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KHRT ND NEWS - FRIDAY - 08/15/14 - NOON EDITION

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Authorities have a suspect in custody in a bomb scare that prompted the evacuation and temporary closure...

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Authorities have a suspect in custody in a bomb scare that prompted the evacuation and temporary closure of an airport in the hub of North Dakota's bustling oil patch.  Williston police say the 53-year-old man was arrested Thursday on charges of terrorizing and physical obstruction of government functions. It was not immediately clear if he had been formally charged.
 
     Detective Amy Nickoloff says Transportation Security Administration employees found a laptop with protruding wires and duct tape in the man's possession, and that the man was uncooperative.  The suspicious device forced the closure and evacuation of Sloulin Field International Airport for more than four hours Thursday afternoon. A bomb squad from Minot eventually determined the device wasn't a bomb.  Nickoloff says the suspect was planning to travel to Texas via Minneapolis.

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MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The city of Minot is working with the North Dakota State Fair on plans for $2.2 million in upgrades at the All Seasons Arena on the fairgrounds.  The Minot Daily News reports that the City Council this week approved an ordinance establishing city authority for a $2 million bond issue for the project. The bond would be paid off over 15 years with revenue from the city's lodging tax.
 
     The ordinance simply allows for bonding. City Manager Cindy Hemphill says financing details will have to be worked out in a final agreement with the State Fair that's expected to be drafted for City Council consideration in October.  The project would include lights, boilers and air conditioning upgrades, as well as work on locker rooms and the arena's restaurant.

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - U.S. House Speaker John Boehner is campaigning for Kevin Cramer, a freshman congressman who holds North Dakota's lone U.S. House seat.  Cramer says the fundraiser is slated Friday night in Lincoln, southeast of Bismarck.
 
     Cramer says the stop in North Dakota is one of several the Ohio Republican plans to make by bus while stumping for GOP House candidates across the country.  Cramer faces a challenge in November by Fargo banker and Democratic state Sen. George B. Sinner, the son of former North Dakota Democratic Gov. George A. Sinner.

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WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - The growing oil patch hub of Williston is planning a second fire station and a new high school.  Fire Chief Jason Catrambone says the city's annexation of more land and the growing number of residents has prompted the need for a second station.
 
     The Williston Herald reports that Catrambone has received city approval to seek proposals to begin design work on the $5.5 million project.  Meanwhile, the City Commission this week approved the annexation of 35 acres of land for the new high school. Voters in June approved a $34 million bond issue to help fund the $56.5 million facility.

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A bash is set at the state Capitol to celebrate North Dakota's 125th year of statehood.  The daylong celebration Saturday will include entertainment, food, crafts and children's activities.  It's the first of two "signature" events to celebrate North Dakota's quasquicentennial. The second is planned Nov. 2 - the state's official birthday - to coincide with the grand opening of the expanded state Heritage Center.
 
     North Dakota and South Dakota were both granted statehood on Nov. 2, 1889. President Benjamin Harrison signed the admission papers for the two states on that day. North Dakota became the 39th state, and South Dakota the 40th.  South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is scheduled to attend the Saturday celebration in Bismarck. He's bringing with him the pen that Harrison used.

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