BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has unveiled a $14.3 billion budget that raises state spending 5 percent and seeks to replenish reserves that were used to balance previous budgets. His two-year blueprint presented to the Legislature Wednesday offers state employee pay raises, and spending increases on education, human services and infrastructure projects.
STANLEY, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota wildlife officials expect that some areas along the state’s northern border with Canada will be added to a ban on baiting deer aimed at limiting the potential spread of chronic wasting disease. The fatal disease is slowly growing among the state’s population of deer, elk and moose, according to a state Game and Fish official. Wildlife officials on Monday spoke about outlawing bait for deer hunting in certain areas because bait piles are closely linked to the spread of the disease.
MINOT, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified the driver killed after crashing his pickup truck on an icy gravel road in Renville County. The Highway Patrol says 53-year-old Edward Miller, of Glenburn, lost control of his truck about 4:45 p.m. Monday and it spun into the ditch, where it came to rest on its top.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) – City commissioners have approved a law allowing alcohol consumption on the streets of downtown Fargo during certain events. In June, commissioners temporarily lifted the ban on liquor consumption for a street fair and several other downtown events. The commissioners’ latest action makes the move permanent.
A custodian at a Bismarck school is accused of having sexual contact with a young boy. Blake Graff, 63, is charged with gross sexual imposition. In a message to parents, officials for Centennial Elementary school said the victim was not a student at the school. The 5-year-old boy told a social worker about inappropriate touching involving Graff at a Bismarck residence, according to court records. Graff denied the sexual contact in an interview with Bismarck police. Graff was immediately placed on leave after Bismarck Public Schools learned of the allegation, and then retired. Graff had been a district employee for 33 years.