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Today is Primary Election day in North Dakota and locally a number of races will be determined including Minot Mayor, some school board seats and more.....

    MINOT, ND - Today is Primary Election day in North Dakota and locally a number of races will be determined including Minot Mayor, some school board seats and more.
    Polls in Minot are open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. The residential boundaries for these polling locations are Central Avenue and Main Street.

    Northwest Minot - North of Central Avenue and West of Main Street:
Lewis & Clark School 2215 8th Street NW

    Northeast Minot - North of Central Avenue and East of Main Street:
Minot Church of Christ 1315 1st Street NE

    Southwest Minot - South of Central Avenue and West of Main Street:
Maysa Arena 2501 Burdick Expressway West

    Southeast Minot - South of Central Avenue and East of Main Street:
First Assembly of God Church 1805 2nd St SE

    Only five types of ID will be accepted at polling locations:
- North Dakota Driver License
- North Dakota Non-driver ID Card
- North Dakota Tribal ID Card
- Student ID Certificate
- Long-term Care Certificate

     We encourage you to exercise your right to vote today.  For more information, visit the Ward County North Dakota Website at


    MINOT, ND - The Berthold Police Department is requesting assistance in locating a vehicle and driver involved in an attempted abduction in Berthold today. At approximately 3:45 PM, a male driving a blue-green colored pickup with a topper attempted to convince the children to get in the vehicle. They ran away from the vehicle and Berthold Police were contacted.

    he male was 30-40 years old with grayish color hair. He was wearing a baseball style cap and a lime green shirt at the time of the attempted abduction.

    If a vehicle matching this description is located, please contact Minot Central Dispatch or 9-1-1 to report the location. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO STOP OR MAKE CONTACT WITH THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE.


     LISBON, N.D. (AP) - A judge has dismissed a murder case against a North Dakota woman accused of her son's death.  WDAY-TV reports the judge's move came at the request of prosecutors in the case against 30-year-old Jodi Lindvall.
     The station reports prosecutors asked for the dismissal after discovering a recording of a witness who questions the identity of the person who battered the boy.  Defense attorney Peter Wold says the recording was provided by the mother of the then 6-year-old girl who was at the home when the incident happened in 2012.  Lidvall earlier pleaded not guilty to murder.
     Judge Ron Goodman denied the defense's motion to dismiss the case with prejudice, meaning that the case could be brought again against the Fort Ransom woman.  There's no statute of limitations on murder.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Police in Bismarck say a woman accused of stabbing her brother three times has been charged with felony aggravated assault.  The Bismarck Tribune reports that 34-year-old Priscilla Lynn Bullbear stabbed her brother twice in the back and once in the chest.
     Bismarck Police Officer Pat Renz says officers responded to the call around 4:30 p.m. Friday. Renz says blood was found throughout the home and officers located a 3-inch folding knife on the premises.  Renz says 12 people were at the house at the time of the incident.


     UNDATED (AP) - No patients are waiting more than 90 days for their initial medical appointments at Fargo's VA facility. That's according to a nationwide audit released Monday. The report shows 144 people who enrolled in the Fargo system over the past decade have never received an appointment. The head of the North Dakota VFW says he hasn't heard any complaints from members in the state.

    BISMARCK, N. D.  - Gov. Jack Dalrymple met with U.S. Department of Interior Sec. Sally Jewell and Deputy Secretary Michael Connor yesterday to discuss how North Dakota is affected by the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.  Dalrymple, Jewell and Connor met during Western Governors' Association meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    "The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers need to consult with the states as co-regulators regarding the proposed rule to define 'Waters of the United States'," Dalrymple said. "This is a drastic overreach and expansion of the EPA's authority, which does not follow Congressional intent."

    Dalrymple formally requested that consultation with the states should happen on the formulation and implementation of the new rule where as much weight and deference as possible is given to state needs, priorities and concerns. He also noted that this process would require more than the 90-day comment period. If the process does not produce a result acceptable to North Dakota, it should be abandoned.  We will resist any attempt to define potholes as navigable waters of the United States."

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently published two proposed rules aimed at protecting two butterfly species which could have negative impacts in North Dakota.  As written, the rules entitled,  "Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Threatened Status for Dakota Skipper and Endangered Status for Poweshiek Skipperling" and "Designation of Critical Habitat for Dakota Skipper and Poweshiek Skipperling," could adversely affect a significant amount of private, state and federal lands.

    "If these critical habitat designations are put into place, they could have a negative impact on local economies by hampering farming, ranching, and energy development," Dalrymple said.

    Specific to the proposed rules associated with the butterflies, Dalrymple said the proposed listing is based on very limited science, adding that survey work has been observational and limited.  Information provided is not statistically valid and cannot indicate trends since there has not been enough data collected.

    "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been slow to respond to requests and it needs to work with landowners and state agencies," Dalrymple said. "There is a critical need to build intergovernmental partnerships between state and federal agencies.  More cooperation and communication is needed between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, landowners and state agencies.

    In addition, Gov. Dalrymple, Jewell and Connor discussed issues related to drought, and flood response, water supply projects, and tribal courts.

    BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Jack Dalrymple also met yesterday with Jo-Ellen Darcy, assistant secretary of the Army.  Dalrymple pressed Darcy, who oversees the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, on state's rights to water and the Clean Water Act.

    "The expansion of federal jurisdiction to claim storage rights to all water within a reservoir boundary is trampling state authority over state waters and is contrary to longstanding federal recognition of state water rights," Dalrymple said. "The Corps seems to be taking the position that water users along more than 260 miles of river in North Dakota are now unauthorized. That is not right, and we will continue to remind the Corps that there are limits to its jurisdiction and authority."

    The Missouri River in North Dakota is a unique basin with significant natural flows available and legislation related to the Missouri River including reclamation laws must be followed. The Corps' authority is limited and it does not extend to the allocation of the river's resources.

    "The Corps should reverse its newly minted belief that it is storing all water that flows into the reservoirs from the Missouri River," Dalrymple said. "There should be no restriction to the state's water rights from natural flows. It is the state's right to access flows without charge and reservoir storage rights are part of state water rights protected by both the federal constitution and by legislation."

    Dalrymple formally requested clarification of the Corps' source of legal authority to claim 100 percent of the river flows within a reservoir boundary as stored water that requires contracts for access.  The state does not believe this legal authority exists. The governor also repeated his prior request that the Secretary's staff meet with North Dakota officials on the U.S. Army Corps Reallocation Study, Surplus (Stored) Water Reports, and Rule-making process.

    Finally, he suggested that prior to the public release of the Reallocation Study or the Rulemaking for Surplus Water, the Corps allow the Cooperating Agency Team to review the draft report.


     VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) - Police in Valley City have arrested a man following a hit-and-run accident.  Police Chief Fred Thompson says officers tracked down the 54-year-old man using a license plate that was found at the scene.  Thompson says a witness reported seeing the man driving through a stop sign, striking a fence and then a light pole. No one was injured.
     Thompson says police ran the license plate number through state records and used the information to locate a 2000 Nissan Maxima in a parking lot. Thompson says officers then interviewed the man, who showed signs of being intoxicated.  The man is facing preliminary charges of driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident.


     WASHINGTON (AP) - Limited federal firefighting budgets have affected the U.S. Forest Service's ability to finish some projects in North Dakota.  The report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture released Monday shows the Forest Service has been unable to complete at least two projects in the state.
     The report explains how funding for local wildfire preparedness, forest restoration and other activities in almost every state has been used to fight fires when wildfire suppression budgets didn't fully cover firefighting costs during the fiscal years 2012 and 2013.
     Among the postponed plans in North Dakota are road maintenance projects for the Elkhorn Campground and Williams Dam. A project on the Dakota Prairie Grasslands to analyze habitat needs of certain birds expected to be listed as threatened or endangered was eliminated.


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


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