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Heitkamp, Hoeven criticize pipeline decision delay

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Members of North Dakota's congressional delegation are criticizing the Obama administration for putting off its decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

The Williston Herald reports that Democrats and Republicans alike are calling on President Barack Obama to make a decision on the project.

The pipeline would travel through Montana and South Dakota to a hub in Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines to carry oil to refineries in Texas.

Obama must approve the project, but his administration last week announced it is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the project.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (HYT'-kamp) says the delay will hurt federal agencies, and construction and energy industries.

Senator John Hoeven says Obama is playing a political game on an issue that's widely supported.


FAA head to tour ND at delegation's request

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The head of the Federal Aviation Administration is slated to visit North Dakota.

The state's congressional delegation says FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will make stops in Grand Forks and Williston on Tuesday to review North Dakota's growing unmanned aircraft industry and get a firsthand look at airport infrastructure needs in the western oil patch.

The FAA late last year named North Dakota as one of six states that will be test sites for integrating drones into civilian airspace.


ND cowboy going into Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A world champion cowboy from North Dakota is among this year's inductees to the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

Fifty-year-old Dickinson native Wayne Herman won the world bareback riding gold buckle in 1992 in the seventh of his 11 qualifications for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He won the title a year after winning the NFR average title and finishing second in the championship.

The current Halliday resident had six finishes among the top five bareback riders in the world and earned $856,000 in his career.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for August 9th in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


ND man arrested on DUI charge following car crash

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Law enforcement authorities in eastern North Dakota say a 48-year-old man has been arrested on a driving under the influence of alcohol charge following a 2-vehicle crash.

Grand Forks Police say the incident happened around 2 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of 28th Avenue South and South Washington Street.

Police say a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by 27-year-old Jessica Borowicz was struck by a 2002 Ford F150 driven by the Grand Forks man. Both vehicles went off the roadway and struck separate traffic signs.

Borowicz was transported to a hospital with minor injuries. The man was taken into custody. Police haven't released his blood alcohol level at the time of the incident.

Police are asking any witnesses of the crash to contact the department.


Man dies in motorcycle crash in northwest ND

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a 34-year-old man died in a motorcycle accident in Williams County after he failed to see a parked semi-truck.

The Patrol says David Mecham was heading west on a 2000 Harley Davidson on West Front Street near Williston Saturday night when he didn't see a semi-truck that was parked at a construction site waiting to unload dirt.

The Patrol says the motorcycle and the semi-truck came to rest facing west.

Authorities say Mecham of Williston was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was not injured.

The incident report shows no charges were filed against the truck driver and the damage to the semi was estimated at $1,000.


Man accused of making, passing counterfeit bills

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota man is facing a counterfeit charge in federal court.

Authorities say Justin Schaden admitted to making counterfeit money last month at a trailer home in Granville. Court documents show that a search of the residence uncovered about $2,000 worth of phony bills in various stages of production.

Schaden told police he passed counterfeit bills at a Wal-Mart and a hotel in Minot.

Schaden has not been asked to enter a plea. His attorney was not available for comment.


Minnesota town copes without commercial flights

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Great Lakes Airline suspended its service from Thief River Falls in February, but the small northern Minnesota town has lost more than simply a few weekly flights.

The airline's suspension has cost a handful of residents their jobs and businesses say the lack of immediate air service hinders business and raises their travel costs. Employees and employers alike both say the air service was a crucial link to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and beyond.

The airline also suspended service to other small towns across the Midwest such as Jamestown and Devils Lake, North Dakota, Ironwood, Michigan and Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Many others, including Pierre and Watertown, South Dakota have seen diminished service as cancellation rates soared. The regional airline industry has blamed new federal regulations for pilots aimed at increasing airline safety.


Exhibition celebrates early days of Devils Lake

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) - The early days of Devils Lake are being celebrated in an exhibition at the Lake Region Heritage Center.

WDAZ-TV reports that the recently unveiled "Memories of Boomtown" showcases life in the area between 1890 and 1920.

Lisa Zimmerman is the museum's director and curator. She says visitors will be able to learn about how the area has changed because the exhibition highlights the region's story during that period and not just artifacts.

The exhibition features the federal courtroom, a barbershop and a dentist's office, among other displays.

Zimmerman says the area's population grew from a few hundred to several thousand during those 30 years. She says the increase in population led to a business boom and the opening of additional recreational activities.

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