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The attorney for McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger is asking a judge to throw out a criminal charge against his client....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The attorney for McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger is asking a judge to throw out a criminal charge against his client. Schwartzenberger is charged in state court with misdemeanor misapplication of entrusted property, related to nearly $1,000 in disputed expenditures on a county credit card at a Las Vegas sheriffs' convention.
     The Bismarck Tribune reports that defense attorney Tom Dickson has filed a motion to dismiss the case. Dickson says the charge against Schwartzenberger has been "investigated, prosecuted and litigated in an unprecedented level."
     Schwartzenberger was suspended from his sheriff's position last November by then-Gov. Jack Dalrymple. The sheriff was reinstated by Gov. Doug Burgum last month after a special commissioner ruled there wasn't enough evidence to support his removal.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Native American tribes are consulting with an energy company on a proposed wind farm in southern North Dakota. More than 120 wind turbines are proposed in Emmons and Logan counties. The Bismarck Tribune reports that leaders with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe recently worked with NextEra Energy to identify and protect cultural resources in the area. A tribal official says the efforts could serve as a model for other infrastructure projects.
     NextEra spokesman Steve Stengel says the company reached out to five tribes and other stakeholders in the early stages of the 300-megawatt project. Stengel says the company's approach is standard for NextEra. The farm project has yet to be proposed to the North Dakota Public Service Commission, but it's expected to begin in 2019.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The two sides in a legal battle over the constitutionality of North Dakota's Depression-era ban on corporate farming have both formally asked a judge to side with them.
     North Dakota Farm Bureau sued last summer to do away with the law that voters approved in 1932 to protect the state's family farming heritage. Farm Bureau and other plaintiffs contend the law limits farmers' business options and interferes with interstate commerce by barring out-of-state corporations from being involved in North Dakota's farm industry. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, North Dakota Farmers Union and the Dakota Resource Council dispute that in their defense of the law.
     The two sides have been arguing in court documents throughout the summer. A bench trial before U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland isn't scheduled until February 2019.


     WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) - Eighteen people have been displaced by a fire that swept through a 12-unit apartment building in Wahpeton. Authorities say the fire appears to have started on a first floor deck late Thursday night. KFGO reports it rapidly spread up the building's exterior walls to the third floor and attic. Six apartments were gutted. The others were damaged by smoke and water.
     Richland County Emergency Manager Brett Lambrecht says half the building was on fire when firefighters arrived on scene at 11:15 p.m. Wahpeton police went door to door as the fire spread, waking some tenants. No one was hurt. Lambrecht says residents have been put up in local hotels or are staying with relatives. The Red Cross is assisting those in need.

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Residents of the Grand Forks area gobbled up more than four tons of french fries during an annual french fry feed in the city. The event is held during the annual Potato Bowl week that celebrates the spud industry in the Red River Valley. WDAZ-TV reports that participants ate 8,154 pounds of french fries on Thursday, mashing the event's previous record of 5,220 pounds set in 2015. The potatoes are supplied by the J.R. Simplot Co., which has a fry plant in Grand Forks.

     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A four-generation business, a Finnish chef and author, and a technology and business leader will be inducted this year to the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame. The hall in Minot honors people of Scandinavian descent in North America who have achieved greatness in their field.
     This year's honorees include the Tollefson's Retail Group furniture and flooring business, which was started by the son of Norwegian immigrants in 1925 and now has locations throughout the Upper Midwest.
     Finnish-born chef Soile Anderson of Minnesota's Twin Cities has served U.S. presidents, the Dalai Lama and royalty.
     Norwegian-American Nathan Myhrvold is co-founder and CEO of Intellectual Ventures. He's an inventor, physicist, chef, photographer, author and former Microsoft officer.
     This year's induction ceremony is Sept. 26 during the annual Norsk Hostfest Scandinavian heritage festival.


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