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Wed., 1/23/19

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




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Authorities in northwestern North Dakota are searching for explosives that belong to the U.S. Air Force....

     PARSHALL, N.D. (AP) - Authorities in northwestern North Dakota are searching for explosives that belong to the U.S. Air Force. Mountrail County Sheriff Ken Halverson says a belt of ammunition for an automatic grenade launcher was lost near Parshall. The explosives are contained in a green metal ammo can about 18 1/2 inches long, 14 1/2 inches high and 8 1/2 inches wide.
     The ammunition was reported lost on May 4. Halvorson says a group of about 100 airmen walked the six-mile route several times on Friday and did not find the grenades. Halvorson says the explosives are dangerous and specific to the Air Force launcher. He says the ammunition will not operate in any other device without "catastrophic failure."
     Anyone with information about the explosives is asked to contact the Mountrail County Sheriff's Department.


     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.

     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 on Friday. He replaces Sparb Collins, who retired in October. Miller currently is retirement program administrator for the city of Phoenix. Interim PERS executive director Sharon Schiermeister says Miller will be paid $170,000 annually.

     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 Friday 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.

     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 announced the finalists Friday to replace incumbent board members Kevin Melicher, of Fargo, and Mike Ness, of Bismarck. Melicher applied for another term; Ness did not. Gov. Doug Burgum will select the next board members, who will join the group on July 1.

     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 council has given initial approval to an ordinance creating a wildlife management program under which the police department would issue 20 deer management permits to qualifying archers. The proposal will require a second reading before passage.

     HOUSTON (AP) - The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 13 this week to 1,045. At this time a year ago there were 885 active rigs.
     Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 844 rigs drilled for oil this week and 199 for gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous.
     Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas added eight rigs, Colorado and Oklahoma each gained three, Alaska added two and Louisiana and West Virginia each gained one. New Mexico declined by four rigs and Wyoming lost one. Arkansas, California, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Utah 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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