News Minute: Here is the latest North Dakota news from The Associated Press - - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

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

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MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - Bond has been set at $3,000 cash for a man accused of violating probation in a case that involved the deaths of more than 100 horses in Burleigh and Morton counties. Sixty-four-year-old William Kiefer pleaded guilty last year to mistreating animals and was sentenced to six months in custody and two years' probation. He's now accused of violating probation terms by buying a horse and having a horse and a mule in the backyard of his home.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Farm Rescue nonprofit in the Upper Midwest is approaching another milestone. The volunteer organization will help its 300th farm family in the region by the end of the year. Farm Rescue plants and harvests crops for farmers in need in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa and Montana.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The largest shopping mall in the country is targeting workers in one of the nation's top oil-producing areas. A YouTube advertisement for the Mall of America depicts an oil worker from western North Dakota visiting the mall to meet up with his family for the weekend. Spokesman Dan Jasper says the Mall of America already gets lots of visitors from North Dakota, and it wants even more.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is establishing an environmental crimes office in North Dakota. The EPA's Criminal Investigation Division is opening an office in Bismarck to address issues in the state's oil patch. An EPA spokeswoman says the agency signed an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to rent office space in Bismarck.

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