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MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Minot is looking to eliminate the cap on the number of liquor licenses and the city's bar owners are not pleased. The Minot Daily News ( http://bit.ly/2jI2uVk ) reports that the Minot City Council's Liquor and Gambling Control Committee put the ordinance on hold Wednesday. Under the proposed ordinance, a liquor, beer and wine license would still cost $3,125, but would also include a $150,000 application fee.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A federal judge is allowing the North Dakota Farmers Union to enter the legal battle over the constitutionality of the state's Depression-era anti-corporate farming law. That means Farmers Union will side with the state against North Dakota Farm Bureau, which sued last summer to do away with the law. The two organizations are the state's largest general farm groups.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A judge has thrown out riot charges against more than 40 people who were at an interstate protest in St. Paul over the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile. About 300 demonstrators walked onto Interstate 94 last July and blocked traffic. Some threw rocks, bottles and other things at police officers. Authorities say 16 officers were injured. Forty-six people were charged with third-degree riot, along with misdemeanor public nuisance and unlawful assembly.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A woman accused of bilking investors in a North Dakota oil patch company she owned with a man who was convicted in a murder-for-hire scheme has reached a plea deal with prosecutors. Sarah Creveling is charged in federal court with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering. Authorities say she was part of a scheme to defraud people who invested in a Minot trucking company she owned along with her ex-husband, James Henrikson.
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A McKenzie County judge has rejected a plea deal for a woman accused of taking all of her mentally impaired uncle's assets. The Williston Herald reports that Northwest District Judge Daniel El-Dweek told attorneys that he wouldn't accept sentencing recommendations for 69-year-old Sandra Potter from either side of the case. Potter, of Montana, has faced two separate sets of allegations that she defrauded her uncle, Robert Gross, out of his entire estate, worth about $200,000.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's solar energy capacity made great strides in the last year and state officials don't expect the pace of growth to slow down. In 1996, enough solar energy was generated to power 16 homes in Minnesota. By 2015, 35 megawatts of capacity was generated, or enough to power more than 39,000 homes. And last year, that capacity grew to 250 megawatts.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Authorities say a North Dakota man was killed in a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 12 in Roosevelt County. The Billings Gazette reports the 54-year-old Minot, North Dakota man, whose name has not been released, was in an SUV that crashed into an oncoming pickup near Brockton on Tuesday morning. The driver of the SUV was trying to pass a snow plow at the time of the crash. The passenger from Minot, who was wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene. No other information was released. ___
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota state auditor Rebecca Otto is planning to run for governor. Otto is the third Democrat to announce a campaign to replace Gov. Mark Dayton who will leave office when his term expires in January 2019. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said in December he will launch a campaign. And, state Rep. Erin Murphy, a former House majority leader, has also declared her candidacy. Only one Republican, activist Christopher William Chamberlin, has announced plans to run so far.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - About $1.5 billion was spent on charitable gaming in Minnesota during the first half of 2016. That's an increase of about 13 percent over the previous year. Minnesota Gambling Control Board compliance officer Gary Danger says spending continued to surge in the last half of the year. Lower gas prices may be tied to the increase. Danger says people have a little extra money to spend on fun.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota State Patrol says a man running from police was struck and killed on Interstate 35W in Minneapolis The State Patrol says police were pursuing three suspects in a cargo van about 3:30 a.m. Saturday. The van crashed on the interstate and the three suspects began to run. Officers caught up with two of the three and arrested them. The third suspect jumped the median wall on the interstate and was struck by a passing vehicle.