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Authorities say an hours-long standoff at a western Minnesota pharmacy has ended after SWAT team members swept the building and found no one inside.

     BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say an hours-long standoff at a western Minnesota pharmacy has ended after SWAT team members swept the building and found no one inside.  Breckenridge Police Chief Nate Harder says a deputy and police officer showed up Wednesday evening within 30 seconds of a call reporting an attempted armed robbery.
     KFGO-AM reports police believed the suspect remained inside Thrifty White Pharmacy. But Harder says there was mass confusion as customers and employees were fleeing, and the suspect apparently got away before officials secured the building.
     No shots were fired, and no one was injured.  Traffic in the area was blocked off during the standoff.  Harder says police will monitor surveillance footage and they have identified a "person of interest."
     Breckenridge is about 50 miles south of Fargo, North Dakota.


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The U.S. government has signed agreements with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to extend a land buy-back program for the reservation straddling the North Dakota-South Dakota border.
     The agreements announced Wednesday between the tribe and the Interior Department pave the way for the government to buy fractionated land parcels from their multiple owners and give them to the tribes.
     The program began with South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation and so far has spent $72 million to restore 203,000 acres of land to tribes.
     Officials say that Standing Rock is the second most fractionated location in Indian Country, with nearly 230,000 purchasable fractional interests.
     This spring, Interior Department officials said the program would expand to 21 reservations.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Game and Fish Director Terry Steinwand is assuring lawmakers that corrective actions are being taken after an audit uncovered dozens of discrepancies with the agency's practices. Problems included improper payments to employees and more than 100 guns missing from a volunteer hunter education program. Steinwand says the agency has corrected about 80 percent of the problems.

     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A convicted con man is jailed in North Dakota's oil patch on charges of impersonating an officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Court documents show Steven Goldmann tried to pass himself off as an FBI agent in Williston to get free coffee and a government rate at a hotel this spring. Goldmann's attorney says the 26-year-old is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of military service in Iraq.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Wal-Mart worker in Bismarck is facing felony charges. Authorities say Tashawn Rone stole more than $1,700 in cash and merchandise over a three-month period.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp says AmeriCorps is providing more than $250,000 in federal funds to provide GED tutoring and testing services to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members. The reservation of 2.3 million acres straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border. The money will support 15 full- and part-time AmeriCorps members to tutor residents of eight communities on the reservation for three years.


     STANLEY, N.D. (AP) - Human remains found by a 10-year-old girl in Mountrail County have been returned to the earth after the state medical examiner determined the bones were likely from the 1500s or 1600s. The medical examiner determined the bones were from at least two people and had been buried for many years. The remains were buried following a brief ceremony led by a member of the Historical Society of the Three Affiliated Tribes.


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


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