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The builder of the Dakota Access oil pipeline and the federal agency that permitted the project are objecting to an effort by American Indian tribes to bolster protections for their water supply......

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The builder of the Dakota Access oil pipeline and the federal agency that permitted the project are objecting to an effort by American Indian tribes to bolster protections for their water supply.
     Lawyers for Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners and the Army Corps of Engineers argue separately in court documents that the proposals by the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux are unnecessary or unwarranted.
     The dispute centers around the $3.8 billion pipeline's crossing of the Missouri River's Lake Oahe reservoir in southern North Dakota. Both tribes get water from the lake and fear contamination should the pipeline leak. They want more protections while the Corps completes further review that the court ordered on the pipeline's impact on tribal interests.
     U.S. District Judge James Boasberg will decide later whether to grant the tribes' request.


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A farm family is suing the Dakota Access pipeline company alleging it failed to restore farmland it damaged during construction as promised.
     Slack Family Properties accuses the pipeline company of breach of contract, taking property without authorization, fraud and deceit in its lawsuit filed in Lincoln County this week. The Argus Leader reports the Harrisburg-area family says five parcels of farmland were damaged causing the loss of corn and soybean crops for two growing seasons.
     In easement agreements with landowners, Dakota Access promised to restore all farmland to its previous condition and to compensate farmers for any losses because of the pipeline's construction. During the project's planning stages, some farmers expressed fears about lost productivity.
     Dakota Access spokeswoman Vicki Granado says the company doesn't comment on pending legal matters.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota is temporarily making it easier for commercial drivers to deliver propane. Gov. Doug Burgum has waived hours-of-service requirements for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting the fuel. The request came from state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring.
     Burgum's order says propane inventories are low due to market disruptions caused by hurricanes and other factors. Propane also is typically in demand this time of year for grain drying and home heating.
     Burgum's waiver was issued Tuesday and is in effect for 30 days. North Dakota Propane Gas Association Executive Director Mike Rud tells KFGO radio that the waiver is a "proactive move," should there be a cold snap and a repeat of what happened in 2013-14. That winter, there were extreme shortages of propane across 30 states and prices skyrocketed.

     NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) - Residents and law enforcement on the Fort Berthold Reservation are searching for a woman missing more than a week. Authorities say 32-year-old Olivia Lone Bear was last seen the evening of October 24th leaving a New Town restaurant. Her father, Texx Lone Bear, tells The Bismarck Tribune that the mother of five children left her wallet and ID behind.
     Ground and air searches on the reservation Wednesday and Thursday yielded no clues. Another search is being organized for the weekend. Three Affiliated Tribes Police Detective Sam Lincoln says the search for now is focused on the reservation. But he says authorities are pursuing leads that Lone Bear might be out of state with another person. It wasn't immediately clear if police think Lone Bear might be the victim of a crime.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Police in Bismarck aren't releasing the name of an officer involved in a shooting - in part because the officer is invoking a new law that expands the rights of crime victims. The officer was attacked after responding to a call at a Bismarck motel on October 15th. Police say he was punched in the head and had his eyes gouged before he shot and wounded his attacker.
     Chief Dan Donlin tells The Associated Press the officer invoked Marsy's Law, approved by voters just last year. Donlin says names are typically released after shootings are reviewed by the state - but he's not sure that will happen now.
     Jack McDonald, an attorney who frequently represents North Dakota media outlets, said withholding the officer's name is a "perversion" of the law.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Several homeless men have been forced back onto the streets after the recent closing of the only emergency men's shelter in Bismarck-Mandan. The Bismarck Tribune reports that with snow expected this week, the closure of the Ruth Meiers Hospitality House has men desperately looking for another place to stay. The facility opened in response to those in need of emergency shelter in 1987.
     Terry Pierson, a former shelter resident, says he's temporarily staying with a friend at the emergency shelter's apartments. Tenants can occupy the apartments until Nov. 17.
     Jena Gullo is the executive director for Missouri Slope Areawide United Way, a nonprofit. She says the nonprofit received a donation that allowed the agency to help some of the shelter's former tenants get hotel rooms. Gullo says the nonprofit has limited funds for the temporary crisis plan.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The 32nd edition of North Dakota's Blue Book has been published. Secretary of State Al Jaeger unveiled the book Thursday at the state Capitol. The manual profiles North Dakota's past and present and compiles statistical and historical information. The Blue Book is so named because of the blue cover that adorns most editions.
     The book was first published in 1887, predating statehood by two years. The first editions were called the "state manual" and the "legislative manual," and were intended to provide information for lawmakers. It is now published every two years the help of about 50 volunteers. The nearly 600-page softcover book is being sold for $20 at the North Dakota Heritage Center's museum store, and it also can be ordered through the store's online site.

     GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Grand Forks is hosting a Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase this weekend. State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says more than 100 vendors are expected to have booths at the Alerus Center on Saturday and Sunday. North Dakota-made merchandise will include everything from food to jewelry. Admission is $2, which includes a reusable shopping bag. Shoppers who bring their own bag receive $1 off admission.

    More than 500 companies are members of the Agriculture Department's Pride of Dakota branding program. Holiday showcases also are planned in Minot, Fargo and Bismarck in the next month.


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