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The operator of the Dakota Access Pipeline is planning to expand capacity, though without adding more pipeline. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

BISMARCK — Operators of the Dakota Access Pipeline are taking their long-running dispute over the embattled North Dakota project to the nation's highest court.

Attorneys representing Dakota Access LLC filed a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, Sept. 20, calling for a reassessment of whether the pipeline should have to undergo an extensive environmental review ordered by a lower court last year.

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe have long argued the pipeline's Missouri River crossing just off their reservation endangers their water supply. Last June, federal district court Judge James Boasberg voided the pipeline's permit at the river crossing, ordering an immediate shutdown until the completion of a new environmental review by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Police to forward Old Broadway beating case to prosecutors

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Old Broadway employees holding down a male patron as one of the employees elbows the man in the head early Sunday, July 11, 2021, in downtown Fargo. Police confirmed they are investigating the incident. Submitted photo

FARGO — While a Fargo police investigation into a video showing a bar employee elbowing a restrained customer in the head has stalled, a department spokeswoman said they still plan to forward the case to prosecutors.

As of Friday, Sept. 17, investigators had been unable to identify a patron seen in the video being hit multiple times by an Old Broadway employee outside the bar at 22 Broadway N. in downtown Fargo.

The Fargo Police Department had listed the case stemming from the July 11 disturbance as inactive, meaning all leads had been exhausted, spokeswoman Jessica Schindeldecker told The Forum early last week.

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Fargo eases watering restrictions as rivers, reservoirs slowly recover

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Greener lawns are visible Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in south Fargo. The city of Fargo has relaxed its water restrictions. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

FARGO — It was appropriate that a day when rain fell for much of the day that the Fargo City Commission would lower the drought restrictions in the city.

As of midnight Monday, Sept. 20, watering will be allowed again on odd or even days according to a resident's address. Those living at even addresses may water on even dates, and those living at odd addresses may water on odd days.

Water Utility Director Troy Hall said the drought severity index hasn't changed much, and there was only a slight improvement in the precipitation index. However, with the increasing stream flows in the both the Red and Sheyenne rivers and rising levels in the reservoirs that provide backup water supplies, the drought status could be lowered.

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