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MINOT POLICE SHOOTING

Minot Police identify 2 suspects in burglary

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Minot authorities have identified the two suspects in burglary who were shot by police after driving a vehicle toward an officer while attempting to flee.

Police have identified the Minot men as 35-year-old Brandon T. Butler and 25-year-old Joshua M. Peterson.

The incident happened Saturday after two officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle outside a tire shop on the northeast side of town.

Authorities say Peterson was the driver and Butler was the passenger. They say the men face initial charges of criminal conspiracy to burglary, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia other than marijuana.

Peterson remains hospitalized. Butler is at the Ward County Jail.

The officers weren't injured. They've been placed on administrative leave until the investigation is completed.

ARMY BAND COMMANDER

North Dakota National Guard band has new leader

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Army National Guard has a new band leader.

Warrant Officer James Landman has been named commander and primary conductor for the 188th Army Band based in Fargo. He takes over for Sergeant Bradley Reed.

The band features regular assembles including two rock bands, a brass quintet, jazz combo and Dixieland combo.

Landman is the band director for Sheyenne High School in West Fargo.

BISMARCK WORKFORCE

Workforce shortage forces businesses close, adjust

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The increasingly difficult task of filling job openings for businesses in North Dakota is pushing some owners to make drastic changes to their operations and in some cases even close.

Workforce needs have been a struggle in the state for several years. But the labor supply is even thinner these days.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that even when businesses manage to hire employees, there's no guarantee that the newly employed will show up.

Shannon Gangl is the owner of Montana Mike's in Mandan. He says he hasn't been able to hire employees in a long time and will close the steakhouse September 7th.

He says he used to get four or five applicants for an opening, but now he's lucky if he gets one applicant for four or five openings.

UNITED TRIBES-POWWOW

United Tribes to hold 45th annual powwow in ND

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The United Tribes International Powwow this year will pay tribute to the horse.

The Bismarck Tribune reports the powwow will hold an Intertribal Hat and Boot Dance Special and Horse Song Drum Contest to honor the Plains horse culture for the first time in 45 years.

Julie Cain is the committee chairwoman of the United Tribes International Powwow. She says horses helped Native Americans "survive from generation to generation."

The event will run Thursday through September 7th.

The newspaper reports the theme for this year's celebration is "We Are All Related." At least 70 tribes will participate in the event at the United Tribes Technical College. About 20,000 spectators are expected.

DOVE SEASON

North Dakota swan hunting season opens Monday

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's dove hunting season gets underway Monday.

The daily limit is 15 and the possession limit is 45. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. The season runs through November 9th.

The state Game and Fish Department is reminding swan hunters that they must register with the Harvest Information Program before hunting. Those who registered with the program to hunt the spring light goose season in North Dakota do not have to register again, as it is required only once per year.

FUR FARM

Montana bobcat farm spurs worldwide interest

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A proposal by a North Dakota couple to relocate their commercial bobcat fur farm to central Montana has generated comments from around the world.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game warden Shawn Briggs says a substantial numbers of comments on an environmental assessment came from all over the United States and the world, including Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia.

Briggs tells the Great Falls Tribune that the agency will analyze the comments before rendering a final decision on whether to issue a permit for the fur farm in Fergus County.

Larry and Carol Schultz currently operate a bobcat fur farm in Arnegard in western North Dakota.

They want to move because of the noise and traffic from the booming oil industry in the area.

UND-ART EXHIBITION

New art exhibition opens in Grand Forks Wednesday

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - A new art exhibition with pieces from collections of the University of North Dakota is set to open Wednesday in downtown Grand Forks.

The exhibition "Lost, Found and Rescued" will be on display at the Empire Arts Center until December 11th.

The show was curated by Arthur Jones. It tells the story of some UND art collections that had been neglected or lost for years.

The university says the exhibition includes objects that were recently rescued from insecure or unsafe locations. Some of the art had been damaged but was restored for the show.

Artworks that are missing are also identified in the exhibition in an effort to seek the public's assistance in recovering them.

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