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North Dakota measure supporters turn to fair-goers for names

MINOT, N.D. (AP) -- Supporters of two ballot initiatives spent the last week gathering signatures at the North Dakota State Fair.

Petitions were circulated for one measure requiring North Dakota schools to start after labor day and another measure that would establish a trust fund for water, wildlife and parks projects.

The deadline to get an issue on the November ballot is Aug. 6.

Charles Tuttle, of Minot, who manned a table outside the fair gate to solicit names for the school measure, says he collected about 2,000 signatures at the fair. He says bad weather on Saturday hampered efforts, but believes supporters are close to wrapping up the campaign.

The school initiative needs 13,452 signatures to qualify for the ballot.