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NDSU's architecture program celebrate centennial

North Dakota State University's architecture program is marking 100 years of classes.

The program was founded in 1914 when a mechanical arts faculty member organized a few classes for a handful of students. It became accredited in 1971.

The department currently has 22 full-time faculty members at other instructors at the school's downtown facility.

A centennial celebration is scheduled for Oct. 17-18, highlighted by a gala at the Plains Arts Museum.


ND 4-year draft transportation plan available

North Dakota's Transportation Department is taking public comments on a draft of its statewide transportation improvement program for the next four years.

The improvements include state and county highways, urban streets, roadway safety features, bikeways and busing programs. They're being funded with federal highway and transit funds.

Details of the 2015-18 draft plan are available for public viewing on the department's website, at The deadline to comment is Sept. 29.


Bismarck shelter gets money for abuse victims

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Bismarck shelter is the latest recipient of federal money intended to help victims of abuse.

Sen. John Hoeven says the U.S. Department of Justice awarded of $352,416 to the Abused Adult Resource Center in Bismarck will be used for its transitional housing program that helps victims of physical assault and emotional abuse.

Other recent grants of $3 million went to local and state entities to combat sexual and domestic abuse in the oil patch. The DOJ also gave more than $270,000 to the North Dakota Department of Health.


BCI agent held in contempt, state told to pay $49K

ELLENDALE, N.D. (AP) - An Ellendale judge has found a North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent in contempt of court and ordered the state to pay nearly $49,000.

Agents confiscated a pay loader in May from Darrell Schrum's shop in Forbes after an investigation found it was stolen. Schrum told authorities he didn't know about the theft and said he bought the loader in good faith.

Schrum's lawyers argued BCI special agent Arnie Rummel gave the loader away without approval and said he should be held in contempt.

KSJB-AM in Jamestown reports Judge Daniel Narum agreed to that Tuesday and ordered the state to reimburse Schrum for $48,840, plus the other costs and fees.

Rummel could not be reached Tuesday for comment.


North Dakota district judge to resign in December

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - One of the five district judges in North Dakota's Northeast Central Judicial District says she will resign this year.

Judge Sonja Clapp on Tuesday announced her decision to resign Dec. 1. Clapp was elected judge in 2004 and re-elected in 2010.

The district oversees Grand Forks and Nelson counties.

Clapp's resignation letter submitted to Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle did not cite reasons for her resignation.

Before being elected to the bench, Clapp served as assistant state's attorney for Grand Forks County from 1988 to 2004.


ND Patrol identifies man who died in ATV crash

MERCER, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified the man who died near Mercer when an all-terrain vehicle flipped over in a roadside ditch.

The Patrol says the man was 49-year-old Patrick Anderson of Bismarck. Authorities say Anderson was riding in the back cargo area of the ATV when he was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Patrol says 48-year-old Carla Keller, of Fargo, was driving a 2014 Can-Am side-by-side ATV to a residence in Brush Lake when the vehicle hit an approach, vaulted and landed on its top in the ditch.

Keller and passenger 48-year-old Erik Wagner, of Pennsylvania, were transported to the hospital.

The Patrol says the crash remains under investigation.


Accreditation team releases report on ND system

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - An advisory team with the Higher Learning Commission has given a mostly favorable report on the North Dakota University System and the state Board of Higher Education but has suggested more monitoring.

The Chicago-based group handles accreditation for colleges and universities. Former Valley City State President Ellen Chaffee filed a complaint with the commission in April 2013 alleging poor leadership amid a controversy surrounding then-University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani, whose contract was later bought out.

The advisory team visited last April. Commission President Barbara Gellman Danley in a letter late last week said the North Dakota system is in compliance with requirements. But the report also says additional improvement is necessary in some areas and suggests more monitoring.

The commission's Board of Trustees will consider the report in late October.


ND pheasant hunters, success rate drop in 2013

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The number of pheasant hunters declined in North Dakota last year, along with the number of birds they shot.

The Game and Fish Department says there were about 76,000 pheasant hunters last year, a drop of 11 percent from 2012. They killed 447,000 roosters, down 27 percent over the year. Birds bagged per hunter dropped from 7.2 to 5.8.

The annual pheasant season statistics are determined by a mail survey of resident and nonresident hunters.

This year's spring pheasant crowing count survey indicated a 6 percent rise in North Dakota's pheasant population. A late-summer brood survey will give a better indication of pheasant production.

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