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Merger movement

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A committee looking into a potential merger of the Ward County and Minot public libraries determined Wednesday that consolidation is worth pursuing. The committee voted to begin developing an implementation plan for a merger if the county commission and city council approve devoting staff ...

El Nino No No

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It once seemed so promising, but it just hasn’t happened. In fact, say the expert weather forecasters at the Climate Prediction Center, there’s less chance now of an El Nino forming than there has been for several months. The CPC issued their monthly El Nino update Thursday and once again ...

Hoeven, Cramer support border barriers in compromise

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer, both R-ND, voiced their support for border barriers in comments following Senate passage of a compromise bill Thursday. Cramer issued the following statement on the compromise over border security funding and President Trump’s national ...

Single boat, complaint reaches Legislature

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BISMARCK – One man likes peace and quiet, yet he owns a home in close proximity to an active Missouri River boat ramp. Another man owns an airboat which can generate considerable noise. A bill introduced in the state Legislature is aimed at settling a quarrel between the two men. In its ...

Trump says he’s declaring emergency to build border wall

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Friday that he will declare a national emergency to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump said he will use executive powers to bypass Congress, which approved far less money for his proposed wall than he ...

Trump declares national emergency to get $8 billion for wall

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Defiant in the face of a stinging budget defeat, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday to get more federal dollars for his long-promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, relying on a broad interpretation of his powers that was certain to trigger stiff ...

Gunman kills 5 people, wounds 5 police at Illinois business

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AURORA, Ill. (AP) — An employee of a manufacturing company opened fire in its suburban Chicago plant Friday, killing five people and wounding five police officers before he was fatally shot, police said. Aurora, Illinois, Police Chief Kristen Ziman identified the gunman as 45-year-old Gary ...

Amazon dumped New York, but cities still wooing the company

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(AP) - Amazon’s breakup with New York was still fresh when other cities started sending their own valentines to the online giant. Officials in Newark, New Jersey, one of the 18 finalists that Amazon rejected in November when it announced plans to put its new headquarters in New York and ...

Snow too thick to plow keeps skiers from California resorts

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Winter weather enveloping California’s mountains for a fourth straight day Friday kept skiers from hitting the slopes at the start of the Presidents Day holiday weekend, with snow so deep that plows could not tackle it and cities scrambled to find places to pile ...

Public meeting on Souris River study Feb. 19 in Manitoba

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BRANDON, Manitoba – The public is invited to attend an open house and presentation with members of the International Souris River Study Board on Feb. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Victoria Inn in Brandon, Manitoba. Following a brief overview of the study and its progress, the public will have ...

Hard times at home

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Daily life is a scramble to find food and basic necessities for Efrain Amaya’s family in Venezuela. Amaya, a Minot State University assistant professor and director of Minot Symphony Orchestra, said he worries about his family in his home country, where a corrupt government clings to power ...

Armstrong calls for border plan to help law enforcement

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Congressman Kelly Armstrong, R-ND, spoke on the House floor Monday – a day when many sheriffs had gathered in Washington – to urge negotiators to reach an agreement that supports the nation’s law enforcement. “These sheriffs know that border security will help stem the flow of illegal ...

Employees injured in explosion at rural Williston business

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WILLISTON – Two people were injured at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in an explosion at a business in rural Williston, said Sgt. Det. Caleb Fry of the Williams County Sheriff’s Department. Fry said the two injured employees were taken to a Williston hospital for treatment but that they might be ...

Math whizzes compete

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Local math whizzes answered questions that would stump many adults during the annual Ward County Mathcounts competition Wednesday at Minot State University. The sixth, seventh and eighth graders competed individually and as teams in written competitions and later in a practice oral countdown ...

Border security brawl seems near a serene resolution

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is set to resolve its clattering brawl with President Donald Trump in uncommonly bipartisan fashion as lawmakers prepare to pass a border security compromise providing a mere sliver of the billions he’s demanded for a wall with Mexico and averting a rekindled ...

Year after Parkland massacre, 17 victims remembered

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PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of students and adults across Florida and beyond observed a moment of silence Thursday to mark the first anniversary of the shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 people dead. “It’s a permanent sore ...

Deadly blue ‘Mexican oxy’ pills take toll on US Southwest

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Aaron Francisco Chavez swallowed at least one of the sky blue pills at a Halloween party before falling asleep forever. He became yet another victim killed by a flood of illicit fentanyl smuggled from Mexico into the Southwest — a profitable new business for drug gangs ...

Senate OKs border deal; Trump will sign, declare emergency

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate resoundingly approved a border security compromise Thursday that ignores most of President Donald Trump’s demands for building a wall with Mexico but would prevent a new government shutdown. The White House said Trump would sign it but then declare a national ...

House also OKs border deal; Trump will sign, declare emergency

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress lopsidedly approved a border security compromise Thursday that would avert a second painful government shutdown, but a new confrontation was ignited — this time over President Donald Trump’s plan to bypass lawmakers and declare a national emergency to siphon ...