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News Minute: Here is the latest North Dakota news from The Associated Press

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Bismarck Police issued 31 citations during a texting and driving crackdown last week. The Tribune reports that the previous two months combined resulted in only six citations. The citation for texting and driving is $100.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Federal authorities have expanded the scope of their investigation into two brothers from North Dakota accused of intentionally destroying potatoes to collect crop insurance payments. The original indictment alleged that 50-year-old Aaron Johnson and 47-year-old Derek Johnson conspired to receive more than $800,000 in illegal payments dating back to 2006. Now the government says the potato farmers from the Cooperstown area pocketed more than $2 million in a scam that began in 2002.

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) - Bail has been set for a man accused of breaking into a home in western Minnesota and trying to kidnap his ex-girlfriend. Fifty-two-year-old William Dean faces charges of attempted kidnapping and assault with a dangerous weapon. Prosecutors say Dean broke into his ex-girlfriend's home in Comstock last week, physically assaulted her and shocked her with a stun gun. Dean was tracked down by cellphone towers as he left the area for Bismarck, North Dakota. He was brought back to Minnesota after waiving extradition.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Former Wahpeton High School and North Dakota State University football standout Ryan Smith is continuing his career north of the border. The 5-foot-7, 175-pound receiver has signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. Details of the contract weren't released.

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