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KHRT ND NEWS - MONDAY - 05/12/14 - MORNING EDITION

A 23-year-old Texas man is in jail after allegedly threatening people with a gun....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A 23-year-old Texas man is in jail after allegedly threatening people with a gun and pointing it at Bismarck police officers early Saturday morning.  Police say the man could face charges of terrorizing, assault on a police officer and carrying a concealed weapon.
 
     Officers were called to the 2300 block of East Main Avenue shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday for a report of a man threatening people with a gun.  One officer fired at the suspect and missed after the man took aim at the officers. He fled and was later found hiding out under a car and was taken into custody.
 
     Because no one was injured or killed in the incident, the Bismarck Tribune reports the officer who fired at the suspect hasn't been placed on administrative leave.
 
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Department of Human Services is funding programs intended to curb underage and adult binge drinking.  The grants include funding to 22 local public health units and four tribal nations. The grants range from about $130,000 to $600,000 for the health units, and $130,000 to $260,000 for the tribes.
 
     Officials say that North Dakota ranked second in the nation for past month binge alcohol use.  The awards are meant to help communities develop a plan and implement strategies to tackle the problem.

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     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Elementary students in Williston say their First Amendment rights are being threatened by their school after they began protesting their district's decision to fire a janitor.
 
     The Williston Herald reports the students and families say teachers at McVay Elementary School are trying to prevent the students from circulating a petition to reinstate Manuel Aguilera, even when the children are only collecting signatures during breaks.  The school says Aguilera was fired for being confrontational with the staff. The parents and children argue Aguilera was improperly let go.
 
     Sabrina Hanson is one of the students involved in the effort to get Aguilera his job back. She says the teachers are deterring students from signing the petition by telling them that they can't sign it because they're not 18 years old.
 
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Some North Dakota schools that depend on federal funds are faring better than those nationwide as effects from the state's oil boom has helped offset decreases in recent years.
 
     Schools with large amounts of tax-exempt federal land like Native American reservations and military bases have received less Federal Impact Aid Money, forcing them to make difficult cuts. But thanks to the state's oil boom, some federally impacted schools in North Dakota are staying level, and a few, like New Town, are thriving.
 
     State funding to schools has grown since the oil boom and officials say it has helped the federal cuts hurt less, but there are still struggling schools in the state. Dunseith Public Schools will move to a four-day schedule next year to help save money.
 
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Firefighters believe a blaze that damaged a Bismarck home was started in a compost bin on a porch.  The Bismarck Tribune reports that firefighters responded to the blaze on Friday.  Firefighters extinguished the blaze and prevented it from extending to the rest of the building.  No injuries were reported. Damage was estimated at $35,000.
 
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota native who has participated in four Iditarod races in Alaska says he might hang up his dog sled after next year's event.  Kelly Maixner was raised in Golva. He now lives in Big Lake, Alaska. His best finish in the Iditarod is 30th, in 2011.  Maixner says training for the grueling, 1,000-mile race from Anchorage to Nome is a big commitment, but he plans to give it one more shot next year before likely retiring.
 
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Bismarck's 142nd birthday will be celebrated Wednesday.  The Bismarck Historical Society and the State Historical Society of North Dakota will hold a free party at the Camp Hancock State Historic Site.
 
     The Bismarck Tribune reports the event will feature a flag ceremony, music and a brief dedication of a tree in honor of Frank Vyzralek. He served as North Dakota's archivist and died in February.  The event is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring chairs and blankets.
 
     In case of bad weather, the celebration will be moved to the Missouri River Special Events Center at the North Dakota Heritage Center.
 
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     MEDORA, N.D. (AP) - Ten people have been named to the 2014 class of the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame.  The Bismarck Tribune reports the inductees will be honored at a ceremony in June in Medora.  The board of directors of the hall of fame selected the following nominees by category:
 
     - Pre-1940 ranchers, Richard Moore
 
     - Modern-era ranchers, Stanley Pope
 
     - Ranch, Brooks Hereford Ranch
 
     - Cowboy long rider, Andy Moore
 
     - Special achievement, Blaisdell Rodeo Club
 
     - Pre-1940 rodeo, William Hadden
 
     - Modern era rodeo, Wayne Herman and Jerry Weinberger
 
     - Rodeo arena, Emerson Chase
 
     - Livestock, Skoal's Centennial
 
     Biographies of each of the inductees can be found online at www.northdakotacowboy.com

 


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