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KHRT ND NEWS - THURSDAY - 10/26/17 - MORNING EDITION

Minot officials say a bid opening Wednesday on the first phase of the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Plan shows an apparent low bid of $46 million, approximately $13 million below the engineer's estimate.....

    MINOT, N.D. - Minot officials say a bid opening Wednesday on the first phase of the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Plan shows an apparent low bid of $46 million, approximately $13 million below the engineer's estimate. The results are unofficial at this time, as the Souris River Joint Board, City of Minot, and the engineering firm of Houston Engineering need to review the bids to ensure accuracy and look for any irregularities. A construction bid recommendation will go to the Minot City Council and the Souris River Joint Water Resource Board for review and possible approval.

    The Phase 1 - Fourth Avenue Floodwall Project includes levees, floodwalls, a major pump station, and a pedestrian opening to the river. It spans from just west of Broadway to the east side of Third Street NE, on the north side of the river - covering approximately six blocks of flood protection. No start date on construction has been set, as the design engineers expect the project to take between 2.5 and 3 years to construct.

    The cost share on this phase, and the other two early phases which will have bid openings next week, is being done on a 65/35 split, with 65 percent coming from the state and 35 percent from local funds. The primary source for local funding is from a portion of the Minot city sales tax.

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     FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) - The FBI says a suspect was shot dead after a confrontation with officers of the Bureau of Indian Affairs on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

    The FBI's Minneapolis Division says BIA officers assigned to the reservation responded to a call of shots fired at a gas station Monday. After a short vehicle chase, BIA officers tried to take the suspect into custody. During the incident, the BIA shot and killed the suspect. FBI agents were called to the scene. No other details were released. An investigation is pending. The Standing Rock Reservation straddles the North Dakota and South Dakota border.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An oil and gas trade association is seeking to highlight what it says is an increase in protester attacks on energy infrastructure such as oil pipelines. The Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance announced an online database Wednesday. It catalogues incidents of what the group calls "eco-terrorism, sabotage, arson, vandalism and violence."

    Greenpeace USA Executive Director Annie Leonard calls it "more fear-mongering by corporate bullies hoping to see what they can get away with in Trump's America."

    The announcement comes two days after a bipartisan group of 84 members of Congress sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressing concern about recent incidents. The mounting pressure comes as protests against energy projects have spread across the country in the wake of last year's large-scale protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access pipeline.

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     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence is planning a visit to North Dakota. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says Pence will visit Minot Air Force Base on Friday.

    Hoeven is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and co-chairman of the Senate Air Force Caucus. He and Pence will review the Minot base's nuclear missions.

    The base is home to B-52 bombers and also oversees Intercontinental Ballistic Missile silos throughout the North Dakota countryside. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Defense Secretary James Mattis visited the Minot base earlier this month.

 

 


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