ND voters will decide on pharmacy ownership law
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - People who want to change North Dakota's pharmacy ownership law have successfully pushed the matter to a public vote.
Secretary of State Al Jaeger says his office has verified that submitted petitions have enough valid signatures to put the proposed measure on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.
Jaeger says supporters collected 22,758 valid signatures, well more than the required 13,452.
The proposed measure would change a requirement in North Dakota law that says majority ownership in pharmacies in the state must be held by a registered pharmacist. That could open the door for big-box retailers such as Wal-Mart to operate pharmacies in the state.
A similar petition drive failed in 2010, a year after the 2009 Legislature defeated a bill that would have repealed the pharmacy ownership requirement.
Bond set at $3K for man convicted in horse deaths
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - Bond has been set at $3,000 cash for a man accused of violating probation in a case that involved the deaths of more than 100 horses in Burleigh and Morton counties.
Sixty-four-year-old William Kiefer also faces a new charge in McHenry County of disobeying a judicial order, for allegedly using a fake name to take part in a weekend trail ride.
Kiefer pleaded guilty last year to mistreating animals and was sentenced to six months in custody and two years of probation. He's now accused of violating probation terms by buying a horse and having a horse and a mule in the backyard of his Fargo home.
A probation revocation hearing is set for Sept. 19. Kiefer is due in court Sept. 22 on the McHenry County misdemeanor charge.
Zoners reject oil worker facility for tiny Fryburg
FRYBURG, N.D. (AP) - The planning and zoning commission in Billings County has rejected a company's plans to build a four-story hotel for oil workers attached to the former school in Fryburg.
The Bismarck Tribune reports that the decision Thursday came after some in the community of 20 people voiced concerns about possible noise, traffic and crime.
Partners of the planned Morgan Lodge said they will take their case to the County Commission, which can override the decision. The meeting is Sept. 2.
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Mall of America targets North Dakota oil workers
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The largest shopping mall in the country is targeting workers in one of the nation's top oil-producing areas.
A YouTube advertisement for the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, depicts an oil worker from western North Dakota visiting the mall and an area hotel to meet up with his family for the weekend.
The Bismarck Tribune reports that the campaign also features radio and newspaper ads.
The western North Dakota oil boom has attracted people from around the country. Spokesman Dan Jasper says the Mall of America already gets a lot of visitors from North Dakota, and it wants even more.
Jasper says it's the first time the mall has used social media for a marketing campaign geared toward a specific audience.
Farm Rescue nonprofit nears another milestone
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Farm Rescue nonprofit in the Upper Midwest is approaching another milestone.
The volunteer organization based in North Dakota will help its 300th farm family in the region by the end of the year.
Farm Rescue plants and harvests crops for farmers in need in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa and eastern Montana. It's been operating since 2006, supported by donations, business sponsors and about 1,000 people who volunteer to help with fieldwork in the spring, summer and fall.
It helped its 100th farm family in 2009 and its 200th in 2012.
Founder Bill Gross says if Farm Rescue can increase funding, it hopes to expand assistance in a year or two. The organization currently is helping about 50 farm families each year, on an annual cash budget of about $450,000.
Longstanding ND college football rivals meet again
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A longstanding North Dakota college football rivalry that fell apart a decade ago is back.
North Dakota State and University of North Dakota officials announced Friday that the schools will play Sept. 19, 2015, at the Fargodome. The contract also includes a 2019 game in Fargo.
The game was once billed as the longest-running rivalry in NCAA Division II football. It crumbled when NDSU moved up to Division I and UND rejected NDSU's request for games in 2004 and 2005.
UND owns a 62-45-3 advantage in the series that dates to 1894. UND won the last meeting in 2003 to claim the Nickel Trophy that has gone to the victorious school since 1938.
NDSU is the three-time defending champion in the Football Championship Subdivision, where both schools now compete.
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