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The reigning North Dakota teacher of the year who is accused of a child sex crime has now been suspended from his job.....

     WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The reigning North Dakota teacher of the year who is accused of a child sex crime has now been suspended from his job.  The West Fargo School Board on Monday night voted unanimously to suspend Aaron Knodel without pay or benefits. He had been on paid administrative leave since February, when the school first learned of the allegations against him.
     Knodel is accused of having sexual contact with a 17-year-old female student more than five years ago. He faces five counts of felony corruption or solicitation of a minor. He's due in court on Sept. 5 to enter pleas to the charges.  Defense attorney Robert Hoy has said that Knodel is not guilty and passed a lie-detector test. Hoy declined comment on the suspension.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Some North Dakota counties are dealing with damaged roads after a weekend of heavy rains and flooding.  Morton County roads have about 60 areas that will need maintenance after the latest storm - the second major rainstorm in two weeks. Road Superintendent Nick Kraft tells KXMB-TV the ground is so saturated that rain doesn't soak in - and some parts of the county got 4 inches over the weekend.  At least one road was closed, and The Bismarck Tribune reports that a rural bridge near Hebron was washed out by flooding.
     The Minot Daily News reports that Ward County has implemented weight restrictions for some gravel roads that are waterlogged.  The National Weather Service reports that the weekend rain pushed the August total in Dickinson to a record 6.25 inches.


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - An appeals court has upheld a federal judge's decision allowing a Ten Commandments monument to remain on city property in downtown Fargo.  The Red River Freethinkers group filed a lawsuit alleging that the city gave the monument a religious purpose in voting more than five years ago to keep it. A judge dismissed the suit after the city argued that the complaint had no merit.  A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling in a decision released Monday.
     The monument was donated to the city in 1958, to commemorate an urban renewal project. It was installed on its current site near the Fargo Civic Auditorium in 1961.  City commissioners originally voted to relocate the marker but decided to keep it after complaints from citizens.


     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - The Williams County Sheriff's Office says an object found at a home near the North Dakota oil patch city of Williston is likely a bear paw and not a human foot as had been rumored.
     A statement from the sheriff's office says investigators from the department and the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation responded to a report of a foot found on private property last Thursday. The object was examined by the state medical examiner and determined not to be human. The statement identified the body part as possibly belonging to a bear.  The sheriff's office also said rumors that a body was found in the Little Muddy River were unfounded.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp has traveled to Africa as part of a Senate delegation to learn more about how the U.S. can better support growth in developing countries, particularly for women and children.  The North Dakota Democrat will be in Africa for nearly two weeks. Details of the trip aren't being disclosed for security reasons.
     Heitkamp says the goal of the trip is "promoting healthy families, good jobs and strong partnerships abroad." She says that also will improve national security and spur economic growth.  Heitkamp will visit agricultural research and training centers as well as health centers, and meet with various officials.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A documentary looking back at Bismarck State College's 75 years is set to premiere on Sept. 4.  The college says the film will air on Dakota Community Access Channel 12 and also be streamed online at Bismarck State College's website and YouTube channel.
     Fifty-seven employees, alumni and friends of the college were interviewed for the 108-minute-long film.  Interim President Dave Clark says the film will show the college's "hardscrabble early years" and showcase the institution's commitment to its students.
     BSC has its origins in Bismarck Junior College, which was established on the third floor of Bismarck High School in 1939.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The University of Mary is partnering with a school in Peru on a study-abroad program.  Beginning next spring, students at the Bismarck school will have the opportunity to study in Peru and also participate in a medical mission, delivering basic health care to Ayaviri and surrounding villages in the Andes mountains.  The partnership is with Universidad Catolica San Pablo in Arequipa.
     Mary President James Shea tells The Bismarck Tribune that with the Hispanic community growing in the U.S., it seemed "almost neglectful" for the university not to have a study-abroad program in Latin America.  About half a dozen students have signed up so far.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's dove hunting season gets underway Monday.  The daily limit is 15 and the possession limit is 45. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. The season is open through Nov. 9.
     The state Game and Fish Department is reminding swan hunters that they must register with the Harvest Information Program before hunting. Those who registered with the program to hunt the spring light goose season in North Dakota do not have to register again, as it is required only once per year.
    More than 300 swan hunting licenses remain after North Dakota's license lottery.  The state Game and Fish Department says remaining licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Wednesday. Hunters are limited to one license per year.  The statewide tundra swan hunting season is Oct. 4 through next Jan. 4.


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


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