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The city of Minot will elect a new Mayor this coming Tuesday, June 10th....

    MINOT, ND - The city of Minot will elect a new Mayor this coming Tuesday, June 10th.  Former Minot City Councilman Chuck Barney was the only person to submit candidacy paperwork by the deadline.  However a new candidate has emerged.  Minot native Kevin Mehrer has launched a write in campaign.

    Mehrer says he entered the race at the encouragement of friends and family.  Mehrer notes that competition is a healthy thing and benefits residents.  He says there are a number of issues facing the city including flood management and future growth.

    Mayor Curt Zimbelman is not seeking a fourth term.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Supporters of changing North Dakota's pharmacy ownership law can begin circulating petitions to try to bring the issue to voters. Supporters need to gather at least 13,452 valid signatures by August 6th to get a proposed measure on November's general election ballot. It would change a requirement in North Dakota law that says majority ownership in pharmacies in the state must be held by a registered pharmacist.

     BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - An eastern Montana man has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for his role in trafficking methamphetamine in the Bakken region.  The Billings Gazette reports U.S. District Judge Susan Watters sentenced 52-year-old Robert John Ferrell of Fairview on Wednesday, departing below the guideline range because he has diabetes and liver disease.
     Ferrell was one of about a dozen people arrested in a meth conspiracy that ran from August 2012 to February 2012 in the Bakken region of eastern Montana and North Dakota. He pleaded guilty in to possession with intent to distribute meth in February.
     Charging documents say Ferrell received 50 grams of "very highly pure meth" from Robert Farrell Armstrong of Moses Lake, Washington, and distributed what he didn't use himself.  Armstrong is scheduled to be sentenced next month.


    BISMARCK, ND (PNS) - With the warmer weather that comes along with summer, so do the door-to-door solicitors. While many operate fairly and honestly, there are ways to spot those who are simply looking for a quick buck.

    One red flag is the company that claims to have "extra" materials left over from another job nearby and can do the work right away at minimal cost. Don't fall for it, said Dan Hendrickson, a communications coordinator for the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota, adding that professional contractors estimate the materials they'll need for a project with great accuracy.

    "If a company comes to your door and says, 'Hey, we've got a bunch of leftover asphalt,' chances are it's a company that's kind of flying by the seat of their pants, or maybe really doesn't know what they're doing," Hendrickson said. "In many cases like this, we hear from customers who agree to work with them and then come back and say, 'Well, the work is horrible. They charged me way more than they said they would - and now, I don't know how to find them.' "

    When dealing with a door-to-door solicitor, Hendrickson said, people always should ask for identification, verify the company and that the individual works for it, and inquire about his or her licensing.

    He also cautioned people to be wary of high-pressure sales tactics, particularly in the wake of a storm that brings out bogus roofers and tree-removal companies, explaining that any paperwork that's signed could be construed as a contract.

    "Even if they just say, 'Well, this will just kind of get us started to check out your roof,' " he said. "In some cases, we've had complaints where people say, 'Well, now suddenly they're (the contractor) saying it's a contract' - and in some cases, it actually is a contract. So, at that point, then people have a headache on their hands to try and straighten out."

    He also reminded people that it is, after all, their house - so if they don't like where the sales pitch is going, they always can take a step back and close the door.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Nearly two times as many same-sex couples from North Dakota have filed for marriage licenses across the border in Clay County than Minnesotans have.  Deputy Recorder Lisa Kunze says 40 of the 68 same-sex marriage licenses filed in the county have been between two North Dakotans. Five more involved one North Dakota resident.  Same-sex marriage became legal in Minnesota in August.
     A lawsuit filed by six same-sex couples in South Dakota two weeks ago left North Dakota as the only state in the country with an unchallenged constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.  The Minneapolis-based attorney behind that lawsuit has said he's considering a similar motion in North Dakota. Advocates and opponents alike say a challenge wouldn't be surprising.


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - An interim suspension has been lifted against a Grand Forks attorney who was cleared on charges he conspired to kill a confidential informant, but Henry Howe won't be able to practice law for a few more months.
     The criminal complaint accusing the 73-year-old Howe first of murder conspiracy and then of witness tampering was dropped last month after the credibility of a key witness was questioned. Howe was suspended on Jan. 31.
     The state Supreme Court last week approved a motion by its disciplinary counsel to drop the interim suspension resulting from the conspiracy charge, but noted that Howe must still serve out another suspension stemming from an immigration case.
     The court in March banned Howe from practicing for six months when justices ruled he failed to provide proper representation.


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota National Guard is hosting a music camp for military children in Fargo.  The camp will be taught by the 188th Army Band at North Dakota State University this week.
     Guard officials say children musicians and vocalists will have a chance to "broaden their musical horizons" while they interact with other military children from across the state.  Children will learn about military music, song writing and performance techniques.
     Guard officials say the camp is meant to help children explore music as a tool to improve resiliency, self-esteem and team work.  The event will run Thursday through Sunday. The children will perform in a free concert Sunday at NDSU's Babbling Brooks Outdoor Stage.

   (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press and Prairie News Service.  All Rights Reserved.)


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