News: Sheriff Kukowski Trail Hangs on Technicality   source: Minot Daily News  

Charges against currently-suspended Ward County Sheriff Kukowski that resulted from the death of inmate Dustin Irwin in October of 2014 are hanging on a technical mistake made by the special prosecuting attorney. It’s a matter of date, and in the case of typing 2014 versus 2015 created a legal argument may halt the prosecution.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

Flood Protection Funding Coming into Focus

News: Flood Protection Funding Coming into Focus   source: Minot Daily News  

Jill Schramm with the Minot Daily has an update on Minot’s efforts to find funding for the long-term flood protection plan. An appropriation bill in the legislature is through the House and, if it holds together, it secures the state’s share of the first four phases. What’s less clear is how we’ll go funding our nearly $350 million local share. The City’s Sales Tax ad hoc committee continues […]

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News: Inappropriate Behavior Results in One-Week Suspension for Hockey Team   source: Grand Forks Herald  

The boy’s hockey team in Thief River Falls will serve a team-wide one-week suspension because of inappropriate behavior. Privacy laws prevent the school district from saying more about the event that caused suspension, but an independent investigation resulting from allegations provided the district grounds for the action.

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News: Farm Operators Adapting to Supply and Demand Economics   source: Williston Herald  

In the business of producing raw food products, current commodity prices are directly impacted by last year’s harvest. And current prices are the biggest factor in what get’s planted this year. It all results in a game that requires good operators to adapt their farms to supply and demand conditions that have potential for the best return on their annual effort and investment.

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News: Dakota Access Protester Trial Results in Guilty Verdict   source: Bismarck Tribune  

The legal process is beginning to catch up with those involved in the protest activities related to the Dakota Access Pipeline. A jury in Morton County found eight of the early arrestees guilty of disorderly conduct. Special Prosecutor Ladd Erickson has suggested he will seek steeper penalties for those facing more violent charges.

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News: Lake Darling to be Lowered for Spring Runoff   source: Minot Daily News  

In anticipation of a heavier-than-average spring runoff, the operating level at Lake Darling will be lowered to 1594 feet above sea level — 2 feet below the normal pre-runoff level. The goal is to reach that level by the end of March, and as the releases ramp up over the next weeks, those on the river should pay extra attention to ice conditions.

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News: An End to Sunday Closing Laws Passes House on Second Try   source: Williston Herald  

After lengthy debate on Monday in which a vote to end North Dakota’s Sunday closing laws for retail businesses failed by a narrow margin, a legislator had a change of heart overnight and called to revisit the issue. This time around, the house voted to remove North Dakota’s laws. Get the full story from the Williston Herald.

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News: UND Sports Programs Again on the Chopping Block   source: Grand Forks Herald  

After a contentious process at UND last year that forced coaches and program supporters to defend their sponsorship by the University. Last fall, the decisions were made and it was thought the issue was closed. But proposed 20% cuts to the Universities budget have once again reopened the conversation. Get the full story from the Grand Forks Herald.

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News: Committee Continues Work Stamping Out Nuisance Weeds   source: Minot Daily News  

A City of Minot Ad Hoc Committee on nuisance weeds continues to make progress towards a plan that will allow the City to more effectively manage properties where weeds and construction debris become an eyesore and problem for surrounding property owners. The method proposed: enhancing existing tools and upping enforcement. Jill Schramm with the Minot Daily News has the full story.

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News: Protest Camp Clean Up Underway   source: Bismarck Tribune  

After months of occupation, the protest camps that have been home to as many as thousands of anti-Dakota Access Pipeline protesters are finally being cleaned up. Protesters remain, but the Standing Rock Tribe hopes to have the camps completely cleaned prior to spring flood waters which are anticipated.

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Bismarck Nonprofit Making Big Investment in Historic River Culture

News: Bismarck Nonprofit Making Big Investment in Historic River Culture   source: Bismarck Tribune  

A Bismarck Nonprofit is on the way to adding a new historic attraction to the Captial city. The foundation has reached their fundraising goal of $750k which means construction will begin this spring on a new museum, ticket office, and cafe for the Lewis and Clark Riverboat. The replica structure will have the appearance of a late 1800’s railway river warehouse.

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News: Flood Protection: A Penny Could Pay For It   source: Minot Daily News  

The City of Minot’s Sales Tax Ad Hoc Committee met yesterday for the second time. The committee is still in the information gathering process, and one of the presenters yesterday was SRJB Project Administrator Ryan Ackerman. He provided the committee with his analysis of paying our local share of flood protection, and it looks like a penny of sales tax dedicated to the mission can get the job […]

Summary by: Josh Wolsky