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KHRT ND NEWS - TUESDAY - 02/11/14 - NOON EDITION

Four Minot residents have been arrested on terrorizing charges...
    MINOT, ND - Four Minot residents have been arrested on terrorizing charges.  Minot Police received a report of a group threatening a resident on 27th Avenue Northwest around 6pm last night.  When officers arrived they found two suspects at the scene while two others fled on foot and where taken into custody.  Officers recovered two handguns from a vehicle driven by the suspects. They were later determined to be BB guns which by design replicate real handguns.  Two baseball bats were also recovered.

    Arrested was 30-year old Brandon Shawn Adams, 18-year old Tanner John Miller, a 17-year old male and 15-year old female.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An engineer in training with BNSF Railway has been praised on the U.S. Senate floor for his actions following the derailment of an oil train on the outskirts of Casselton.
 
     Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says Geoff Anderson, of Larimore, put himself in harm's way to connect 25 railcars to a locomotive so they could be moved away from the explosions and fire that accompanied the Dec. 30 wreck.
 
     It happened when a train carrying soybeans derailed and caused the train carrying crude to jump the tracks. There were no injuries, but residents were asked to evacuate for a time because of smoke that drifted over Casselton when several rail cars burned.  Heitkamp told the Senate on Monday that the disaster would have been worse had it not been for Andersen's actions.

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    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Parole and probation officers say growing caseloads are pushing the limits of North Dakota's supervisory standards for ex-convicts.  Parole and Probation Division Director Leslie "Barney" Tomanek says officers are struggling to keep pace.  
 
     Tomanek says the number of people on parole or probation in North Dakota was 5,900 today. That's an increase of almost 1,100 since 2010.  There are 75 sworn officers who supervise offenders throughout North Dakota. That's an average of about 78 cases per officer. Tomanek says an ideal caseload would be about 60 offenders per officer.
 
     The state Legislature last year provided funding for six additional officers.  Chet Pollert heads the House Appropriations committee that examines such budgets. He says lawmakers are going to "have to take a long, hard look at this again."
 
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     LEITH, N.D. (AP) - A white supremacist who tried to take over a small North Dakota town has sold his house there.  Leith Mayor Ryan Schock tells The Bismarck Tribune that 62-year-old Craig Cobb sold the home to a resident of nearby Carson, and KXMB-TV reports that Grant County records confirm that.  The buyer declined comment to The Associated Press.
 
     Cobb is accused of terrorizing Leith residents with guns last November. He has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of felony terrorizing and remains jailed. He could face up to 35 years in prison if convicted.  A district judge on Monday gave attorneys in the case three weeks to try to work out a plea deal.
 
     Cobb purchased a dozen lots in Leith after moving there about two years ago, and still owns three.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A public hearing is slated in Bismarck on a proposed ordinance that would ban selling electronic smoking devices to minors.  The Bismarck Tribune reports the hearing today.  Under the ordinance, those providing or selling e-cigarettes and similar devices to people under age 18 could be fined up to $500.  Minors found possessing or using the product could be fined up to $70.

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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexually abusing a girl beginning about three years after he was released from prison for killing his infant child.  Prosecutors had recommended a 20-year prison term for Erick McKay, of Devils Lake, but U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson ruled that special circumstances warranted a stiff sentence.
 
     Erickson called McKay a danger to children and to the community. The judge had earlier sent notice to both sides that he was contemplating a sentence above federal guidelines.
 
     McKay was previously convicted in state court in 2002 of shaking his 7-week-old son to death and sentenced to 15 years in prison.  McKay had pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact.  A federal public defender could not be immediately reached for comment.

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     WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Authorities have identified a West Fargo man injured while working at a construction site.  Police say 34-year-old Nicholas Prochnow was taken to a hospital Monday afternoon after his right arm became caught in a soil-boring auger. Authorities say Prochnow was doing soil testing in an area where some new apartment buildings are being built.  Prochnow's condition was not immediately available today.  Northern Technologies Inc. declined comment to WDAY-TV.
 
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     WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) - A woman who once operated the state Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle office in Wahpeton is accused of financial misconduct.  Authorities allege that 72-year-old Catherine Muehler can't account for $100,000 owed to the state. She's charged with felony misapplication of entrusted property, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.  Court documents don't list an attorney for her and she did not immediately respond to an Associated Press request for comment.
 
     The Motor Vehicle branch offices aren't run by the state but by independent contractors. The Wahpeton office was closed last May due to what officials said was a breach of contract. A new office opened in July in the Wahpeton-Breckenridge Area Chamber of Commerce.
 
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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A Swedish reality TV show that features 10 Americans competing in various cultural events is entering its fourth season and casting officials say something is missing.  They want someone from the Fargo area.
 
     The show's title translated to English means "Anything for Sweden." Contestants are required to be of Swedish descent, but they cannot have visited the country.  Casting director Sofia Eng says the show is seeking applicants from the Red River Valley primarily because of its rich Swedish history. She also cites the continued popularity in Sweden of the 1996 movie "Fargo" as a factor.
 
     One of the stars of the movie, Peter Stormare, is from Sweden. He is shown in one of the final scenes feeding the body of Steve Buscemi into a wood chipper.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - People who enjoy North Dakota's state parks can begin making reservations.  The Parks and Recreation Department began taking reservations at 7 a.m. today. Full services at state parks begin on May 16, and officials say the 95-day reservation window enables visitors to ensure they have a campsite when they arrive.
 
     Reservations can be made online at any time of the day or night, though the website www.parkrec.nd.gov . The department's toll-free number, 1-800-807-4723, can be used from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central time daily.
 
     Reservations may be made for May 16 through Sept. 1, except at Fort Ransom State Park, which will have reserved sites available through Sept. 28. Stays are limited to 14 consecutive days unless otherwise noted.



   (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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