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The Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity–hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory–because at the Father's will Jesus became poor, and was born in a stable so that thirty years later He might hang on a cross.

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KHRT ND NEWS - WEDNESDAY - 10/04/17 - MORNING EDITION

The governors of Minnesota and North Dakota have scheduled a meeting to discuss the future of a flood control project in the Fargo-Moorhead area....

     MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) - The governors of Minnesota and North Dakota have scheduled a meeting to discuss the future of a flood control project in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
 
     A federal judge last month stopped construction of the $2.2 billion Red River diversion project, over complaints that the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not obtain the necessary permits from Minnesota.
 
     Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum plan to meet in Moorhead today. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr is scheduled to attend the discussion.
 
     Construction of an inlet structure, considered the first phase of the project, began earlier this year. U.S. District Judge John Tunheim of Minnesota ordered the work to stop.
 
     The diversion idea got momentum after a record-setting flood in 2009.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A proposal by North Dakota judges who say out-of-state lawyers are no longer needed to represent Dakota Access pipeline protesters has drawn hundreds of complaints.

    The Bismarck Tribune reports that judges from the state's South Central District, who have been handling the protest cases, say the legal provisions are no longer justified because no new cases have been filed.

    A majority of the more than 500 comments to state court officials are against the move. Some say there's still too much unfinished business for appointed attorneys to handle. The waiver has allowed out-of-state attorneys to represent clients as long as they sponsored by a North Dakota lawyer.

    One group supporting the judges is the North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents, which handled 435 pipeline protest cases.

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     FARGO, N.D. - The North Dakota Air National Guard worked through the weekend to load and send approximately 80 tons of equipment to the U.S. Virgin Islands to support hurricane relief efforts.

     Twenty Airmen from the 119th Wing packed and loaded their Disaster Relief Beddown System (DRBS) onto six C-130s Hercules aircraft this past weekend for transport to the U.S. Virgin Islands. The DRBS package consists of temporary emergency shelter designed to house 150 people with a place to sleep, and includes showers, laundry facilities, latrines, water purification, generators and power distribution.

     "These kits contain billeting, self-help Laundry, reverse osmosis water purification unit (ROWPU), which can produce up to 2,200 gallons per hour of potable water," said, Senior Master Sgt. Tim Laney, 119th Civil Engineer Squadron unit deployment manager. "We are also sending eight generators along with latrines and a big refrigerator unit."

     Three members of the 119th Civil Engineer Squadron will accompany the DRBS to the U.S. Virgin Islands then hand off the system to units already in place.

     "I could not be more proud of the men and women of the 119th wing in pulling together to provide Disaster Relief Beddown System assistance to the people impacted by Hurricanes Maria and Irma," said Col. Britt Hatley, 119th Wing commander. "Moving the DRBS forward was truly an Air National Guard-wide endeavor, from the Hooligans of the 119th Wing preparing, palletizing, loading, and flight following the DRBS onto C-130s from across the Air National Guard, through forward staging at the Georgia Air National Guard's 165th Airlift Wing, and final arrival at St Thomas."

     The emergence of the Global War on Terrorism and events such as Hurricane Katrina facilitated the requirement of a rapidly-deployable, sustainable and expandable housekeeping set to house military personnel in areas with little or no infrastructure.

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    BISMARCK, ND - A Mandaree Man has been sentenced for sexual abuse and attempted tampering with a witness.

    Chief U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland sentenced 28-year old Kalolo Nathaniel Iu of Mandaree on Monday to serve a sentence of 17 years and 6 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, on a charge of Sexual Abuse, and 10 years in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, on a charge of Attempted Tampering with a Witness. Hovland ordered that the sentences run concurrent with one another.

    On June 21st, following a three-day trial, a federal jury found Iu guilty of Sexual Abuse and Attempted Tampering with a Witness. Evidence presented at trial showed that between November 20, 2016, and November 21, 2016, Iu physically assaulted and sexually abused a woman on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation by punching and kicking the victim multiple times and, as a result of the assault, the victim sustained several bruises across her body, including a black eye that was swollen shut. Approximately twelve hours after assaulting the victim, Iu sexually abused the victim.

    Law enforcement arrested Iu on a federal sexual abuse warrant in March of 2017. Subsequent to Iu's arrest on the sexual abuse warrant, and in order to influence and prevent the victim's testimony at trial, Iu contacted the victim multiple times. Specifically, when Iu spoke with the victim, he attempted to intimidate, threaten, and persuade her to both lie to law enforcement and to drop the sexual abuse charge against him.

    Evidence at trial also demonstrated that Iu had previously physically assaulted, threatened, and stalked the victim and, as a result of one of these prior physical assaults, Iu received a federal conviction for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

 

 

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

 

 

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