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BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley will kick off a day-long celebration marking North Dakota's 125th anniversary...

BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley will kick off a day-long celebration marking North Dakota's 125th anniversary of statehood Saturday, August 16, with an opening ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. on the Capitol grounds. The celebration is the first of two signature events scheduled to commemorate the state's quasquicentennial and will showcase the best of North Dakota with home-grown entertainment, food, crafts and kids' activities. The second event will take place on Nov. 2, the state's official birthday, and will coincide with the grand opening of the new North Dakota Heritage Center.

Festivities will kick off with an opening ceremony featuring remarks by Dalrymple, Wrigley, Sen. John Hoeven and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard.  For more information about North Dakota's 125th celebration and a schedule for Saturday's event, follow on Facebook and Twitter at NorthDakota125 and visit


A North Dakota state agency has launched the pilot program of an enhanced law enforcement records system in an effort to keep up with increasing expectations and changing crime trends.  The Law Enforcement Records Management System is the product of the North Dakota Criminal Justice Information System, itself an independent branch of the state's technology department.

The system has been around for a few years, but starting in July, a handful of law enforcement and corrections agencies have begun using its expanded capabilities.  Where the program known as LERMS once was used primarily to compile crime data and forward it to the federal government, the pilot version of the program allows officers to digitally compare notes and study crime trends.

To date, none of the larger state law enforcement agencies have signed on for the pilot, but both the Morton County Sheriff's Department and the Mandan Police Department are scheduled to come online in the next couple of months.


A report by The Environmental Integrity Project claims that gas and oil drilling companies are still using diesel fuel for hydraulic fracturing.  An updated study, 'Fracking Beyond the Law,' says oil operators could still be using diesel to frack wells without a permit.

The report criticizes 'FracFocus,' the national chemical registry for hydraulic fracturing, claiming drilling companies have removed records of past diesel permits from the site without leaving a record of the change.

Author of the report Mary Greene says 80% of chemicals injected into the wells are undisclosed and is calling for a more transparent reporting system for the disclosure of chemicals used in fracking.  According to the report, 10 of the operators are North Dakota companies.

Spokesperson for the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources Allison Ritter says she has faith that companies are not using diesel in their fracking.  She says the Department has a system to make sure operators are compliant.

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