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DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press CASSELTON, N.D. (AP) — Authorities are urging residents to evacuate a small North Dakota town after a mile-long train carrying crude oil derailed outside of town.
BISMARCK — Bismarck police say federal authorities are slated to investigate a fire at the military recruiting station that injured one man and caused $30,000 in damage. The Bismarck Tribune reported that the Thursday night blaze was contained to the military recruiting station that’s located in a downtown strip mall. Police said one man who was in the building when the fire started was treated and released at a Bismarck hospital for injuries. No one else was in the building. Officer Pat Renz said the man’s affiliation with the military recruiting station has not been established.
BENGALS 34, RAVENS 17 CINCINNATI — Andy Dalton threw for two touchdowns, ran for another and set a pair of Bengals passing records, leading Cincinnati to a victory that eliminated the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens couldn’t avoid the Super Bowl slump that’s so common. The Ravens became the 15th Super Bowl champ that failed to reach the playoffs the following season, and the sixth in the last 12 years. In Cincinnati, there’s only one thing in mind: finally win a playoff game. The Bengals haven’t done that since the 1990 season.
MINNEAPOLIS — As the Minnesota Vikings filed into their locker room at the Metrodome for the last time, Leslie Frazier was there to greet them with a handshake and a hug. The Vikings picked up one more victory at the soon-to-be-demolished stadium, perhaps a parting gift for the popular coach. Fittingly, the Detroit Lions left on the losing end. Cordarrelle Patterson scored two touchdowns, including the go-ahead catch in the end zone in the fourth quarter, and the Vikings beat the Lions 14-13 on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Metrodome’s 32 seasons. From Patterson to Adrian
CHICAGO — Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb came back just in time to lift the Green Bay Packers to the NFC North championship. Rodgers fired a 48-yard touchdown pass to Cobb in the final minute, and the Packers beat the Chicago Bears 33-28 to capture the division title. Back after missing seven games with a broken left collarbone, Rodgers found a wide-open Cobb on fourth-and-8 to wipe out a one-point deficit with 38 seconds left. Green Bay will host San Francisco next weekend in the wild-card round. The Bears had one final drive, but Jay Cutler’s deep pass to Alshon Jeffery was interce
BISMARCK — President Obama has signed the first bill authored by North Dakota Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer into law. The Bureau of Land Management Streamlining Act passed the House on May 15 and the Senate on Dec. 20. The bill includes North Dakota among a list of six states in a pilot project meant to improve the efficiency of processing federal oil and natural gas permits. Cramer said he’s happy that the president “accepted these modest improvements” to the federal permitting process.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Industrial Commission has given backers of a proposed coal-to-liquid fuel plant in western North Dakota a sixth extension of state aid to study the project. Dallas-based North American Coal Corp. said developers asked for the extension because favorable coal legislation and a clear U.S. energy policy is still needed for the $4 billion project to move forward. North American Coal and Headwaters Inc.
MINOT — Poker players are vying for a $50,000 top prize during the 10th annual Texas Hold’em Championship in Minot. The Minot Daily News reported that proceeds from the tournament go to fund marketing scholarships for the Minot State University Alumni Foundation. The championship runs through Tuesday at The Vegas Motel. Tournament co-founder Wendy Rupert said the prize pool has grown to $172,000, and players have attended from 39 different states. Minot State University marketing majors help to promote the event.
BISMARCK — North Dakota’s Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the state in a dispute with landowners over who owns mineral rights near the Missouri River and other navigable waters. The Supreme Court’s decision Thursday upheld a district court ruling that says the state owns the mineral rights to a so-called shore zone, or the area between the ordinary high and low watermarks along public waters. The Bismarck Tribune reported that the high court ruling releases more than $140 million in oil bonuses and royalties to the state. A group of landowners in the Williston area filed one of the laws
BISMARCK — North Dakota’s deputy tax commissioner will be taking a $9,202 annual pay cut when he takes over the agency’s top post next week, making him one of several department bosses in the state who earn less than some of their subordinates. Gov. Jack Dalrymple last month appointed Ryan Rauschenberger to serve the remainder of term held by elected Tax Commissioner Cory Fong, who is resigning at the year’s end.