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North Dakota roundup

Killdeer Mountain items: 1,500 items from the site of the 1864 Battle of Killdeer Mountain in western North Dakota will be put on public display starting Thursday at Dickinson (N.D.) State University's Theodore Roosevelt Center.

Killdeer Mountain items: 1,500 items from the site of the 1864 Battle of Killdeer Mountain in western North Dakota will be put on public display starting Thursday at Dickinson (N.D.) State University's Theodore Roosevelt Center.

The collection belongs to ranchers Alick and Grayce Dvirnak. The Dvirnak family has been on the ranch that encompasses the battle grounds since 1928. The spear points, casings, stone pipes and pottery fragments have been collected by family members ..

The July 1864 battle was fought by Gen. Alfred Sully against the Sioux. Historians estimated at least 100 Sioux died. Two soldiers are buried on the Dvirnaks' ranch on a small plot given to the North Dakota Historical Society.

Sex offender housing: North Dakota and Minnesota have programs to provide transitional housing for sex offenders after their release.

Ellric Giroux and Andy Perhus are living in a Fargo apartment after being turned down a combined 38 times when they tried to find places to live.

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Barb Breiland, program manager for the North Dakota Sex Offender Specialist Unit, said the state leases the apartment as transitional housing.

For $7 a day, including utilities, "it beats living on the street," said Giroux, who was homeless for a year.

Giroux was convicted in 1997 for an incident involving a 15-year-old when he was 19. "I'm not opposed to people knowing," he said. "People are afraid of what they don't know; it's human nature."

Perhus was convicted in 2003 of burglary and criminal trespass for entering private homes and stealing female undergarments.

The Minnesota Department of Corrections uses a home in Moorhead for as many as four offenders after their release.

"Offenders are placed there so they're not living in their car, they're not living under a bridge," said Shari Burt, a department spokeswoman.

She said the state can monitor the offenders, who usually stay as long as 90 days while looking for permanent housing or jobs. "We believe that it improves, it enhances public safety," she said.

Youth home draws foes: A facility for troubled youth wants to relocate in Fargo, but neighbors are worried about potential runaways and lower property values.

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"We are dealing with some fairly spendy homes out here," said James Carlson, chief executive of the PRACS Institute pharmaceutical research company and president of Round Hill Association.

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch wants to consolidate its Fargo programs on land south of the city.

Nearly 35 neighbors in the Round Hill and Granberg subdivisions have given the city protest petitions, though just two protesting properties are close enough to proposed rezoning to make a legal protest.

City commissioners are to consider today whether to approve a zoning change that would allow the project to go forward.

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