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Former North Dakota Gov. George Sinner, who led the state during turbulent economic times, has died. He was 89.....

     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Former North Dakota Gov. George Sinner, who led the state during turbulent economic times, has died. He was 89. His son, George Sinner Jr., confirmed his death Friday.

    The Fargo native studied philosophy in college and considered becoming a priest, but family and public service beckoned. The father of 10 children became a well-known Democrat, serving in the Legislature before defeating an incumbent Republican governor.

    His administration, from 1984 through 1992, spanned a rough periods in North Dakota's economy, including drought and slumping oil prices. Sinner even endorsed a special day of prayer for rain. He vetoed what would have been the country's toughest abortion law in 1991, saying he agreed with the Roman Catholic view that abortion was wrong but believed the issue was the role of law.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A man accused of trying to hit a police officer with his vehicle in Bismarck and then fleeing to South Dakota is now being charged with federal crimes. The Bismarck Tribune reports state charges including attempted murder have been dropped against 22-year-old Ulises Villalobos-Alvarado. A state charge of hindering law enforcement also is dropped against 32-year-old co-defendant Juan Nunez. The two are now accused in federal court with charges linking them to drug trafficking with a California street gang. Trial is scheduled for early May.
     Villalobos-Alvarado was accused of trying to run over a Bismarck officer who subsequently shot him in the arm during a probation search Jan. 18. He later turned himself in at a gas station in Brookings, South Dakota. Nunez was accused of helping him avoid apprehension.


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says that while he's as anxious as farmers are about how President Donald Trump's tariff increases will affect agricultural exports, the move doesn't look as bad as he originally thought. Perdue said during a trip to North Dakota Friday that he and other administration officials were caught off guard last week when Trump said he would enact a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent levy on aluminum. Perdue says the final version looked much better because Canada and Mexico were excluded, which he believes could boost discussions on improving the North American Free Trade Agreement.
     North Dakota U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp say Perdue has been willing to stand up to Trump on the importance of trade to agriculture.

     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The group sponsoring a Red River diversion channel around the Fargo area has completed a revised plan in hopes of reviving the stalled project. The new plan came after the North Dakota and Minnesota governors assembled a task force to study the project that was halted by a federal judge because it didn't have a permit from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority officials say the new design was handled by a technical team that included three DNR members.
     The new plan reduces impacts in rural Minnesota, but some upstream opponents who filed a lawsuit to stop the project say it ignores DNR suggestions and is actually worse for some North Dakota residents. A new permit application will be submitted to the DNR later this month.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - This week's storm in the Dakotas that dropped several inches of wet snow helped ease drought conditions, with the biggest impact in South Dakota. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows moderate-to-severe drought in South Dakota decreased over the week from 57 percent to 41 percent.
     In North Dakota, the drop was less significant, from 65 percent to 62 percent. The Drought Monitor says the biggest reduction in drought was in the east-central portion of the Dakotas, with smaller improvements farther west.


     HOUSTON (AP) - The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by three this week to 984. That exceeds the 768 rigs that were active this time a year ago. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 796 rigs drilled for oil this week and 188 for gas.
     Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas increased by seven rigs, North Dakota gained three and Colorado and Pennsylvania each increased by one. Oklahoma decreased by four rigs, Alaska lost two rigs and Louisiana, New Mexico and Utah each decreased by one. Arkansas, California, Ohio, West Virginia and Wyoming were unchanged.
     The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981. It bottomed out in May of 2016 at 404.



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