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Voters in the Des Lacs-Burlington school district will decide today whether to approve an $11.9 million bond issue....

     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Voters in the Des Lacs-Burlington school district will decide today whether to approve an $11.9 million bond issue for school construction and renovation. Voters narrowly defeated a $15.4 million bond referendum in April. Superintendent Christopher Bachmeier tells the Minot Daily News that officials listened to taxpayers and scaled back the plans.
     The bond issue would pay for a junior high school wing for the high school in Des Lacs. Seventh- and eighth-graders who currently attend school in Burlington would be moved to Des Las in the fall of 2019. That would enable the district to offer them more classes, such as art and vocational agriculture. The district also would renovate classrooms at the elementary in Burlington and build a kindergarten wing.
     The district has 675 students in grades K-12.


      BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The state-owned Bank of North Dakota is getting out of the federal student loan business. Bank President Eric Hardmeyer says the move will enable the bank to focus on its own student loan program, and possibly update software to improve customer service.
     The bank had been making federally guaranteed student loans for nearly half a century when the U.S. Department of Education took over the program in 2010. After that, the bank continued to service the federal loans it already had made. The bank's federal portfolio has since shrunk to less than a third of its former size. The bank is selling it to the nonprofit North Texas Higher Education Authority.
     The sale will be complete early next year. It won't affect borrowers' interest rates, payment amounts or due dates.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Hate crimes in North Dakota appeared to drop for the second straight year in 2016, but authorities warn against making year-by-year comparisons because the number of participating agencies changes each year. The FBI released its 2016 hate crime statistics report Monday.
     North Dakota reported eight hate crimes last year. The figures come from just six - roughly 3 percent - of the 180 agencies that participated in the hate crime statistics program. The figures are a big drop from 2015, when the state reported 36 hate crimes. That year, nearly 17 percent of participating police agencies reported incidents.
     The yearly report is the most comprehensive accounting of hate crimes in the U.S. But authorities warn it's incomplete, partly because it's based on voluntary reporting by police agencies.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Agriculture Department is extending for a second time the application deadline for a hay transportation aid program.
     Monday was the deadline for the program approved by the state Emergency Commission in late August in response to summer-long drought. The group made $1.5 million available to reimburse eligible ranchers for personal and commercial hay-hauling expenses.
     Initially, the program was for expenses incurred between June 1 and Oct. 20, and the application deadline was Nov. 3. Late last month the Agriculture Department extended the hauling cutoff date to Nov. 6 and the application deadline to Nov. 13.
     Both the application deadline and the hauling cutoff date have now been extended to Friday. State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says many ranchers are still transporting hay from long distances.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The public is being given a final opportunity to tour the North Dakota governor's mansion before it's demolished. The residence on the Capitol grounds is being replaced by a larger, $5 million mansion that's nearly done. The state's Facility Management Division has scheduled an open house at the existing residence from 1-7 p.m. today.



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