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KHRT ND News - Monday - 06/17/19 - PM Edition

A former North Dakota grain trader accused in a multi-million dollar fraud scheme has signed a plea agreement in federal court....

     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A former North Dakota grain trader accused in a multi-million dollar fraud scheme has signed a plea agreement in federal court.
     Authorities say 22-year-old Hunter Hanson, of Leeds, bilked about 60 farmers, elevators and commodity brokers in North Dakota, Minnesota and Canada. The deal calls for him to plead guilty to wire fraud and money laundering and play back about $11.4 million.
     Court documents unsealed today show that Hanson contracted with farmers and grain elevators last year to buy crops and either failed to pay them or sent them checks that bounced. He allegedly laundered money between his multiple bank accounts and other businesses. The actions led the state Public Service Commission to shut down the Devils Lake-based company.
     Defense attorney Lucas Wynne did not immediately return a phone message today seeking comment.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota officials have confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Lake Ashtabula. The state's Game and Fish Department says an angler discovered a suspected zebra mussel last week and turned it in. Subsequent inspections found populations of zebra mussels of various ages throughout the lake.
     Lake Ashtabula is an impoundment on the Sheyenne River in Barnes and Griggs counties. It's operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and open for boating, swimming, fishing, camping and skiing.
     The Game and Fish Department has now classified Lake Ashtabula and the Sheyenne River downstream all the way to the Red River as Class I aquatic nuisance species infested waters.
     Emergency rules go into effect immediately to prohibit moving water away from the lake and river, including water for transferring bait.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Some north Bismarck residents are complaining about calcium deposits in water from their faucets at home. Bismarck's director of utility operations, Michelle Klose, says the problem has been identified in at least 64 mainly newer homes on the outskirts of the city. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Klose says the residue isn't a health risk. Greg Wavra, administrator of the North Dakota Drinking Water Program, says Bismarck's water meets the requirements of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Federal Highway Administration has approved construction of a bridge across the Little Missouri River in western North Dakota, although some private landowners have been fighting the project and supporters have not said how they will pay for it.

    The Bismarck Tribune reports that the Billings County Commission wants the river crossing to improve emergency response. Opponents worry it would impact the remote and scenic landscape of the Badlands. One rancher has said it would destroy his property.

    An environmental study last year identified the site north of Medora as the preferred route, which the feds approved last week.

    Billings County Commission Chairman Jim Arthaud says a timeline for the project has not yet been established. The next steps include meeting with private landowners to try and obtain right-of-way.



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