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We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.

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KHRT ND NEWS - WEDNESDAY - 01/18/17 - MORNING EDITION

Several North Dakota agency officials and the union representing state workers are opposing a measure that would prevent filling any vacant state government jobs until the end of April....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Several North Dakota agency officials and the union representing state workers are opposing a measure that would prevent filling any vacant state government jobs until the end of April. House Majority Leader Al Carlson, Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner and their fellow GOP leaders of the appropriations committees are pushing the legislation amid a downturn in oil and agriculture prices.
 
     Carlson says any filling any vacant position within the state can wait until the state has a better revenue picture for the next two-year budget cycle. But Corrections Director Leann Bertsch says turnover is high in the prison system and a hiring freeze will result in increased overtime and other costs. North Dakota United President Nick Archuleta says the amount of work does not decrease when employees are cut.

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    MINOT, N.D - One suspect is in custody following a shots fired incident in northwest Minot Tuesday. No major injuries were reported however the suspect was transported to the hospital for care. It is uncertain if wounds were self-inflicted.

    Early Tuesday, an unknown number of shots were in the trailer park. The Minot Police Department responded to resolve the situation that occurred in Northland Trailer Court and blocked traffic from entering or leaving by way of 30th Avenue NW from Broadway to 8th street NW. As a precaution Ramstad Middle School was urged to undergo its lockdown procedure. Officers say more information will be released later.

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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A judge says the last of four men to be sentenced in the beating death of a man outside a Fargo bar must serve 20 years in prison. KFGO radio reports that prosecutors had recommended a sentence of 15 years for Scott Moen, who pleaded guilty to murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.
 
     Moen and three other men were convicted in the May 2015 death of 35-year-old Joey Gaarsland. Police say he was defending his wife during an argument that began in the bar and ended up in the parking lot. Two other defendants, Jessy Olson and Nicholas Morris, were sentenced to 20 years in prison. A fourth man, Jason Oien, was sentenced to 15 years.

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    BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota Department of Health has been notified of a produced water spill resulting from a pipeline leak in Bowman County. The pipeline is a gathering line owned by Luff Exploration Company. The spill was discovered on Friday approximately 11 miles south of Bowman and was reported on Monday. Produced water is a by-product of oil and gas development.

    Initial estimates indicate approximately 300 barrels of produced water were released from a buried pipeline affecting rangeland. The pipeline was buried about six feet below ground surface. Personnel from the NDDoH and the NDIC Oil and Gas Division were onsite site and will continue to monitor the investigation.

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     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A former employee accused of embezzling more than $2.8 million over nearly a decade from a heavy equipment company in Williston is being sentenced this week in federal court. The Williston Herald reports 44-year-old Daphney Harstad is charged with wire fraud for allegedly dipping into funds while working as an office manager and bookkeeper for Borsheim Crane. Authorities say Harstad used the money to buy luxury jewelry and other merchandise from companies including Tiffany and Co.
 
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The company building the Dakota Access pipeline wants a federal judge to block the Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion pipeline's disputed crossing of a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota. Energy Transfer Partners wants any further study put on hold until the judge rules on whether the company already has the necessary Corps permission to lay pipe under Lake Oahe. The Corps disputes that, and says further study is warranted.
 

 

   (Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 

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