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NORTH DAKOTA NEWS: McLean County fatality ... Bobcat, union to meet ... Dubai, Minot State talk

McLean County fatal crash

The Highway Patrol said a pickup served to avoid a dog and rolled over in a McLean County ditch, killing the teenage driver.

The name of the 16-year-old from Douglas was not immediately released.

Authorities said the crash happened about two miles southeast of Douglas shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday. A 14-year-old passenger was not hurt.

Woman's terrorizing charge

A Bismarck woman is accused of threatening to have a police officer and his family killed.

Angel Grant, 18, is charged with felony terrorizing, felony contact by bodily fluids for allegedly spitting on an officer's arm and minor in consumption.

Police said officers arrested Grant and a 14-year-old girl for underage drinking, and Grant allegedly threatened to have her family from California come to Bismarck and kill an officer and his family.

Grant has pleaded not guilty to the minor in consumption charge. Her preliminary hearing on the two felonies was not immediately scheduled.

Bobcat, union will meet

Bobcat Co. and union officials plan to meet early this week to talk about the closing of the company's Bismarck plant and the moving of jobs and equipment to the facility in Gwinner.

Bobcat announced last week that it will close the plant by the end of the year and transfer about 390 of its 475 jobs to the Gwinner plant in southeastern North Dakota.

The Bismarck plant's equipment also will be moved to the Gwinner plant. Bobcat spokeswoman Laura Ness Owens said officials have not decided when and how that will happen. She said it will be "a significant undertaking."

Union officials have said they expect few Bismarck workers to move to Gwinner, and that the plant there has 240 workers who are laid off and would be offered the jobs first, anyway.

Carol Yantzer with Job Service North Dakota in Bismarck said Bobcat employees have started coming in, looking for help finding new jobs.

Dubai, Minot State talk

A university in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is interested in forming an educational partnership with Minot State University.

The president and the dean of the World of Knowledge Management Development Center recently traveled to MSU to tour the campus and speak with officials in the school's College of Business.

The officials said they are particularly interested in online programs for undergraduate and graduate students offered by MSU.

MSU vice president Gary Rabe said there also appears to be potential for Minot students to enroll in online courses through the Dubai university.

MSU already has an educational partnership with a university in Istanbul, Turkey.