KHRT ND News – 12/31/21

KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 123121 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A federal judge has sided with local law enforcement in a case brought by Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrators alleging excessive use of force by police at a protest site in North Dakota in 2016. Attorneys for protesters who brought the suit say police fired rubber bullets and exploding munitions “indiscriminately into the crowd” and also used tear gas. Lawyers for law enforcement say officers were outnumbered and were concerned for their lives and safety. They sought to have the protesters’ legal claims dismissed. U.S. District Judge Daniel Traynor issued the order granting their request on Wednesday.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Former U.S attorney and lieutenant governor Drew Wrigley has launched a bid for North Dakota attorney general. The Republican said Thursday that he aims to fill the seat held by Wayne Stenehjem, who will not seek reelection next year. The 56-year-old Wrigley was U.S. attorney from 2001 to 2009, and again from 2019 to 2021. He was lieutenant governor from 2010 to 2016 under former GOP Gov. Jack Dalrymple. Wrigley’s most high-profile case as U.S. attorney was the conviction of Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. in the death of University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Regulators in North Dakota have signed off on a new plan to tear down a wind farm. The Bismarck Tribune reported Wednesday that the Public Service Commission voted 2-1 to approve a new plan to remove 61 turbines on the North Dakota side of the Tatanka Wind Farm. The farm straddles the border between North Dakota and South Dakota. Tatanka wants to make cuts in the turbine towers and drag them to the ground with a cable. The company originally wanted to use a crawler crane to take down the structures, but says the cable method would cost about $5.5 million less. Commissioner Randy Christmann cast the dissenting vote, saying he was worried about environmental damage when the turbines come down.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota spent $8.4 million this year on bonuses for some state workers, a record sum that was more than double paid out in 2020. A little more than a third of the nearly 9,300 state employees received the bonuses, including several from Republican Gov. Doug Burgum’s office. The bulk of bonuses paid to employees comes from agencies in the governor’s cabinet, records show. ├íThe Legislature approved the program in 1999 in an effort to reward, recruit and retain employees for hard-to-fill state jobs. The program is drawing increased criticism because not all agencies give out the bonuses,.
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MINOT, ND – All City of Minot offices will be closed today in observance of the New Year holiday, including City Hall, Public Works, and the Engineering Department.
 
City buses will not run today.
 
The Minot Public Library will be closed today through Sunday. For current hours, visit www.minotlibrary.org.
 
There will be no garbage collection today.
 
The landfill will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, but will be closed Saturday.
 
For water service emergencies, residents are urged to call 701-852-0111.
 
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