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The Ward County canvassing board has determined that the vote spread in Minot's mayoral race wasn't great enough to warrant delineating the write-in votes.....

     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The Ward County canvassing board has determined that the vote spread in Minot's mayoral race wasn't great enough to warrant delineating the write-in votes.  The Minot Daily News reports Chuck Barney won the mayoral race. Barney was the only name on the ballot, however Kevin Mehrer ran a last minute write-in campaign.
     Ward County Auditor Devra Smestad says it wasn't necessary to determine who received write-in votes to declare a winner, so the canvassing board on Monday chose not to spend time on tallying the votes,

     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Minot police are investigating a shooting in the city.  Police say in a statement that officers stopped a vehicle that was traveling at high speed early Sunday morning and determined that a 44-year female passenger had been shot.  The woman was taken to a hospital, where she remained Monday. Her name and condition were not released.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Tioga man accused of threatening three people with a gun at a Bismarck hotel and pointing the weapon at police has pleaded not guilty.  Twenty-three-year-old Colton Wooten faces felony charges of terrorizing and reckless endangerment, as well as misdemeanor weapons charges. He could face more than 30 years in prison if convicted on all of the counts.
     Wooten was arrested last month after a police officer shot at him four times but missed. The Bismarck Tribune reports a security camera from a nearby bank recorded the incident.  Wooten has told authorities that he moved from Texas last year in search of work.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Tucson, Arizona man accused of robbing a Bismarck bank has pleaded not guilty to felony theft in federal court.  Thirty-seven-year-old Sean Nichols was arrested on May 6, just hours after the robbery at Dakota Community Bank.  Authorities say Nichols entered the bank and demanded cash, fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount. He did not display a weapon.
     KXMB-TV reports that Nichols was convicted of burglary in Arizona in 2003 and he had two separate robbery convictions in Arizona in 2004.  Nichols is being held on a $20,000 bond. His trial is slated for Aug. 19.  Nichols faces up to 20 years in prison.

     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - The Williston City Commission has approved a new taxi cab ordinance that will fine drivers for operating a vehicle without a city license or insurance.  The Williston Herald reports that the rules came after complaints from several taxi drivers who claimed competitors have been operating vehicles without licenses or insurance,
     Mayor-elect Howard Klug says drivers also must meet numerous qualifications, including the ability to understand English.  Anyone wanting to drive a cab in the oil boomtown also must submit to a background check by police.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Health Department says mechanical failures are to blame for two separate spills in the state's oil patch.
     Water Quality Director Karl Rockeman says about 2,000 gallons of oily water leaked from a flow line on Monday near Marmarth, in southwest North Dakota. Rockeman says the line is owned by Denbury Onshore. He says most of the oil water soaked into the soil and a dike was constructed to control runoff.
     The second spill was reported last week near Ray, in northwest North Dakota.  Rockeman says about 20 barrels of oil and water escaped from a broken valve at well owned by Kodiak Oil and Gas. He says oily mixture flowed about 150 feet into a dry stream bed before being recovered.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Bureau of Reclamation has named David Rosenkrance as the new manager for the Dakotas Area Office.  KOVC radio reports that Rosenkrance started the position on Monday. He succeeds Richard Long, who retires this month.  The office has oversight for water projects and nine dams in North Dakota, South Dakota and parts of Wyoming.  Rosenkrance has worked for the Bureau of Land Management for 23 years.

     SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A South Portland, Maine-based corporate payment systems firm, WEX Inc., will acquire health care technology company Evolution1 for $532.5 million.  The Portland Press Herald reports WEX and the North Dakota-based company announced the deal Monday. WEX officials say the acquisition will advance the firm's move into the health care industry and help diversify its business.
     WEX acquired the FleetOne fuel card company for $369 million last year and also recently paid $27.5 million for CorporatePay, a London-based provider of corporate prepaid cards for the travel industry.  WEX and its subsidiaries employ more than 1,400 people. The company reported first quarter revenue of $182.1 million in April.
     Evolution1 employs 300 people at its Fargo headquarters. The company processed $5 billion in payment volume in 2013.

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


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