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BC-ND--North Dakota News Digest, ND

July 6, 2014

North Dakota at 1 a.m.

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TOP STORY:

MINOT MAIL

MINOT, N.D. One of North Dakota’s two U.S. senators is urging the United States Postal Service to keep a mail processing facility open in Minot to help handle population increases in recent years. SENT: 130 words. SENT: 300 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

NORTHERN FLOODING

The National Weather Service in Bismarck says heavy rains from last week and high releases from Lake Darling and reservoirs in southern Canada have kept some agricultural land in northern North Dakota underwater. Bill Abeling says runoff from last week’s heavy rainfall has also caused overland flooding over many county and township roads. SENT: 200 words.

EXCHANGE-RURAL LAW

RUGBY, N.D. — Opportunities abound to practice law in rural North Dakota. The challenge has been persuading young law students to seize those opportunities. The State Bar Association of North Dakota, University of North Dakota School of Law and North Dakota court system have responded with a pilot project that this summer has two law students working for pay as clerks for rural district judges. The program is designed to expose students to the law and lifestyle in communities of fewer than 15,000 people. By Jill Schramm of the Minot Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 950WORDS. PHOTO WILL BE REQUESTED.

EXCHANGE-RURAL HEALTH CARE

BISMARCK, N.D. — Garrison Memorial Hospital sees 1,400 to 1,500 people in its emergency room annually. That is up about 20 percent over the last three to four years. Tioga Medical Center patient numbers have increased fourfold, from 6,000 patients in 2010 to more than 24,000 today. To meet this new demand, investments are being made in rural health care across the state, in areas where those facilities are the only medical care available for miles around. The U.S. Department of Agriculture alone has invested more than $178 million in 42 projects since 2009. By Jessica Holdman of The Bismarck Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 970WORDS. PHOTO WILL BE REQUESTED.

IN BRIEF:

FISHING BUST — Five anglers from Wisconsin have been caught with 100 walleye over the state limit at Devils Lake and are each facing fines of more than $1,700.

MOTORCYCLIST DEATH — A man has died in Fargo after colliding with a car while riding his motorcycle.

TOURISM GRANT — The Northeastern North Dakota Heritage Association is getting state money to help fund the expansion of an exhibit at Icelandic State Park.

GRASSLANDS-FIREWORKS — The U.S. Forest Service says fireworks are prohibited on national grasslands and forests.

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