ND Dems announce PSC, attorney general challenges
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's top law enforcer and the state's Public Service Commission chairman are facing Democratic challengers.
Fargo businessman Todd Reisenauer announced Thursday that he's seeking his party's endorsement for the PSC seat held by Republican Brian Kalk, who has not formally announced his intentions for re-election.
Grand Forks attorney Kiara Kraus-Parr also launched her campaign this week for attorney general, a position Republican Wayne Stenehjem (STEHN'-juhm) has held since 2000. Stenehjem also hasn't formally announced his campaign for re-election.
North Dakota Democrats will hold their state convention in Fargo March 28th through 30th.
HIT AND RUN ARREST
Williston judge won't dismiss manslaughter charge
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A judge has refused to dismiss a felony manslaughter charge against a Williston man accused in a fatal hit-and-run.
David Krause is accused of manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident in the December 6th death of 31-year-old Anthony Scoggins outside a bar.
The Williston Herald reports that defense attorney Jeff Nehring argued during a court hearing Wednesday that the incident was an accident, and the manslaughter charge should be dropped.
Prosecutor Nathan Madden maintained that Krause lied when he told investigators that he wasn't aware he had run over Scoggins.
Judge Joshua Rustad upheld the manslaughter charge and said a jury trial will be scheduled on both felony charges. He did not immediately set a date.
TWO DEAD-DEPUTY WOUNDED
Police link burglary to couple in deputy shooting
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) - Police have linked a burglary at an animal hospital to a North Dakota couple who died after a sheriff's deputy was shot in western Minnesota.
Alexandria police say evidence shows 24-year-old Devin Blowers and 29-year-old Katie Christopherson, both of Fargo, broke into the Douglas County Animal Hospital and stole veterinary medication.
The burglary was reported after Blowers and Christopherson were involved in a February 24th shootout with a Douglas County deputy on a farm near Alexandria. Police linked items recovered at the shooting to the burglary.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says Blowers shot Deputy Dustin Alexander. The deputy was wearing a bullet-resistant vest and returned fire. Blowers and Christopherson fled in their car but got stuck in the snow and were later found dead in an apparent murder-suicide.
RIG COUNT-NORTH DAKOTA
North Dakota adds two to rig count
HOUSTON (AP) - Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 23 this week to 1,792.
The Houston, Texas-based firm said in its weekly report Friday that 1,443 rigs were exploring for oil and 345 for gas. Four were listed as miscellaneous.
Among the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained 20 rigs, California was up by five, and North Dakota added two.
West Texas intermediate which includes Bakken crude closed the trading week at $102.58 a barrel.
BOYS B-BEULAH-NEW TOWN
Beulah rallies by New Town at state B
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Cole Messerschmidt's 3-pointer with 16 seconds to play lifted Beulah to a 50-48 win over New Town Friday in the consolation round at the North Dakota Class B boys basketball tournament.
Messerschmidt's 10th 3-pointer of the tournament gave the Miners (20-6), who trailed by as many as 15 points, their first lead since 28-27. He finished with 14 points.
Casey Walcker single-handedly kept Beulah in the game after half. After going 1-for-5 from the first in the first half, Walcker scored all of Beulah's 19 points in the third quarter and finished with 24 points.
The Eagles led 48-46 when Messerschmidt scored from the wing. Luke Blood added one free throw with a second left and New Town(20-4) didn't really get a shot at the tie or win.
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