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

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KHRT ND NEWS - MONDAY - 10/02/17 - PM EDITION

A man who is a suspect in an early morning burglary in Minot on Saturday is now in custody....

    MINOT, ND - A man who is a suspect in an early morning burglary in Minot on Saturday is now in custody.  Minot police say 35-year old Kyle Edward Coffman turned himself in this morning at the Ward County Jail. Coffman is the suspect in the early morning burglary at a southeast Minot apartment where another man was assaulted and a shot was fired by Coffman. He has been charged with Burglary, Terrorizing, Aggravated Assault, and Reckless Endangerment

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    WASHINGTON, D.C., - State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler briefed members of Congress, reporters and representatives of education groups on Monday about North Dakota's progress in implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act.

    "Congress plays an important role in providing resources and oversight for education, and we welcome the opportunity to show how allowing states flexibility in delivering education will benefit students, teachers, and taxpayers alike," Baesler said in remarks prepared for delivery at a Washington, D.C., panel discussion organized by the Council of Chief State School Officers.

    The U.S. Education Department approved North Dakota's plan for implementing the federal ESSA law on Sept. 1. The plan includes the creation of an "education dashboard" to provide readily accessible school information to parents, schools and communities, and a set of "Choice Ready" criteria for  determining whether a student is best prepared for success after high school.

    Baesler said the plan promotes academic improvement in all North Dakota schools. "Even our high-performing schools must submit a school improvement plan," Baesler said. "This affects all schools, every year. Our students deserve no less."

    The panel discussion was this afternoon in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington. It included Baesler and top state education administrators from Connecticut, Louisiana and Pennsylvania.

    Baesler said the Every Student Succeeds Act includes much greater leeway in state and local education planning than did its predecessor, No Child Left Behind, which ranked schools according to test scores and high school graduation rates. ESSA allows states much more latitude in designing criteria for measuring school quality, Baesler said.

    The superintendent has named nine committees of citizens to oversee the implementation of ESSA and suggest improvements to North Dakota's plan. The committees are reviewing topics such as innovative learning techniques, school improvement, student engagement and teacher and administrator effectiveness.

    "The Education Department has approved our plan, but our work is just beginning," Baesler said. "We realize the most important piece lies ahead of us, and that is our implementation."

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     PARSHALL, N.D. (AP) - Liquor retail owners on a U.S. Native American reservation in North Dakota are opposing a new 7 percent tribal sales tax on alcohol. Parshall business owner Lisa Christianson tells Minot Daily News that she and others have joined in hiring an attorney to seek a federal injunction on the tax on the Fort Berthold Reservation, which took effect Oct. 1.
 
     The Three Affiliated Tribes' tax, which is in addition to the state's 7 percent tax on alcohol, came after the tribe and the state couldn't reach an agreement on sharing the tax. Tribal Chairman Mark Fox has previously said that the MHA Nation needs some of the tax revenue to fund law enforcement costs related to drunk driving, domestic violence and treatment programs.

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    BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum today directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Friday, Oct. 6, and encouraged North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, as a mark of respect for the victims of Sunday's tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas. The governor's directive is in accordance with a proclamation issued today by President Donald Trump.

    "Kathryn and I extend our deepest sympathies to all those affected by this horrific act of violence in Las Vegas," Burgum said. "With heavy hearts, we grieve the victims of this tragedy, send our thoughts and prayers to their families and friends and express our gratitude to the first responders and law enforcement officers for their swift action."

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     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A real estate agent from North Dakota is among the hundreds of concert-goers wounded in a shooting rampage at an outdoor show in Las Vegas. Andrew Gudmunson of Minot was shot Sunday night at the Jason Aldean concert, where a sniper from a high-rise hotel killed at least 58 people.
 
     Gudmunson works at Century 21 Action Realtors in Minot. The firm's managing broker, Dorothy Martwick, says Gudmunson was attending the concert with his girlfriend and another couple. Gudmunson is a patient at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, a trauma center near the Vegas Strip. His condition was not immediately available.
 

 

   (Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 

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