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Associated Press

Posted on August 3, 2013 at 8:30 PM

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North Dakota at 1:30 p.m.

NASA ASTRONAUT-UND

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Astronaut and University of North Dakota graduate Karen Nyberg gave the university's summer graduates a speech that was literally "out of this world." Nyberg, a 1994 UND graduate in mechanical engineering from Vining, Minn., was orbiting 230 miles above Earth on the International Space Station when she recorded the five-minute message for UND's summer commencement.

DOGS SEIZED

FARGO, N.D. — The 174 dogs seized from a rural North Dakota man last month are now available for adoption, according to rescue workers who have been caring for the dogs.

EXCHANGE-BURLINGTON BOOM

BURLINGTON, N.D. — According to the latest census, about 1,100 people live in Burlington. In a few years the number of residents is expected to triple, perhaps even reach as high as 4,000. If it happens, and there are many indications it will, it will be a growth rate seldom seen elsewhere in the United States. While the "Bakken Boom" in the western North Dakota oil patch continues to fuel the economy of the state, the surge reaches into fringe communities. Burlington is one of them, situated within the unrivaled oil driven economic triangle stretching from Williston to Dickinson to Minot. An AP Member Exchange Feature By Kim Fundingsland of the Minot Daily News.

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FOR USE SUNDAY, AUG. 4

EXCHANGE-GARDEN OF FAITHS

MANVEL, N.D. — Two dozen people from three faiths which look back to Eden as the place people first walked this earth, together worked through the green rows of a garden here on a warm evening late last month, harvesting food for the needy. In a project organized by the Rev. Keith Mills, members of B'nai Israel synagogue and the Grand Forks Islamic Center joined Christians from three churches in picking beans and peas. They will donate the veggies to the St. Joseph food shelf and the Northlands Rescue Mission in Grand Forks. But it's about more than just feeding the hungry. An AP Member Exchange Feature by Stephen J. Lee of the Grand Forks Herald.

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ALSO OF INTEREST:

— HIGHWAY PROJECT — Work has begun to widen a stretch of U.S. Highway 85 that serves as a major artery in North Dakota's booming oil patch.

— WILDERNESS HIKE — The third of four planned wilderness hikes at Theodore Roosevelt National Park will take sightseers to the north unit's petrified forest.

— EARLY GOOSE SEASON — North Dakota is once again holding an early Canada goose hunting season to try to reduce the population of the birds that can damage crops.

— SEX CHARGES — A Montana man already facing federal charges for allegedly enticing a teenager to have sex with him has made an appearance in a North Dakota state court on a similar charge.

The AP, Bismarck

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