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A Minot woman is sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to stabbing her sister....

     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A Minot woman is sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to stabbing her sister. Twenty-seven-year-old Sara Beth York entered the plea to aggravated assault Thursday in district court in Minot. York was also ordered to serve three years of probation following the prison sentence.
     Minot Daily News reports court documents say the women physically fought last June after the sister wanted to go into a bedroom where children were sleeping to retrieve her boyfriend's belongings. York grabbed a steak knife from a kitchen drawer and stabbed her sister in the head. The woman needed nine stitches to close her wound at Trinity Hospital. York must also pay $825 in court costs.

     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A Minot woman has been sentenced to serve 1 1/2 years in prison for embezzling from her father's business. The Minot Daily News reports that 25-year-old Doddi Erickson pleaded guilty to stealing from John's Auto Body between 2014 and 2015 and was recently sentenced. In addition to the prison time, Erickson was ordered to pay nearly $20,000 in restitution.
     Erickson has a criminal history that involves convictions for drug use, drug possession in jail, bail jumping and child neglect.


     DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) - A Georgia man is dead after a crash on an icy highway in western North Dakota. The Highway Patrol says the 81-year-old man from East Point, Georgia, was a passenger in a pickup truck that spun out of control on state Highway 22 north of Dickinson and collided with another pickup. The crash happened about 9:30 a.m. Thursday. The Georgia man was pronounced dead at a Dickinson hospital. The drivers of both vehicles were taken to hospitals with unspecified injuries. None of the people involved were immediately identified.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A search committee reviewing applicants for a new North Dakota land commissioner has narrowed the field to three people. Incumbent Lance Gaebe was appointed in 2010 by then-Gov. John Hoeven and his term expires at the end of the year. He reapplied for the position and is a finalist. The others are Douglas Lee of Bismarck and Jodi Smith of Bismarck. Lee most recently worked as general manager of KLJ Progress Solutions in Bismarck and Smith worked as a Sanford Health Foundation vice president.
     The commissioner manages the state Land Department. The agency leases rights for grazing rights and rights to produce oil, coal and gravel from state lands. The state Board of University and School Lands oversees the Land Department. Gov. Doug Burgum is chairman of the board.

    MINOT, ND - The large tower crane used in the construction of the Renaissance Parking structure in downtown Minot is scheduled to be removed. City of Minot engineer Lance Meyer says crews will begin dismantling the crane on Saturday, with removal likely taking a few days. During the crane's takedown and removal, First Street SW between Second Avenue SW and Third Avenue SW will be closed to vehicle traffic.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Projects in North Dakota that promote specialty crops are getting $2.2 million in grant money. State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring recently announced the grant awards to 29 projects that promote the development, cultivation, production or sale of specialty crops.
     The federal government defines specialty crops as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops. North Dakota is a leading producer of several of them, including dry beans, dry peas, potatoes and lentils.
     The grant money comes from the federal government. It's distributed through a formula that takes into account crop acreage and production value. Projects at North Dakota State University are getting most of the money.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Gary Adkisson has been named publisher of the Bismarck Tribune, a Lee Enterprises newspaper. The 60-year-old Adkisson was formerly publisher of The Sentinel in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He joined Lee Enterprises in 2014 after serving as general manager of The Paducah Sun in Paducah, Kentucky, for seven years.
     Before he moved to Kentucky, Adkisson was regional publisher of three daily newspapers and 13 weekly publications at Brown Publishing in Delaware, Ohio. He has been a publisher at the Bluefield Daily Telegraph in Bluefield, West Virginia, the Weatherford Democrat in Weatherford, Texas, and Livermore Publishing in Mineral Wells, Texas.
     A native of southeast Missouri, Adkisson began his career in 1977 as a circulation district manager at The Tennessean and Nashville Banner in Nashville while still a student at Welch College.


    BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum has proclaimed Saturday as Miss America Cara Mund Day in North Dakota to coincide with homecoming ceremonies for the Bismarck native. On September 10th, Mund became the first Miss North Dakota to be crowned Miss America, and only the fourth Miss North Dakota to reach the top 10 of the competition.

    A 2012 graduate of Bismarck Century High School, Mund has raised nearly $80,000 for Make-A-Wish through the North Dakota Make-A-Wish Fashion Show she founded 10 years ago. She also interned for U.S. Sen. John Hoeven last year and has said she wants to be North Dakota's first female governor.

    "Cara Mund has represented her home state in an exceptional manner," Burgum said. "Her hard work and perseverance, dedication to public service and commitment to improving the lives of others is a source of immense pride for people across North Dakota. We celebrate her return home and wish her a successful reign as Miss America."

    Williston, home of the Miss North Dakota pageant, will host a homecoming celebration for Mund starting at 6 p.m. tonight at Bakken Elementary School, with Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford among the scheduled speakers. Mund will then return to her hometown for a welcome home party at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Bismarck Event Center.


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