck State's last community book discussion is scheduled for Sunday with Jack Kerouac's "On the Road."

The book discussion is open to the public and will be led by Brian Palecek, a humanities instructor at United Tribes Technical College. The theme for this year's series is "Road Trip."

Kerouac wrote the manuscript of the literary classic during a three-week bender of frenzied composition on a single role of paper that was more than 100 feet long. The novel chronicles Kerouac's years traveling in North America with a friend. It was first published in 1957 by Viking Press.

Kerouac died in 1969 at age 47.

The event at Bismarck State is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. at the school's library.


ND spring light goose hunters can track birds

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) Spring light goose hunters in North Dakota can track the general locations of birds as they migrate through the state.

The Game and Fish Department says hunters can call 701-328-3697 to hear recorded information 24 hours a day, or can check the agency's website at www.gf.nd.gov for periodic updates.

North Dakota's spring light goose season opened February 21st and continues through May 17th.

Wildlife officials say the availability of food and open water dictate when snow geese arrive in North Dakota. Huntable numbers usually aren't around until late March or early April.

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