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Posted on July 27, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Updated Saturday, Jul 27 at 2:00 AM

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North Dakota at 1:30 p.m.

NEW JUDGESHIP

BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Friday appointed retired Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman Anderson to the last of three judgeships approved by the Legislature this year to keep pace with North Dakota's increased population and caseloads brought on by rapid oil development. By James MacPherson.

WILLISTON POPULATION

WILLISTON, N.D. — A new study estimates that Williston's population has doubled since the 2010 census and that the number of people living in the city at the heart of North Dakota's booming oil patch will continue to grow at a fast rate. The city-sponsored study done by North Dakota State University estimates that between 25,000 and 33,000 people live in Williston, either permanently or temporarily. That's a big jump from the 2010 U.S. Census figure of 14,700 residents.

With:

— OIL BOOM-GRANTS — North Dakota's Land Board has awarded 1.4 million in state grants to law enforcement agencies in North Dakota's oil-production region. Officials say the money will support sheriffs' offices in Divide, Dunn, McKenzie, Stark and Ward counties and police departments in Arnegard, Belfield and New Town.

— OIL PATCH TEACHERS — A city in the middle of the North Dakota oil patch is advertising for more teachers, although school district officials aren't sure if they'll need them.

— WILLISTON DEVELOPMENT CENTER — Williston officials have unveiled plans for a new city office building.

NASA ASTRONAUT-UND

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — This year's summer commencement at the University of North Dakota will be out of this world. Astronaut and UND alumna Karen Nyberg will deliver the keynote speech from space. She is currently orbiting the Earth in the International Space Station, and NASA will deliver her recorded message.

With AP Photo

SMALLEST SEAT

AMIDON, N.D. — A sign outside the tiny southwestern North Dakota town of Amidon boasting it's the smallest county seat in the nation still stands, but the designation doesn't. As of the 2010 U.S. census, three other county seats slipped below Amidon in population and Gann Valley, S.D., now holds the "smallest" title with 14 people. Amidon had 20 in the census. And it's continuing to grow. An AP Member Exchange Feature By Lauren Donovan of The Bismarck Tribune.

COURTS AND CRIME:

— HIT AND RUN ARREST— A man accused of negligent homicide in a hit-and-run death in Dickinson late last year now faces an additional charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving a death.

— ROBBERIES-SENTENCE — A Bismarck man has been sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for his role in three Bismarck-Mandan business robberies, three other planned robberies and a burglary.

ALSO OF INTEREST:

— DOGS SEIZED — Nearly all of the 174 dogs seized by Cass County sheriff's deputies from a Wheatland breeder have been released from a Casselton animal clinic and sent to foster homes.

— BIOPROCESSING GRANT— Four universities in North Dakota and South Dakota have been awarded a $6 million grant to establish a research consortium that will study the use of a plant material to replace petrochemicals.

SPORTS:

— NDSU FOOTBALL-TV — North Dakota State University football games will be broadcast across the state for the second straight season. NDSU is the two-time defending champion in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision.

The AP, Bismarck

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