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KHRT ND NEWS - TUESDAY - 10/31/17 - NOON EDITION

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public feedback on the proposed Minot flood risk management project....

    ST. PAUL, MN - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public feedback on the proposed Minot flood risk management project. The Corps posted a copy of its draft Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment, or EA, on the web today for the proposed Souris Basin, North Dakota, Flood Risk Management project.

    The purpose of the feasibility study is to assess the interconnected system of reservoirs, levees and channels within this basin and recommend modifications to existing infrastructure and potential new measures to reduce the risk of flooding. The Corps is working in partnership with the Souris River Joint Water Resources Board, or SRJB, to complete the study. The Corps' feasibility study is the first step toward a federal flood risk reduction project, and its purpose is to provide Congress with the information it needs to authorize a project for implementation.

    The proposed project consists of the construction of what is currently referred to as the 'Maple Diversion' or high-flow bypass along with a short tieback levee east of the U.S. 83 Bypass within the city of Minot. The Maple Diversion is a feature of the SRJB's larger Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project.

    The public review period will end Nov. 30, 2017. Official comments concerning the project can be submitted to David Potter, Environmental Planning Section, via email at David.F.Potterusace.army.mil or by mail at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Attention: Regional Planning and Environment Division North, 180 Fifth St. E., Suite 700, St. Paul, Minnesota 55101-1678. Questions can be directed to Potter by calling (651) 290-5713.

    All comments received will be made available to the public to include the possibility of being posted on a publicly accessible website. Individuals are requested not to include personal privacy information, such as home addresses or home phone numbers, in their comments, unless they do not object to such information being made available to the public.

    The report can be viewed at www.mvp.usace.army.mil/Home/Public-Notices/. Paper copies of the report are available at the Minot Public Library, 516 2nd Ave. SW, Minot and Ward County Public Library, 225 Third St. SE, Minot.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A hearing is underway on a move by the Federal Trade Commission and the North Dakota Attorney General's Office to block the proposed merger of Dakotas-based Sanford Health and Bismarck's Mid Dakota Clinic.
 
     Regulators filed a federal complaint in June, saying a merger would violate antitrust law. They want a judge to stop it until a formal FTC hearing later this month in Washington. The health care entities dispute that a merger could lead to higher costs for consumers. They say the regulators' arguments ignore market dynamics. The Bismarck Tribune reports that a four-day hearing began Monday in Bismarck.
 
     Sanford Health was formed in 2009 when South Dakota-based Sanford merged with North Dakota-based MeritCare. Sanford now bills itself as one of the largest health systems in the nation.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A 23-year-old man has been sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison for assaulting a baby. Kenneth Hall, of New Town, entered a guilty plea to assault resulting in serious bodily injury and was sentenced in federal court Monday. Hall was also given three years of supervised release. Prosecutors say Hall was under the influence of drugs last December when he picked up and shook an 11-month-old child. The baby suffered head trauma. Hall initially lied to law enforcement about the child's injuries, but later admitted shaking the baby.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's longtime state budget director is calling it a career. Gov. Doug Burgum says Office of Management and Budget Director Pam Sharp will retire at the end of November, though she will help out on a temporary basis through the transition to a new leader. A national search is underway.

    Sharp was appointed OMB director by then-Gov. John Hoeven in 2003, and later reappointed by Govs. Jack Dalrymple and Burgum. Before that she spent five years as deputy director and about six years as a budget analyst. She's been in state government for 31 years. Burgum says Sharp has done an exceptional job managing the state's budget during both prosperous and lean times.

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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Fargo commissioners have upheld the termination of a city employee who claimed he was fired because of his race. Aaron Cockfield was fired last August because officials said he had assaulted one of his bosses during a confrontation in the break room of the city solid waste facility. Cockfield had worked there for nine years. KFGO reports Cockfield maintains he acted in self-defense when confronted by an angry supervisor. He said he was fired because he is black.
 
     The city however said there was clear evidence that Cockfield was the aggressor in the confrontation. City commissioners voted unanimously to uphold Cockfield's termination during a special meeting Monday. The Civil Service Commission last month denied his appeal.

 

 

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