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KHRT ND NEWS - THURSDAY - 08/07/14 - NOON EDITION

An early morning motorcycle crash in Minot has left two dead.....

    MINOT, ND - An early morning motorcycle crash in Minot has left two dead.  Minot police say the crash happened around 12:40 am at 16th Street Northwest and Golden Valley Lane.    

    Witnesses say the driver of the motorcycle was travelling north on 16th Street at a high rate of speed, when the motorcycle left the roadway and struck a tree ejecting both occupants. Neither was wearing a helmet. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

    The names of the 21-year old male from Minnesota and 21-year old female from Granville are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Officers say the crash investigation is continuing.

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     STANLEY, N.D. (AP) - An Arkansas man working in the western North Dakota oil patch has been killed on the job.  Stanley Police Chief Kris Halvorson tells KXMC-TV that 51-year-old Alan Eberhard of Harrisburg, Arkansas, died at a hospital after an incident at Dalton Logistics on Tuesday.  Halvorson says Eberhard was working on a payloader hose when the forklift on the machine collapsed, pinning him.  Eberhard's body was sent to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

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     FOXHOLM, N.D. (AP) - The first inspection of the Lake Darling Dam gates since historic flooding three years ago revealed no structural problems or erosion.  The dam on the Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge regulates flows on the river northwest of Minot and creates Lake Darling, a popular fishery. The Minot Daily News reports the last major inspection of the gates was 15 years ago, in 1999.
 
     The Souris River rose to historic levels in June 2011 because of heavy spring snowmelt and rains. Flooding damaged or destroyed more than 4,000 homes, businesses and other structures in Minot, and also caused widespread damage in rural areas.
 
     Refuge Manager Tom Pabian says this summer's inspection found no problems with the gates. He says "everything was as expected or better than expected."
 
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     LIGNITE, N.D. (AP) - Inspectors with North Dakota's Health Department are monitoring cleanup of a saltwater and oil spill in Burke County.  Health officials say about 100 barrels of saltwater and an undetermined amount of oil spilled into a slough about three miles northwest of Lignite. A barrel holds 42  gallons.  The Health Department says the spill came from a line feeding three injection wells.
 
     Colorado-based Taqa North USA Inc. has an environmental consultant on site evaluating the spill and planning a response, which the Health Department says will include removing saltwater and oil from the slough.

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     KILLDEER, N.D. (AP) - A public meeting will be held on August 12 to discuss a proposed highway bypass around the North Dakota oil patch town of Killdeer.  The open house meeting will be held at the Killdeer Public Library on August 12 between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
 
     The proposed bypass would connect North Dakota Highway 200 to North Dakota Highway 22 going around the city. Representatives from the North Dakota Department of Transportation, the City of Killdeer, Dunn County and engineering firm HDR will be at the meeting and available to answer questions.

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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The attorney for an Oklahoma man convicted of hiring a hit man to kill his son-in-law in North Dakota says he didn't put his client on the stand because he thought he would talk too much and the trial seemed to be going well.
 
     Gene Kirkpatrick, of Jones, Oklahoma, is serving life in prison for ordering the death of Fargo dentist Philip Gattuso in 2009 because Kirkpatrick thought Gattuso was a poor parent to his granddaughter. Kirkpatrick wants his conviction overturned. He says his trial lawyer, Mack Martin, did a poor job and should have let him testify.
 
     Martin said during a hearing in Fargo he thought Kirkpatrick would have trouble answering questions directly on cross-examination. He cited Kirkpatrick's testimony Thursday during which he went off on several tangents.

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     WASHINGTON (AP) - Consumer spending has soared since the Great Recession ended five years ago in U.S. states with oil and gas drilling booms and has lagged in states hit especially hard by the housing bust.
 
     The figures come from a new annual government report that for the first time reveals consumer spending on a state-by-state basis. They point to substantial shifts in the economy since the recession.
 
     Spending jumped 28 percent in North Dakota, the largest gain nationwide, from 2010 through 2012. It surged nearly 16 percent in Oklahoma.
 
     By contrast, spending rose a scant 3.5 percent in Nevada, the weakest for any state and far below the 10.7 percent national average. Arizona's 6.2 percent increase was next-weakest. Home values plummeted in both states when the housing bust hit in 2006.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The U.S. Department Agriculture has awarded funding for three rural development projects in North Dakota.  Officials say the city of Reeder is getting $153,400 in grants and loans to replace the roof of the city's community center.  The Central Rural Fire Protection District in Golden Valley County received $50,000 in grants to purchase a new fire truck.
 
     Officials say the Wishek Hospital Clinic Association received $715,000 in loans to be used in the replacement of boilers, and the removal of fuel oil tanks at the facility.
 
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's deer gun license lottery has been held and more than 2,300 antlerless licenses remain.  The state Game and Fish Department says resident applicants who were unsuccessful in the first lottery can apply for the remaining licenses.
 
     The first lottery application process, for deer gun, muzzleloader, youth and landowner licenses, had more than 94,000 applicants, and 46,000 were unsuccessful. Individual results are available online at the Game and Fish website, www.gf.nd.gov
 
     Unsuccessful applicants can apply online for remaining licenses. Paper applications for the remaining licenses will be mailed on Monday. The deadline for applying is Sept. 3.

 

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

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