Fair attendance dips for 2008
Final figures from the North Dakota State Fair showed 239,449 visitors attended the nine-day event in Minot. Attendance was down 9,052 visitors from 2007.
Saturday saw 34,220 people come through the gates. Saturday's performance by Sugarland proved to be the fair's top concert attraction, drawing 11,159 people. Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert played to a crowd of 10,566 people Friday night.
Man injured in possible stabbing
A 20-year-old Minot man was treated at Trinity Hospital and released Saturday following a possible stabbing incident, according to the Minot Police Department.
The man's name was not released.
Police officers responded just before 5 p.m. to an ambulance request to 1820-16th St. NW #10, where a man was reported to have a knife wound. The incident remains under investigation.
Texas man arrested in Minot
A Texas man has been arrested in connection with gun shots fired in a southwest Minot hotel early Sunday morning.
Justin Quarles, 33, Fritch, Texas, is charged with three felonies, including reckless endangerment and terrorizing, according to Minot Police. He is being held in the Ward County Jail pending a court appearance.
Eight police officers and a North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper responded after Minot Central Dispatch received a call at 1:15 a.m. about gun shots at the hotel. None of the people involved in the incident suffered any physical injuries, police reported. A search turned up two weapons allegedly belonging to Quarles.
Man brings loaded gun to bar
FARGO (AP) - Fargo police say they arrested a man who brought a loaded .22-caliber revolver into a bar.
Police Sgt. Greg Stone said police were called about 1:30 a.m., Saturday to Big D's Bar & Grill. He said the 58-year-old Fargo man was in a motorized wheelchair and others saw a gun in his waistband.
Stone said the man told officers he had the gun for protection. He was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and carrying a firearm into a bar.
Research looks at disease
GRAFTON (AP) - Officials are optimistic about research projects to address diseases in sunflowers. But they're less bullish about the threat from blackbirds.
Larry Kleingartner, executive director of the National Sunflower Association in Bismarck, says successful research has gone toward confection sunflowers and now the effort is shifting to sunflowers used for oil.
He says much progress is being made battling sunflower diseases while increasing yields and oil content.
Kleingartner says less progress is being made in blackbird control. He says cattail control is a high priority. Cattails are the birds' preferred place to nest.
Meth lab busts down in N.D.
BISMARCK (AP) - Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the number of methamphetamine lab busts in North Dakota continues to drop.
Stenehjem says 15 meth labs were busted in the first six months of the year. He says that's a 95 percent reduction from a few years ago.
Stenehjem says the downturn can be credited to a 2005 law requiring merchants who sell cold pills with pseudoephedrine to ask customers for identification and write down the buyer's name, address, birth date and driver's license number.
Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient in meth.
UTVs might be allowed in city
DICKINSON (AP) - Some off-road vehicles may soon be legal on Dickinson streets.
Police Chief Chuck Rummel says the type of vehicle being considered is called a utility terrain vehicle.
Rummel says state law already allows the vehicles to be driven on roads outside city limits. He says he expects the city commission to approve the proposal next month to allow the vehicles on city streets.
UTV driver Tim Winch has been working with Rummel and other city officials to change the city code.
Winch says the biggest reason he is pushing for this change is because of gas prices. He says he can save more than $150 a month in gas by driving a UTV instead of an automobile.