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In a statement released this morning, Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney says he remains confident that the Fargo-Moorhead community is a safe place for its residents and visitors.

But he says the fatal wounding of Fargo police officer Jason Moszer is "profoundly saddening."

Moszer was shot while setting up a perimeter around a residence near downtown Fargo.  Authorities were responding to a domestic disturbance where shots had been fired.

Fargo standoff leads to cop shooting; suspect dead

Feb 11, 2016
Fargo Police

A man who allegedly shot a Fargo police officer during a standoff in North Fargo is dead.

The standoff started in a home, after a man was reported to have fired shots at family members. Police officer Jason Moszer (mow-zhur) was shot, and he suffered what doctors termed a non-survivable wound.

Fargo Police Chief Dave Todd says the standoff ended shortly before 7 am – and police say the shooter’s body was found inside.

Opening the Yellowstone River for Pallid Sturgeon?

Feb 11, 2016
U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Officials with the group “Defenders of Wildlife” are calling on members of the public to speak out on getting a dam in eastern Montana removed from the Yellowstone River. Reporter Todd McDonald has details…

'Day Park' planning going ahead

Feb 10, 2016

A public meeting will be held next Wednesday at the Bismarck public library about the new state “day park” – to be located along the Missouri River in south Bismarck.

State parks and recreation director Mark Zimmerman says his department decided to go ahead with this project – even though his department had to cut about 4 percent of its budget in the allotment process.

"We looked at all the projects," said Zimmerman. "There are some that will not be done. But this one moves ahead. It's something we need to do now."

Minot State University

It's the largest gift in Minot State University's history.

MSU alumnus Clint Severson and Conni Ahart have given $2 million to the University's entrepreneurship program. That program began six years ago, with a $1 million gift from Severson.

Severson is a 1973 gradate of Minot State. He said when he graduated, he felt he had good training – but not enough education.

A Legislative interim committee has been studying the oil impact formula – with an eye to making changes.

But that panel’s chairman says it may not happen now.

Until the 2015 Legislative session, North Dakota state coffers received 75 percent of the 5 percent oil production tax – and local governments received 25 percent. The Legislature changed it to a 70-30 split. And an interim committee was assigned the study of whether those percentages needed to change, sending more money to local governments.

An interim Legislative committee is working on a rewrite of the agriculture statutes.

"It's a huge task," said House Minority Leader Kenton Onstad (D-Parshall). "This is our fourth session working on this rewrite."

Onstad says the Legislature started this process four sessions ago. And he says the goal is to group the statutes dealing with agriculture – to make them easier to find.

Census bureau director meeting with tribes

Feb 5, 2016
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The director of the US Census Bureau has been holding consultations with Native American and Alaska Native leaders as the 2020 Census approaches.

John Thompson met with North Dakota tribal officials at United Tribes in Bismarck. He says it is the first of many consultations between now and the taking of the Census. Thompson says the 2020 Census will be quite a bit different from previous counts.

North Dakota’s House Minority Leader says he doesn’t like the current allotment process – giving the Governor power to order cuts when revenues fall below expectations.

"I would like to have the Legislature involved," said State Rep. Kenton Onstad (D-Parshall). "The people there were elected to make those decisions."

Gov. Jack Dalrymple ordered state general fund agencies to cut their spending by 4.05 percent, as the state faces a $1 billion decline in tax collections.

Last state allotment: July 2002

Feb 4, 2016

The last time North Dakota state agencies faced a budget allotment was in the year 2002.

It happened in July. Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) was the governor at the time.

"The revenue projection was short of the forecast during the Legislative session," Hoeven said. "We ended up doing a one percent allotment to make sure we balanced our budget, and finished with a positive ending fund balance."

Hoeven says at the time, there was no “budget stabilization fund.” But he says after that allotment, there were Legislative efforts to create such a rainy day fund.


News from NPR

Abraham Lincoln trended on Twitter this week. Wait, what? Honest Abe proved what's become a hipster creed: everything old becomes new again.

Friday would have been the 16th president's 207th birthday — as good a time as any to bring him back with a party hat on him (like the House Republicans did):

There were also memes of Lincoln holding pizzas, stereos and cell phones. But the memes also quickly became about the presidential candidates with the hashtag #ThingsLincolnDidntSay. Talk about putting words in someone's mouth.

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President Obama has designated three desert areas in California as national monuments.

The move permanently protects "nearly 1.8 million acres of America's public lands," the White House says in a news release.

All three areas lie west of Los Angeles. Two of the new monuments — Castle Mountains and Mojave Trails — are near California's border with Nevada.

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I'm not sure there's ever been a record release as confounding as the one for Kanye West's The Life Of Pablo. He's changed its title and track listing several times in as many weeks, and even up until the very moment I'm writing this, it's not 100 percent certain what will be on that final album, whenever and wherever it comes out.

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