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Bittner, Ziegler to be inducted into highway hall

Former state Department of Transportation director Francis Ziegler and Fargo city engineer Mark Bittner are set to be inducted into the North Dakota Highway Hall of Honor.

Ziegler worked for the DOT for 42 years, the last six as director. He was in charge of several of the state's largest construction programs. He retired in November 2012.

Bittner has been an engineer for the city of Fargo for 35 years and has managed record growth. He was instrumental in developing a capital improvement program, pavement management system and other improvements.

The North Dakota Highway Hall of Honor recognizes people who have improved state or regional highway systems.

An induction luncheon is scheduled Sept. 17 in Bismarck.


Bismarck man arrested for firing gun through walls

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Police in Bismarck say a 25-year-old man is in custody after the firearm he has unloading went off and shots went through the walls of his apartment.

Police say no injuries were reported.

KXMB-TV ( ) reports the man fired two rounds that went through his wall and into his neighbor's apartment.

The man is facing initial charges of discharging a firearm within city limits and reckless endangerment.


Toddler who died in hit-and-run in ND identified

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Police have identified the toddler who died over the weekend after being struck by a pickup truck in a hit-and-run incident in Minot.

Capt. John Klug with the Minot Police Department says the toddler was 23-month-old Zofia Pepple of New Town. He says authorities are still searching for the vehicle of interest.

The toddler was transported from the scene to a local hospital Sunday evening where she was pronounced dead.

The vehicle is described as a dark color Ford F150, possibly 2004-2008 model, club or super cab with factory running boards and tires. Police say the vehicle was described as being clean, with tinted windows and North Dakota license plates.

Homeowners in the area of the incident who have video surveillance systems are asked to contact police at 701-852-0111.


14 get medical treatment after visiting Laundromat

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) - At least 14 people in northwest North Dakota have sought medical treatment after becoming ill following a visit to a laundromat.

The North Dakota Department of Health says exhaust from a malfunctioning boiler was venting into the Watford City facility. Authorities say a mixture of the exhaust, a high concentration of carbon monoxide, and the vapors of graffiti degreaser and a bleach cocktail used to treat clothes, was causing people to become ill.

Authorities say the victims' illnesses aren't life threatening.

Emergency personnel responded to the laundromat after receiving a report of a woman who had passed out. She was transported to the hospital, and later, other victims went to or were taken to the hospital from the same laundromat.

The facility's gas line has been shut off.


300 swan hunting licenses remain in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - More than 300 swan hunting licenses remain available after North Dakota's license lottery.

The state Game and Fish Department says remaining licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Wednesday. Hunters are limited to one license per year.

The statewide tundra swan hunting season is Oct. 4 through Jan. 4.


Trucking company says lawsuit should be dismissed

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A trucking company in the North Dakota oil patch says a lawsuit by a former employee over overtime pay is without merit.

Devon Seeling, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, has filed a federal complaint against Moorhead, Minnesota-based AM-PM Trucking LLC, which formerly maintained an office in Underwood, North Dakota. The suit is seeking class action status.

Seeling says the company paid drivers a percentage of the revenue generated by each truckload, rather than overtime pay as required by law. Seeling was employed with the company for one month.

The company denies that Seeling "regularly worked" and says his allegations that other drivers regularly work over 40 hours per week are false. The defendants say the suit should be dismissed.

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