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We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.

- Albert Barnes

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K-HEART SPORTS - FRIDAY - 09/22/17 - PM EDITION

A Minot business extensively damaged by fire earlier this year has filed a lawsuit against the city over zoning issues....

     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A Minot business extensively damaged by fire earlier this year has filed a lawsuit against the city over zoning issues. A "cease and desist" order was issued by the city this summer against Earth Recycling. The city said the business was not in compliance with zoning regulations.
 
     The Minot Daily News reports Earth Recycling says the business was grandfathered and doesn't need to comply with zoning regulations enacted in 2013. Earth Recycling opened in Minot in 2008. It's attorney, Lynn Boughey, has asked the court to stop the city from enforcing its "cease and desist" order.  A fire last May at Earth Recycling resulted in extensive damage, including the total loss of a building.
 
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    MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A three-year infrastructure reconstruction project has wrapped up in downtown Minot. The Minot Daily News reports that the $30 million project replaced miles of water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer pipes, streets, curb and gutters, sidewalks and street lighting. City Engineer Lance Meyer called it "a massive undertaking" and the largest reconstruction project the city has ever done. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for early October.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Efforts to oust officials in North Dakota communities have risen for the third year in a row. The Bismarck Tribune reports that nine recall committees across the state have targeted 11 officials, compared to seven recall efforts in 2016.
 
     Among this year's recalls is Julie Johnson, who was serving her second term as a member of the Kindred City Council when she ousted on Tuesday after a three-way election. Petitioners accused Johnson of aggressive and divisive behavior. Johnson says she feels relieved, "because things are out in the open now." Jason DuBord will take her place in October.
 
     Some recall efforts in the state that have failed, including efforts in LaMoure County and in Bismarck where enough signatures were collected, but were invalidated after official scrutiny.  

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - When duck hunters in the Northern Plains take to the field this fall, they'll find fewer wetlands at which to set up their blinds and float their decoys due to a summer of devastating drought.
 
     A North Dakota Game and Fish Department survey finds the number of duck-hunting wetlands statewide at the lowest level in nine years. In South Dakota, Harold Bickner with Ducks Unlimited says wetlands have dried up in many areas, and ducks have moved out.
 
     The prevalence of wetlands isn't the only determining factor in how many ducks will be available to hunters. Weather conditions and migration patterns also are big influences.
 
     Saturday is opening day for duck hunting in North Dakota. South Dakota's season opens next Saturday in some areas and Oct. 14 in others.

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     HOUSTON (AP) - The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by one this week to 935. That's still up from the 511 rigs that were active a year ago. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said today that 744 rigs sought oil and 190 explored for natural gas this week. One was listed as miscellaneous.
 
     Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana gained three rigs. Alaska, New Mexico, and Texas each gained one rig. North Dakota and Oklahoma lost three rigs each, and Colorado lost two rigs. California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming were unchanged.
 
     The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981. It bottomed out in May of 2016 at 404.

 


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