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Belle Fourche Pipeline Spill Three Times Bigger Than Earlier Reported at 530-thousand Gallons


Belfield,ND (KEYZ) New figures indicate December's Belle Fourche Pipeline spill near Belfield is among the biggest in North Dakota history....it was previously believed 176 thousand gallons escaped into a nearby creek, but now officials say more than half a million gallons of oil -- more than three times the original amount escaped the pipeline.    
     Bill Seuss with the Department of Health says most of the oil spilled into Ash Coulee Creek,  a little Missouri and Missouri River tributary, where the company has either scooped it up or burned it off.
     "We have detected sheen and benzene in the other parts of Ash Coulee Creek, but we have not seen any impact to the the Little Missouri River," says Seuss, who tells News Radio that the oil sheen covers a five mile stretch of the creek, however is some 15 miles from the river.
      Seuss blames the spill on the several factors.  On November 30th, the pipeline was shut down for routine maintenance, then it snowed that very night, putting pressure on the hill the pipeline runs through.  The hill shifted rupturing the empty pipeline.   
      "We still can see oil seeping out of the hillside, they have not been able to get in address this hillside yet.  Right now they are focusing on Ash Coulee Creek, with hopes of getting it cleaned up before the cattle grazing season, since this is a significant water source for area cattle," says Seuss.
       Seuss says no oil made it into the rivers, or any drinking water source.  The  Pipeline company says about 80 percent of cleanup is complete.      

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Bakken and National Rig Count Up Again...


Williston, ND(KEYZ) Another big jump in the weekly rig count for the United States, with Baker Hughes reporting the count at 652 in the week ending March 24th up from 631 last week.
      The North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources reports the Bakken Rig Count is up 2 rigs from last week, ending the week of March 24th with 49 rigs up and running throughout our coverage area.  
     Tune in to the PM Petrol Report, daily during the Afternoon Roundup with Dee James and every Saturday morning at 7:30 to Williston Basin Oil News.
 
 

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Gov. Burgum Signs Concealed Carry Bill into Law


 BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Republican North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill that will allow most adults to carry a concealed firearm without a permit.
     Burgum signed the bill late Thursday night. It would allow people 18 and older to forgo background checks and classes that are now required.
    The measure sailed through both houses of the GOP-led Legislature, with dissention largely among Democrats.
Supporters say the bill promotes constitutional rights and allows protection from criminals.                Critics worry it could lead to more shootings as people with less training would be carrying weapons.
    About a dozen states already have similar laws. The South Dakota Legislature this month approved a similar measure but GOP Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed it, saying his state's gun laws are reasonable.
 

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Suspected Truck Thief Finds Easy Pickins' at Public Works


Williston, ND(KEYZ) No doubt, officials at Williston's Department of Public Works will be reviewing security measures following a grand theft episode that borders on the comedic.  

     Fifty year old Kevin Sanchez is being held in the Williams County Correctional Center, following his arrest this week, for allegedly stealing two trucks and a bunch of tools from Williston's Public Works Department.  
     Sanchez of Williston, is said by police to have had the audacity to return and allegedly steal a second truck after police recovered the first one.   In fact he was spotted at a local filling station allegedly inside the second truck when he was arrested on Tuesday.  Sanchez faces burglary and multiple felony theft counts.   
      City employees noticed the theft, which included four tires, a welder, chainsaw and other tools, which took place in late February.  
      On March first, the first stolen truck was located in the parking lot of a store, inside many of the tools that had been reported stolen, plus store receipts from stores in Minot.  Follow up investigation at those stores showed Sanchez and the truck on surveillance video.   
     Sanchez is scheduled for a preliminary hearing May 25.

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Mbulu Trial Put On Hold Till Next Week


Williston, ND(KEYZ)Testimony on day four of the rape and attempted murder trial of David Mbulu in Williston was cut short Thursday when one of the witnesses scheduled to take the stand was called away on an emergency matter.

      Six witnesses, mostly law enforcement were able to get their testimony in, much of it technical and having to do with Mbulu's demeanor and condition at the time of his arrest and afterward.        
     Also the road deputy who spoke to the victim after a passersby called 911 testified for the jury.  The 24 year old woman, beaten and bloodied after the assault was seen wandering along a county road near Epping in November 2015.              
     Mbulu and his companion Jean Michael Kisi are alleged to have hit the woman with car jack and then sexually assaulted her after an argument over money.  The trial is rescheduled for final testimony March 30 and 31, when the victim is expected to also take the stand. 

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North Dakota tops in honey production for 13th straight year


FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota was tops in the nation in honey production in 2016 for the 13th consecutive year.
 
The Agriculture Department says North Dakota producers with five or more colonies made 37.8 million pounds of honey last year, up 4 percent from the previous year.
 
The 485,000 honey-producing colonies in the state were down slightly, but average yield was up 4 pounds to 78 pounds per colony.
 
Prices for the 2016 crop averaged $1.73 per pound, down from $1.80 in 2015.
   
 

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White supremacist's building burns to the ground in Nome


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A white supremacist who unsuccessfully tried to turn the small North Dakota town of Leith into an all-white enclave says he thinks the burning of a building he recently bought in the town of Nome was arson.
 
Craig Cobb says there was nothing flammable in the 108-year-old church building, and that it had no electricity.
 
The Barnes County Sheriff's Office and the state Fire Marshal's Office are investigating the Wednesday blaze.
 
Cobb says he bought the building for $8,000 and estimates his total loss at more than double that amount because he had moved in some furniture.
 
Cobb is serving four years of probation for terrorizing and menacing residents of Leith in 2013. He currently lives in Sherwood, and says he has no plans to keep the property in Nome.
   
 

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House majority leader loses bid for North Dakota casinos


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Republican House majority leader's own party has dealt him a blow by failing to endorse his effort to establish more casinos in the state.
 
The House voted on Thursday 63-28 to kill Fargo Rep. Al Carlson's proposal to allow up to six state-regulated casinos in North Dakota.
 
Carlson has said the state could market its casinos as "destination-oriented attractions" and use their profits to offset taxes.
 
Opponents say a change to the state Constitution to allow more casinos would hurt American Indian gambling facilities and relationships with tribes.
 
Carlson's resolution was a proposed constitutional amendment that would have gone to voters next year if lawmakers gave it the OK.
 

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Williston Rape & Attempted Murder Suspect says He Acted in Self Defense


Williston, ND (KEYZ) Twenty-three year old David Mbulu takes the stand in his own defense in his rape and attempted murder trial in Williston Wednesday.  

     During day three of his trial,  he admitted to striking the 24 year old victim in the head with a car jack, but he says it was in self defense, after he testified that the victim threatened to kill both him and the other man charged in the case, Jean Michael Kisi.  
     The two stand accused of beating the woman, raping her and leaving her for dead on a road near Epping in November 2015 after a road trip to Minot exploded into violence after a dispute over finances.  
     Although Mbulu recorded part of the argument on his cell phone, the prosecution, shot holes into his gesture by pointing out that nowhere on the recording is found any death threat made by the victim, however there were incriminating online searches on the devices browser for "chances of dying from a head injury" and "how to find someone in the hospital."

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Renaissance On Main celebrates 1st year


Williston, ND (KEYZ) - Renaissance On Main, the benchmark development for downtown Williston rejuvenation, is marking its one year anniversary with an open house Wednesday night.
 
Renaissance On Main opened its doors spring 2016, bringing a stylish new face to Main street. 
 
The fifteen million dollar mixed-use investment created by a women/family owned developer/manager based in Chicago was designed to set the new tone envisioned by city commissioners for the revitalization of the downtown area. 
 
Building Manager Muriel Lippert tells News Radio if you haven't seen the inside, it's your chance to get a look:
 
"We have Mick Soiseth and Lane Sandstom singing from 6-8 pm, we'll have some great food for you to munch on, and an opportunity to get together with friends and neighbors and other people who love Downtown to visit and celebrate this building and see it for the first time if you haven't seen it already."
 
The Anniversary Open House for Renaissance On Main is Wednesday from 6-8pm.  For more information, call (701) 572-6246.
 

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North Dakota Legislature OKs hidden firearms without permit


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Legislature has approved a bill that allows those who qualify permission to carry a concealed firearm without a permit.
 
The Senate approved the measure 34-13 on Tuesday. The House last month passed the proposal that allows people 18 and older to forgo background checks and classes that are now required.
 
Supporters say the bill promotes constitutional rights and allows protection from criminals. Critics worry it could lead to more shootings as people with less training would be carrying weapons.
 
About a dozen states already have similar laws. The South Dakota Legislature this month approved a similar measure but GOP Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed it, saying his state's gun laws are reasonable.
 
North Dakota GOP Gov. Doug Burgum hasn't said whether he would support the bill.
   
 

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Heitkamp recognized by U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Williston, ND (KEYZ) - U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp on Tuesday was recognized with the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for her work in the U.S. Senate to support small businesses through commonsense regulatory reform, making sure small businesses have a seat at the table when rules are made, and pushing for investments to support startups in rural areas and small cities to help them get off the ground. 
 
"Small businesses are absoulutely the foundation and the base for economic development in our state and for employment in our state.  Most of our business is small business and I've worked very, very hard to make sure small business has lower regulation, has greater opportunities to thrive, and that work was recongnized by the chamber with this award," she said.
 
The Chamber also gave Heitkamp a 100 percent rating for her voting record in the U.S. Senate in 2016 supporting North Dakota small businesses.
 
 
 

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Williston Sea Lions: 10th Overall at State Short Course Championships


Williston, ND (KEYZ) Congratulations to the Williston Sea Lions who brought home plenty of medals from the North Dakota Short Course Championships, there were plenty of Williston Sea Lions grabbing hardware.   
      Kolden Kringen dominated swimming his way to seven state titles.  He's 12-years and and won all three fly events, three free races and the 200-IM.
      Jenny Logan and Demi Peterson   took first in the 50-breast and 50-fly, respectively. Peterson also won the 100-fly.  
      The Sea Lions came in tenth overall in the meet, capturing 1234 points.

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Suspect in Brutal Rape and Beating has Day in Court


Williston, ND (KEYZ) Trial for one of two men accused of the rape and attempted murder of a young woman back in 2015, begin in Williston Monday, with the prosecution opening up its narrative of what allegedly led to the crimes and the discovery of the bloodied and beaten victim wandering along a country road in just a long Tshirt. 

       Prosecutor Nathan Madden said David Mbulu and friend became upset with the victim who had promised to pay her way on a journey from Williston to Minot.  
       The men allegedly became outraged when she admitted she didn't have the money to fund the trip, and that along with travel fatigue led up to the attack on a lonely road outside Epping.                Mbulu plead not guilty to the charges -- Testimony from witnesses is expected  today at the Williams County Courthouse. 

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North Dakota Legislature bumps fines for highway littering


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - People who litter along a highway would face stiffer fines under a bill approved by the North Dakota Legislature.
 
It raises the littering fine from $100 to $500 for anyone who tosses trash along any publicly maintained road, including cigarette butts.
 
The Senate approved the 40-6 bill on Monday. The House approved it 67-23 last month.
 
The bill now goes to Gov. Doug Burgum.
 

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Game and Fish schedules spring advisory board meetings


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Game and Fish Department is holding its annual spring advisory board meetings around the state in coming weeks.
 
The meetings are held each spring and fall to give the public a chance to discuss fish and wildlife issues and ask questions of department officials and district advisers.
 
The governor appoints eight Game and Fish advisers and each represent a section of the state and serve as a liaison between the department and the public.
 
Meetings are March 27 in Williston and Rugby, March 28 in Edgeley and Turtle Lake, April 3 in Devils Lake and Reeder, and April 4 in Michigan and Embden. Full details can be found at www.gf.nd.gov .
   
 

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Attempted Murder Charges for Crosby Stand-off Suspect


Williston, ND (KEYZ) 34 year old Jeremy Kessler, that man who allegedly fired some shots from his Crosby home last month touching off an hours long standoff with police and swat will is charged with attempted murder and reckless endangerment.

     Kessler is being held at the Williams County Jail on a 150 thousand dollar bond.   An entire neighborhood was sealed off and two schools placed on lock down, before Kessler gave himself up to negotiators.

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WSC readies for Summer & Fall Semesters


Williston, ND (KEYZ) - It's already time for future students of Williston State College to think about getting registered.

 
WSC is gearing up now for the upcoming fall semester and has released its Summer and Fall 2017 course schedules, opened its housing application, and scheduled nine registration days.
 
WSC's Director for Enrollment Services Leah Windnagle tells News Radio they are anticipating that classes will fill early:
 
"This past Spring, Williston State had a record enrollment and we are hoping to see that continue.  We've already seen a 70% increase in the total number of applications received in comparison to this time last year."
 
Leah says WSC is hosting nine registration days before the Fall 2017 semester, beginning in April and running through August.  Students can sign up for a registration day at www.willistonstate.edu/registration.
 

 

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Free Horse Owners Clinic Saturday in Williston


Williston, ND (KEYZ) Saturday afternoon a free horse owners clinic at the Ernie French center in Williston, from 1 to 3:30.  Karen Novak of Williston Saddlery says you shouldn't miss this priceless information.
     "We're very privileged to have Mr. Neil Mc Cloud a well respected horse trainer from the Thunderbird Horse Center in Manitoba.  He's going to be talking about bits and training performance horses.  We have Grady Hanna coming a certified farrier, he's going to answer questions on hoof care.  And we have Bill Novak equine nutrition," she says.
       Registration is at the door at 1 pm the Ernie French Center 5 miles west of Williston on Hwy 2.

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Judge combines 4 tribal suits over Dakota Access pipeline


 BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A judge has combined lawsuits filed by four Sioux tribes against the Dakota Access pipeline.
     The move by U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington, D.C., streamlines the drawn-out legal battle over the $3.8 billion project to move North Dakota oil to Illinois.
      The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River tribes teamed up in the main lawsuit last summer. The Yankton and Oglala tribes also have sued.
      The four tribes make essentially the same claims. They say the pipeline threatens cultural sites and the Missouri River, from which they get water.
     The pipeline could be operating next week. An appeals court may rule this weekend on a tribal request to stop any oil from flowing until it resolves an appeal of Boasberg's recent decision to not stop final pipeline construction.

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Heitkamp visits TrainND Thursday


Williston, ND (KEYZ) - U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today toured TrainND Northwest, a job-training facility that helps keep the state strong by preparing North Dakotans with the skills they need to get good-paying jobs in the energy industry, manufacturing, agriculture, and beyond.
 
The $7.5 million TrainND Northwest facility in Williston opened in 2015.
 
The facility offers training and certification programs for oil and gas employees, as well as on-site certification in a number of other areas to help North Dakotans improve their skills and prepare for the workforce. 
 
**Photo featuring Deanette Piesik & Senator Heitkamp courtesy of Williston State College
 
 

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Moose on the loose near Williston school Thursday


Williston, ND (KEYZ) - Only in Williston would parents picking children up from school be warned of a moose on the loose!

 
School Staff sent an e-mail to parents today telling them that there was a moose on the Rickard Elementary School playground.  Because of the moose, staff would not be releasing children from the East doors.  Instead, all students were to be released from the West and South Doors.
 
Staff announced that they would also not be allowing students to walk home, and that if your child normally walks home, you should make arrangements for them to be picked up.
 
Staff also warned parents and children to not approach the moose.
 
Children were detained in the school's auditorium/cafeteria while Williston Police monitored the moose's location in the area.  It was reported to have wandered across the football field and continued roaming between the football field and neighborhood houses.
 
The Fish and Game Department has been notified.  
 

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Heitkamp says Trump budget proposal would hurt North Dakota


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Democratic U.S. senator says President Donald Trump's budget proposal would hurt North Dakota and other parts of rural America.
 
Heidi Heitkamp says the $1.15 trillion budget that Trump unveiled Thursday would cut funding for agriculture and rural development programs. She says it also jeopardizes permanent flood protection projects in Fargo and Minot.
 
Trump's budget is a far-reaching overhaul of federal government spending that slashes many domestic programs to finance a significant increase in the military and make a down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
 
Trump says it makes the safety of people a priority, and "puts America first."
 
Trump's proposal covers only roughly one-fourth of the approximately $4 trillion federal budget, the discretionary portion that Congress passes each year.
 

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Fargo Business Man Wants Sunday Shopping on the Ballot


   FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A Fargo businessman is leading a drive for an initiated measure to repeal North Dakota's law barring shopping on Sunday mornings.
   Brandon Medenwald has launched "North Dakota Open on Sundays." The push for a statewide vote comes after the state Senate this week killed a bill to repeal North Dakota's longstanding Sunday business restrictions.
   Medenwald is putting a committee together and hopes to have the measure's language ready to submit to the secretary of state's office within a couple of weeks.
   If the language is approved, his group will need to gather more than 13,000 valid signatures to get the measure on the ballot.
   Medenwald says he doesn't think state government should dictate when businesses can and cannot be open.
 

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State To Bill US Taxpayers for DAPL Dabacle; Despite Pipeline Owners Offer


Bismarck, ND (KEYZ) The State of North Dakota is poised to go after the US Government to recoup up to 38 million dollars spent for policing and cleaning up the Dakota Access Protest sites, apparently ignoring an long standing offer by the pipeline's owner Energy Transfer partners to foot the bill. 
      Here's CBS news reporter Mark Alpert, just after interviewing ETP's Chairman Kelcy Warren in December.
     "Warren told us the company wants to reimburse the State of North Dakota and Morton County for the millions spent so far on protests and security, but that authorities have not yet accepted his offer," reported Alpert in a nationally broadcast interview during CBS This Morning.
      The North Dakota Attorney General says the State will go after the Army Corp of Engineers to recoup money on law enforcement and clean up operations.   The North Dakota Watchdog Network is outraged, wondering why the financial responsibility should rest on taxpayers.  
     Mike Nowalski,  Governor Burgum's spokesman tells news radio that "all reimbursement options are on the table and nothing has been ruled out".   
 
Photo Credit: CBS News/Kelcy Warren

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Judge Refuses to Drop Criminal Charges Against Schwartzenberger


WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) - A judge has declined to dismiss criminal charges against the McKenzie County sheriff who is accused of misusing his office credit card.
   South Central District Judge Sonna Anderson refused the dismissal motion Tuesday during a hearing in Bismarck. She didn't offer a reason for the decision.
   Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger is accused of making excessive charges on his office credit card during a trip to the 2015 Western State's Sheriff's Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas.
   Schwartzenberger later paid for the charges but a criminal affidavit alleges the charges were made in violation of a county policy.
   Defense attorney Tom Dickson calls the criminal allegations baseless, and contends that there was no written policy.
   Schwartzenberger is scheduled for trial on May 16. He faces a maximum penalty of one year in prison and $2,000 in fines.
 

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Judge Won't Stop Oil from Flowing Through DAPL


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A federal judge has refused to head off the imminent flow of oil in the disputed Dakota Access pipeline.
      Judge James Boasberg on Tuesday denied a request by the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux to stop oil from flowing while they appeal his earlier decision allowing pipeline construction to finish.
      Boasberg says a "critical factor" is the tribes' appeal is unlikely to succeed. They say the pipeline violates their religious rights because it's running under a lake they consider sacred. Boasberg says the argument was made too late and is of questionable merit.
      The $3.8 billion pipeline will carry North Dakota oil to Illinois. Texas-based developer Energy Transfer Partners says it could be moving oil as early as Monday. Boasberg says ETP would be "substantially harmed" by a delay.

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On Your Mark, Get Set For the One Day Job Fair Next Week in Williston!


Williston, ND(KEYZ) Attention job Seekers you will not want to miss Job Service North Dakota's One Day Job Fair next Wednesday in Williston! Fran Zerr with Job Service says come prepared.
     "Dress appropriately, bring your current resume and any other documentation, like your CDL license, that type of information, because you will be interviewed and jobs will be offered," says Zerr.
      Fran's partner in linking candidates with good fitting jobs, is Cindy Sanford and she says you can even go online and do some research into the 15 hundred jobs available.
     "If you go to Jobsnd.com and go to job posting number 484143, there's a link there and a listing of all of the jobs where you can apply online in advance.  You will have to apply sooner or later even if you get a job," says Sanford.
      That's the one day Job Fair next Wednesday March 22 at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center starting at 3 pm for Veterans' Preference, then 3:30 for everyone else. 

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House Leader Carlson Modifies Casino Proposal


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Republican House majority leader has changed his proposal to allow up to six state-owned casinos, if voters approve.
   Rep. Al Carlson is introducing an amendment Wednesday that would allow for up to six privately-owned, state-regulated casinos.
   Opponents say a change to the state Constitution to allow more casinos would hurt American Indian gambling facilities and relationships with tribes.
   Carlson's original proposal would forbid state casinos from being built within 20 miles of a reservation. The amendment would double that distance.
   The new proposal would allow the casinos anywhere in the state. Previously, the casinos also would not be allowed within five miles of a city of more than 5,000 people.
   If approved by the Legislature, voters could decide the issue in the June 2018 primary.
 

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Grimshaw announces departure


Williston, ND (KEYZ) - A Williston health care professional is leaving for a new opportunity.  Matt Grimshaw, President of CHI St. Alexius Health Williston, will be promoted to a new West Region President role where he will assume responsibility for several facilities in the region.

 

In his new capacity, Matt will assist in the operations in Dickinson, Devils Lake, Carrington and Williston while also coordinating strategy for all of CHI St. Alexius Health, Bismarck, including Turtle Lake and Garrison.

 
Grimshaw tells News Radio among the new challenges faced by Williston's medical community is a dramatic change in demographics:
 
"We've gone from a community that was aging to a community that has gotten younger faster than any place in America.  So, we've had to rapidly shift our service mix to one that is geared toward a younger demographic."
 
Grimshaw says when he arrived in Williston seven years ago, there was no pediatric clinic and now there are three pediatricians; there were only two full-time OB doctors in the community, today there are five; a plastic surgery program was not offered, we didn't have a neurologist, a cardiologist, or a full-blown pain clinic.  He says those are all new services that became "do-able" as our population grew and the demographics changed.
 
 

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North Dakota Senate fails to repeal Sunday shopping ban


 BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Senate has killed a bill to repeal the state's longstanding Sunday business restrictions.
 
The bipartisan measure lifting the state's so-called blue laws failed 22-25 in the Senate on Tuesday. It narrowly passed the House 48-46 last month.
 
The National Conference of State Legislatures says about a dozen states have some form of Sunday sales laws, but only North Dakota prohibits shopping on Sunday morning.
 
North Dakota residents can order alcohol at a restaurant or bar late Sunday morning but must wait until afternoon to go shopping because of the ban that's rooted in religious tradition.
 
North Dakota law once required most businesses to stay closed on Sundays. The Legislature in 1991 allowed most businesses to open on Sundays but not before noon.
   
 

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North Dakota Legislature mulls 'constitutional carry' bill


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Legislature is deciding whether to allow people to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.
 
The so-called "constitutional carry" bill already passed the North Dakota House and is being considered by the Senate. It would allow people 21 or older to forgo background checks and classes that are now required.
 
Supporters told the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday that the bill promotes constitutional rights and allows protection from criminals. Critics worry it could lead to more shootings as people with less training would be carrying weapons.
 
The full Senate is expected to vote on the bill later this week. About a dozen states already have similar laws.
 
The number of concealed carry permits in North Dakota has more than doubled in the past five years, to 48,700.
 

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North Dakota Senate approves brain injury council bill


BISMARKCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would create an official statewide brain injury advisory council.
 
Senators approved the House bill, with some changes, by a 45-0 vote Monday. The measure passed the House by an 81-9 vote earlier this season.
 
Under the bill, the governor, legislative leaders and other groups would appoint members of the council. The group would be charged with promoting programs and ways to improve the quality of life for those living with traumatic brain injuries.
 
The House must agree with the Senate's amendments, or else a conference committee would need to be appointed to iron out differences.
   
 

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A local landmark is celebrating its rich history


Williston, ND (KEYZ) - It is the longest permanent existing landmark in Williston . . . Riverview Cemetery, and it needs your help recognizing its 130th anniversary this September. 

 
Phyllis Stokke, a committee member with the anniversary board, tells News Radio one of their goals is to focus on the cemetery's rich history:
 
"So, we're looking at giving the community an update of its inception and how it has evolved through the years with the Garden of Angels with the baby cemetery, the veterans and a lot of us have loved ones there.  There's a lot of history there."
 
Phyllis says the first burial in Riverview Cemetery was Sept. 2, 1887.
 
 
 

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Montana travelers reminded of upcoming Real ID requirements


BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Travel professionals are reminding their customers that Montana's state-issued driver's licenses will no longer be accepted as a valid form of identification for commercial flights next year.
 
Beginning Jan. 22, passengers must produce a passport or some other form of identification that complies with Real ID, a 2005 law that sought to boost security by mandating nationwide standards for identification.
 
For more than a decade, Montana politicians of all stripes have criticized Real ID as a federal overreach and a potential invitation to identity theft.
 
The Department of Homeland Security has granted Montana two extensions for compliance. But after the second expired last year, Gov. Steve Bullock sent a letter urging federal officials to suspend implementation of Real ID.
 
Meanwhile, Montana's two U.S. senators have introduced legislation to repeal Real ID.
   
 

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Montana unemployment rate falls slightly to 3.9 percent


HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.9 percent in January, the lowest rate in nearly a decade.
 
Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy says Montana added 2,700 payroll jobs in January, but with the loss of self-employed and agricultural jobs, the state lost 536 jobs. The number of private jobs increased by 3,100 but the number of public sector jobs fell by 400.
 
Montana's unemployment rate was last at 3.9 percent in August 2007. It was as low as 2.9 percent in February 2007, before the recession.
 
The national unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.8 percent in January.
 
Montana's February unemployment rate will be released on March 24.
 
A final analysis of 2016 numbers estimated Montana gained 6,500 jobs last year.
 

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Opponents: North Dakota-owned casinos would hurt tribes


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Opponents of a proposal that would change the North Dakota Constitution to allow state-owned casinos say it will hurt American Indian gambling facilities and relationships with tribes.
 
Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox told the House Judiciary Committee Monday that casinos provide jobs and revenue for the state's five Indian reservations and nearby communities.
 
Ruth Buffalo of Mandaree says state and tribal relations are at an "all-time low" following the Dakota Access pipeline dispute. She says the state should be working to repair the relationship instead of mulling casinos.
 
Republican Rep. Al Carlson of Fargo says the state could market its casinos as "destination-oriented attractions" and use their profits to offset taxes.
 
If approved by the Legislature, voters could decide the issue in the June 2018 primary.
 

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Manhunt ends with Peaceful capture of Rolla Jail Escapee


Rolla, ND (KEYZ) The Rolette County Sheriff says a jail escapee is back in custody, without incident after an overnight manhunt in the area following his escape at about 8 PM Sunday.
 
     The suspect is ID'd on the Rolla Police Facebook page as 58 year old Jay Barker,who is accused of robbing the Citizens Community Credit Union at gunpoint last Wednesday, and later arrested in Belcourt.  Barker is white, 5'7", 170 lbs, with red and orange hair, blue eyes.  He was last seen wearing orange jail pants, along with a white cut-off shirt and orange flip-flops.
     Barker fled from the jail toward the west side of Rolla. Various police agencies  searched for him.   

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Tourism ads bring $328M in visitor spending to North Dakota


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The tourism division for the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce says tourism ads brought in $328.3 million in non-resident visitor spending in 2016.
 
The non-resident visitors contributed $18.7 million to the state's tax base.
 
The chamber's tourism division director Sara Otte Coleman says the campaign featuring actor Josh Duhamel showcased a variety of state amenities revolving around North Dakota history, the outdoors and city attractions.
 
North Dakota invested $3.17 million in advertising to out-of-state markets in 2016, resulting in 354,000 non-resident trips to the state. All told, the advertising brought in $104 in non-resident spending for every $1 spent on advertising.
   
 

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Charges filed in poaching incidents at pipeline protest camp


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Authorities have charged four men in two separate deer poaching incidents late last year in or near the camp in southern North Dakota that housed Dakota Access pipeline protesters.
 
The state Game and Fish Department says charges of unlawful possession of big game have been filed against men from New Hampshire and Idaho and two men from New York. Arrest warrants have been issued for all four suspects, none of whom is believed to be in North Dakota.
 
Authorities are still trying to identify other suspects.
 
The charge against the men is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $3,000 fine.
 

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North Dakota House approves lifting ban on parking meters


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota House has endorsed legislation that would allow communities to install parking meters on their streets if voters approve.
 
Representatives voted 53-38 on Thursday to lift the nearly 70-year-old ban on parking meters. The Senate approved the measure earlier, although the House amended it to specify that voters would have to agree to install parking meters if the city where they live wants to do so.
 
The Senate still must approve with the House amendment.
 
Parking meters were outlawed in 1948, after an angry farmer was ticketed for not feeding the meter. When the Legislature repealed it in 1951, Howard Henry led another successful referendum to reverse the decision.
 
North Dakota is the only state that bans the meters on public streets.
 

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Much of North Dakota in store for more winter weather


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Western and central North Dakota are in store for more winter weather.
 
The National Weather Service says dangerous wind chills as low as 40 degrees below zero will blanket the northwest and north central regions overnight into Friday morning. Wind chills that cold can lead to frostbite on exposed skin in as little as half an hour.
 
Snow is expected to develop across western and central North Dakota on Friday. Forecasters say total accumulations by the end of the weekend could range from 3 to 7 inches.
 
Much of northern North Dakota was hit by a blizzard earlier this week that brought heavy snow and winds gusting in excess of 50 mph, shutting down schools and blocking highways.
   
 

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North Dakota lawmakers get bad news in revenue forecast


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota legislators who already are dealing with a massive budget shortfall have learned they have even less money to spend due to the slumping oil and agriculture economies.
 
Newly updated forecasts of the state's tax collections show North Dakota's treasury expects to collect $46.3 million less than previously expected before its current two-year budget period ends on June 30.
 
The state treasury also is expected to collect $103.2 million less than previously expected for the next two-year budget, from this July through June 2019.
 
Lawmakers have been holding off on major appropriations bills until they knew how much money they would have available to spend.
 
Gov. Doug Burgum says the Legislature's work ahead will be one of the biggest challenges ever faced by state lawmakers.
   
 

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Stanley residents reject $19.5 million school bond issue


STANLEY, N.D. (AP) - Stanley residents this week soundly defeated a proposed $19.5 million bond issue that would have paid for a high school addition and renovations to existing classrooms.
 
Three-fourths of the 748 voters on Tuesday voted against the proposal.
 
Superintendent Tim Holte says rising enrollment prompted the election. He says the slowdown of the oil boom hasn't had much of an impact on crowding issues.
 
The school board on Monday plans to discuss what to do next.
   
 

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Hundreds of students coming to Career Expo


Williston, ND (KEYZ) - For the third year in a row, Williston State College is hosting the Northwest Career Expo on Wednesday, March 15th for area high school sophomores and juniors. 
 
Janice Arnson, with the Great Northwest Education Cooperative, and Karissa Kjos, WSC Student Life Coordinator, visited the KEYZ News Radio studios Thursday morning to talk about the event.
 
Arnson says over 650 students are already registered to attend, and that's over 100 more than last year.  She says the event has really taken off and was popular last year:
 
"The kids get a lot out of it and word has spread, so more have signed up this year to come."
 
Arnson says, "high school students get to attend the sessions of their choice to learn about careers that they're interested in."
 
Karissa Kjos says there are a variety of presenters this year:  "We will have everything from entertainment services, telecommunications, health, agriculture, electrical . . . so a little bit of everything in every aspect of different industries." 
 
KEYZ News Radio's Dee James will be a presenter again this year at the Career Expo.
 
 

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Amtrak train gets stuck in snow 13 hours in North Dakota


RUGBY, N.D. (AP) - An Amtrak passenger train with 111 people aboard got stuck for nearly 13 hours in northern North Dakota after a blizzard blocked the tracks with snow.
 
The eastbound train on the Empire Builder Line between the Pacific Northwest and Chicago was to leave Minot late Tuesday but was delayed seven hours by the storm.
 
The train departed about 6 a.m. Wednesday but got stuck an hour later in a snowbank near Rugby that was 25 feet high and 200 feet long.
 
Officials brought in heavy equipment to clear the tracks. The train was freed and went on its way about 6:45 p.m.
 
****Attached photo is not from actual incident

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WSC students honored


Williston, ND (KEYZ) - Twelve North Dakota community college students have been named to the 2017 All-North Dakota Academic Team, which recognizes the academic achievements of community college students. The students were honored at a dinner and awards ceremony on Tuesday at Bismarck State College. 

 
660 KEYZ NEWS RADIO congratulates two Local Members of the 2017 All-North Dakota Academic Team from Williston State College:
 
Taylor Nelson of Ray and Mikayla Whiteley of Watford City.
 
Students named to the state team are also nominated for the All-USA Academic Team. 
 
 
 

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Williston woman arrested after drugs found in son's body


Williston, ND (KEYZ) A Williston woman is in jail after authorities found drugs in her small son's body.
 
Police say 28-year-old Cammi Turner was arrested Saturday after doctors evaluated her 4-year-old son.  
 
Police and social workers went to Turner's home last month on a welfare check of the boy.
 
Authorities say the child seemed to be sedated and was slow to wake up. Test results later showed elevated levels of meth in his system.  Meth and items for suspected drug use were also allegedly found in the home.
 
Turner is charged with child endangerment and possession of a controlled substance.  She is being held at the Williams County Correctional Center on twenty thousand dollars bond.  A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May.
 

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Charges issued in shooting that nearly hurt boy


MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A Minot man is charged with reckless endangerment in a shooting that narrowly missed a 5-year-old boy.
 
Minot police say 56-year-old Russell Brandt was handling a handgun in his trailer home last Friday when it discharged and a bullet entered a neighbor's home.
 
A couple and their 5-year-old grandson were in the neighboring trailer. The bullet was found lodged in the arm rest of a chair the boy was sitting in when the shot came through the living room wall.
 
Brandt told a judge in court Monday that he is thankful no one was hurt. A probable cause document says Brandt told police he had been drinking when he pointed the gun in the direction of the neighboring trailer and accidentally pulled the trigger.
 

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Justices say ND county cannot veto site of treating facility


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Supreme Court says Dunn County cannot veto the location of an oil and gas waste treating plant approved by the state Industrial Commission.
 
The opinion upholds a ruling last year by Southwest District Judge Dan Greenwood, who said the sole authority for zoning rests with the commission, which regulates energy development in the state.
 
Environmental Driven Solutions sued Dunn County in 2013 for denying zoning for storage tanks on property adjacent to the treatment facility, sparking the dispute. Three other oil-producing counties filed documents supporting of Dunn County.
 
Dunn County officials said the site in question was zoned as "rural preservation," which does not allow for salt water storage tanks.
 
The justices said in an opinion released Tuesday that state law clearly trumps the county's zoning requirements.
   
 

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Burgum: GOP health care overhaul plan 'work in progress'


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum calls the health care overhaul plan released by House Republicans "a work in progress."
 
Burgum reacted Tuesday to the new Republican health care bill. In a statement, the new Republican governor says there are "many competing interests, particularly between states with and without expanded Medicaid," which covers low-income people.
 
Burgum also says he does not believe there is a national solution to the problem. Instead, he says states must be empowered with the control and flexibility needed to come up with new solutions for lowering the actual costs of health care.
 
President Donald Trump has endorsed the plan. GOP leaders hope the legislation will fulfill campaign promises to repeal and replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.
   
 

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Minot Air Force Base to deploy B-52 bombers


MINOT, N.D. (AP) - B-52 bombers from Minot Air Force Base will deploy to the Middle East for combat operations for the first time in 12 years.
 
Minot's bombers are replacing Barksdale, Louisiana bombers.
 
Last year, the Air Force announced it would be sending B-52 Stratofortresses into the battle against the Islamic State group. According to Air Force information, the Barksdale Air Force Base bombers were the first ones sent.
 
The B-52 is a long-range bomber, capable of flying high subsonic speeds at altitudes up to 50,000 feet. It can perform an assortment of missions and is capable of dropping or launching the widest range of weapons in the U.S. inventory.
 

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Blizzard conditions persist in north central North Dakota


MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Blizzard conditions persist over north central North Dakota.
 
The National Weather Service says wind gusts up to 60 mph and light blowing snow will continue to create travel difficulties Tuesday in Minot, Bottineau, Towner, Belcourt and Rugby.
 
A blizzard warning remains in effect until Tuesday night, although little new accumulation is expected. Minot Public Schools are among those with a delayed start Tuesday.
 
To the west, from Williston to Stanley, winds aren't expected to quite be as strong. But, blowing snow is expected to reduce visibility to a-half mile. The area is under a winter weather advisory through 9 p.m. Tuesday.
 

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Bismarck residents voting on $57.5 million school bond


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Residents of North Dakota's capital city are deciding whether to spend $57.5 million to expand and renovate schools.
 
The latest demographic projections show Bismarck will gain about 1,500 students in its middle schools and high schools in the next five years.
 
If the bond measure passes Tuesday, it will provide funding to expand middle schools and remodel the aging Bismarck High School, adding a new 650-seat auditorium and a third gym court.
 
If the measure fails, the school district might use more portable classrooms.
 
Five years ago, Bismarck voters approved spending $86.5 million to build two new elementary schools and Legacy High School.
  
 

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Nasty weather upon us after a mild weekend


Williston, ND (KEYZ) -  We enjoyed a mild weekend with continued melting, but drastic changes are on the way, so says National weather service meteorologist Zac Hargrove:

 

"We are looking at Winter Storm Warning conditions in the northwestern North Dakota area, including Williams and Divide County, where we could see accumulations in the three to eight inch range right now.  There is still some uncertainty where those heavier snowfall totals are going to occur."
 
Hargrove tells News Radio, along with the expected snow and ice, is a wind factor:
 
"The stronger winds are going to likely be over the southwest part of the state, and then eventually north central, but there should be enough winds to at least cause some reduced visibility issues over Williams and Divide County." 
 
Hargrove says the storm warning is for Williams and Divide Counties, while a winter weather advisory is for counties further south.
 

 

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District One Legislators meet with constituents Saturday


Williston, ND (KEYZ) Doing more with less.  That was the general theme of Saturday’s  legislative forum held at NDSU’s Ernie French Center.  
 
Senator Brad Bekkedahl, and Representatives Gary Sukut and Pat Hatlestad met with about thirty District 1 constituents to answer questions during the “crossover” period of the legislative session.
 
Even though An advisory group of lawmakers, state officials and business leaders last week recommended lower projections for tax collections in creating the state's upcoming two-year budget, Rep. Sukut said District one leaders will remain adamant about money for Williston's new airport:
 
"There's no argument about the airport dollars.  The airport dollars have got to come.  We have to have those airport dollars.  We're committed on the airport now to be completed by the end of 2019.  We need those dollars to meet our obligations, so we're definitely going to stand fast on the airport dollars."
 

In the meantime, Monday begins the first full week after the Legislature's midsession break.  The most important day of the 2017 session is Thursday because lawmakers are expected to get a new revenue forecast that will be used to craft the new state budget.

 

 

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Panel aims for lower North Dakota tax collection projections


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An advisory group of North Dakota lawmakers, state officials and business leaders is recommending lower projections for tax collections when crafting the next state spending plan.
 
State Budget Director Pam Sharp told the panel Friday that tax collections already are more than $50 million lower than what was expected so far this year. The deficit was based on a previous revenue forecast done in November.
 
A dramatic drop in North Dakota tax collections due to depressed oil and farm commodity prices has had North Dakota scrambling to make up for potential shortfalls to the state treasury.
 
The recommendations by the group will be used to craft a new forecast expected next week by budget analysts. The Legislature has idled major spending bills until the new economic assumptions are released.
 

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Funeral set for 3 children killed in Carrington home fire


CARRINGTON, N.D. (AP) - Funeral services are set next week for three children who died in a fire in Carrington.
 
The victims were all siblings - 7-year-old Spencer Tufte, his 8-year-old sister, Melody, and their 11-year-old brother, Alex.
 
The funeral will be held on Wednesday, March 8, in the Carrington High School Gymnasium at 3 p.m. Burial will be in the Carrington Cemetery.
 
A candlelight vigil was scheduled Thursday at 7 p.m. at the family's home. Barricades will be in place to keep vigil-goers away from the fire scene.
 
The children died when fire engulfed their mobile home in Carrington's Westside Trailer Court early Saturday. Their parents, Dawn and Brandon Tufte, and a third adult survived.
 
The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the state fire marshal are investigating.
 

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Vanity closing its stores after filing for bankruptcy


FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A Fargo-based women's clothing chain plans to close its 140 stores after more than 50 years in business.
 
Vanity board chairman Jim Bennett says the company has filed for bankruptcy protection. Bennett says competition from internet retailers significantly impacted the company's bottom line.
 
Vanity employs as many as 1,700 people, with more than 100 employees at its corporate headquarters in Fargo.
 
Vanity has stores in 27 states. Vanity was incorporated in 1966.
 
Shawn Wenko, Executive Director of Williston Economic Development, calls the Vanity closures "especially disappointing"  since the Williston location remains popular and is a crucial part of Downtown.
   
 

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New Watford City Mayor Justin Voll Has Got "Big Shoes To Fill"


Watford City ND(KEYZ) Watford City has a new mayor this morning following a special election due to Brent Sanford's November election as Lt Governor.  
      Justin Voll, President of First International Bank and trust in Watford City beat out Gregg Schuetze owner of Watford City Electrical.  Voll tells news radio, he's got some big shoes to fill.
      "I was on the (City) council for ten years and all those years spent with Brent either on the council with me or as mayor, and the mayor before him, I've got some very big shoes to fill following those two guys," he tells news radio.
      One of his first tasks, is to huddle together with Mayor Howard Klug of Williston and other mayors in the oil patch to come together in a unified voice in lobbying Bismarck in keeping their funding promises, for the Airport and other regional and local projects.
      "I think that this only makes sense, if we all join together and work on behalf of each other it's a lot more effective than just one city looking out for their best interest and trying to get ahead without working as a team," says Voll.
     He says a lot of the heavy lifting has already been done by Sanford and he just hopes to oversee and manage the city growing into it's new infrastructure.
     "We have land that is ready to build on and we're sitting in a position where we can really handle some growth without a whole lot of growing pains for the city I mean for the last six and seven years we have experienced those growing pains to get to where we are today," says Voll.

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Williams County Seeks Historical Photos


Williston, ND (KEYZ) Search your Grandma's attic and contribute to a new community project that future generations can enjoy. 

 

It's not the "Antiques Road Show," but it is a way for you to share old photos and memories that will illustrate the legacy of our region for years to come.  The Williams County Building Committee is searching for photos taken in Williams County to be used as art in the soon-to-be expanded County Administration Building.

 
Williams County Communications Officer Melody Mileur tells News Radio the county is interested in photos AND any three dimensional historical pieces that you are interested in donating for display in the new building:
 
"Some people might have pieces of buildings, maybe an interesting artifact that is attached to an interesting story related to Williams County.  We are really interested in seeing those hidden treasures that you might have found in your Grandma's attic that might be interesting to be displayed in a county building."
 
She says photos will be accepted in both digital and physical formats. Of the selected photos, there will be one grand prize of five hundred dollars and four honorable mentions.   Mileur tells News Radio photographs representing the county from past to present will be used to illustrate the legacy of our region:
 
"We are just really excited to see all of the treasures that you might be submitting and I encourage each and every one of you to do so.  No matter what it is that you have, I think it is important for you to be a part of this process.  So, we look forward to seeing everything come to the committee."
 
Deadline for all submittals is Monday, April, 2017.  Photos and historical items can be delivered in person to the Communications Department at 302 E Broadway, Williston or via e-mail at
communications@co.williams.nd.us.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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House majority leader proposes North Dakota-owned casinos


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Republican House majority leader has proposed allowing up to six state-owned casinos, if voters approve.
 
The proposal by Rep. Al Carlson of Fargo was introduced Wednesday. It will be scheduled for hearings later.
 
The proposed constitutional amendment would allow the Legislature to authorize funds for the casinos. They would be regulated by a state casino gaming commission.
 
North Dakota already has six casinos on American Indian reservations. The proposal would forbid state casinos from being built within 20 miles of a reservation.
 
The casinos also would not be allowed within five miles of a city of more than 5,000 people.
 
If approved by the Legislature, voters could decide the issue in the June 2018 primary.
 

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50-year-old North Dakota power plant closes


BEULAH, N.D. (AP) - Great River Energy has closed a 50-year-old coal-fired power plant in Mercer County.
 
The Minnesota-based company announced their decision to shutter the plant rather than move forward with expensive upgrades in July. Last week, the plant's control panel and power was disconnected from the power grid for the final time.
 
Fifty-five of 68 employees and specialty contractors remain at the plant. They'll clean and strip the facility down to mortar and steel for its final decommissioning May 1.
 
Some of the remaining employees will retire, while another 28 are moving to other GRE facilities. A few remaining employees will be left to seek employment.
 
Wade Aanderud, leader of plant operations, says the last moment of operations was always scheduled to occur sometime before March 1.
   
 

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Judge Says Soper's Electronics' to Remain in County Custody


Minot, ND(KEYZ) A judge in Minot rejects a request former Sawyer Schools Superintendent Charles Soper, that the state turn over to his family his computer, IPAD and cell phone seized during his criminal investigation for having sex with minors.      

     Ward County Deputy State's Attorney Kelly Dillon argued against the request, saying the computer and iPad both contain child pornography and should instead be destroyed.   North Central District Judge Doug Mattson agreed, ruling the electronics should be destroyed or given to law enforcement for training purposes.    
     Soper was accused of sexually abusing three teenage boys and possessing child pornography. He resigned from the school after his arrest in 2015.

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Work begins on new Williston Fire Station


Williston, ND (KEYZ)Only stumps remain in preparation on a piece of ground on 11th Street in preparation for a long awaited addition to a vital Williston organization.  Dave Benth, Rural Fire Chief for Williston's Rural Fire Protection District, tells News Radio the project is underway:
 
"We had to remove some trees and a big pile of dirt for the new Williston Fire Station going in there."
 
Benth says Williston Rural Fire Department has been renting space across from Cash Wise since its inception in the 1950's.  He says with the addition of equipment and the increase in oil well and traffic incidents, the time has come to build:
 
"We've gotten so much equipment and things have gotten so much more busy around the area with the different types of hazards, from oil well to traffic incidents . . . and with that, we've needed more space."
 
Benth says the new one-level building, which will include living quarters, is estimated to cost about 6.6 million dollars and should be completed by late 2018.
 
Benth says it is regretful that the large evergreen trees had to be removed for traffic safety issues, but new trees will be planted and another landmark, the "water hill" will stay in place so kids can to continue to sled down it.

 

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Dynamic Well Services Offers Reward for Info on Stolen Power Swivel


Williston, ND(KEYZ)Dynamic Well Services is offering a cash reward of $2000.00 for any information that leads to the location of their Venture Tech XK-90 Power Swivel that was taken from a Whiting location east of Williston off of Highway 1804 on or about February 20, 2017.

     If you have any information that may be helpful, please call Jason at 701-651-5831.  All names will be kept confidential.  

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Child Sex Case Begins in Stanley


Stanley, ND (KEYZ) Trial has begun for 38 year old Shadwick Walker of Stanley -- accused of having   sex with a girl on multiple occasions when she was 14 and 16 years old. 
     Walker was in his  low and mid 30s during the alleged incidents.  He faces the chance of life in prison without parole if convicted.
     His trial is expected to wrap up on Thursday.

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Hearts Are Broken in Northeast North Dakota Town Over Three Children Killed in Fire


   CARRINGTON, N.D. (AP) - A small community in northeastern North Dakota is coming together to support a couple who lost their three children in a weekend fire.
   Carrington Police Chief Randy Munkeby Monday confirmed the identities of the three young victims - 7-year-old Spencer Tufte, his 8-year-old sister, Melody, and their 11-year-old brother, Alex.
   The children died when fire engulfed their mobile home in Carrington's Westside Trailer Court. Their parents, Dawn and Brandon Tufte and a third adult survived the fire. Brandon Tufte is in good condition at Regions Hospital in the Twin Cities.
   Munkeby says his department has turned the fire investigation over to the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The state fire marshal is also investigating.
   Nearly $60,000 has been raised on a GoFundMe website to help the family with funeral expenses and other needs.

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Suspected Drug Dealer Swallows Evidence to No Avail; He sits in Jail


Williston,ND (KEYZ) Suspected Williston drug dealer, 45 year old John Tester finds out the hard way, there's no sense in trying to hide your goods by swallowing them.  

     After first drawing attention to himself last week by driving on the grass off of Crest Street, Tester allegedly took off on foot when approached by Williston police. 
      He was later found to have swallowed a bag of cocaine he had been hiding on his person, and a search of his car turned out other drug paraphernalia.   He had given the officers a false name, but that's been sorted out and Tester now staying at the Williams County Jail.
He has a court date set for April 27.

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WRED to Host 5 Regional Public Forums This Weekend


Williston, ND (KEYZ) Williston Regional Economic Development is holding four simultaneous public meetings this Saturday at ten am in Williston, Crosby, Watford City,   and Stanley with a later meeting at two in Tioga.
      Ann Kvande with the WRED tells news Radio the meetings will update the public on pending state legislation and how it may impact our
quality of life here in the oil patch.  
     "Instead of waiting for our legislators to come back at the end of the session and give an update as to what happened, to do it right around the time of Crossover instead, that way, the public can hear from their legislators as to what's going on in this session and the legislators can get feedback," says Kvande.
      Kvande explains why it was important to expand these meetings beyond Williston.
"We think it is very important for the public to talk to their senators and representatives and really be a voice for this region, and this is going to give them the opportunity before the session is over to voice their questions and concerns and find out what our legislators are doing for us right now.
The forums are all scheduled for Saturday, March 4th at the following times and locations:
 
District 1
Williston
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: NDSU Williston Research Ext. Center
Ernie French Center
14120 Hwy 2 West, Williston, ND 58801
Contact: Ann Kvande
Williston Economic Development
Email: annk@ci.williston.nd.us
 
District 2
Crosby
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Crosby Community Center
1002 2nd St SE, Crosby, ND 58730
Contact: KayCee Lindsey
Divide County JDA
Email: dcjda@nd.gov
 
Tioga
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Nesset Consulting
6844 State Hwy 40, Tioga, ND 58852
Contact: Dennis Lindahl
Tioga Economic Development
Email: dakotapublic@gmail.com
 
District 4
Stanley
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Sybil Center
11-17 3rd Ave SW, Stanley, ND 58784
Contact: Grace McConnell
Flag Family Media
Email: grace.mcconnell@flagfamily.com
 
District 39
Watford City
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: City Hall - Heritage Room
213 2nd St NE, Watford City, ND 58854
Contact: Gene Veeder
Watford City Economic Development
Email: gveeder@co.mckenzie.nd.us
 

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Rolling Four Year Plans for our Kids Future


Williston, ND (KEYZ) Preparing your son or daughter for college.  "We need to do more of what we call, 'Rolling 4-year plans'," says North Dakota Schools Superintendent Kirsten Baesler.        Baesler  encourages all middle and high school counselors to start work early with their students on identifying career goals and developing course plans that will get them there, and be flexible, since young minds can change.
      "If you want to be an engineer, these are the classes that you are going to need to take in your 8th grade year, your 9th grade year, your 10th grade year, and 11th grade year, and then suddenly having another conversation with them as a sophomore in high school and there are saying 'I don't want to be an engineer anymore, I want to be a physician's assistant.  Well then if that's what your plans are now then this is what your course schedule needs to look like your junior year and senior year and your first year of college," says Baesler.
      It's called "Rolling a Four Plan" and parents should be involved as well, contacting their child's counselor and principal as early as middle school.
      "If they need extra help in their senior year, we want to be able to identify that before they even get to their senior year and say we are not going to let you take that remedial course on a college campus.  We are going to give you some developmental courses your senior year so when you get to college you hit the ground running," says Baesler.
      Baesler encourages parents to try and identify early, your child's career choices so they are well on their way even before they start college or university.

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