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A canvassing board will have to decide whether to identify the vote count for candidates receiving write-ins in Minot's mayoral election.....

     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A canvassing board will have to decide whether to identify the vote count for candidates receiving write-ins in Minot's mayoral election.  Ward County Auditor Devra Smestad tells the Minot Daily News that identifying write-ins isn't required if the outcome of an election wouldn't be affected. According to state law, a write-in candidate can request a count only in a very close contest.
     Chuck Barney ran unopposed in the election last week and got more than 1,300 votes.  Minot native Kevin Mehrer ran a write-in campaign in the days running up to the election.  The number of votes cast for all write-in candidates was just more than 1,000.  The canvassing board is slated to meet today.

     MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - Authorities say a Mandan man faces drunken driving, fleeing and other charges after he crashed and rolled a stolen vehicle near a mobile home park.  Mandan Police Lt. Rick Schaaf tells the Bismarck Tribune that the 36-year-old man was arrested Friday after a police chase.  Schaaf says the stolen vehicle entered a ditch near the mobile home park, causing it to flip.  Schaaf says an ambulance was called but the man did not have to be taken to a hospital. Instead, he was taken to jail.  No one else was hurt.

     JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) - Bond has been set at $250,000 for a Hazen man accused of robbing a Jamestown woman last month.  KOVC radio reports that 37-year-old Darrell Boggs faces 14 felonies, including robbery, and drug and weapons charges.  He is being held in the Stutsman County jail.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says an Oklahoma paving company has been fined for doing work in North Dakota without a contractor's license.  Stenehjem says company owner Sylvester Cooper of Spiro, Oklahoma, was fined $5,000 and ordered to repay $5,000 to a customer.  Stenehjem says Spiro has now obtained his contractor's license.
     Stenehjem says North Dakota gets an influx of paving companies that come to the state every summer looking for work. He says some are reputable companies but "many are fly-by-night operators who target rural communities, do poor quality work, and then flee the state before the complaints come in."

     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - The city of Williston plans to spend $1.75 million to purchase a building downtown to house its burgeoning building and planning departments.  The Williston Herald reports that the cost is a negotiated figure with seller Fortuna LLC from the original asking price of $1.9 million.  Officials say the new building will provide the departments more space and more room to serve the public.  Officials say the city plans to renovate and move its staff into the building at the end of the year.

     TIOGA, N.D. (AP) - A Tioga teen is back home and in good health after receiving a heart transplant.  KXMC-TV reports that 17-year-old Bree Hanson was greeted at the Tioga airport this weekend with 111 balloons, or one for each day she was away from home getting a new heart.
     Hanson was placed on a waiting list for a new heart more than a year ago. She says she now feels better than ever after returning from a Minnesota hospital.  Hanson says she wants to get back to doing "regular North Dakota stuff" like camping, fishing, riding ATVs and shooting guns with her boyfriend and father.

   (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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