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North Dakota oil drillers produced an average of about 977,000 barrels of oil a day in March....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota oil drillers produced an average of about 977,000 barrels of oil a day in March.  The Department of Mineral Resources says the record March production was up from an average of about 952,000 barrels daily in February.
     North Dakota's oil patch had a record 10,457 producing wells in March, up 258 from 10,199 in February.  The state also produced 33.6 million cubic feet of natural gas in March, up from 29.7 million cubic feet of natural gas in February.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A judge has set bond at $25,000 cash for a Tioga man accused of threatening three people with a gun in Bismarck and pointing the weapon at police.  Twenty-three-year-old Colton Wooten faces felony charges of terrorizing and reckless endangerment, as well as misdemeanor weapons charges. He could face up to 32 years in prison if convicted on all of the counts.
     Wooten was arrested early Saturday after a police officer shot at him but missed. He made his initial court appearance on Monday.  Authorities say the weekend incident happened after Wooten had been at a bar. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Wooten said in court on Monday that he had been drinking but is not a violent man. He said he moved from Texas last year in search of work.


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A Fargo man is in custody after a large drug bust in the city.  KFGO radio reports that police say they seized $14,000 in cash Monday along with large quantities of marijuana, cocaine, hashish, mushrooms, LSD, and prescription pills and patches worth more than $12,000.  The bust happened at a residence close to an elementary school.  Court documents did not immediately list formal charges against the 20-year-old suspect.


     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - United Airlines will begin a daily roundtrip flight between Williston and Houston on August 19th.  U.S. Sen. John Hoeven made the announcement today. The North Dakota Republican says linking Williston to United's Houston hub will help meet demand for expanded air service in western North Dakota.
     Williston's airport currently has four daily flights to Minneapolis through Delta Air Lines and four daily flights to Denver through United.  Tickets for flights between Williston and Houston are currently on sale.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Airline boardings in North Dakota continued to set records in April.  The state Aeronautics Commission says 94,720 people boarded planes at the state's eight large airports, up 14 percent over the year. Airports in Dickinson, Williston, Minot, Fargo and Grand Forks all posted their best passenger numbers on record for the month.
     Dickinson saw the biggest percentage increase over April 2013, of 221 percent. Fargo had the biggest increase in actual passengers, with 6,411 more boardings.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota officials are trying to raise awareness of the emerald ash borer and prevent its spread into the state, which has about 78 million ash trees.
     The beetles have killed millions of ash trees in several states including Minnesota. North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the pest is now widespread in Minneapolis-St. Paul, and given the traffic on Interstate 94 between North Dakota and the Twin Cities it will be difficult to keep the bug out of North Dakota.
     Gov. Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed next week as Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week. Foresters in 30 cities and state parks will be tying ribbons along with informational fliers to publicly owned ash trees.  Local, state and federal officials also will be placing about 350 insect traps around the state.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A grassroots group in North Dakota is recruiting people who are interested in watershed issues along the Missouri River.  The North Dakota Missouri River Shareholders are planning a fall workshop to outline the group's plans and increase support.
     Group leaders say the Missouri River is central to the state's future and the success of the project depends on participation from local entities.  Wade Bachmeier, a member of the group's executive committee, says North Dakota needs a unified voice when it comes to the state's rights regarding the Missouri River.  


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota is remembering its fallen law enforcement officers.  A North Dakota Peace Officer memorial service is slated on the state Capitol grounds tonight.
     Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says 61 North Dakota law enforcement officers "have made the ultimate sacrifice and they will be remembered."  The ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. at Peace Officer Memorial wall, east of the Capitol's judicial wing.

     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Minot State University is graduating its 100th class of students.  The university has scheduled its spring commencement for Friday morning. The university celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, and the class of 2014 is the school's centennial graduating class.
     The school's first president, Arthur G. Crane, is one of the scheduled speakers. Current President David Fuller is overseeing his final graduation ceremony. He's retiring at the end of June.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The mother of a baby born in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Bismarck says her son is doing well.  The Bismarck Tribune reports that mother Alesia Medeiros was waiting in a vehicle while her mother-in-law shopped last Thursday night. Medeiros started going into labor and asked a woman nearby to call 911.
     Store co-manager Derrick Orr helped deliver the baby, with the help of others who came to the aid of Medeiros and the woman on the phone with 911 dispatchers, who passed along instructions. Orr used his shoelace to tie off the umbilical cord as the ambulance arrived.
     Baby Diesel was born six weeks early and weighed fewer than 5 pounds, but Medeiros says he is doing fine, though he remains in the hospital.

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


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