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A state legislator from Minot is proposing the city get $1 million in state money to address flood-damaged homes that have been neglected or abandoned in the past three years.....

     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A state legislator from Minot is proposing the city get $1 million in state money to address flood-damaged homes that have been neglected or abandoned in the past three years.
     Rep. Scott Louser tells the Minot Daily News that he's drafted a bill for next year's Legislature. It would provide upfront money for the city to deal with so-called "zombie homes," with the costs ultimately being assessed to the property owners. Recouped money would go to the Minot Park District.
     The Souris River in June 2011 swamped more than 4,000 homes, businesses and other structures. Hundreds of nuisance properties remain throughout Minot.  The City Council earlier this year dedicated $74,000 in sales tax money to the cleanup effort and directed city staff to look for other funding sources.


     JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) - Torrential rains led to weekend flooding in parts of North Dakota, inundating homes and causing at least two injuries.
     Many areas of the state got several inches of rain Friday and Saturday, leading to flash flooding. National Weather Service reports show that southwestern North Dakota got as much as 10 1/2 inches of rain.
     More than 15 homes in Dunn County were flooded. KXMB-TV reports that state game wardens early Saturday had to use a boat to rescue Inky and Clara Paulson when Knife River floodwaters poured into their home, forcing them onto the roof.
     KQDJ radio reports that a motorcyclist in Jamestown hit sediment in a flooded viaduct on Saturday and lost control of his bike. He and his female passenger were treated at a hospital for unknown injuries.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Police are investigating the shooting death of a 54-year-old man at an apartment.  Chief Dan Donlin says the man entered the apartment Saturday night and allegedly pointed a gun at three children inside. A man living in the apartment confronted the gunman. The gun went off during the struggle and the bullet struck the intruder in the head, killing him.
     Donlin says police believe the gunman was a neighbor. Authorities did not immediately release his name.  No one else was hurt in the incident. Police did not arrest anyone at the scene.


     MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - Mandan police are treating the death of a man in Lakewood Marina as an accident.  Authorities say the 23-year-old man jumped off a pontoon while swimming with friends on Saturday night and did not resurface. He was unresponsive when his friends pulled him from the water, and he was later pronounced dead at a Bismarck hospital.  Police did not immediately release the man's name.

     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a suspect in recent vandalism to the Cass County Courthouse in Fargo.  The sheriff's office says a 28-year-old man caught in the act of vandalizing the building just after midnight Sunday is believed to also have been responsible for two previous acts of vandalism this month.   The man was arrested for criminal mischief. Formal charges were pending.


     GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Grand Forks police are looking for a person who reportedly robbed a convenience store of an undisclosed amount of money.  Authorities say the clerk at the Cenex store reported that a male entered the store about 5:15 a.m. Monday and demanded money from the safe. The clerk said the suspect did not display a weapon.  The clerk was not hurt.


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


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