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FARGO—Applications for all public jobs in North Dakota could be closed—apparently for the first time in history—until the hiring authority names finalists under a bill that has passed the North Dakota Senate. If approved by the House and signed into law, it would be the first time in North Dakota that a law closes a category of public records that has been open "forever," in the view of Steve Andrist, executive director of the North Dakota Newspaper Association, which opposes the bill.
FARGO—Sara Brendel's first child was delivered in the customary setting, a hospital delivery room. The experience was wonderful, she says. But when it was time to have her second child, she opted for a midwife. The decision to have a midwife deliver her second child came after she realized it was an option—that, in fact, in many countries a hospital delivery is reserved for high-risk pregnancies. Both experiences were good ones, but Brendel, a music teacher in Fargo, regrets that she didn't have another option.
FARGO — North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani warned an alumni group that the budget outlook for 2017-19 remains gloomy and said administrators are girding for a budget cut in the range of 20 percent. But Bresciani said there still is confusion in the Capitol about which of two gubernatorial budget proposals — or even which budget year — will serve as the baseline to shape the 2017-19 spending plan.
FARGO — Landowners living near a planned industrial hog farm near Buffalo in rural Cass County argue that significant changes made to the permit should have reopened the case for more public comment. The arguments Monday, Feb. 6, in Cass County District Court on behalf of the Concerned Citizens of Buffalo, were in opposition to Pipestone Holdings' Rolling Green Family Farms, a 9,000-swine factory farm, which would be built about 40 miles west of Fargo.
ROLLA, N.D.—More than two weeks after the fact, authorities still have not named two suspected criminals shot and killed in separate cases days apart last month in Rolette County, including the man who killed a sheriff's deputy. An intruder was killed during a break-in of a home in rural Rolette County on Jan. 22. The fatal home invasion came just four days after Colt Allery, a Rolette County deputy sheriff, was fatally shot after a vehicle chase followed by a shootout on Jan. 18.
FARGO — A group of clean energy advocates is proposing a network of fast-charging stations on major highways crisscrossing North Dakota to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles. Citizens Local Action Energy Network, or CLEAN, based in Fargo, has applied for a grant under Volkswagen's $11 billion settlement that allocates $7.5 million for North Dakota projects that reduce automobile tailpipe emissions.
FARGO — Shooting and killing a petty thief would be legal under a sweeping proposal to relax North Dakota's laws on the use of deadly force, under a bill that Cass County's top prosecutor thinks could lead to "Wild West"-style justice. Sen. David Clemens, R-West Fargo, is the prime sponsor of the bill to expand the legal use of deadly force in North Dakota to protect property as well as to prevent theft or criminal mischief.
WEST FARGO, N.D. — Patricia Muldoon spent years taking care of her disabled husband. As his condition deteriorated with age, she quit her job to be a round-the-clock caregiver so he could stay at home. She devoted the last 15 years of her husband's life — he died in July at age 77 — to caring for the man who asked her four times to be his wife before she gave a heartfelt yes. "All my life, I loved him to the moon and back," she said. "He was a lovely man."
FARGO—Nursing home residents could be forced to pay hundreds of dollars more per month under a legislative proposal to charges a new fee to cover state budget cuts. North Dakota nursing homes back the proposed fee on the care they provide as a "last resort" in the event funding is not restored from budget cuts that administrators say would otherwise force facilities to cut staff.
FARGO—Paul Laney's phone rang on a Saturday while he was relaxing as he watched televised coverage of the summer Olympics. Little did the Cass County sheriff know that his professional life was about to be upended. The call was from a fellow sheriff asking for help in dealing with the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Morton County, just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.