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I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

- G.K. Chesterton

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 KHRT ND News

KHRT ND NEWS - FRIDAY - 09/29/17 - NOON EDITION

A jury has convicted a man accused of fatally assaulting a woman behind a Bismarck store last year....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A jury has convicted a man accused of fatally assaulting a woman behind a Bismarck store last year. Jurors delivered a guilty verdict on felony murder charges for Morris Brickle-Hicks Thursday afternoon following a four-day trial. Brickle-Hicks was accused of beating 40-year-old Misty Coffelt and leaving her to die behind Runnings in April 2016. The defense called no witnesses at the trial. Attorney James Lorass argued there was reasonable doubt about whether Brickle-Hicks was guilty. A sentencing date will be scheduled later after Brickle-Hicks has mental and chemical dependency evaluations.
 
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Supreme Court has reversed a district court ruling in a case involving mineral rights taken by the state for construction of a dam that created Lake Sakakawea. Attorneys for the William Wilkinson family argued that state's actions were unconstitutional. But Northwest District Court Judge Paul Jacobson ruled last year that the state owned the property and mineral interests. The Supreme Court on Thursday reversed Jacobson's ruling and returned the case to the lower court.
 
     The state's high court says the district court must now take into account a new law passed this year by the Legislature that's intended to clarify disputed ownership of minerals under the Missouri River reservoir. The law limits the state's mineral claims under Lake Sakakawea to a smaller area than it had claimed.
 
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Nearly 30 applicants who have applied to be commissioner of the North Dakota Department of Trust Lands will remain confidential under a new state law. The Bismarck Tribune reports the law took effect on Aug. 1. It shields names of applicants for state government jobs from the open records law, though the names of job finalists will be made public.
 
     The department oversees the permanent educational trust funds and assets under the Land Board's control. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is a member of the Land Board and doesn't like the new law. He says the "public is always interested in who applies." The North Dakota Newspaper Association also dislikes the law. Association attorney Jack McDonald says the law deprives the public of knowing who's applying and leads to less participation.
 
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - American Indian activist Chase Iron Eyes says new leadership for the Standing Rock Sioux might bolster efforts to repair relations with county, state and federal officials that were strained during tribally led protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Dave Archambault, the tribe's chairman and the face of the protests, lost his bid for re-election on Wednesday.

    Iron Eyes is a Standing Rock member who at times clashed with Archambault over protest tactics. But he says he and Archambault shared the same goal and that Archambault represented the tribe well.

    John Floberg has been an Episcopal minister on the reservation for 26 years. He doesn't think the handling of the protests was the main issue in the election. He says incoming Chairman Mike Faith has long been a respected leader on the reservation.

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     GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Grand Forks police have arrested a suspect in an attempted robbery at a convenience store. Authorities say the 22-year-old man entered a Cenex store about 3:45 p.m. Thursday and demanded money. He fled when the clerk refused, and employees followed him until officers arrived and took him into custody a few blocks away. Police say store employees believe the man had a weapon, but that wasn't immediately verified.

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     MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - Mandan has officially opened its $23 million sports complex. Officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning. A high school football game against Bismarck Legacy tonight will be the first athletic competition at the complex just north of Interstate 94.

    The 84,000-square-foot Starion Sports Complex includes two skating rinks, a gymnastics facility and 2,000 seats overlooking a track and turf football field. The facility is funded by sales tax revenue and private contributions. It's owned and operated by the Mandan Park District.

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     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The five children of the late Chester and Joy Reiten have donated half a million dollars to the Hostfest Heritage Foundation. The gift honors the memory of their parents and boosts the Norsk Hostfest Scandinavian heritage festival that draws about 60,000 people from around the world each year. Chester Reiten was a principal founder of Hostfest, which is in its 40th year this week. He served as president until his death in 2013. Joy Reiten died two years later.
 
     The $500,000 donation in their memory is being made by David Reiten, Steven Reiten, Kathleen Reiten Hruby, Timothy Reiten and Melanie Reiten Shonkwiler. David Reiten succeeded his father as Hostfest president. The donation comes a year after the Reitens donated $400,000 from their parents' estate.

 

 

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