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An appeals court rejected a Bismarck lawyer's argument that mandatory fees to the North Dakota Bar Association violate his free speech rights...

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An appeals court rejected a Bismarck lawyer's argument that mandatory fees to the North Dakota Bar Association violate his free speech rights because the money has gone to political activity he doesn't support.

    WDAY-TV reports the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued its ruling this week disagreeing with arguments raised by the Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute, a conservative think tank that filed the suit on behalf of the lawyer. The institute argues attorneys should be given the choice to opt in to political spending by the association. The institute says 18 other states provide that option.

    The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a self-employed attorney who objected to a $50,000 contribution to a political action committee that opposed a bill regarding shared parenting time and responsibility in 2014.


    MINOT, ND - Minot police have made an arrest of a suspect in the robbery of an area business.  Thursday night an armed robbery occurred at Game Stop. A male suspect brandished a firearm at a store employee and took money from the cash registers. The male was later identified and a search warrant was executed at the residence of 23-year old Jordan Ritter of Minot. Ritter was found a short while later during a traffic stop and had an outstanding warrant for drug charges. Ritter was arrested on the warrant about 2:30 this morning and has also been charged with B Felony Armed Robbery. Ritter was taken to the Ward County Jail.


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A Fargo native who marched with white nationalists at a deadly rally in Virginia says he's planning an October demonstration in his hometown and guarantees that it will be peaceful.
     Peter Tefft says he's hoping to get as many as 300 people to join him in downtown Fargo. He says he can guarantee that there won't be violence because the city is more tolerant than others.
     Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney says he is working with police and other officials on a plan to keep people safe if the rally is held. He says it's nearly impossible to deny a permit, but the city has discretion on where the demonstration is held. Mahoney says he has received numerous emails and phone calls from people who want Tefft's group to stay away.

    MINOT, ND - The main entrance to Roosevelt Park Zoo at 13th Street SE will reopen to vehicle traffic on Monday, Aug. 21, as the construction project on Burdick Expressway East continues to reach major milestones.

    Visitors to the Zoo can now use the 13th Street SE intersection as the entrance into the Zoo. Visitors will temporarily exit the Zoo parking lot on a service road that takes them through Roosevelt Park to an exit point onto Central Avenue.

    "Maintaining access to Roosevelt Park Zoo has been one of the focuses of this project. There's more work to be done, but reopening this intersection is another big step for us," said City Engineer Lance Meyer. "We appreciate the patience of everyone at the Zoo and all the Zoo's visitors this summer as we continue to work toward completing this vital infrastructure upgrade."

    Signs have been placed on Valley Street to help direct traffic to the Zoo, Corbett Field and other locations, including the Roosevelt Plaza. Temporary traffic signals have been installed at the intersection of Valley Street and 13th Street SE and at the intersection of Valley Street and 27th Street SE to help manage the increased volume of traffic.

    The Burdick Expressway East project will replace underground water, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer pipes, while widening the driving lanes. New lighting, sidewalks, traffic signals and signage will also be installed. A portion of the curve just east of 9th St. SE will be straightened for safety reasons.

    The entire Burdick Expressway project has a completion date of Oct. 28.


    BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota National Guard's 957th Engineer Company will be conducting field training exercises this weekend at the Kimball Bottoms area, south of Bismarck. The recreational area, including the off-highway vehicle trails, will be closed to the public from 8 a.m. Aug. 19 until 4 p.m. Aug. 20.

    More than 120 Soldiers will be at the site conducting boating and bridging operations on the Missouri River. The Kimball Bottoms area will be closed to vehicle traffic for the safety of the public. The river will not be closed to the public, but visitors are asked to exercise caution while in the area.

    Additionally, the Guardsmen will occasionally operate in and around Nelson Lake, near Center, North Dakota, during the same time period, however, no areas will be closed to the public there.

    The N.D. National Guard is asking the public to be aware of the training activities near Kimball Bottoms and Nelson Lake and to use extreme caution since there will be increased vehicle and boat traffic during unit training operations. The public's cooperation and understanding is appreciated.


     HOUSTON (AP) - The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. decreased by three this week to 946. A year ago, just 491 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 763 rigs sought oil and 182 explored for natural gas this week. One was listed as miscellaneous.

    Among major oil- and gas-producing states, California gained two rigs and New Mexico increased by one. North Dakota declined by two rigs while Alaska, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Utah were down by one apiece. Arkansas, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming were all unchanged.

    The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981. It bottomed out in May of 2016 at 404.



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


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