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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.
FARGO — North Dakota legislators are mulling granting law enforcement officers a tuition waiver to help them earn a college degree, an effort to recruit and retain officers. As introduced, Senate Bill 2054 would provide full tuition and fee support for full-time law enforcement officers to help them earn an associate or bachelor's degree at a North Dakota public college or university, provided they meet certain requirements.
FARGO—Leaders at North Dakota State University and other public campuses are preparing to testify in support of a recommendation to trim the higher education budget 15 percent—a stance that recognizes that even deeper cuts likely are coming. In his proposed budget for 2017-19, former Gov. Jack Dalrymple recommended that higher education spending be cut 15 percent. To soften the blow, the governor suggested campuses could increase tuition 2.5 percent each of the two years of the biennium.
FARGO — North Dakota voters overwhelmingly approved the legalization of medical marijuana, and lawmakers are grappling with launching the program. But patients are about to learn that legalization does not mean insurance will cover the cost. Major health insurers in North Dakota have said they will not provide coverage for medical marijuana, which voters approved in the November election by a margin of almost 64 percent, citing what they say is inadequate evidence of its effectiveness.