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A North Dakota man and a Rhode Island woman are the first people to be sent to jail for protesting the Dakota Access pipeline......

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota man and a Rhode Island woman are the first people to be sent to jail for protesting the Dakota Access pipeline. Sixty-four-year-old Mary Redway and 27-year-old Alexander Simon were convicted Oct. 19 of misdemeanor disorderly conduct during the protests in North Dakota.
     Redway, of Providence, Rhode Island, was sentenced to four days in jail and Simon to 18 days. Simon comes from Fort Yates, North Dakota, but The Bismarck Tribune reports he's teaching in New Mexico.
     The Water Protector Legal Collective says the sentences show the judge's bias because similar protest-related cases tried by other judges have resulted in suspended jail sentences or jail time offset by time served. The judge disputes that.
     Protests against the pipeline resulted in 761 arrests from August 2016 to February 2017.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A jury has convicted a Bismarck man accused of firing a shotgun at a law enforcement officer during a 15-hour standoff two years ago. Jurors deliberated about 90 minutes Wednesday before delivering a guilty verdict for 38-year-old Brandon Lyon on charges of attempted murder, terrorizing and illegally possessing a weapon. He could face up to 35 years in prison.
     The Bismarck Tribune reports Lyon took the stand and made his own closing argument. He told the jury he had no intention of hurting anyone. A judge has ordered a pre-sentence evaluation.


     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Contractors are putting the final touches on Ward County's $38 million jail expansion, with approvals from building inspectors expected early next month. The project manager says it will be completed this fall with the exception of a small bit of landscaping to be done next spring. Remodeling of the existing jail also should be completed by spring.
     The Minot Daily News reports that Adolphson and Peterson Construction hopes to obtain a certificate of occupancy as early as Nov. 1. Sheriff Bob Barnard says the new facility won't be taking inmates until about mid-December, after staff training is complete. The project will increase jail capacity from 104 beds to 300 beds.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The attorney general's consumer protection division is investigating the sudden closure of a building and remodeling contractor in Fargo. KVRR-TV says the owner of Studs to Rugs closed the business without warning, leaving an unknown number of customers in limbo. Assistant Attorney General Parrell Grossman says a state law approved two years ago makes contractor fraud a crime. Grossman says the owner has not responded to customers' calls and attempts by his office for information.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota city says it has regained its title of the center of North America. Hanson's Bar in Robinson snatched the title from the nearby city of Rugby last year because the city allowed its trademark to lapse. Rugby officials say in a statement that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has returned the trademark to the city.
     The debate over North America's geographical center began almost 90 years ago when a respected federal mathematician stuck a pin in a cardboard map of the continent and recorded the coordinates of where it balanced on his finger.
     Zealous leaders in Rugby saw the commercial potential and began promoting the town as the geographic center of North America, and in 1932 built a 21-foottall rock obelisk marking the supposed spot.

     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The first significant snowfall of the season is arriving in Minnesota. The National Weather Service posted a winter storm warning for northern Minnesota where 3 to 6 inches of snow is expected to accumulate by Friday. Up to 8 inches of snow is in the forecast for Koochiching County. Wind gusts of up to 45 mph will cause blowing and drifting snow and make travel more difficult. The Twin Cities metro area is expected to see 1 to 3 inches of accumulation by Friday.



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