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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota House candidate is facing a misdemeanor criminal charge for allegedly publishing inaccurate information about an opponent. The charge against Republican District 47 candidate Duane Sand carries a maximum punishment of a year in jail and a $3,000 fine. The complaint came from incumbent Rep. George Keiser, who said a Sand flier misstated a vote he cast in 2013 and violated state law.
THOMPSON, N.D. (AP) - Authorities have identified a Grand Forks man who died when the forklift he was operating was struck and killed by a minivan on a state highway near Thompson. The Highway Patrol says 61-year-old Juan Contreras was driving the forklift on Highway 15 when he was struck Monday afternoon. The two people in the minivan weren't hurt. The patrol is still investigating what happened
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A man is in custody after allegedly driving drunk in Fargo and crashing his pickup truck through a fence and into a home. Police say the 24-year-old driver and a passenger fled on foot after the crash about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday but were tracked down by officers. The passenger was taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries. No one inside the home was hurt.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Winter wheat production in the Dakotas is expected to be up significantly this year from 2017. The Agriculture Department's latest forecast is for production to be up 90 percent in South Dakota to 39.4 million bushels, and up 138 percent in North Dakota to 3.1 million bushels. Nationally, winter wheat production is forecast to be down 6 percent over the year, to 1.2 billion bushels.
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