AP-North Dakota stories for Sept. 15 and Sept. 17. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact 701- 223-8450.

For use Saturday, Sept. 15, and thereafter.


BISMARCK, N.D. — After more than 130 years, 80 different wallpapers and 20 executive families, Johnathan Campbell says the North Dakota former governor's mansion is still solid. Contractors were recently working on repairs to the modern porch to remedy dry rot — a frequent issue affecting the stick-style Victorian house in Bismarck. A fundraising campaign is trying to raise up to $60,000 to replace the mansion's roof — repairs which require unique shingling. By Jack Dura, The Bismarck Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 555 words.

For use Monday, Sept. 17, and thereafter.


BURLINGTON, N.D. — Drone technology is making certain tasks safer and easier for the Ward County Highway Department. The department acquired an Unmanned Aerial System device primarily for use in measuring stockpiled road materials, such as gravel and millings. The Ward County Commission approved guidelines proposed by the department for use of the UAS on Aug. 21, and the department began using the device at the end of August. By Jill Schramm, Minot Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 404 words.