SEXUAL ASSAULT ARREST
Man arrested in Grand Forks sexual assault
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Grand Forks police have arrested a man who allegedly broke into a woman's apartment and tried to sexually assault her while she was sleeping.
Authorities say the woman awoke about 3 a.m. Monday to find a man pulling down her underwear. She fled and called police.
Officers who responded arrested a man staying in the apartment below the woman. Police say the 19-year-old man was arrested on charges of burglary, sexual assault and minor in consumption of alcohol. He was not immediately formally charged.
Police say the suspect is a transient construction worker from Pinon, Ariz.
The woman was not hurt.
Fort Berthold Reservation companies questioned
NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) - The oil business is booming on the Fort Berthold Reservation in western North Dakota, but some American Indian business owners say they're on the verge of going under and laying off employees.
They say they can't compete with other Native American businesses that essentially are fronts for non-Indian companies that want to operate on the reservation.
Under federal rules, tribal companies and members have preference for work on tribal lands. American Indian businessman Steve Kelly tells The Bismarck Tribune that he thinks about 20 Native-owned companies are unfairly operating as fronts on the reservation.
Tribal Employment Rights Office Deputy Director Dewey Hosie says the office listens to all complaints. He also says compliance officers make random checks of who's working on the reservation, and whether they're properly licensed.
UND aviation to renew contract with Japan students
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The University of North Dakota is renewing a contract with Tokai (toh-KY') University in Japan to train pilots.
Tokai University aviation students are at UND aerospace for 15 months while training to become commercial pilots.
The Grand Forks school has hosted more than 160 Tokai students since the first agreement eight years ago. This will be the third four-year contract between the schools.
A signing ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at Odegard Hall.
PRIDE OF DAKOTA
Pride of Dakota Member Directory is biggest ever
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The new Pride of Dakota Member Directory features products and services from more than 500 North Dakota companies.
The directory is published by the state Agriculture Department, which oversees the Pride of Dakota branding program. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the 108-page directory is the biggest to date.
Free copies can be obtained by calling the Agriculture Department at (800) 242-7535. The information also is available on the Pride of Dakota website, at www.prideofdakota.com.
Juco hoops star in North Dakota commits to Iowa
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Williston State College point guard Trey Dickerson plans to play for the University of Iowa the next three years.
The 6-foot freshman from New York City gave a verbal commitment to the NCAA Division I Hawkeyes over the weekend.
Williston State says Dickerson had received interest from numerous schools and offers from Iowa, Nebraska, Iona, Washington, Washington State, Arkansas, Alabama-Birmingham, St. Louis, and Fordham.
Williston State is a two-year junior college in northwestern North Dakota. Dickerson this season helped lead the Tetons to a 26-5 regular season record and a Mon-Dak Conference title. He was named most valuable player in the conference, with an average of 20 points, six assists and four rebounds per game.
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