Free English class offered Wednesday

A free English instruction class will be held Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library.

The class will offer assistance to help people improve their speaking, listening, reading and comprehension skills. It is open to people with all levels of English. The class is limited to 40 people, and they must be at least 16 years of age.

To sign up, call 701-595-0135, or email

Brine spills at Williams Co. well site

Cleanup is underway at a well site 9 miles west of Williston where brine leaked last week, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division reported Monday.

The salty water, which comes to the earth's surface alongside oil and gas at well sites, leaked from a piping connection at a facility owned by Equinor Energy LP.

The company reported that the spill totaled 335 barrels of brine, which is equal to 14,070 gallons. All of it has been recovered, according to the Oil and Gas Division.

A state inspector has visited the site and will monitor any further cleanup.

Wednesday is deadline for swan license

Wednesday is the deadline for hunters to apply for a North Dakota swan license.

Applicants must submit an online application through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website, The resident swan license is $10; the nonresident fee is $30.

The statewide tundra swan hunting season is Sept. 28 through Dec. 29.

All swan hunters regardless of age are required to have a general game and habitat license. In addition, residents age 16 and older need a small game license, and nonresidents must have a waterfowl license. Nonresidents may hunt swan in North Dakota only during the period their nonresident waterfowl license is valid.

Molestation case moves toward trial

A Bismarck man accused of inappropriately touching a girl pleaded not guilty Monday to four counts of gross sexual imposition.

Russell Walbert, 64, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and entered the pleas before South Central District Judge Daniel Borgen.

Walbert in early July was accused of molesting a girl in two separate incidents. They allegedly took place in a shed at his residence and in a camper parked on his property, a police affidavit stated. The girl told police Walbert had touched her on several occasions in 2017 and described two of the incidents in detail, according to the affidavit.

Borgen denied a request by Walbert’s attorney, Kent Morrow, to modify a $25,000 cash or surety bond. Walbert is being held in the Burleigh Morton Detention Center.

Walbert's trial is set for Nov. 19 and 20. A conviction would carry the possibility of 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine on each count.

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