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CORYDON, Iowa — The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America's push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply. Even the cemetery that disappeared like an apparition into a cornfield.
BISMARCK — State health officials are working this week to verify that the recent spill of about 20,000 barrels of oil in northwestern North Dakota did not contaminate groundwater. Tesoro Corp. found no contamination during earlier testing, but state crews were at the site near Tioga on Tuesday taking their own samples. Results were expected in a week or two, State Environmental Health Chief Dave Glatt said.
BISMARCK — North Dakota is in for a bit of a chill before the weather warms later in the week. The National Weather Service says temperatures overnight into Tuesday morning are expected to range from the single digits above zero in the southwest to the single digits below zero in the northeast. And the wind could make it feel as cold as 20 below zero in north central and northeastern North Dakota.
WILLISTON — A Texas man accused in a fatal shooting at a worker camp in the western North Dakota oil patch has pleaded guilty to reduced charges. Victor Lamont of Lufkin, Texas, was charged with murder, attempted murder and terrorizing for the 2012 slaying of 57-year-old Gerald Schild of Katy, Texas and shooting and wounding Travis Lomax of Fort Smith, Ark.
LEITH — Authorities said Sunday they are investigating a vandalism complaint reported by a white separatist who is trying to turn the small North Dakota town of Leith into an Aryan enclave.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued an opinion saying the city of Golva violated the state's open records laws by taking three months to respond to a request for records. Stenehjem says a man asked on May 28 to get city expenditure and revenue reports and the city's 2013 budget. He says the city gave the man information only after the attorney general's office intervened and sought a resolution.
By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press BISMARCK — Two companies that have spent several years and $8 million in state money studying a pair of projects to develop North Dakota's coal industry must soon decide whether to seek another extension or walk away from the projects.
BISMARCK — Gov. Jack Dalrymple appointed Deputy Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger on Friday to serve the remainder of current commissioner Cory Fong's term. Fong announced last month that he would resign at the end of the year to work for a Bismarck-based advertising agency. His term expires in a year. Rauschenberger has served as the state's deputy tax commissioner since 1999. His duties include leading the agency's policy analysis and tax research team.
BISMARCK — A white supremacist trying to turn a small North Dakota town into an Aryan enclave is being required to install running water and sewer in his home, as the Leith City Council works to update the town's ordinances. Craig Cobb says he will comply but that he also is pursuing a civil rights complaint with the state because he feels he is being unfairly targeted.
BISMARCK — Fisheries crews conducting an annual salmon spawning operation on Lake Sakakawea on the Missouri River in North Dakota say they found good numbers of fish throughout the run, enabling them to exceed their goal. Crews collected 1.9 million eggs, easily surpassing the goal of 900,000 eggs, the state Game and Fish Department said.