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Here is Christian identity: I know my past, where I came from. I came from God. I know what went wrong. I tried to play God instead of being satisfied to be a real man. I know my future. My destiny is Christ. And I know the present. I can face myself now—my problems, my hang-ups, my assets, my faults—because I have turned myself over to God.

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A school district in western North Dakota is looking to replace its elementary and high school buildings with a new K-12 school....

     PARSHALL, N.D. (AP) - A school district in western North Dakota is looking to replace its elementary and high school buildings with a new K-12 school. The Bismarck Tribune reports that a public vote is scheduled Aug. 22 on a $5.4 million bond for the Parshall school district on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.
     Superintendent Beth Shwarz says the two schools are facing structural and asbestos issues. She assures that the schools are safe for the time being, but she fears the issues could pose a problem if left unattended. Parshall School Board President Michelle Hoff says she's taking comments from those who are for and against the bond. The schools were built in the 1960s.


     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The Minot City Council has approved encroachment requests for three projects by two groups that seek to spruce up the city's downtown.
     The Minot Daily News reports that the Minot Street Art Movement also plans to install pet waste bag dispensers at various downtown locations. The dispensers would be painted with designs and attached to street lights and signs. Plans also include wrapping yarn around benches, light and sign poles, trash cans, trees and bike racks.
     The Minot Lions Club City Beautification Project is also proposing to place locally themed artwork in anti-graffiti vinyl wraps. They would be put around traffic signal and street light cabinets. Former Minot Lions President Ann Olson says 13 locations have been chosen. She says $11,230 has been raised for the project through grants.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A federal judge has cleared the way for completion of a $244 million project to bring Missouri River water to residents of northwestern North Dakota. Judge Rosemary Collyer on Thursday ruled that the Northwest Area Water Supply project complies with federal environmental law.

    NAWS was first authorized by Congress 31 years ago. It's been tied up in the courts the last 15 years because the state of Missouri and the Canadian province of Manitoba have concerns about water quality and water depletion.

    The federal Bureau of Reclamation in 2015 released its final environmental study, calling for more stringent water treatment. Collyer says the study satisfies federal law requirements. She ruled in favor of the U.S. government, rejected Manitoba's claim and dismissed Missouri's. Both plaintiffs can appeal.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's oil production slipped in June but remained above 1 million barrels per day for the fifth consecutive month. The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.03 million barrels of oil daily in June. That's down from 1.04 million barrels in May.

    North Dakota also produced 1.84 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in June, down slightly from 1.85 billion cubic feet daily in May.

    The June tallies are the latest figures available.

    There were 57 drill rigs operating in North Dakota on Friday, up two from the June average.


     GRANVILLE, N.D. (AP) - No injuries were reported when a water truck crashed into an Amtrak train in northern North Dakota. The Highway Patrol says the crash happened about 7:40 a.m. Thursday, at a rural crossing west of Granville. The driver was cited for failing to yield to the train. The train was damaged but was able to continue on to Minot. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told the Minot Daily News that there were 338 passengers and 16 crew members aboard.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Bismarck Fire Department says a fire has caused extensive damage to a mobile home in the city. Officials say the early Saturday morning fire didn't cause any injuries. The fire department says an investigation into the cause of the blaze is ongoing. The fire damaged the interior and exterior of the home.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Bismarck men's emergency shelter is planning to shut its doors and sell. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Interim Executive Director Steve Neu confirmed last week that financial difficulties have led to the closure of the Ruth Meiers Hospitality House. Neu says the organization wants to refocus its efforts to broader services for families and community reintegration.

    The shelter offers a residential program that provides short-term housing and casework services. Apartments are also available for homeless people in need of affordable accommodations. The emergency shelter houses about 30 to 70 homeless men a night. Neu says at maximum capacity the facility can house 300 people. Neu says a closing date hasn't been set. But he says he wants to work with the city to create more emergency shelters.


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Authorities say vandalism to a Catholic church and school in Fargo could reach $100,000 in damage. Thirty-seven large windows were smashed in a recent vandalism spree at Nativity Catholic Church and elementary school. The buildings have surveillance cameras, but officials say they did not show the vandals. KFGO reports police are asking neighbors with surveillance cameras to check their video in hopes of identifying the culprits.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Drought in North Dakota this summer is likely to reduce the number of ducks available to hunters in the fall. A Game and Fish Department survey concluded duck broods are down 5 percent from last summer. Officials cite a longer-term trend of less grassland habitat and fewer wetlands this year. The amount of water available to ducks was down 38 percent from last summer.

    Migratory Game Bird Supervisor Mike Szymanski says early season duck hunting probably won't be as good as normal. He says hunters will be more reliant on ducks coming out of Canada later in the fall. The number of those migratory birds is hard to predict. Game and Fish is estimating an overall fall duck flight in North Dakota that's down 8 percent from last year.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - More than 400 athletes and volunteers from across the U.S. and Canada will be in Bismarck this week for the Special Olympics North America Softball Championship.
     Twenty-eight teams will compete at the Clem Kelley Softball Complex Friday through Sunday. North Dakota team coach Stacy Christian says that besides the competition, it's an opportunity for the athletes to build friendships, stay active and be involved in their community.
     Participant Ray Carlson tells the Bismarck Tribune he's been involved in Special Olympics since he was 13. At age 39, Carlson says he plays softball and kickball every week with Community Options, an organization that serves people with disabilities. Carlson says he likes his team's chances in the championship competition. After all, they have home field advantage.


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