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Wed., 1/23/19

- First Baptist Church of Minot has cancelled all services and activities tonight




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The North Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of Minot man who admitted killing his brother two years ago...

     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of Minot man who admitted killing his brother two years ago. The Minot Daily News reports that 28-year-old Adolfo Contreras-Castillo appealed to the Supreme Court and asked to withdraw his guilty plea on the basis that his defense attorney did not adequately inform him regarding the implications a guilty plea would have to his immigration status. The state argued that Contreras-Castillo was told at his initial appearance that a guilty plea could result in deportation.
     Contreras-Castillo pleaded guilty in August 2016 to killing 28-year-old Ignacio Contreras-Castillo during an argument in March of that year. He was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A Minot woman has been sentenced to serve six months in jail and three years on supervised probation for stalking her ex-husband's girlfriend last year. The Minot Daily News reports 49-year-old Kathy Schuler also was ordered to have a mental health evaluation and to have no contact with the woman.
     Schuler was accused of creating fake and disparaging online profiles of the woman, using photos lifted from her Facebook page. Schuler's defense lawyer had previously tried to argue that her actions were protected free speech, but a judge rejected that argument.
     Schuler on Wednesday entered an Alford plea to a felony stalking charge under a deal with prosecutors. That means she doesn't admit wrongdoing but acknowledges there's enough evidence for a conviction. The court treats it like a guilty plea.


     MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - A Morton County farmer accused of sexually assaulting two teenage boys has been sentenced to probation. Fifty-year-old James Hopfauf, of rural Flasher, had said after his arrest last fall that the teens were simply helping him with his bad back. The Bismarck Tribune reports that he pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of felony sexual assault in a deal with prosecutors.
     He was given three years of supervised probation and ordered to pay $525 in fees. He also is required to register as a sex offender and get counseling. Should he violate his probation, he could be sent to prison for a year.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - U.S. and Canadian officials are negotiating an end to a 16-year legal battle over a Missouri River water project in North Dakota. The $244 million Northwest Area Water Supply project aims to bring Missouri River water to tens of thousands of people in northwestern North Dakota. Manitoba sued in 2002 over worries the project will harm the Hudson Bay Basin.
     The province lost its court battle last fall but appealed. Court documents show Manitoba and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation are near a settlement. Any settlement won't resolve Missouri's claim that NAWS will deplete the Missouri River water it needs. A judge ruled the state couldn't sue the federal government, but the state has appealed and says it has no plans to settle. North Dakota officials say they aren't worried about Missouri's claim.


     COLFAX, N.D. (AP) - A southeastern North Dakota school district where alleged hazing at the high school led to charges against five boys has hired a new principal. Britney Gandhi will replace Bruce Anderson, who is retiring from the Richland 44 school in Colfax. Gandhi has been a principal in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is the wife of Fargo's incoming school superintendent.
     Authorities in mid-February referred five boys to juvenile court following alleged misconduct in the boys' locker room at the Colfax school of 160 students. The offenses allegedly committed against other boys included felonious restraint, terrorizing, hazing and sexual assault. The school's superintendent resigned, and Anderson retired. The athletic director also departed, though it's unclear whether he was fired or resigned.


     WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) - The McKenzie County Sheriff, who once faced a criminal charge and was suspended by the governor, has apologized for some recent text messages.
     Conservative blogger Rob Port obtained texts in which Gary Schwartzenberger joked about the weight of his opponent in the upcoming election and also violence against immigrants. Schwartzenberger in a Facebook apology said the texts he made to a then-friend were "inappropriate" and he regrets sending them. He didn't immediately respond to an Associated Press request for comment.
     Then-Gov. Jack Dalrymple suspended Schwartzenberger in 2016. Gov. Doug Burgum reinstated him last year after a special commissioner ruled there wasn't enough evidence to support his removal. A judge in January threw out a misdemeanor charge against Schwartzenberger related to his use of a county credit card.


     MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - Students and friends in Mandan are planning a memorial and auction to mark the life of a longtime art teacher who died last year. The Bismarck Tribune reports that 70-year-old Diane Boschee died in November after battling cancer for several years. Nicknamed "The Queen of Flash and Trash," Boschee taught art education at Mandan High School from 1974 to 2001.
     Loved ones will hold a memorial and art sale for Boschee at the school Saturday. Pieces of her own artwork and personal collections will be sold at the school and online, with half the proceeds going to the school's art department.
     John Gieser is the current art teacher and a 1998 graduate of the school. He says Boschee is "pretty much legend status around here."


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