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Trial will be scheduled sometime early next year for a Minot man accused of firing a gun at his girlfriend as she fled a home with her young son....

     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Trial will be scheduled sometime early next year for a Minot man accused of firing a gun at his girlfriend as she fled a home with her young son.
     James Blue II in August pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and terrorizing charges related to incidents at a mobile home park in mid-January. He also pleaded not guilty to firing shots at police officers and assaulting paramedics. No one was seriously hurt.
     The Minot Daily News reports that Judge Gary Lee said during a pretrial conference Wednesday that he will arrange for a two-week block of time for the trial sometime early next year.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by twenty-one North Dakota landowners who alleged the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline and a consultant used deceit and fraud to acquire land easements. Judge Daniel Hovland sided with Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners and Contract Land Staff, saying the landowners didn't adequately prove their claims.
     The landowners were seeking more than $4 million in damages for what they called "misrepresentations, deception or other unfair tactics." Hovland said it's impossible to know whether they might have received a better deal under other circumstances.
     Meanwhile, an Iowa case filed by landowners and an environmental group is on appeal to that state's Supreme Court, with arguments expected early next year. That dispute is over the use of eminent domain for the pipeline project.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's oil industry is opposing some proposed rule changes. The Mineral Resources Department is taking public comments on potential administrative rules, including one in response to a law change approved earlier this year that no longer requires spills under 10 barrels to be reported.
     The department proposes that oil companies still file a document after cleanup of any spill that wasn't reported. The North Dakota Petroleum Council calls it a "backdoor reporting requirement" that goes far beyond what the Legislature intended.
     The Bismarck Tribune reports that the Northwest Landowners Association supports the proposal. The industry group also objects to two other proposed rules. One would require a full environmental assessment at a well site if there was uncertainty about spills or possible contamination. Another makes changes to royalty statements.


     DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) - The Little Missouri River Commission has postponed a decision on drawing water from the scenic river for use in oilfields. The commission heard two hours of debate Wednesday from conservationists concerned about taking river water for hydraulic fracturing and landowners worried about increased truck traffic.

    The Bismarck Tribune reports the Department of Mineral Resources says oil companies in the Bakken have used an average of 7.6 million gallons of water to frack each well this year. And regulators say those volumes are increasing, with some companies experimenting with up to 20 million gallons per well. Commissioners say they want to take a longer look at the issue more before making a recommendation to the State Water Commission.


     WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota State College of Science has completed a $13 million infrastructure project. The Daily News reports that the Wahpeton school over the last two years has replaced the majority of its underground water and sewer lines, repaired or replaced several streets and parking lots, and enhanced campus security. The project also improved outdoor lighting, upgraded pedestrian walkways and enhanced fire protection. Seventeen acres of land were reseeded and 380 trees were planted. President John Richman says the school has one of the safest, cleanest and healthiest campuses around.


    MINOT, ND - The City of Minot will hold a fall cleanup week beginning Monday, October 23rd to help residents dispose of unwanted items free of charge.

    After originally not scheduling a fall cleanup day to concentrate on the implementation of the new automated garbage pickup system, City officials decided that a fall cleanup day was necessary.

    "After receiving input from Minot residents and City staff, it became clear that a fall cleanup was indeed necessary," said City Manager Tom Barry. "Our Public Works staff has done a great job of working out the logistics of the fall cleanup week, and we look forward to providing this needed service to the residents of Minot."

    For the fall cleanup week, the city will be divided into four sections, with City of Minot Sanita-tion Department crews concentrating on one section per day during the week of October 23rd. During the fall cleanup week, residents can also bring approved waste to the City of Minot Landfill free of charge if they provide a Minot utility bill.

    A map of the four zones and information about the fall cleanup week can also be found on the City of Minot's website at

    "The fall cleanup week is an opportunity for Minot residents to get rid of some things that may have been accumulating over the summer months," said Jason Sorenson, Assistant Public Works Director for the City of Minot. "By dividing the City into four zones, we can more efficiently and effectively utilize our crews, and it gives residents time to plan ahead so they can have their unwanted items set out on the curb on their designated day."

    The following guidelines will be in effect for the fall cleanup week:

- There is a limit of two appliances per household.
- The City will accept tires and propane tanks.
- All waste should be set out on the boulevard or curb before 7 a.m. on your scheduled day.
- Any items placed in the alley will not be collected.
- All containers that are not garbage cans will be thrown away.

- Yard waste, trees and branches should not be set out as part of the fall
cleanup week.

    During the fall cleanup week, the City will not accept paints, stains, oil, varnishes and any other household hazardous waste. E-waste will also not be accepted. Household hazardous waste and e-waste can be brought to the annual special collection in May 2018.


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