KHRT ND News – 10/16/21

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MANDAN, N.D. (AP) – A judge has sentenced a Mandan man accused of rolling a boulder off a cliff at a state historic site to probation. The Bismarck Tribune reports that 36-year-old Charles Gipp pleaded guilty Friday to misdemeanor reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. Prosecutors dismissed a refusal-to-halt charge and reduced the endangerment count from a felony to a misdemeanor in exchange for the plea. South Central District Judge Daniel Borgen sentenced Gipp to a year on unsupervised probation and ordered him to pay $60 in fines and fees. According to court documents, Gipp was arrested in June 2020. He told authorities he rolled a 700-pound boulder off a cliff at Double Ditch Indian Village Historic Site for spiritual reasons. No one was hurt.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A judge has sided with a Houston-based energy company in a dispute with North Dakota involving oil and natural gas royalties. Northwest District Court Judge Robin Schmidt’s ruling Wednesday could affect several other drillers that allegedly owe the state millions of dollars in payments, the biggest portion of which is meant to support public education. The ruling stems from a lawsuit Newfield Exploration filed against the state after the Department of Trust Lands conducted an audit in 2016 that claimed the company was underpaying royalties to the agency. Schmidt’s ruling follows a trial last week in Watford City.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A Canadian energy company has announced a plan to build North Dakota’s first factory designed to turn natural gas into liquid fuels. Officials say it also will help curb the burning of the gas that’s a byproduct of oil production. Cerilon Inc. says the $2.8 billion project in Trenton is intended to convert natural gas to fuels such as diesel. Commerce Commissioner James Leiman says the state approved a $3 million loan for the project Thursday. Leiman says the plant would employ “thousands” during ├íconstruction that would begin in 2023 and about 100 people when completed in 2026.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff today and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, in honor of the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service and to pay tribute to law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty and their families. The annual memorial service traditionally takes place during Police Week in May, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some Police Week events were postponed until October. The governor’s directive is in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Joe Biden.
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