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KILLDEER FACILITY SHUTDOWN ORDER

Killdeer, ND facility ordered shut down by state regulators

KILLDEER, N.D. (AP) - State health officials have ordered a facility in western North Dakota that handles radioactive material to cease operations immediately.

The Department of Health says it issued an emergency order Thursday to secure the Killdeer facility operated by Dyad Environmental, LLC.

The order alleges inspections earlier this month revealed various safety violations including the lack of a qualified radiation safety officer on staff.

The department says the company must cease all operations and allow state inspectors to verify compliance with the order.

The company says all compliance issues were corrected within two days of the inspection and says it invites officials to inspect the plant again.

The facility handles radioactive filter socks, a byproduct of the oil industry. The filter socks bear technologically enhanced, naturally occurring radioactive material, known as TENORM.

GUARD CHAPLAINS-NORTH DAKOTA

ND National Guard chaplain corps at full strength

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota National Guard is at full strength in its chaplain corps for the first time in 15 years.

The Guard appointed 1st Lieutenant Yacob Makonnen as chaplain Thursday. He will be assigned to the Bismarck-based 68th Troop Command. He currently lives with his wife in Fargo.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that Makonnen's appointment means there are now eight chaplains assigned to the North Dakota National Guard.

Lieutenant Colonel David Johnson says there was a time when National Guard chaplains were few and far between and had to serve multiple units.

Chaplains provide pastoral care and counseling to Guard members and their families. They also advise the commanders and staff on issues of religion, morals and morale.

RAIL DELAYS-FERTILIZER

BNSF outlines fertilizer shipment plan to feds

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota National Guard is at full strength in its chaplain corps for the first time in 15 years.

The Guard appointed 1st Lieutenant Yacob Makonnen as chaplain Thursday. He will be assigned to the Bismarck-based 68th Troop Command. He currently lives with his wife in Fargo.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that Makonnen's appointment means there are now eight chaplains assigned to the North Dakota National Guard.

Lieutenant Colonel David Johnson says there was a time when National Guard chaplains were few and far between and had to serve multiple units.

Chaplains provide pastoral care and counseling to Guard members and their families. They also advise the commanders and staff on issues of religion, morals and morale.

MINN ST-MANKATO-FIRED COACH

Minnesota State team to return under Hoffner

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - Football players at Minnesota State, Mankato say they are ready to practice under reinstated coach Todd Hoffner.

The Mavericks football program held a news conference Thursday, the day after players refused to practice when Hoffner returned to the school.

In a statement, junior defensive back Sam Thompson and sophomore wide receiver Kyle Riggott say the team is "ready to get back to playing football." The players say they wanted their voice heard about their support for interim coach Aaron Keen and for a "more robust communication channel" about the coaching situation.

Hoffner said in a statement he does not take the players' actions personally.

Hoffner returned to campus for the first time Wednesday since an arbitrator ruled he was fired unfairly last year in the wake of a child porn investigation that ultimately cleared him.

The team is scheduled to practice Friday afternoon.

CHILD ABUSE CHARGE-MOTHER

Bismarck woman charged with child neglect

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Police say a Bismarck woman was too intoxicated to care for her son after she reported she didn't know where he was even though the boy was at home with her.

Thirty-one-year-old Adelann Bradford has been charged with Class C felony child abuse or neglect.

The Bismarck Tribune reports Bradford had called police Tuesday saying she couldn't find her son. She said she had dropped him off at her mother's house after school.

Bradford's mother told police she had not seen the boy all day. The boy also told police his mother had picked him up from school, and they went home.

Bradford later told police she had taken some Benadryl pills then "chugged" a beer and had a glass of wine after finding her son at home.

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