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KHRT ND NEWS - FRIDAY - 05/11/18 - PM EDITION

A nominating committee has recommended six finalists for two positions on the North Dakota Board of Higher Education.....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A nominating committee has recommended six finalists for two positions on the North Dakota Board of Higher Education. State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, who heads the nominating committee, announced the finalists today to replace incumbent board members Kevin Melicher, of Fargo, and Mike Ness, of Bismarck. Melicher applied for another term; Ness did not.
 
     The finalists for Melicher's spot are Jill Louters, superintendent of New Rockford-Sheyenne school district; Gregory Stites, a retired Bismarck attorney; and Republican state Rep. Roscoe Streyle, of Minot. Streyle is not seeking re-election to the House.
 
     The finalists to replace Ness are Republican state Rep. Richard Becker, of Grand Forks; Shireen Hoff, of Bismarck, a retired health care administrator and nurse; and Daniel Traynor, a Devils Lake attorney.
 
     Gov. Doug Burgum will select the two board members.

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     GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Two sisters accused of supplying fentanyl that led to an overdose death in Grand Forks have reached plea agreements in the case.
 
     Thirty-seven-year-old Holly Soeby and 40-year-old Kelly Jo Nelsrud are charged in federal court with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance resulting in serious bodily injury and death. Court documents show the death occurred on Jan. 14. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and a minimum mandatory sentence of 20 years. Plea hearings have not been set.
 
     Soeby's husband, Joshua Soeby, is facing a state charge of conspiracy to deliver fentanyl. He is not charged in federal court. His attorney, Theodore Sandberg, did not immediately return an email message seeking comment.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A former North Dakota assistant attorney general has been tabbed to head the state Public Employees Retirement System. The PERS board announced the appointment of Scott Miller today. He replaces Sparb Collins, who retired in October. Miller currently is the retirement program administrator for the city of Phoenix.
 
     Interim PERS executive director Sharon Schiermeister says Miller will be paid $170,000 annually. That's about $30,000 less than Collins, who headed the retirement system for 28 years.
 
     PERS covers more than 24,000 employees, including 10,600 state workers. About 340 cities, counties and other local governments also take part in the pension plan. PERS also oversees the separate pension systems of North Dakota's judges and highway patrol troopers. Teachers have a separate system.

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     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Minot's City Council has taken the first step toward allowing bow hunting in city limits to manage the urban deer population. The Minot Daily News reports the council has given initial approval to an ordinance creating a wildlife management program administered by city police in cooperation with the state Game and Fish Department.
 
     The program would allow for the police department to issue 20 deer management permits to qualifying archers. The season would run roughly from September through January, with various restrictions. This week's council vote was 6-1, with Mayor Chuck Barney continuing to vote against in-city hunting as he has when the matter has previously been discussed. The ordinance will require a second reading before passage.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Legislature will search from within its own research arm for a new director of the agency. The bipartisan Legislative Management Committee voted unanimously today to accept applications from Legislative Council staff through June 1. Its incumbent director, Jim Smith, is retiring in August after 39 years with the agency.
 
     The nonpartisan research arm's 36-member staff includes accountants and attorneys who draft new laws and budget proposals for lawmakers, as well as do research for them on various subjects.
 
     Smith was the first accountant to head the agency that was established in 1945; most others have been lawyers.
 
     John Bjornson, the agency's top attorney, says he will apply for the position. Allen Knudson, the council's top budget analyst, says he won't apply.
 

 

 

   (Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 

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