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Zygi Wilf says Vikings 'made a mistake' on Peterson

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Vikings explained their decision to suspend running back Adrian Peterson indefinitely early this morning, saying the team "made a mistake" in reinstating him despite his Sept. 12 indictment in Texas on child abuse charges. At a news conference at Winter Park, co-owner Zygi Wilf opened by telling reporters, "We made a mistake."

Grand jury indicts Watford City man of murder for hire

BISMARCK, N.D. – A federal grand jury has indicted a Watford City man on two charges of murder for hire in connection with the shooting death of his former business partner in Spokane, Wash., and a former employee of his who has been missing since February 2012. James Terry Henrikson, 35, is in custody on federal charges of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. He’s scheduled to appear in federal court in Bismarck today on the charges brought by the grand jury in Washington state.

Tribal chairman calls critical report ‘smear campaign’

Tribal chairman calls critical report ‘smear campaign’

Allegations of unethical business deals swirl on eve of primary election
Members of the Three Affiliated Tribes staged a protest just a day before Tuesday’s primary election to demand the release of a months-long investigation into the business activities of tribal chairman Tex Hall. Tribal police locked the doors to the administration building; however, several tribal council members unlocked them and distributed the report, which flew across social media and emails around the reservation and beyond Monday evening. The 66-pages of factual findings into chairman Tex Hall’s activities, along with another 100 pages of legal analysis and 200 pages of exhibit documents were presented to the tribal council Aug. 14 by special investigator Stephen H. Hill.


Man’s gift to Williston: Affordable senior housing

Man’s gift to Williston: Affordable senior housing

WILLISTON, N.D. -- Preservation was Earl Westereng’s No. 1 goal when he bought the old Williston High School in 2005. He and his partner’s bid of $33,133 was the highest of three for the 1931 building that had been left vacant in the city’s downtown area.


STATE NEWS BRIEFS: Minot police seek man for questioning in homicide

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EPA extends comment period on Clean Air Act WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Environmental Protection Agency will extend its comment period on a rule to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. U.S. delegation from North Dakota made the announcement regarding the Clean Air Act on Tuesday. Last week, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., called on the EPA to extend the rule, adding leaders and utility companies need more time to review the rule.

Western N.D. GOP lawmakers to discuss early funding bill for 2015 construction season

BISMARCK, N.D. – Four western North Dakota lawmakers have scheduled a press conference here Wednesday to discuss their plan to introduce an early funding bill in January that would give oil-impacted areas a head start on the 2015 construction season. Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, said the legislation is the result of meetings between western Republican lawmakers and local officials to develop a plan to provide funding for the Oil Patch and ensure all state funding obligations are met.

A tough pass: UND Law School students struggle to pass bar exam

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- People are struggling to pass the North Dakota bar exam and the University of North Dakota Law School is looking at how to address the problem. The state offers the exam annually in both February and July, and only 56 percent of UND graduates who took the test for the first time this summer passed.

Backers of conservation amendment announce broad coalition of support

FARGO, N.D. – Backers of the Clean Water, Wildlife & Parks Amendment announced Tuesday that a broad coalition of 225 individuals, businesses and organizations have endorsed Measure 5 on the November ballot. “That’s a broad range of North Dakotans, teachers, agricultural producers, business owners and others,” said Steve Adair, chairman of the campaign for the conservation amendment. “It’s really grown into a broad, grass-roots effort across the state,” said Adair, an executive with Ducks Unlimited in Bismarck.

Prosecutor declines charges in death of 92-year-old pedestrian

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – A Barnes County prosecutor has decided there’s not enough evidence to pursue criminal charges against a driver whose pickup truck fatally struck a 92-year-old woman in a Valley City crosswalk. State’s Attorney Carl Martineck said Tuesday that investigators ruled out cellphone use, speed, alcohol and drugs as factors in the crash. “Based on the information that I had, it just looked to be a tragic accident,” Martineck said.

Panel unanimously rejects proposed DU land purchase in GF County

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A panel that regulates the purchase of land by nonprofit groups in North Dakota has rejected a Ducks Unlimited proposal to buy 160 acres of land in Grand Forks County. According to Terry Steinwand, director of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, the North Dakota Natural Areas Acquisition Advisory Committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to reject DU’s request to buy the land, known as the “Reed property,” located four miles north and two miles west of Thompson.

Encounter on a gravel road in Montana
Here's a column I wrote for today's Duluth News Tribune, based on an experience that four of us had on a trip to Montana last week....
9/19/14 at 2:37 PM ASTRO BOB
Jupiter-moon conjunction / Space station expecting guests / Hello Mars!
Getting a little extra sleep these September mornings? That benefit comes from later sunrises as we approach the fall equinox. I don't know about you, but I sleep better in a darkened bedroom. The ...
9/19/14 at 10:32 AM BISON MEDIA BLOG
FCS Pick 'Em - Week 4
Alrighty last week of non-conference play for many, there are some conference openers and some intriguing games to pick this weekend, our NDSU-Montana game pick will be in the paper tomorrow along wit...
9/19/14 at 10:15 AM UND HOCKEY
Senden described as "character forward"
UND's latest commitment, 1998-born forward Mark Senden, is described as a high-character forward that can play in a lot of different roles. Wayzata High School coach Pat O'Leary, a former Gopher play...
Field & Stream names N.D. man ‘Conservation Hero of the Year’
A North Dakota man has been named Conservation Hero of the Year by Field & Stream magazine. The national magazine announced this morning that it had bestowed the honor on Ryan Krapp of Bismarck. ...
9/18/14 at 9:35 AM

Featured Area Voices UND NEWS
Task Force Announced for UND Nickname and Logo Consideration Process
The University of North Dakota has announced the formation of a Task Force to participate in the development of a process for the potential adoption of a new nickname and logo. The University announce...
Living apart and Social Security spousal benefits
Q: My husband and I are not divorced but have lived apart for many years. Can I still receive Social Security through his record? A: Living together is not required for Social Security spousal benefi...
9/19/14 at 10:56 AM NDSU NEWS
New NDSU engineering center to support North Dakota industry
A new engineering center at NDSU is aimed at helping support the states growing oil, wind, power and manufacturing industries. The NDSU College of Engineering announced the creation of the Center o...
Mrs. Komula’s Kropsu (Finnish Pancake)
Bill Komulas grandfather, John Komula, homesteaded some nice clear land near Brantwood, Wisconsin in 1899. It looked pretty clear because loggers had cut the trees; unfortunately, they had left the r...
Los Cabos Area Hurricane Update
As you know, Mexico's Los Cabos region (Cabo San Lucas, San Jose Del Cabo, La Paz) was hit hard yesterday by Hurricane Odile, a Category 3 storm that's now downgraded to a tropical storm as it moves o...
9/16/14 at 2:21 PM