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GRENORA SCHOOL VOTE

Grenora voters reject $10M school bond issue

GRENORA, N.D. (AP) - Residents of the northwestern North Dakota town of Grenora have rejected a $10 million school bond issue.

The Minot Daily News reports that 55 percent of the 195 voters on Tuesday favored the proposal, but 60 percent approval was needed for it to pass.

The measure would have funded construction or renovation of classrooms, locker rooms, gymnasiums and bathrooms.

GRAND FORKS STANDOFF

Hour-long standoff in Grand Forks ends peacefully

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Grand Forks police arrested a man without incident after a standoff that prompted the evacuation of nearby residents.

WDAZ-TV reports that the incident began about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when the man called 911, saying he was armed and planned to kill himself.

The man surrendered after about an hour of negotiations with a SWAT team and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Authorities did not immediately file any charges.

MINNESOTA PIPE LINE

Minnesota Pipe Line seeks to expand capacity

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Pipe Line Company plans to ask regulators for approval to nearly double the capacity of a crude oil pipeline that carries oil from Canada and North Dakota to the two refineries in the Twin Cities.

The company will ask the Public Utilities Commission to approve new pumping stations and upgrades at existing stations so that its newest pipeline can carry 350,000 barrels per day from Clearbrook in northwestern Minnesota to refineries in St. Paul Park and Rosemount. The project will not require the construction of new pipelines or the acquisition of new pipeline right-of-way.

Minnesota Pipe Line President Bob O'Hair says the Line 4 upgrade is intended to allow for more reliable deliveries to the refineries when its three older pipelines undergo maintenance and inspections or experience outages.

ZOMBIE HOMES

Neglected homes becoming an issue in Minot

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Residents of Minot who have rebuilt their homes after the devastating Souris River flood in 2011 are growing impatient with owners of homes that have been left neglected or abandoned.

Boarded-up, mold-ridden and debris-infested properties still dot the city three years after the historic flood. Residents have taken to calling them "zombie homes" - and they want them dealt with.

Nathan Mugaas (MOO'-guhs) says the homes seem to be a low priority for the city. Lianne Zeltinger hopes to collect 400 signatures on petitions urging action to present to the City Council next month.

City Engineer Lance Meyer says the city is "working diligently" on the problem - but he says it takes a lot of manpower. And City Councilman Dave Lehner says owners of neglected properties have rights, too.

SPECIALTY CROP GRANTS

ND getting $3.1M for specialty crop grants

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The amount of federal money North Dakota is getting this year for grants to develop specialty crops is increasing nearly sevenfold over 2013.

State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the state will get $3.1 million, up from $483,000 last year. He says an emphasis on specialty crops in the new farm bill is the reason.

The federal government defines specialty crops as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops. Specialty crops grown commercially in North Dakota include dry beans, dry peas, lentils, potatoes, confection sunflowers, grapes, honey and various vegetables.

Grant applications are due May 23. Grants will be awarded later this year.

NORTH DAKOTA-GOTHBERG

UND goalie Gothberg to return for junior season

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The goalie who helped lead the University of North Dakota to the NCAA Frozen Four is sticking around.

WDAY-TV reports that Zane Gothberg announced Wednesday night that he will return for his junior season.

Gothberg is from Thief River Falls, Minn., and is a 2010 draft pick of the NHL's Boston Bruins. He was 20-10-3 last season for UND and led the National Collegiate Hockey Conference with a 1.99 goals-against average.

Gothberg on Wednesday was named the NCHC player of the month for March/April. He led the nation in appearances, starts, minutes played and saves during the time period. He tied for the national lead with a pair of shutouts and was second in wins, with six.

TIPPETT-TEAM CANADA

Former UND player to coach Team Canada IIHF squad

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Hockey Canada has named former University of North Dakota standout and current Phoenix Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett as head coach for Team Canada at the upcoming 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship.

Tippett recently completed his fifth season as head coach in Phoenix, where he has led the club to three playoff appearances and a pair of 40-win seasons.

Tippett spent the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons at North Dakota, helping lead the team to a national championship as a freshman. He went on to play 11 years in the NHL.

The 2014 IIHF World Championship is May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus.

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