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Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Monday, October 20th 2014 
Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment
EARLY VOTING PLACES

Early polling places scheduled for 9 ND cities

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) Voters in nine North Dakota cities will the opportunity to make early trips to the polls.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger says early voting will be available in Dickinson, Mandan, Bismarck, Minot, Jamestown, Casselton, West Fargo, Fargo and Grand Forks. Fargo will have two sites.

The first early polling site opens Monday at the Stutsman County Courthouse in Jamestown.

The election is November 4th.

AUTISM CONFERENCE

ND State Autism Conference scheduled in Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) The inaugural North Dakota State Autism Spectrum Disorders Conference is scheduled this week in Bismarck.

The event will run Monday through Wednesday and is sponsored by the state departments of Human Services, Health and Public Instruction.

About 40 regional and national experts are scheduled to speak about new research, interventions, support services and resources for parents, health care workers, teachers and others.

MINOT-CRIME

Crime rates climb in Minot as residents increase

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

MINOT, N.D. (AP) Crime rates in Minot continue to increase as more residents establish in the area.

The Minot Daily News reports that in major crimes have almost doubled since 2010. Authorities tallied less than 600 in 2010, but the number reached more than 1,100 last year.

Police Chief Jason Olson says the department's detective caseloads have doubled even when the number of detectives has gone from seven to 11.

Officials say they've noticed a significant increase in methamphetamine-related incidents. Olson says the department used to see one meth arrest for every 10 marijuana arrests. Now, he says, it's about 50-50.

Olson adds that most of the property crimes such as theft, burglary and breaking and entering are also drug related, as users steal to fund their addiction.

UND-VICTIM ADVOCATE

UND works with shelter to provide victim advocate

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) The University of North Dakota says an official will be working at the school to act as a confidential advocate for student, staff and faculty victims of sexual violence.

The school says it agreed to partner with Grand Forks Community Violence Intervention Center to place an employee from the shelter at the university beginning next month.

Under the plan, the shelter employee would work about 20 hours per week at the university.

Officials say the cost of the effort is estimated at $20,000 annually and the school will pay for it.

The service is provided at no charge.

WIND FARM-HEARINGS

Hearings slated for Mercer County wind project

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

BEULAH, N.D. (AP) Public hearings are scheduled in Beulah for a proposed wind farm and associated electric transmission line in Mercer County.

The Minot Daily News reports the public hearings will be held Thursday at the Beulah City Hall.

Antelope Hills Wind Project has submitted an application to the North Dakota Public Service Commission for the Antelope Hills Wind Energy Project.

The wind farm will have a capacity of up to 172 megawatts and will use between 75 and 86 wind turbines.

The project's capacity is equivalent to the energy necessary to power about 17,000 homes.

METHANE

Methane could be challenge for ND oil industry

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) A North Dakota health official says methane emissions could be the next big environmental issue facing the state's oil industry.

Dave Glatt is environmental section chief of the state's Department of Health. Glatt says the federal Environmental Protection Agency is paying closer attention to emissions of the greenhouse gas and federal regulations could be on the horizon.

He says it's a good time to see what producers in North Dakota can do to reduce emissions.

Methane is a major component of natural gas. Glatt says leaks, hatches left open and faulty gas flares are often responsible for methane getting from oil facilities to the atmosphere.

The EPA says methane is the second most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted from the U.S. and that the majority of those emissions comes from natural gas and petroleum systems.

PICKUP TRUCK-FIRE

Police find pickup truck on fire, arrest ND man

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

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) Police in Bismarck say they have arrested a 30-year-old man in connection with a stolen pickup truck that authorities found on fire.

KXMB-TV reports the Bismarck man has been on an initial charge of theft of a motor vehicle. He has not been publicly identified.

Police say they received a call about a stolen 1979 black pickup truck with Montana license plates around 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The Burleigh County Sheriff's Department later found it up in flames at a Bismarck park.

Police say the man could also be charged with arson.

APARTMENT FIRE

Fire Dept. investigating apartment fire in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. (AP) The Fire Department in Fargo is investigating the cause of a fire that damaged an apartment.

Battalion Chief Craig Nelson says smoke was visible inside the building when fire crews arrived to the scene. Nobody was at the apartment when the blaze started and no injuries were reported.

The building's occupants were evacuated while fire fighters worked to extinguish the blaze.

The Fargo Fire Department responded with 17 personnel on four engines, one truck and two command vehicles.

FARGO LEADERS TOUR

Fargo group to tour Winnipeg, Grand Forks projects

FARGO, N.D. (AP) Fargo leaders are heading from North Dakota's largest city to Winnipeg and Grand Forks to study riverfront development projects.

The trip will include tours of a diversion project and riverfront area in Winnipeg known as the Forks. The group plans to look at the greenway project in Grand Forks that was built after the 1997 flood that wiped out most of the city.

The bus is scheduled to leave Fargo Monday morning.

HISTORIC SITE ANNIVERSARY

National historic site in ND celebrating 40 years

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

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) The Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site is celebrating its 40th anniversary this weekend.

The Minot Daily News reports that a ceremony is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Central time on Sunday at the site near Stanton.

The site is where Hidatsa and Mandan Indian culture flourished around earth lodge villages for several centuries. Explorers Lewis and Clark visited the site in 1804 to 1805 when they wintered at Fort Mandan a few miles away.

Congress in 1974 approved making it a national historic site under the administration of the National Park Service. President Gerald Ford signed the bill.


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Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Sunday, October 19th 2014 
Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Williston gets new economic development director

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) The oil boomtown of Williston has a new economic development director.

The North Dakota city has named 38-year-old Shawn Wenko to replace retiring economic development director Tom Rolfstad.

Wenko says some of his initial goals are partnering with the local Job Service office to create a workforce development plan, as well as creating a manufacturing logistics conference to attract more manufacturers to the area.

He adds that diversifying industry, staying competitive and enhancing the quality of life in Williston "will take us to the next level as a city."

Williston has grown dramatically in the last few years as workers from around the country have flooded to the area seeking high-paying jobs.

CAPITOL CAFE-MAKEOVER

ND capitol cafe to reopen after $1.1M makeover

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) The cafe at the North Dakota State Capitol is reopening after getting a $1.1 million makeover to increase customer flow and seating.

Officials say the cafe is scheduled to open Monday. Seating is slated to increase by 10 percent, to more than 250 spots.

Work began in February at the cafe. It was supposed to be completed in August, but officials say a problem with an uneven floor delayed the project.

A temporary lunchroom was established on the 18th floor of the Capitol while construction was underway.

YOGA CLASS-BREWERY

North Dakota brewery offering on-site yoga classes

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

FARGO, N.D. (AP) A brewery in North Dakota is offering yoga on tap.

The Fargo Brewing Company has begun hosting on-site yoga classes in partnership with a fitness center. A pint of beer is given to participants in the taproom following the one-hour class.

Instructor Andrea Paradis tells WDAY-TV that the partnership is a way to encourage people to give yoga a try. She says the Fargo Brewery is a place where people go to after work to de-stress with friends.

The next class is scheduled for November 21st.

DEER LICENSES

ND deer hunters urged to find and check licenses

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) North Dakota's Game and Fish Department is urging deer hunters to find their license and check it for accuracy.

The agency says that every year its licensing section receives last-minute inquiries from hunters who can't find their license. Officials say it's difficult for Game and Fish to get a replacement license out in time for the season opener.

This year's deer gun season is less than a month away. It begins at noon on November 7th and runs through November 23rd.

Game and Fish says another reason to check the license now is to make sure the unit and species is what was intended.

TERRORIZING ARREST

Man facing terrorizing charge after firing shots

HARWOOD, N.D. (AP) Authorities in Cass County say a man is facing terrorizing and burglary charges after firing shots in Harwood.

Sergeant Tara Morris with the Cass County Sheriff's Office says 45-year-old Todd Sanberg is in custody at the county jail.

Morris says no one was injured when the shots were fired in Harwood. Deputies who responded to the scene could not immediately locate Sanberg, but he was later arrested at his home in Fargo.

LAKE SAKAKAWEA PARK

Lake Sakakawea Park could nearly double in size

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

PICK CITY, N.D. (AP) Lake Sakakawea (suh-kah-kuh-WEE'-uh) State Park could nearly double in size as North Dakota officials plan to develop the Bay Point peninsula land that the state leases from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Bismarck Tribune reports the project is part of a $30 million plan to improve recreation opportunities at parks across the state.

The state Parks and Recreation Department plans on building up to 100 camp sites, a boat ramp and parking, a family-style lodge and other park amenities such as comfort stations, small camper cabins and a walking trail.

The new area would not border with the existing park, but the distance between both of them isn't more than a hardy swim. The newspaper reports that by road, Pick City lies between access points to either one.

BEETLE GUY

Prof with 4 beetles named after him has 1 more hit

FARGO, N.D. (AP) Retired North Dakota State University professor Allan Ashworth already has four beetles in his name. Now he has a bug too.

Two Chilean researchers at North Dakota State University's entomology laboratory recently identified a new species of damsel bug among the insects Ashworth collected during his many trips to their South American homeland.

The researchers named it "Nabis ashworthi" in honor of Ashworth.

There are more than 500 species of damsel bugs, which are soft-bodied, winged insects that are yellow to tan in color. They are seen as helpful insects for agriculture because they prey on many crop pests.

Ashworth says he's pleased his collections have been valuable for research and he's flattered to have his name associated with the bug.

N DAKOTA-COLORADO COLLEGE

N Dakota routs Colorado College 7-2

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Mark MacMillan scored two short-handed goals and one of the power play Saturday as North Dakota routed Colorado College 7-2 in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

Third-ranked North Dakota had five power-play and two short-handed goals.

MacMillan started the rout with a short-handed goal early in the first period, which ended with UND leading 4-0. He had had five goals in the two-game sweep by UND (3-1-0, 2-0-0 NCHC). He also had two assists.

Defenseman Paul LaDue had two goals and an assist and winger Michael Parks assisted on three goals.

Tucker Poolman and Jordan Schmaltz also had goals for UND.

UND goalie Zane McIntyre made 21 saves. Cody Bradley and Teemu Kivihalme had goals for Colorado College.

INDIANA ST-N DAKOTA ST

North Dakota State beats Indiana State 34-17

FARGO, N.D. (AP) Carson Wentz passed for two touchdowns, John Crockett ran for two more Saturday and North Dakota State beat Indiana State 34-17, extending its winning streak to 31 games and conference win-streak to 16 games.

Wentz was a career-high 20 for 30 for 222, with TD passes of 48 and 3 yards to Zach Vraa, who grabbed a career-high nine catches for 119 yards. Crockett gained 101 yards on 20 carries, with TD runs of 2 and 3 yards. Adam Keller kicked a 19-yard field goal and a career-long 50-yarder.

The Bison (7-0, 3-0 Missouri Valley) outgained the Sycamores 431-227 and led 20-3 at halftime.

Indiana State (4-3, 1-2), the last team to beat the Bison, 17-14 on October 13th, 2012, scored on an 18-yard TD pass from Mike Perish to A.J. Johnson in the fourth quarter and a 72-yard TD run by Jordan Wallace after recovering a fumble.

 
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