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KHRT ND News - Friday - 02/08/19 - Noon Edition

A man accused of trying to hire someone to kill his wife and one of his employees has been sentenced 12 years in prison by a Southeast District Court judge....

     VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) - A man accused of trying to hire someone to kill his wife and one of his employees has been sentenced 12 years in prison by a Southeast District Court judge.
     Alexander Lail was earlier found guilty of two counts of attempted murder. Prosecutors say the 50-year-old New Rockford man took steps to arrange the murder of his wife, Donna Lail, and Tyler Schnase, who worked at Central Plains Restoration, a business owned by Lail. Authorities say Donna Lail and Schnase were providing law enforcement with information regarding possession of stolen property and use of methamphetamine.
     The Minot Daily News says the state maintained that Lail had offered $30,000 to several people for killing his wife, including specific instructions on how to carry it out and burn down Donna Lail's home. Prosecutor say Lail had a similar plan to kill Schnase.  

     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A valve or piping connection leak is being blamed for a spill of nearly 245 barrels of saltwater at a well in Williams County. The state Oil and Gas Division says Oasis Petroleum North American LLC on Wednesday reported the spill of brine at the well about 7 miles southeast of Williston. Brine, or saltwater, is a byproduct of oil production. The spill was contained on-site and was being cleaned up. A state inspector visited the site and is monitoring cleanup.


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - National Guard soldiers from the Upper Midwest who served about a year of duty in Afghanistan will be honored this weekend. A public "welcome home" event is scheduled at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Fargo for members of the North Dakota Army National Guard's 191st Military Police Company. Nearly 30 members of the company returned home late last year. The soldiers are from 20 communities in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.


    MINOT, N.D. - Watco Supply Chain Services is the Minot Area Development Corporation's newest tenant at the Industrial Park of Minot. A Watco Companies subsidiary, the Arkansas-based division was officially launched in 2014 to provide efficient, cost-effective supply chain solutions for their customers. Watco Companies, is the largest, privately held, rail-based entity in the United States.

    The company entered into an agreement with MADC in late 2018 to lease 76 acres of land at the industrial park in northeast Minot for a period of 24 months. Watco Supply Chain Services is using the land as a staging and deployment location for a future wind turbine development. Wind turbine components arrived via truck and rail, were offloaded, and placed on bunks on the ground. The 680 total components, including tower sections, hubs, and blades, will remain on the structures until they're assigned to the 89 unit wind farm.

    This contract is a direct result of the Industrial Park of Minot earning BNSF Railway's stamp of approval as a Certified Site in the fall of 2017. "The decision to pursue site certification wasn't an easy sell. Time and resources had to be diverted to complete the intensive screening process," said MADC President and CEO Stephanie Hoffart. "Our contract with Watco Supply Chain Services is a strong representation of the ROI realized from being vetted by BSNF Railway."

    "The purpose of BNSF's Certified Sites, like the one in Minot, is to give communities a jump start on development opportunities, " said Colby Tanner, AVP Economic Development, BNSF Railway. "MADC's work to gain this certification with BNSF opened the door for more economic growth in Minot and we're pleased to be a part of that." BNSF Railway currently has 18 sites in their select inventory; the Industrial Park of Minot is the only Certified Site in North Dakota.

    Barth West, Vice President of Operations & Rail Logistics for Watco Supply Chain Services, talked about the importance of identifying key partnerships, "It is Watco's obligation to devise and implement solid business solutions for our customers. A key element in this process is to locate and build strong relationships with great partners such as MADC and the entire Minot community." West indicated there is potential for expansion in the local market, "We would also like to thank MADC, current MADC tenants, and local businesses for the partnerships and hospitality. We hope to grow our wind energy footprint in the Minot area."


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Department of Transportation has reopened sections of the interstates and highways that were previously closed due to blizzard conditions.

    Interstate 29 from Grand Forks to the southern South Dakota border as well as I-94 from Jamestown to Fargo reopened this morning. Also state Highway 13 is now passable between I-29 and Wahpeton. Heavy snow and strong winds whipped up blizzard conditions Thursday. The National Weather Service said 12 inches of snow fell near Fargo.

    In Minnesota, the State Patrol closed all highways in seven west-central Minnesota counties Thursday night because of whiteout conditions and a number of vehicles blocking the roads. Those counties included Wilkin, Big Stone, Grant, Pope, Stevens, Swift and Traverse. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz ordered the National Guard to provide assistance and emergency relief services for stranded motorists in Renville County.


   (Copyright 2019 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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