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Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Monday, September 1st 2014 
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Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment


Minot Police identify 2 suspects in burglary

MINOT, N.D. (AP) Minot authorities have identified the two suspects in burglary who were shot by police after driving a vehicle toward an officer while attempting to flee.

Police have identified the Minot men as 35-year-old Brandon T. Butler and 25-year-old Joshua M. Peterson.

The incident happened Saturday after two officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle outside a tire shop on the northeast side of town.

Authorities say Peterson was the driver and Butler was the passenger. They say the men face initial charges of criminal conspiracy to burglary, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia other than marijuana.

Peterson remains hospitalized. Butler is at the Ward County Jail.

The officers weren't injured. They've been placed on administrative leave until the investigation is completed.


North Dakota National Guard band has new leader

FARGO, N.D. (AP) The North Dakota Army National Guard has a new band leader.

Warrant Officer James Landman has been named commander and primary conductor for the 188th Army Band based in Fargo. He takes over for Sergeant Bradley Reed.

The band features regular assembles including two rock bands, a brass quintet, jazz combo and Dixieland combo.

Landman is the band director for Sheyenne High School in West Fargo.


Workforce shortage forces businesses close, adjust

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

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) The increasingly difficult task of filling job openings for businesses in North Dakota is pushing some owners to make drastic changes to their operations and in some cases even close.

Workforce needs have been a struggle in the state for several years. But the labor supply is even thinner these days.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that even when businesses manage to hire employees, there's no guarantee that the newly employed will show up.

Shannon Gangl is the owner of Montana Mike's in Mandan. He says he hasn't been able to hire employees in a long time and will close the steakhouse September 7th.

He says he used to get four or five applicants for an opening, but now he's lucky if he gets one applicant for four or five openings.


United Tribes to hold 45th annual powwow in ND

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

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) The United Tribes International Powwow this year will pay tribute to the horse.

The Bismarck Tribune reports the powwow will hold an Intertribal Hat and Boot Dance Special and Horse Song Drum Contest to honor the Plains horse culture for the first time in 45 years.

Julie Cain is the committee chairwoman of the United Tribes International Powwow. She says horses helped Native Americans "survive from generation to generation."

The event will run Thursday through September 7th.

The newspaper reports the theme for this year's celebration is "We Are All Related." At least 70 tribes will participate in the event at the United Tribes Technical College. About 20,000 spectators are expected.


North Dakota swan hunting season opens Monday

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) North Dakota's dove hunting season gets underway Monday.

The daily limit is 15 and the possession limit is 45. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. The season runs through November 9th.

The state Game and Fish Department is reminding swan hunters that they must register with the Harvest Information Program before hunting. Those who registered with the program to hunt the spring light goose season in North Dakota do not have to register again, as it is required only once per year.


Montana bobcat farm spurs worldwide interest

(Information in the following story is from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com)

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) A proposal by a North Dakota couple to relocate their commercial bobcat fur farm to central Montana has generated comments from around the world.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game warden Shawn Briggs says a substantial numbers of comments on an environmental assessment came from all over the United States and the world, including Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia.

Briggs tells the Great Falls Tribune that the agency will analyze the comments before rendering a final decision on whether to issue a permit for the fur farm in Fergus County.

Larry and Carol Schultz currently operate a bobcat fur farm in Arnegard in western North Dakota.

They want to move because of the noise and traffic from the booming oil industry in the area.


New art exhibition opens in Grand Forks Wednesday

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) A new art exhibition with pieces from collections of the University of North Dakota is set to open Wednesday in downtown Grand Forks.

The exhibition "Lost, Found and Rescued" will be on display at the Empire Arts Center until December 11th.

The show was curated by Arthur Jones. It tells the story of some UND art collections that had been neglected or lost for years.

The university says the exhibition includes objects that were recently rescued from insecure or unsafe locations. Some of the art had been damaged but was restored for the show.

Artworks that are missing are also identified in the exhibition in an effort to seek the public's assistance in recovering them.

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Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Sunday, August 31st 2014 
Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment

Transparency a focus of ND tribal election

NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) Transparency is emerging as a theme in the platforms of several candidates vying for the chairmanship of North Dakota's Three Affiliated Tribes.

A September 16th primary will determine the two candidates who will meet in a November 4th election. Ten candidates filed to run but half were disqualified by the election board.

The tribes' Fort Berthold Indian Reservation produces 300,000 barrels of oil a day. Tribal attorney and candidate Damon Williams says oil revenues have steadily increased year by year but tribe members don't know where that money's going.

Tribal member Charles Hudson lives off the reservation and says it's almost impossible to know what is happening there and is looking for a chairman and council that will better use the tribes' resources.


North Dakota general fund surplus still growing

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

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A new state revenue projection says North Dakota's general fund surplus should surpass $600 million by next summer.

Figures released Friday show that the general fund is estimated to be $614 million by June 30th. That's up from the $457 million estimated in February.

Pam Sharp, director the North Dakota Office of Management and Budget, tells the Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/1B4BFKY) the growth is due primarily to energy production, a strong agricultural sector and a growing population.

Lawmakers say they are pleased by the news but it will be important to prioritize spending and be good stewards of taxpayer money.

The updated reports puts 2013-15 general fund revenues at about $4.88 billion, an increase of $285.4 million from the February forecast.


Authorities say 2 people shot by Minot officers

MINOT, N.D. (AP) Minot authorities say two suspects in an early-morning burglary were shot by a police officer after driving a vehicle toward the officer while attempting to flee.

The incident happened at 4:21 a.m. Saturday after two officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle outside a tire shop on the northeast side of town.

The injured men were transported to a local hospital. Police say the 25-year-old driver was listed in critical condition. The passenger in the vehicle, believed to be in his 30s, was treated and released to the Ward County Jail.

Police say the officers at the scene were not injured. Both officers have been placed on administrative leave until the investigation is completed.

The names of the officers or suspects have not been released.


Minot officials propose new wastewater facility

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

MINOT, N.D. (AP) Minot officials say the city needs a new wastewater treatment facility because it is outgrowing the lagoon and wetlands built to handle sewage.

Cost of the facility would be $77.4 million.

The Minot Daily News reports that plant design work could begin as soon as next year with a scheduled completion of December 2019.

Officials say the city currently has a population of about 50,000 people and could be as much as 57,000 within five years.


Williston, Williams County team up on sales tax

(Information in the following story is from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com)

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) Public officials in Williston and Williams County are proposing a joint 1-cent sales tax to help fund public safety operations.

The Williston Herald reports that the tax is projected to bring in more than $30 million a year to improve fire, police and ambulance services.

City commissioner Brad Bekkedahl says Williston is the only major city in North Dakota that does not contract out for ambulance service.

The county's share of the tax would go to help smaller towns in the oil patch like Tioga, Ray and Wildrose.

City officials say it's likely that the idea will go to a ballot measure.


Grants approved for Ag in the Classroom programs

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has approved more than $54,000 in grants for Agriculture in the Classroom programs this school year.

Goehring says the programs give teachers lesson materials and other tools to help them make agriculture part of students' everyday learning. He says that helps students learn where their food comes from and how to make healthy food choices.

The grants include $32,000 to Farm Bureau for teacher training seminars, $14,000 to the state FFA Foundation for a mini-grant program, $4,800 to North Dakota State University to publish the North Dakota Ag Mag, and $3,500 to the North Dakota Geographic Alliance to conduct a teacher tour.

The funding was approved by the 2013 Legislature.


Bismarck woman pleads guilty in stabbing case

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

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A 56-year-old Bismarck woman accused of repeatedly stabbing a man over the breakup of their relationship has pleaded guilty.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that Ila Painte pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated assault, a Class C felony that carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

The incident happened in January. Authorities say the 49-year-old victim was treated at a hospital and released.

A sentencing hearing has not been set.


N. Dakota State beats Iowa State 34-14

AMES, Iowa (AP) John Crockett ran for 138 yards and three touchdowns and FCS power North Dakota State opened the season with its 25th straight victory, beating Iowa State 34-14 on Saturday.

The Bison lost 12 starters and their head coach after winning their third straight FCS championship last season, but they looked just as efficient as ever under new coach Chris Klieman, rallying from a 14-0 deficit for their fifth consecutive victory against FBS competition.

Crockett charged through a hole in the middle of the line and sped 80 yards for his team's first touchdown early in the second quarter the longest run of his career and the Bison dominated from then on.

Carson Wentz, the backup quarterback the last two seasons, showed impressive poise as he picked apart an inexperienced Iowa State defense and finished 18 of 28 for 204 yards with no interceptions.

Associated Press North Dakota News Summary
Saturday, August 30th 2014 
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Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment


North Dakota budget surplus estimates keep growing

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) North Dakota's oil wealth-fueled general fund surplus continues to grow.

The Office of Management and Budget released updated revenue projections for the 2013 to 2015 biennium Friday.

Officials estimate the surplus will be at $614 million when the two-year budget cycle ends on June 30th, 2015. The projection is significantly more than the surplus of $457 million projected in February.

The office also released its preliminary revenue forecast for the 2015 to 2017 biennium. Revenues are projected to total $5.17 billion, about $293 million over the revised 2013-2015 forecast of $4.88 billion.

The final revenue forecast for the 2015 to 2017 budget cycle will come in November, with the governor's budget address to follow in December during the organizational session for the 2015 Legislature.


Fargo mayor gets treatment for kidney cancer

FARGO, N.D. (AP) The mayor of North Dakota's largest city is recovering at home after undergoing radiation treatment for kidney cancer.

The city of Fargo issued a statement Friday saying Mayor Dennis Walaker has been getting treatment for renal cell carcinoma the past several weeks. Following the radiation, he experienced weakness and was hospitalized.

He is now back home and doing better, but the city says he won't return to his mayoral duties for another 7 to 10 days.

The city says Walaker is declining comment until he returns to work.


Former guard pleads not guilty to sexual assault

(Information in the following story is from: KZZY-FM, http://lrradioworks.com)

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) A former correctional officer accused of having sexual contact with an inmate at the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center in Devils Lake has pleaded not guilty.

Twenty-three-year-old Jonathan Defoe faces a felony sexual assault charge in connection with the alleged incident with a female inmate July 3rd. He could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

Ramey County State's Attorney Lonnie Olson tells KZZY radio that Defoe entered his plea in state court on Thursday. Defoe remains free on bond. His trial date has not been set.


North Dakota's deer bow-hunting season opens

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) North Dakota's deer bow-hunting season has opened, and the deer gun season is only about two months away.

The deer archery season opened at noon Friday and runs through January 4th. The state Game and Fish Department is reminding hunters to follow all regulations when using tree stands in public hunting areas.

North Dakota's deer gun season opens at noon on November 7th and runs through November 23rd. The muzzleloader season opens at noon on November 28th and runs through December 14th.


Leader of Bakken drug ring gets 20 years prison

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) A Montana judge has sentenced the leader of an interstate drug ring to 20 years in prison for his role in a trafficking operation that stretched from western Washington to the Bakken oil fields of the Northern Plains.

In a sentencing hearing Friday, U.S. District Judge Susan Watters described Robert Farrell Armstrong as a long-time criminal and a danger to society.

In a deal with prosecutors, the Moses Lake, Washington, man pleaded guilty in January to a single count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Watters said Armstrong preyed upon addicts in the Montana-North Dakota oil patch to build up a network of dealers and armed enforcers.

Authorities say the drug ring moved as much as a pound of meth a week before it was busted up last year.


Iowa State gets FCS champion Bison in opener

AMES, Iowa (AP) The only Football Championship Subdivision opponent on Iowa State's schedule is a three-time defending national champion that opens the season ranked Number One.

Even the easy ones aren't easy for the Cyclones.

Iowa State will begin its sixth season under Paul Rhoads at home on Saturday against North Dakota State, which has won 24 straight games. The Bison have also won their last three on the road against opponents from the so-called power five conferences, including a win at Kansas State in 2013.

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