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Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Thursday, October 30th 2014 
Here is the latest North Dakota news from The Associated Press
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A U.S. Marine Corps recruiter accused of setting small fires at his workplace in Bismarck is charged in federal court. Anthony DeGroot is charged with arson. Authorities say he started the fires at the armed forces recruiting station on the day after Christmas. DeGroot pleaded not guilty at yesterday's arraignment in Bismarck.

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — U.S. Senator John Hoeven and Google representatives are hosting an Internet training safety session at a Minot middle school today. The training will teach students about staying safe on the Internet and address smart online content sharing practices. The program will be held at Erik Ramstad Middle School.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Game and Fish Department says all of the 48,000 deer gun licenses made available for this year's hunting season have been issued. Licensing Manager Randy Meissner says it's the first time in more than a decade that all of the licenses authorized by the governor's proclamation have been issued before opening day.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A group that funds developers of North Dakota farm products will consider grant requests totaling more than $346,000 at its quarterly meeting next month in Carrington. The Agricultural Products Utilization Commission will review 11 requests. North Dakota State University's Department of Plant Sciences is requesting more than $54,000 to study the impact of heat processing on the shelf life of flaxseed.


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Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Thursday, October 30th 2014 
Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment
CREDIT RATING-BANK

Ratings agency says Bank of North Dakota stable

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A national credit ratings agency says the state-owned Bank of North Dakota is in good shape.

Standard and Poor's says the bank's capital reserves and earnings are strong. S and P says the ratings could decline if the state's economy weakens, but it says North Dakota's economic prospects are good right now.

Governor Jack Dalrymple (DAHL'-rimp-ul) is chairman of the North Dakota Industrial Commission. The commission is the bank's board of directors.

Dalrymple says the report "reinforces the bank's success and strength."

The bank has had 10 consecutive years of record earnings.

PATROL COMMANDER

ND Highway Patrol names new Williston commander

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol has named a new regional commander in Williston.

Sergeant Jamie Huschka is being promoted to the rank of lieutenant and will begin his new role Saturday. He started his career with highway patrol in 2004.

He served as a traffic enforcement trooper in Williston after graduation from the training academy and earned the rank of sergeant in 2010.

Huschka earned an associate of arts degree from Williston State College.

CRAMER-FARM BUREAU AWARD

Cramer receives award from ND Farm Bureau

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Congressman Kevin Cramer has been recognized by the North Dakota Farm Bureau.

The group awarded Cramer its "Friend of Farm Bureau" honor.

Pete Hanebutt is the group's public policy director. He says Cramer has "worked tirelessly on behalf of agriculture" since he was elected.

The award is given to members of Congress who have a record of voting in support of Farm Bureau issues.

DEVILS LAKE FATALITIES

Vehicle, bodies of 2 men found in Devils Lake

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — Two men were killed when their vehicle apparently vaulted from Highway 20 into Devils Lake.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the bodies of the 19-year-old from Devils Lake and 20-year-old from Saint Michael were found Wednesday. They were inside a Ford Escape SUV in about 15 feet of water on the west side of the lake.

The patrol says that based on damage to the vehicle and items at the scene, it's being investigated as a one-vehicle accident that happened sometime before Wednesday.

Names of the men will be released Thursday.

WARRANT ARREST

Man wanted in Kansas arrested in North Dakota

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

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — Deputies in Barnes County have arrested a man out on parole for murder who's wanted in Kansas on a felony warrant.

KOVC-AM reports 56-year-old Robert Synoracki (sin-oh-RAK'-ee) was driving a stolen vehicle from Kansas with seven guns when he was arrested Tuesday.

Authorities say the man was also arrested for driving under the influence. The station reports the original call in connection with the arrest reported drive-off from a gas station in Casselton.

Synoracki is at the Barnes County Correctional Center pending extradition back to Kansas.

LURING CASE

Former Guard soldier pleads guilty in luring case

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A former sergeant in the North Dakota Army National Guard's military police unit has pleaded guilty to luring teenage girls over the Internet to have sex with him.

Thirty-year-old Eric Sansburn pleaded guilty in federal court to seven counts, including transportation of minors with intent to engage in sexual activity and coercion of a minor. He faces life in prison.

Authorities say Sansburn met the victims on social media sites and picked them up from their homes and schools for sexual encounters in the Grand Forks area. He allegedly had online chats with 90 different girls between the ages of 13 and 17.

Defense attorney Tyler Morrow says Sansburn is a decorated Iraqi war veteran who receives disability from the Veterans Administration for post-traumatic stress disorder.

N DAKOTA ST-KICKER

Standout NDSU kicker finally playing without pain

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State senior Adam Keller will end his college football career with a handful of records despite spending the first three years in pain from numerous injuries related to a bad hip.

Keller gambled with his senior season by having surgery in January after NDSU's third straight national title— and it paid off. He has kicked 17 field goals this season and needs just two more to break his own school record.

The native of Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, says the ongoing problems with his hip led to other leg injuries, and he hasn't felt 100 percent until this year.

Keller is third among active Football Championship Subdivision kickers with 44 career field goals. The opposing kicker this week, South Dakota State's Justin Syrovatka, is second with 46 field goals.


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Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Wednesday, October 29th 2014 
Here is the latest North Dakota news from The Associated Press
(Information in the following story is from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com)

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Bond has been set at $10,000 for a Williston woman who police say videotaped her boyfriend attacking a man who later died. Thirty-year-old Jessica Gibson is charged with hindering law enforcement. Gibson is the girlfriend of Kyle Siler, who faces an aggravated assault charge in the alleged August beating of Dean Niederklopfer.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers plans to lower the levels of Missouri River reservoirs in the Dakotas before the start of the 2015 spring runoff season. Officials say the agency's plan is to lower Lake Oahe by more than 3 feet and Lake Sakakawea by about 6 feet by March. Officials are worried about a repeat of 2011, when Missouri River flooding caused by heavy spring snow runoff and rain led to damage in the Dakotas.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney has been named chairman of a national law enforcement group that works SWAT teams, bomb squads and other units. Laney was selected to lead the special operations committee of the National Sheriff's Association. Laney has been Cass County sheriff since 2006.

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

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Some motorists are finding it difficult to maneuver around a $13 million parking ramp that opened in downtown Bismarck this month. Rocky Gordon with the city's Parking Authority says there have been 10 accidents in three weeks. Authority Chairman Jim Christianson says officials have painted concrete barriers yellow and plan to add fluorescent flags.


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Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Wednesday, October 29th 2014 
Here is the latest North Dakota news from The Associated Press
(Information in the following story is from: KXMB-TV, http://www.kxnet.com)

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man authorities accuse of sending a nude photo to a minor faces one charge. John Webster has been charged with dissemination of obscene materials. Court records say the Dickinson man used the messaging photo app Snapchat to send the photo to the minor.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney has been named chairman of a national law enforcement group that works with SWAT teams, bomb squads, hostage rescue operations, K-9 units and unmanned aircraft systems. Laney was selected to lead the special operations committee of National Sheriffs' Association. He has served with the group for four years.

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

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials have tallied four tuberculosis cases this month. North Dakota's last tuberculosis outbreak was in 2012. Twenty-six cases were reported that year. October's cases were reported in various areas of the state.

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

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Some motorists are finding it difficult to maneuver around a $13 million parking ramp that opened in downtown Bismarck this month. The city's Parking Authority says there have been 10 accidents in three weeks. A spokesman says some drivers are having a tough time seeing concrete barriers when they turn into different sections of the ramp.


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Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Wednesday, October 29th 2014 
Here is the latest North Dakota news from The Associated Press
Some motorists are finding it difficult to maneuver around a $13 million parking ramp that opened in downtown Bismarck this month. Rocky Gordon with the city's Parking Authority SAYS there have been 10 accidents in three weeks. He says some drivers are having a tough time seeing concrete barriers when they turn into different sections of the ramp. Parking Authority Chairman Jim Christianson says officials have painted the barriers yellow and plan to add fluorescent flags.

ALEXANDER, N.D. (AP) — State officials say the completion of bypasses in the North Dakota oil patch towns of Watford City and Alexander will improve the quality of life in those communities. The bypasses and a partially completed expansion of U.S. Highway 85 cost the state $200 million. Officials say about 13,000 vehicles traveled through Watford City and Alexander every day when no bypasses had been built.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has overturned a lower court judge and upheld a state law limiting the use of drugs to terminate pregnancies. The Supreme Court overturned a district judge's ruling that called the 2011 law unconstitutional. Medication abortions at North Dakota's sole abortion clinic in Fargo involve the use of a combination of two drugs, Mifeprex and misoprostol. The North Dakota law maintains that the use of any drug to cause an abortion must meet certain standards.

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

WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Police have concluded that an 18-year-old high school student accidentally shot himself at his home over the weekend. West Fargo Police say Zachary Myoget died at a Fargo hospital. They say Myoget was showing the gun to friends when it went off. Several people were in the garage of the Myoget's home when the incident occurred early Saturday.


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Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Wednesday, October 29th 2014 
Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment
PARKING RAMP WOES

New $13M Bismarck parking ramp has tricky spots

Some motorists are finding it difficult to maneuver around a $13 million parking ramp that opened in downtown Bismarck this month.

Rocky Gordon with the city's Parking Authority tells The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/1waQNWn) that there have been 10 accidents in three weeks. He says some drivers are having a tough time seeing concrete barriers when they turn into different sections of the ramp.

Parking Authority Chairman Jim Christianson says officials have painted the barriers yellow and plan to add fluorescent flags.

The ramp has 300 spots for Sanford Health staff, 125 for city employees and about 90 for the public. They rent on a monthly basis.

TUBERCULOSIS CASES

ND officials tally 4 tuberculosis cases in October

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

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials have tallied four tuberculosis cases in October.

Dee Pritschet is the TB controller at the North Dakota Health Department. Pritschet tells the Bismarck Tribune that the number of cases is not unusual as the state typically sees between five and 12 cases every year.

North Dakota's last tuberculosis outbreak was in 2012. Twenty-six cases were reported that year.

Pritschet adds that October's cases were reported in various areas of the state.

NUDE PHOTO-ARREST

ND man charged for sending nude picture to minor

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

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — A 27-year-old North Dakota man who authorities accuse of sending a nude photo to a minor is facing one charge.

KXMB-TV reports that John Webster has been charged with dissemination of obscene materials.

Court records show the Dickinson man used the messaging photo app Snapchat to send the photo to the minor.

A judge has set a $5,000 bond for Webster. He has been ordered to have no contact with the minor.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 8.

It's unclear whether Webster has an attorney.

ROAD PROJECTS

ND oil patch road projects offer quiet to towns

ALEXANDER, N.D. (AP) — State officials say the completion of bypasses in the North Dakota oil patch towns of Watford City and Alexander will improve the quality of life in those communities.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Department of Transportation Director Grant Levi and local officials gathered in Watford City and Alexander Tuesday to mark the completion of the projects.

The bypasses and a partially completed expansion of U.S. Highway 85 cost the state $200 million.

Levi says about 13,000 vehicles traveled through Watford City and Alexander every day when no bypasses had been built.

Jodi Stover is the owner of a convenience store on Alexander's main drag. Before the bypass, the street was clogged with oil field traffic. Stover says she didn't really notice how loud the traffic was until it was gone.

NORTH DAKOTA ABORTION LAW

North Dakota court upholds medical abortion law

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has overturned a lower court judge and upheld a state law limiting the use of drugs to terminate pregnancies.

The Supreme Court, in its ruling made public Tuesday, overturned a district judge's ruling that called the 2011 law unconstitutional.

East Central District Judge Wickham Corwin called the law "simply wrongheaded" following a three-day trial last year. He previously granted an injunction preventing it from taking effect.

Medication abortions at North Dakota's sole abortion clinic in Fargo involve the use of a combination of two drugs, Mifeprex and misoprostol.

The North Dakota law maintains that the use of any drug to cause an abortion must meet certain standards. Misoprostol is not labeled as an abortion-inducing drug and, therefore, could not be used by the clinic.

ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING

Police say shooting death in ND was accidental

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

WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Police have concluded that an 18-year-old high school student accidentally shot himself at his home over the weekend.

West Fargo Police tell KFGO-AM that Zachary Myoget died at a Fargo hospital. Detective Tim Runcorn says Myoget was showing the gun to friends when it went off.

Several people were in the garage of the Myoget's home when the incident occurred early Saturday.

Runcorn says the investigation is now closed.

CROP REPORT

Harvests of most late-season crops near end in ND

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Harvesting of most late-season crops is wrapping up in North Dakota after a week of unseasonably warm weather and little rain.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the flaxseed, dry bean, potato and soybean harvests all are more than 90 percent done.

The harvests of corn and sunflowers remain behind the long-term average pace.

About 85 percent of the state's winter wheat crop has emerged, on pace with last year.

The report says North Dakota ranchers are busy weaning and marketing calves.

Pasture and range conditions statewide are rated 72 percent good to excellent. Stockwater supplies are 96 percent adequate to surplus.

OIL PIPELINE PERMITS

43 groups to intervene in SD Keystone re-approval

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The state Public Utilities Commission has approved nearly 45 applications from individuals and groups that want to have a say in South Dakota's decision on whether to re-approve the portion of the Keystone XL pipeline that would run through the state if it's ever built.

Only 15 applications requesting "party status" were submitted to the commission when the pipeline that would transport oil south from the Canadian tar sands was initially approved by the state in 2010.

Party status allows a government entity, nonprofit organization or individual to cross-examine witnesses as part of the approval process.

Fifteen of the applicants were from Nebraska. Attorneys for the pipeline's operator, TransCanada Corp., objected to the Nebraska residents intervening because it said they didn't qualify under state law.


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