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Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 
Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment

Police say Mandan man was high, lit self on fire

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

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) Police say a 33-year-old Mandan man accidently lit himself on fire at a Dickinson gas station while high on meth.

KXMB-TV (http://bit.ly/1rkzlsp ) reports the man poured gas on himself after he thought police had sprayed him with chemicals. He lit a cigarette afterward and accidently caught fire. He then ran through a carwash to put out the fire.

A witness called police and told them the man then stole a car. He eventually ditched the car and entered a home. Police found him there later with 2nd- and 3rd-degree burns on much of his body.

Dickinson Police Capt. Dave Wilkie says the man hasn't been officially charged yet. He faces seven counts including ingestion of a controlled substance, theft of a motor vehicle and criminal trespassing.


Officials find body of missing college student

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) Rescue crews searching the Sheyenne River have found the body of a Valley City State University student who disappeared while rafting with two friends.

Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson says 23-year-old Daniel Charles Buehner and two friends climbed aboard an inflatable rubber raft that capsized early Monday. Thompson says 22-year-old Ryan Shaw and 21-year-old Hayden Johnson made it ashore, but Buehner did not.

University President Steven Shirley says Buehner was a senior majoring in business administration from Blaine, Minnesota. Buehner also played catcher on the school's baseball team.

His body was found about Tuesday morning beneath a bridge, several hundred yards downstream.

Officials on Tuesday cut water releases through the Bald Hill Dam to lower the level of the river so officials could wade into the water to search.


NDSU proposing center to research food security

FARGO, N.D. (AP) A college located in the middle of rich farmland is planning a new center to research and help develop a safe food supply for people around the world.

North Dakota State University's proposal for the Global Institute of Food Security and International Agriculture is scheduled to be unveiled later this week at the state Board of Higher Education's monthly meeting in Dickinson.

School officials are touting the center as the only one of its kind in the United States. A new director has been hired and the school intends to begin the program in the fall.

Ken Grafton is NDSU's dean and director of agricultural affairs. Grafton says a key part of the curriculum will focus on creating better diets in areas in need of healthy food.


ND oil companies fight plan to slow production

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) North Dakota oil companies don't like a proposal that would have the industry cut back on oil production to control the amount of natural gas that's being wasted.

Companies spoke out against the proposal at a hearing Tuesday in Bismarck. Instead, the industry wants regulators to consider self-imposed steps to curb natural gas flaring.

North Dakota drillers currently burn off, or flare, a record 36 percent of the valuable gas because development of gas pipelines and processing facilities haven't kept pace with oil drilling.

Oil industry officials have pledged to capture 85 percent of the gas by 2016, and 90 percent within six years as infrastructure catches up with oil development.

Watford City physician Lyle Best says slowing oil development would improve many problems in the state, including flaring.


Chairman says tribes' oil production rivals states

NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) Leaders of North Dakota's Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation say the tribes' oil production levels rank among the country's top oil producing states.

Chairman Tex Hall says the Three Affiliated Tribes are producing 180,000 barrels of oil per day from 1,000 wells in the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. He says if the reservation is compared directly to states, the tribe would be one of the top 10 oil producing entities in the nation.

The remarks were made at the tribe's third annual oil and gas expo in New Town, North Dakota on Tuesday.

North Dakota is the second-largest oil producing state in the nation, behind Texas. The state anticipates reaching a production level of one million barrels per day by June.


Cooler-than-normal temps delay planting in ND

FARGO, N.D. (AP) A week of cooler-than-normal temperatures has delayed spring planting in North Dakota.

The federal Agriculture Department now pegs the average start of field work at April 29. That's a day later than last week's estimate and three days later than the projection two weeks ago. The 10-year average start date in North Dakota is April 20. The average over the past five years is April 25.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that only about 1 percent of the state's staple spring wheat crop is in the ground, compared with 10 percent on average.

Both topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies in North Dakota are rated more than 90 percent adequate to surplus.

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Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Tuesday, April 22nd 2014 
Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment

FAA head visits ND airport strained by oil boom

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) The head of Federal Aviation Administration is getting a firsthand look the airport infrastructure needs in the oil patch in western North Dakota.

Administrator Michael Huerta on Monday toured Williston's Sloulin Field International Airport.

The facility has seen its number of departing commercial passengers go from just 8,500 in 2007 to more than 186,000 in 2013. Local and state officials hope to build a new airport in Williston in the coming years.

Huerta spoke at length about how competitive it is for individual airports to secure federal funding for expansion projects.

North Dakota officials also hope to either build new facilities or expand the existing airports in Dickinson, Minot and Bismarck.

U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven say they hope that the FAA can assist with the expansion plans.


Ex-Dickinson principal pleads not guilty to arson

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) The former Dickinson principal accused of setting fire to his school has been arraigned.

Thirty-year-old Thomas Sander on Monday pleaded not guilty to charges of arson and endangerment by fire. Both are felonies that carry a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison.

Authorities say Sander is responsible for the March 3 fire at Trinity High School.

Sander is out on a $50,000 bond. The state placed him under the custody of Thomas Sander Sr. and he can only travel within Stark, Burleigh and Morton counties. He is banned from contacting school officials.

Students at the Catholic high school have been taking classes at temporary locations across Dickinson since the fire. They are expected to return to the high school for the next academic year.


Man drowns in Dickinson lake while fishing

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) A man has drowned on Lake Patterson in Dickinson.

Stark County Sheriff's Capt. Dean Franchuk says 42-year-old Jeffrey Hieb was fishing Saturday with his 8-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son when their canoe tipped over.

Franchuk says another boater pulled the kids to safety, but Hieb died.

He says Hieb was from Lander, Wyo., but had been working for a Dickinson company.


Power outages scheduled in south Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) Customers of Montana-Dakota Utilities in some areas of south Bismarck will lose power for about 10 minutes on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The outages will be between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. and are required to perform maintenance.

The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/1eWYmK1 ) reports the affected area is bordered by Bismarck Expressway to the north, 48th Avenue to the south, just beyond Riverwood Drive and England Street to the west, and just beyond University Drive to the east, including the airport.


Judge grants new lawyer to man questioned in death

FARGO, N.D. (AP) A judge has granted a new lawyer for a North Dakota man who has been questioned by police investigating a suspected murder-for-hire scheme in Washington state.

James Henrikson, of Watford City, says his court-appointed attorney told him he was guilty on federal weapons charges and advised him to waive his right to a speedy trial.

Judge Daniel Hovland approved Henrikson's request Monday.

Authorities say Henrikson had business dealings in the North Dakota oil patch with Doug Carlile, who was shot and killed by an intruder on Dec. 15 at his Spokane, Wash., home.

Spokane police say Henrikson told them that Carlile owed him nearly $1.9 million and that he was angry with Carlile, but denied being involved in Carlile's death.

Lawyers in the case were not immediately available for comment.


FAA: ND's drone test site ready for operations

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) The Federal Aviation Administration says North Dakota's unmanned aircraft system test site is ready for operations.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta signed the certificate during a visit to the state Monday.

The FAA late last year named North Dakota as one of six states that will be test sites for integrating drones into civilian airspace. North Dakota's test site is part of a new aerospace and business complex at the Grand Forks Air Force Base.

The FAA says the main goal of the state's initial operations is to show that drones can check soil quality and the status of crops in some areas.

Initials flights will be over Carrington, and a second set of missions are scheduled over Devils Lake.

Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Monday, April 21st 2014 
Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment

Heitkamp, Hoeven criticize pipeline decision delay

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) Members of North Dakota's congressional delegation are criticizing the Obama administration for putting off its decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

The Williston Herald reports that Democrats and Republicans alike are calling on President Barack Obama to make a decision on the project.

The pipeline would travel through Montana and South Dakota to a hub in Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines to carry oil to refineries in Texas.

Obama must approve the project, but his administration last week announced it is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the project.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (HYT'-kamp) says the delay will hurt federal agencies, and construction and energy industries.

Senator John Hoeven says Obama is playing a political game on an issue that's widely supported.


FAA head to tour ND at delegation's request

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) The head of the Federal Aviation Administration is slated to visit North Dakota.

The state's congressional delegation says FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will make stops in Grand Forks and Williston on Tuesday to review North Dakota's growing unmanned aircraft industry and get a firsthand look at airport infrastructure needs in the western oil patch.

The FAA late last year named North Dakota as one of six states that will be test sites for integrating drones into civilian airspace.


ND cowboy going into Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A world champion cowboy from North Dakota is among this year's inductees to the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

Fifty-year-old Dickinson native Wayne Herman won the world bareback riding gold buckle in 1992 in the seventh of his 11 qualifications for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He won the title a year after winning the NFR average title and finishing second in the championship.

The current Halliday resident had six finishes among the top five bareback riders in the world and earned $856,000 in his career.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for August 9th in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


ND man arrested on DUI charge following car crash

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) Law enforcement authorities in eastern North Dakota say a 48-year-old man has been arrested on a driving under the influence of alcohol charge following a 2-vehicle crash.

Grand Forks Police say the incident happened around 2 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of 28th Avenue South and South Washington Street.

Police say a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by 27-year-old Jessica Borowicz was struck by a 2002 Ford F150 driven by the Grand Forks man. Both vehicles went off the roadway and struck separate traffic signs.

Borowicz was transported to a hospital with minor injuries. The man was taken into custody. Police haven't released his blood alcohol level at the time of the incident.

Police are asking any witnesses of the crash to contact the department.


Man dies in motorcycle crash in northwest ND

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a 34-year-old man died in a motorcycle accident in Williams County after he failed to see a parked semi-truck.

The Patrol says David Mecham was heading west on a 2000 Harley Davidson on West Front Street near Williston Saturday night when he didn't see a semi-truck that was parked at a construction site waiting to unload dirt.

The Patrol says the motorcycle and the semi-truck came to rest facing west.

Authorities say Mecham of Williston was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was not injured.

The incident report shows no charges were filed against the truck driver and the damage to the semi was estimated at $1,000.


Man accused of making, passing counterfeit bills

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A North Dakota man is facing a counterfeit charge in federal court.

Authorities say Justin Schaden admitted to making counterfeit money last month at a trailer home in Granville. Court documents show that a search of the residence uncovered about $2,000 worth of phony bills in various stages of production.

Schaden told police he passed counterfeit bills at a Wal-Mart and a hotel in Minot.

Schaden has not been asked to enter a plea. His attorney was not available for comment.


Minnesota town copes without commercial flights

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. (AP) Great Lakes Airline suspended its service from Thief River Falls in February, but the small northern Minnesota town has lost more than simply a few weekly flights.

The airline's suspension has cost a handful of residents their jobs and businesses say the lack of immediate air service hinders business and raises their travel costs. Employees and employers alike both say the air service was a crucial link to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and beyond.

The airline also suspended service to other small towns across the Midwest such as Jamestown and Devils Lake, North Dakota, Ironwood, Michigan and Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Many others, including Pierre and Watertown, South Dakota have seen diminished service as cancellation rates soared. The regional airline industry has blamed new federal regulations for pilots aimed at increasing airline safety.


Exhibition celebrates early days of Devils Lake

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

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) The early days of Devils Lake are being celebrated in an exhibition at the Lake Region Heritage Center.

WDAZ-TV reports that the recently unveiled "Memories of Boomtown" showcases life in the area between 1890 and 1920.

Lisa Zimmerman is the museum's director and curator. She says visitors will be able to learn about how the area has changed because the exhibition highlights the region's story during that period and not just artifacts.

The exhibition features the federal courtroom, a barbershop and a dentist's office, among other displays.

Zimmerman says the area's population grew from a few hundred to several thousand during those 30 years. She says the increase in population led to a business boom and the opening of additional recreational activities.

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