Crashed plane, pilot's body found

ABERDEEN | Authorities have recovered the body of the pilot of a small plane that was found crashed near Aberdeen nearly two weeks after it went missing.

Brown County Chief Deputy Dave Lunzman says the body of 70-year-old Gerald Seliski of Hecla, South Dakota, was recovered Tuesday. Seliski was the only one on board. An autopsy is planned Wednesday.

Lunzman said Tuesday a hunter found the wreckage of the Cessna 172 about 3 miles north of Aberdeen Monday evening.

The plane departed Aberdeen Regional Airport for Oakes, North Dakota, on Oct. 9 but never arrived. The Civil Air Patrol has helped local officials from South Dakota and North Dakota search for the missing plane.

The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted Tuesday it would investigate the crash.

Wyo. wind farm set to clear hurdle

CASPER, Wyo. | Power Company of Wyoming has moved a step closer to clearing a final environmental requirement for its massive Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project in Carbon County.

The Bureau of Land Management recently released the third environmental assessment of the wind farm for public comment.

The agency concluded in its study that the planned wind farm will have no new significant impacts on the "human environment" beyond what is outlined in a 2012 environmental impact statement.

Power Company of Wyoming first began applying for state and federal permissions in 2008.

Company spokeswoman Kara Choquette says the latest study will complete the BLM federal environmental analysis of the project.

The wind farm south of Rawlins is expected to include up to 1,000 wind turbines.

New policy set for young offenders

LINCOLN, Neb. | Nebraska is changing the way it handles juvenile offenders following an incident in which teenage girls damaged a state-run housing unit in Geneva.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services on Monday unveiled a new Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center System, with campuses in Kearney, Geneva and Lincoln.

Nebraska already has a boys' facility in Kearney and a girls' facility in Geneva. The new approach would turn Kearney's campus into an intake and classification facility, while Geneva's facility would be used for girls who are preparing to return to society.

The Lincoln facility would provide more intensive programming for male and female youths who aren't responding to treatment in Kearney.

State officials moved girls out of the Geneva facility in August after residents caused extensive damage.

North Dakota approves gas study

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Industrial Commission has approved a study of the composition of the state's natural gas.

The goal of the more than $300,000 study approved Tuesday is to determine if the composition of natural gas liquids produced as a byproduct of oil drilling changes over the life of a well.

Pipeline Authority director Justin Kringstad says the study is important in determining whether projects such as a petrochemical plant are feasible in North Dakota, which could help curb the practice of burning off and wasting natural gas.

The study is funded from a percentage of the state's share of oil and gas taxes. It is scheduled to be completed by May 1, 2020.

New option available for ND veterans

BISMARCK, N.D. | Veterans and their families will soon have a new option for a final resting place at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

Cremated remains handled by the cemetery south of Mandan are currently buried, but construction is expected to begin next summer on a columbarium, which is a structure designed to hold urns above ground. The cemetery secured federal funding earlier this month for the project.

The columbarium will be northeast of the existing burial area at the cemetery on land purchased in 2015. The first phase, with space to inter 1,800 remains, could be finished as soon as the summer of 2021.

— Associated Press

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