ND state record goldeye might be world record fish
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A state-record goldeye caught by a 9-year-old North Dakota angler might qualify as a world record.
Brayden Selzler, of Velva, reeled in a 4-pound, 12-ounce goldeye from Lake Audubon on Friday. It shattered the 1998 state record and might eclipse the world record for a kept goldeye of 3 pounds 13 ounces.
That was caught by Gary Heuer of Aberdeen, South Dakota, in Lake Oahe in August 1987.
The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame is the keeper of world records. Spokeswoman Vicki Musiala (myoo-zee-AL'-uh) says Selzler would have to apply for a world record and meet all of the qualifications to take Heuer's record. Selzler plans to apply.
Heuer says he won't be disappointed if he loses the record because it would mean someone else had some good luck.
Effort aims for no fatalities on I-90, I-94
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Law enforcement agencies in the Dakotas are joining counterparts in 13 other states in a four-day interstate enforcement campaign on Interstates 90 and 94.
The "I-90/94 Challenge" has a goal of zero fatalities on the two interstates from Washington state to Massachusetts through Monday, and a 50 percent reduction in all crashes for the reporting period. The effort covers more than 5,600 miles of highway.
The Minnesota State Patrol is coordinating the national effort and will gather statistics from participating states on the effectiveness of the operation.
The effort is part of a yearlong highway safety campaign by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to reduce traffic fatalities in the U.S. by 15 percent.
WATFORD CITY DEVELOPMENT
Company plans ND oil patch developments worth $65M
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A New York company is planning residential and commercial developments worth at least $65 million in the North Dakota oil patch town of Watford City.
Coltown Properties principal Israel Weinberger says his company is planning two projects on Watford City's Main Street. The Madison Heights development will consist of seven apartment buildings and cost between $45 million and $50 million. The first three buildings will be ready for occupants this fall.
Coltown is also planning a pair of buildings at Watford City's entrance that will house retail space and offices. Weinberger says that project will cost between $20 million and $25 million and will be ready by late 2015 or early 2016.
Watford City's population has grown significantly in recent years as a result of North Dakota's oil boom.
MOUNTRAIL COUNTY SPILL
Spill contained, recovered in Mountrail County
ROSS, N.D. (AP) - State officials say a spill of 427 barrels of oil and 142 barrels of saltwater was contained and recovered at a well site in Mountrail County.
A state inspector visited the Statoil Oil & Gas site about 7 miles south of Ross. A valve failure was determined to have caused the spill that was reported Tuesday.
A barrel holds 42 gallons. Saltwater is a byproduct of oil production.
SQUAD CAR RAMMED
Squad car rammed during West Fargo incident
WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A man is in custody in West Fargo after allegedly leading police on a chase, ramming a squad car and trying to force his way into a home.
Authorities allege that the 25-year-old suspect also threw a backpack containing a loaded gun and a bolt cutter during the foot chase.
The incident began as a traffic stop about 1 a.m. Wednesday. After police put the driver in a squad car while they identified him, the suspect allegedly slid into the driver's seat of the suspect vehicle and took off, ramming a squad car and crashing into a road sign a few blocks away.
Formal charges were not immediately filed against the suspect, who authorities say is also wanted on a Minnesota warrant.
No one was hurt in the incident.
Suit accuses trucking company of failing to pay OT
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An Idaho man working in the North Dakota oil patch says a trucking company is breaking federal law by failing to pay overtime.
Devon Seeling, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, has filed a civil lawsuit against Moorhead, Minnesota-based AM-PM Trucking LLC, which maintains an office in Underwood, North Dakota.
Seeling says he regularly worked more than 60 hours per week. The suit says rather than pay overtime for more than 40 hours of work, the company paid Seeling and other drivers a percentage of the revenue generated by each truckload.
The complaint seeks unspecified damages. Seeling is asking for class action status for drivers who have worked for AM-PM Trucking in the last three years.
Officials with the company could not be reached for comment.
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