A Horse is a Horse, of course, of course….

He should plead insanity; he’s just crazy about those animals! Shocked

Animal cruelty convict Kiefer ordered to wear ankle bracelet; new charge filed in McHenry County related to trail ride

MANDAN, N.D. – A judge here increased bond to $3,000 cash and ordered electronic monitoring Thursday for a Fargo man who was convicted of animal cruelty and now stands accused of violating his probation by possessing horses and a mule.

William Kiefer also faces a new charge in McHenry County for allegedly taking the mule on a trail ride Sunday near Towner in north-central North Dakota. McHenry County State’s Attorney Cassey Breyer charged Kiefer on Wednesday with disobedience of a judicial order, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and $3,000 fine.
Kiefer, 64, appeared in handcuffs Thursday in Morton County District Court in Mandan, three days after authorities conducting a probation search discovered a horse and a mule in the backyard of his north Fargo residence.

That search led to Kiefer’s second arrest in three weeks for an alleged probation violation. Morton County Assistant State’s Attorney Gabrielle Goter filed the original petition Aug. 6 seeking to revoke Kiefer’s probation, alleging that he bought a horse for $2,000 on July 29 from a woman in Wyoming and didn’t follow through with court-ordered mental health services.

In Morton County District Court on Thursday, Goter said her phone and the phones of sheriffs in multiple counties have “blown up” with reports of Kiefer’s activities.

“At this point, he’s moving about the state, he’s moving onto people’s property at night … to move these horses around,” she said. “He’s just in willful violation of the bond conditions and his probation conditions.”

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Three NDUS IT employees put on administrative leave

Do you want to bet it’s “paid leave” and why no names? Angry

Three North Dakota University System employees who dealt in IT security have been put on administrative leave following a massive security breach last winter.

The personal information of more than 290,000 current and past NDUS students was vulnerable for four months before the hack was noticed Feb. 7. Several agencies looked into the security breach and found that the hacked server was most likely used as a “launch pad” for an overseas entity access other servers.
At a State Board of Higher Education Audit Committee meeting Thursday, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Institutional Research Lisa Feldner said that after a workplace investigation, it became clear some employees, including the three put on leave, felt server security wasn’t part of their job.

“One of the things we felt following the breach was that the team isn’t as cohesive as I’d like to see it and there’s a lot of, not finger-pointing per say, but employees saying ‘that’s his job, her job, somebody else’s job.’”

Feldner said the IT department has installed high-level intrusion detection on 75 percent of the NDUS network and is working to get the job completed as soon as possible. Scanning tools that look for abnormalities and weaknesses in the system have also been upgraded.

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Burgum touts eliminating N.D. income Taxes

State media won’t like this; they never met a tax they didn’t love. Roll Eyes

Burgum touts benefits for eliminating N.D. income taxes, other policy changes

FARGO – Entrepreneur Doug Burgum this morning called for eliminating North Dakota’s personal and corporate income taxes, stating the move would give the state an edge when it comes to attracting businesses and top worker talent.

“This isn’t meant to be provocative.  We’ve got the (state government) surplus, but we need to turn it into a competitive advantage,” Burgum told the audience at the 2014 State of Technology Conference held at the Fargo Theatre and hosted by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to zeroing out tax rates for personal and corporate income taxes, Burgum advocated elimination of North Dakota’s ban on same-sex marriage, calling the restriction “a great way for us to drive young talent out of the state.”

He said North Dakota has many things going for it right now and he stressed the potential is there to take things much further.

“This is the time for us to take action on a number of policy fronts,” Burgum said.

Tech firms in North Dakota and in Fargo in particular, he said, are in a position to reap huge economic benefits from the convergence of a number of factors, including the cheap cost of data storage, the growing prevalence of automatic sensing devices, and the pervasiveness of mobile devices.

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Rally Planned Tuesday to Remember Ferguson Teen

I hope these slackers don’t spark another race riot! Shocked

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An F-M area community group emerging on Facebook is planning a rally Tuesday night in remembrance of the teenager shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri.
The event takes place Tuesday starting at 5:30 p.m. on the Main Avenue Veterans Memorial Bridge between Fargo and Moorhead. Organizers say the goal is to stand together for those in Ferguson and to end police brutality.
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All students at MPS now eligible for free meals

Free for whom? Certainly not for taxpayers. Angry

It was noon Monday and the Tater-Tot-scented cafeteria at Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School filled quickly.

Besides tots, the menu offered mini-corn dogs, broccoli, choice of apple sauce or a nectarine, choice of low-fat regular or low-fat chocolate milk.

What does a school lunch like that cost these days?

Not a dime if you’re a Milwaukee Public Schools student.

MPS announced Monday that the district is offering free breakfasts and lunches to all students, regardless of income level, through a federal program.

“Having every student come to school well nourished and ready to learn is absolutely critical to students’ well-being — and it’s critical to our work to improve student outcomes,” MPS Acting Superintendent Darienne Driver said in a news release.

“Children who are hungry can’t concentrate on learning. They are focused on their hunger.”

Last year, 83% of MPS students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches, which is close to double the state average.

The meals are being provided under the Community Eligibility Program, which allows a school — or in this case, an entire district — that serves mostly low-income students to participate in the National School Lunch Program without having to fill out applications for each household.

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Omdahl: Measures spice up the ballot

We have one now; who is Lloyd trying to fool? Roll Eyes

Measure No. 2 is another constitutional amendment proposed by the Legislature prohibiting the imposition of a tax on mortgages.In the eight states imposing a mortgage tax, the rate is around 1 percent of the mortgage.North Dakota does not have a mortgage tax so this is designed to protect the people from a tax-happy Legislature should one be elected in the future.

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Kat Perkins to play horse park in Fargo

I wonder what this involves. Huh

 




FARGO – Kat Perkins, star of last season’s “The Voice” on NBC, has announced a show at the North Dakota Horse Park here in September.
The Sept. 12 event marks two firsts: the Scranton native’s first appearance in Fargo since her run on “The Voice,” and the first concert held at the horse park, 5180 19th Ave. N. North Dakota State University football also kicks off its 2014-15 season that day.“We are excited that our first concert is with an artist the caliber of Kat,” said Mike Schmitz, general manager of the horse park. “She is a unique regional talent who is known on a national scale.”Mr. Big lead singer Eric Martin will open for Perkins at 7 p.m. with an acoustic set of Mr. Big hits such as “To Be With You” and “Wild World.”Tickets for the all-ages show cost $20 in advance and can be purchased at the horse park, all Fargo-Moorhead Petro Serve USA locations, or online at www.ticket-e-split.com. A limited number of meet-and-greet packages are available for $60, and groups of up to 20 can rent a 20-person gazebo with free food and drinks for $2,000.
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Cass County inmate faces indecent exposure charge

LaSamuel would never do something like this, would he? Roll Eyes

Cass County inmate faces indecent exposure charge
By Forum staff reports on Aug 15, 2014 at 9:36 p.m.

FARGO – A convicted sex offender is accused of masturbating in front of a female correctional officer in the Cass County Jail.
LaSamuel Richardson III, 25, was charged Thursday in Cass County District Court with a felony count of indecent exposure. Court documents did not list an attorney for him.

According to court documents, the officer was checking on inmates about 2 a.m. June 17, when Richardson asked her a question. Not understanding his question, the officer approached his cell door and saw that he was naked and masturbating, court documents stated.

Richardson then asked her to bring him deodorant. “Really?” the officer said, and Richardson replied, “Oh, sorry,” in what seemed to be a sarcastic tone, according to court documents.

Richardson was previously convicted of indecent exposure in 2011 in Cass County. Because of that conviction, he’s required to register as a sex offender.

He was initially jailed in April on a probation violation and two counts of failing to register as a sex offender. On those charges, which are still pending, his bail was set at $1,000.

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ATM tech wearing burqa disguise arrested

 

An ATM technician disguised himself in a burqa as part of an elaborate plan to steal more than $160,000 from a Chase Bank cash machine in west suburban LaGrange, federal prosecutors allege.

When Gildardo Lopez Jr. was arrested early Thursday coming out of the Chase branch at 14 S. LaGrange Road, he was wearing a black burqa and had a walkie-talkie connected to ear buds, according to a criminal complaint. He was also wearing latex gloves and carrying a suitcase stuffed with $168,174 in cash.

 

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Buffalo herd gets loose

Since they made it to a refuge, do they get to stay? Huh


DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – A dozen or more buffalo are roaming the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge in northwest Minnesota after they got loose from a neighboring farm.
The bison haven’t been especially aggressive, but they are unpredictable and people should be cautious around them, just like they would be around bears, timber wolves or any other wild animal, said Refuge Manager Neil Powers.

“There’s a neighbor adjacent to the refuge who raises domestic buffalo,” Powers said. “His animals got out and into the refuge. He’s been trying for a week to round them up and get them back into his private pastures.”

He said about 15 to 20 buffalo got loose and are now “roaming around the north edge of the refuge.” The area is forested with heavy vegetation, which has made the roundup difficult.

The buffalo herd on the loose in Tamarac is owned by Dan Bergstrom, who lives on the east edge of the refuge just north of Island Lake.

“He’s making every effort to do it, he’s working really hard,” Powers said of Bergstrom. “He’s been trying to herd them down the main trails towards his pastures, but it’s been a big challenge for him.”

“It’s going slowly,” Bergstrom said. “It’s not easy, and the more people you get coming around to see them, it makes it worse.”

As word has spread about the buffalo, people have showed up trying to get photos, and it made the roundup effort more difficult, he said.

Bergstrom asked people to stay away from the area and avoid scattering the buffalo. He is being helped by federal and tribal game wardens. Refuge officials are helping coordinate the effort, and have provided access to areas not normally open to the public, Powers said.

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