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Temporary homeless shelter prepares for third season

DICKINSON, N.D. -- Dickinson Churches United for the Homeless will begin its third season next month, offering shelter to homeless individuals through the winter months. After a public comment period, the Dickinson City Commision on Monday approved a special use permit for the organization to set up temporary shelters at seven different churches throughout the city from early November through the end of March. Break Forth Bible Church, Calvary Chapel, Evangelical Bible Church, Living Word Fellowship, St. John Lutheran Church, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church and the United Methodist Church will all act as shelters on a rotating basis, each for a week at a time.

Plea deal reported in case of Montana teacher slaying

SIDNEY, Mont. -- Michael Spell, one of the two men charged with the murder of Montana teacher Sherry Arnold, has reached to a plea agreement, the Sidney Herald reported Tuesday. Spell is scheduled to appear in district court in Sidney on Wednesday.

Woman who was reported missing found

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- A woman reported missing in McKenzie County has been found and is safe.

Conservation fund backers accuse oil lobbyist of ‘dirty tricks’

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakotans for Clean Water, Wildlife & Parks accused an oil lobbying group of using “lies and dirty tricks” to try to defeat Measure 5 on the Nov. 4 ballot. Conservation proponents singled out the American Petroleum Institute, a Washington, D.C., lobbying group that has pumped more than $1 million into the campaign to defeat Measure 5, which would set aside 5 percent of the state oil and gas extraction tax.

Sinner wants to ban lying in political ads

Cramer says Sinner should just defend his record himself
FARGO, N.D. – George B. Sinner, North Dakota’s Democratic candidate for U.S. House, hopes to outlaw dishonest political ads. Tuesday, he said if he is elected Nov. 4 to the state’s sole House seat, he would work on legislation to have the Federal Election Commission require candidates to remove ads that are proven to be false and levy fines if they don’t.

Grand Forks leaders share downtown ideas with Fargo

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Fargo city leaders turned to Grand Forks on Tuesday as an example of downtown development, especially along the riverfront. The visit to Grand Forks was the last stop on two trips Fargo officials took to examine other cities’ downtowns — one was to Lincoln, Neb., and Sioux Falls, S.D., and the other was north to Winnipeg and Grand Forks. The Winnipeg and Grand Forks trip was specifically centered on use of the Red River, as the river runs through the downtowns of both cities, as well as Fargo. Grand Forks Downtown Development Association board member Jason Schaefer also went with the Fargo group to Winnipeg.

Report advocates keeping North Dakota pharmacy law

FARGO, N.D. – A nonprofit research organization has released a report that concludes North Dakota’s pharmacy ownership law is good for pharmacy care in the state. “North Dakota’s superior pharmacy care is no accident but rather the result of a smart, forward-thinking policy choice,” said Stacy Mitchell, a co-author of the report issued by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, which has offices in the Twin Cities.

Wife of North Dakota governor writes book about state's Governor’s Residence

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota’s first lady has written a book on the history of the Governor’s Residence and the people who have occupied it. Betsy Dalrymple is scheduled to unveil the book, “Building a House, Making a Home: A History of the North Dakota Governor’s Residence,” at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the residence at 1131 N. 4th St., in the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds.

Oil refinery in Devils Lake one step closer to reality

City commission approves letter of support for $200 million project
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A $200 million, 20,000-barrel-a-day clean fuels oil refinery could be operating near Devils Lake within three years. The refinery, similar to one being built in Dickinson, would employ about 100 people and could create as many as 400 spin-off jobs in the area, according to Rachel Lindstrom, executive director of Forward Devils Lake, the region’s economic development agency. “It’s very exciting for Devils Lake,” she said, “a great opportunity.” Devils Lake City Commission approved a letter of support for the project this week. The refinery is being proposed by Eagles Ledge Energy Ltd., based in Vancouver, B.C., which is working with Triad Engineering Ltd, of Calgary, Alberta.

NRCS defends DU work on ND wetlands

Other states use contract help for heavy workload
FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota Grain Growers Association and others blasted the federal government in press conferences last week for hiring cost-shared Ducks Unlimited staffers into their offices to do contract work. The grain group, which represents wheat and barley growers, was joined by the North Dakota Farmers Union, the North Dakota Farm Bureau and corn and soybean groups in asking that the National Resources Conservation Service remove Ducks Unlimited employees from district offices in the state, an arrangement agency officials say is longstanding and not harmful to farmers.

Featured Staff Blogs UND HOCKEY
Caggiula to play, Jankowski out
UND forward Drake Caggiula is a full go for this weekend's series against Providence, according to coach Dave Hakstol. Caggiula was injured during the third period of UND's 7-2 win over Colorado Coll...
10/22/14 at 4:10 PM OUTDOORS WITH SAM COOK
Winter camping symposium starts tomorrow
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Has the Bison offensive line found its groove?
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10/22/14 at 8:06 AM ASTRO BOB
Feel the bliss, don't miss Thursday's partial solar eclipse
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10/21/14 at 11:01 PM

Gluten-free Chilean Quinoa Tabbouleh
One of our great-nieces and her husband have twin sons with wheat or gluten intolerance. Although most of us dont think about this particular allergy, people who are allergic to wheat or other grains...
Social Security Announces 1.7 Percent Benefit Increase for 2015
Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2015, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 1....
10/22/14 at 9:00 AM NDSU NEWS
Hundreds attend NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health ceremony
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One Special Friend is Enough for Kindness
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10/18/14 at 7:17 AM UND NEWS
UND, CVIC agree to put confidential advocate/advisor on campus for victims of sexual violence
Arrangement will put CVIC employee at UND about 20 hours a week The University of North Dakota and the Grand Forks Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC) have agreed to partner in an effort t...
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