Brine spill occurs in Bottineau County

About 1,000 barrels of salt brine were released at an injection well site in Bottineau County, with abut 100 barrels escaping the site into a neighboring wetland, North Dakota Department of Health officials said Friday.

The spill occurred as a result of a failed pipe fitting. The injection well is owned by Denbury Onshore.

A temporary berm was constructed to prevent additional fluid from reaching the wetland. About 700 barrels of brine have been recovered.

Inspectors from the state Health Department and Oil and Gas Division have been on location. Samples have been collected by Health Department officials for testing, according to Kris Roberts, Environmental Response team leader with the Health Department’s Environmental Health Section. Further assessment and remediation activities will be coordinated between the state and the owners of the site.

No license needed to fish in N.D. this weekend

BISMARCK (AP) – Don’t have a North Dakota fishing license? Not a problem, at least not this weekend.

The state Game and Fish Department says anglers can fish for free on Saturday and Sunday. The agency holds one such weekend every year.

-While no fishing license is required, all other regulations still apply.

Suspect in custody after armed robbery

WAHPETON (AP) – A suspect is in custody in the armed robbery of a Wahpeton gas station.

Police in Moorhead, Minnesota, on Thursday night arrested a 31-year-old man who they say confessed to robbing the Tesoro station in Wahpeton early that day. Investigators say the man gave them a detailed account of the robbery in which a man with a pistol demanded money from the cash register and fled with between $200 and $250 in cash.

The man was arrested at a Moorhead motel on an armed robbery charge. Authorities say they also recovered evidence tying the man to the robbery.

Williston settles lawsuit filed by ad agency

WILLISTON (AP) – The northwestern North Dakota city of Williston has settled a lawsuit filed by a Florida-based advertising agency over signs in the city.

The City Commission in August 2013 denied sign applications from Great Plains Outdoor Advertising, saying the signs did not conform with city guidelines. Great Plains then sued in state district court.

The settlement agreement reached through mediation includes undisclosed compensation and also gives Great Plains the right to put up signs at six sites in the city. Mayor Ward Koeser signed the agreement Wednesday.