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ND tribes get $900K workforce training grants

North Dakota tribes and United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck are getting federal workforce training grants totaling more than $900,000.

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp says the money is intended to "provide low-income and struggling Native Americans with employment and training opportunities."

She says the funds will be used to help individuals develop the academic, occupational and literacy skills to make them more competitive in the workforce.

The funds are authorized by the U.S. Department of Interior. A total of more than $58 million was awarded to 180 Native American entities nationwide.


North Dakota getting $7 million in FEMA grants

North Dakota is getting more than $7 million in grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to bolster safety and emergency preparedness programs.

The state's congressional delegation says the FEMA grants are for local, state and tribal government and law enforcement agencies.

The goal is to help them better address threats to public safety ranging from terrorism to weather events.


ND man sentenced to prison for assaulting woman

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A northwest North Dakota man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for assaulting a woman he had been dating.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon on Monday announced the sentence against 29-year-old Christopher McMillan.

Authorities say McMillan in late 2013 assaulted and caused severe injuries to the woman. The New Town man pleaded guilty in April to one count of assault of a dating partner resulting in substantial bodily injury in Indian Country.

Purdon's office says the charge against McMillan was created by Congress as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.


ND to get funding for sex offender registry

WASHINGTON (AP) - The office of the attorney general in North Dakota will receive more than $30,000 in federal funding for the implementation of sex offender registry programs.

U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer on Monday announced that the U.S. Department of Justice will grant the funds.

The money is meant to help the state develop and improve programs mandated by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of 2006.

The federal law established a comprehensive national system for the registration of sex offenders to prevent children and adults from sexual exploitation and violent crime, prevent child abuse and promote internet safety.


ND man pleads on Internet crime charges

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A Minot man accused of making illegal contact with minors on the Internet has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges.

KXMC-TV ( ) reports that 20-year-old Nicholas Thiel entered his plea on Monday. Thiel is facing 14 felony charges and two misdemeanors.

Authorities have accused Thiel of making a majority of contacts on Facebook using an alias and providing sexually provocative pictures of himself to several underage girls.

Authorities say Thiel also tried to get underage girls to send him sexually provocative pictures and made threats to an underage child.

Thiel is in custody in the Ward County Jail.


Man arrested after threatening family with knife

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Police in Bismarck say a man is facing a terrorizing charge after threatening family members with a butcher knife.

Police say 39-year-old Craig Yazzie made stabbing motions with the knife toward relatives, which included three children.

News outlets report the family ran out of a mobile home and called police.

The man is in custody at the Burleigh County Detention Center. It is unclear whether he has an attorney.

The terrorizing charge is a class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.


Former DMV operator in Wahpeton sentenced

WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) - The former manager of the state Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle office in Wahpeton has been sentenced for financial misconduct.

KFGO radio reports ( ) that 72-year-old Catherine Muehler pleaded guilty Monday to felony misapplication of entrusted property and was sentenced to three year of probation and $109,000 in restitution.

Muehler ran the DMV branch for several years as an independent contractor. The office was closed last May and then taken over by the Wahpeton-Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce.

Catherine Muehler is the wife of Harlan Muehler, who had served as Richland County's sheriff for 14 years when then-Gov. John Hoeven removed him from office in August 2001 in part due to illegal spending.


Sheriff's deputy hurt in scuffle with DUI suspect

WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) - A Richland County sheriff's deputy suffered minor injuries in a scuffle with a drunken driving suspect over the weekend.

The sheriff's office says 49-year-old Darrel Loeb, of Breckenridge, Minnesota, fought with deputies while being handcuffed during a traffic stop on Interstate 29 in southeastern North Dakota on Saturday evening.

The deputy who was injured was treated at a hospital in Breckenridge and released. The sheriff's office didn't name him.

Loeb faces several charges including drunken driving, simple assault on a law officer and trying to disarm a law officer. Court documents do not list an attorney for him.


Police can't confirm shot fired at Williston girl

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Williston police say they can't confirm that a gunshot was fired at a girl on a bicycle last week but the investigation is continuing.

Police received a report that two men fired a single shot from a vehicle at the 7-year-old girl on Thursday night. Detective David Peterson says neither a bullet nor a bullet casing has been found, and authorities can't confirm a gunshot was fired.

Peterson says there is damage to the bike but he's unable to confirm if it is from a bullet or another projectile. He says forensic testing is being done to determine what caused the damage.

Police say responding officers noticed minor injuries on one of the girl's knees. Peterson says authorities don't know what caused them.


Fair enforcement effort leads to 166 citations

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a special enforcement effort during the State Fair in Minot led to 166 citations.

The agency says 13 of the citations were for drunken driving, and four were for other alcohol violations. There was one fatality traffic crash that was alcohol-related.

The patrol used extra troopers and overtime pay for the enforcement effort during the nine-day State Fair, which ended over the weekend.

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