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Correction

An article about the Fairmont City Council appearing in Tuesday’s edition included an incorrect date for a public hearing on a proposal to amend the City Code to eliminate language requiring the City Attorney to attend council meetings. The redrafted section of the code will be introduced at the council’s June 24 meeting, at which time the council will likely set a public hearing and vote on the issue for its July 8 meeting.

Father denies fatally shooting teen

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin father accused of killing his son from Minnesota has taken the witness stand and denied fatally shooting the teenager.

Kayle Fleischauer, 43, testified in St. Croix County Circuit Court late Monday in the April 2018 death of his 19-year-old son, Chase, who graduated from Tartan High School in Oakdale.

Fleischauer testified that he loved his son and would never shoot him. The defense claims the teen accidentally shot himself at his father’s New Richmond home. Defense experts testified Monday that no gunshot residue was found on the defendant’s hand, but was found on the victim’s hands.

Prosecutors also said the teen had injuries to his neck, arm and ear inflicted by his father. The defense contends the two were just wrestling.

$1.6B crude oil pipeline proposed

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two companies are proposing a $1.6 billion pipeline to move North Dakota crude oil, making it the biggest such project in the state since the Dakota Access pipeline that sparked violent clashes between protesters and law enforcement in 2016 and 2017.

Houston-based Phillips 66 and Casper, Wyoming-based Bridger Pipeline announced the joint venture called Liberty Pipeline on Monday. It’s designed to move 350,000 barrels of oil daily from western North Dakota’s oil patch to the nation’s biggest storage terminal in Cushing, Oklahoma. From there, the companies said shippers can access multiple Gulf Coast destinations.

The route of the 24-inch (60-centimeter) pipeline has not been disclosed, though the companies said in a statement the project “will utilize existing pipeline and utility corridors and advanced construction techniques to limit environmental and community impact.”

The pipeline would start in Guernsey, Wyoming, and end in Cushing, Oklahoma, said Bridger Pipeline spokesman Bill Salvin. The North Dakota leg would run through the state’s “southwest corner,” he said.

That would put the route west of the Dakota Access pipeline and far from the most productive portion of North Dakota’s oil patch in the northwestern part of the state.

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