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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 Family Motor Coach Association is planning to hold its 100th International Convention and RV Expo in Minot............

The Family Motor Coach Association is planning to hold its 100th International Convention and RV Expo in Minot.
     The Minot Daily News reports the group last visited the city in 2005. Association Events Director Doug Uhlenbrock calls the August 2019 event "a long overdue return."
     The gathering will be held at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds.
     The association for recreational vehicle enthusiasts has about 500 chapters across the U.S. and Canada.


 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers within another two months expects to wrap up environmental study of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline that a federal judge ordered a year ago. The Corps says it recently met with four American Indian tribes suing to shut down the pipeline. An attorney for one of the tribes says it still isn't satisfied with its role in the study.


Elections officials are hoping local issues across North Dakota will help draw voters to a primary election that lacks major races. Nominating conventions averted many races ahead of Tuesday's primary. Rep. Kevin Cramer faces a little-known opponent in the Republican Senate primary as he looks ahead to a heavyweight matchup with Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp this summer and fall.


 Authorities believe a body pulled from the Little Muddy River is that of a Williston man who was reported missing. Twenty-nine-year-old Brandon Barnes was last seen at his residence early Wednesday. Authorities searched the river Thursday after finding tire tracks in the area, and found the body and a pickup truck that appears to belong to Barnes. The state medical examiner is working to officially identify the body and determine the cause of death.

 A Mandan man is facing allegations of child sex abuse involving boys younger than 15 dating back a decade.
     The Bismarck Tribune reports that 33-year-old Kyle Kennedy is facing charges in federal court relating to attempted sexual exploitation and child pornography.
He also faces sex crime and indecent exposure charges in state court.
Kennedy is in federal custody pending trial. He's scheduled to enter pleas Tuesday.



Riverdale, ND - Rapid snow melt from the Rocky Mountains in Montana has made its way to the Missouri River.

In response, the Army Corps of Engineers increased water release from the Garrison Dam to 44,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) at the end of last week.

Although it is an increase, it's nothing near the 150,000 CFS that was released back in 2011, going over the spillway and flooding surrounding areas.

However, the snow pack is well above normal this year, so the rapid runoff means it's an exclusive flood control zone.

That's why 44,000 CFS will be released for the next three weeks, and the corps is likely to maintain 40,000 CFS until August.

"To put it in perspective, if we didn't have the dam in place right now with the inflows, we would see over 100,000 CFS going through the Bismarck Mandan region right now," Todd Lindquist, Operations Project Manager for the US Army Corps of Engineers said. "So essentially the dam is doing what it was designed to do and were maintaining a much lower release through that reach."

Lindquist said there's really no concern for any downstream flooding, and that there'd have to be a pretty extreme rain event to change that.
In 2011, water was released at full capacity through the power plant, regulating tunnels and over the spillway.

Whereas now, water is only moving through the power plant and only about 3,000 CFS is coming through a regulating tunnel.

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