North Dakota News

Judge clears pipeline protester charged in drone incident

BISMARCK (AP) — A Dakota Access pipeline protester has been cleared of charges after being accused of endangering a police plane with his drone last September in North Dakota. Aaron Turgeon, 32, of Rapid City, South Dakota, was found not guilty of reckless endangerment and physical ...

Want to preserve North Dakota governor’s home? Act quick

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota is taking suggestions for preserving the current governor's residence, but only for a short time before going through with plans to tear it down. An advertisement will go out in June to receive the proposals for moving and preserving the 10,000-square-foot home ...

Top paid CEO in ND is in energy, construction

BISMARCK (AP) — A new survey shows the top paid executive in North Dakota is in the energy and construction services industry. Calculations by The Associated Press and the executive data firm Equilar show MDU Resources Group CEO David Goodin tops the compensation list in North Dakota, ...

AG: New law clarifying mineral rights doesn’t apply in case

BISMARCK (AP) — A new law intended to clarify disputed ownership of minerals under a Missouri River reservoir doesn't apply in a case scheduled before North Dakota's Supreme Court next month, the state attorney general says. Gov. Doug Burgum signed the measure last month that limits the ...

North Dakota city commission violates open meetings law

DEVILS LAKE (AP) — A North Dakota commission's decision to ultimately fire a police chief and suspend his captain was made before a public vote was taken, which Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem found to be in violation of the state's open meetings law. An operations assessment revealed that ...

Survey: Number of homeless ND increases

BISMARCK (AP) — The number of homeless people in North Dakota increased in the past year with people in search of work accounting for the greatest number of those without housing in the state where a once-booming oil economy is slowly rebounding, advocates say. "A lot of these guys still ...

Endowment for explorers’ center transferred to ND

BISMARCK (AP) — A foundation that supported the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center for nearly two decades transferred a nearly $700,000 endowment trust on Wednesday to the state for ongoing maintenance at the facility. Gov. Doug Burgum hailed what he called a generous transfer, holding an ...

Burgum to donate salary to improve addiction treatment

BISMARCK (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum says he'll donate his salary since taking office in December to addiction recovery and treatment initiatives. Burgum says in a statement that his wife, Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, will announce the initiatives later. Burgum says his donation will be "seed money" ...

North Dakota judge: Justice system fails those mentally ill

DEVILS LAKE (AP) — The disappearance and death of local artist Virgil Feather remains under investigation, but one question in connection to the case is this: If Feather suffered from Alzheimer's and was no threat to anyone else, simply owing fines on an old DUI charge, was jail a fitting ...

Volunteer was key figure unwinding cartel in ND

FARGO (AP) — After more than 70 convictions, North Dakota authorities say they've largely dismantled a violent Mexican drug cartel in an investigation that drew in hundreds of agents over a dozen years. But no investigator may have had more to do with their success, they say, than one ...

North Dakota couple starts tech church

STREETER (AP) — A growing number of kids don't have a minute for church, but a Streeter couple hopes they have five minutes for a technology church, instead. John and Hannah Erbele are founders of 5MinChurch, a free download app for phones or smart Apple TVs, so young people and others can ...

Tribes fighting pipeline drop appeal but battle continues

BISMARCK (AP) — American Indian tribes who are still fighting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in court have dropped an appeal of a federal judge's decision that allowed final construction to proceed on the project that is just two weeks from operating commercially. U.S. District Judge James ...

Spirit Lake tribe considering alcohol sales at tribal casino

DEVILS LAKE (AP) — The Spirit Lake Tribal Council is considering allowing alcohol sales at the Sioux tribe's casino. Alcohol has been banned on the reservation for decades. But tribal leaders are considering allowing the casino to serve alcohol on the gambling floor and during events such as ...

About 100 employees interested in buyouts

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Facing the prospect of jobs cuts due to North Dakota's struggling finances, about 100 employees from cabinet-level agencies have expressed interest in taking voluntary buyouts. Republican Gov. Doug Burgum last month gave appointed agency heads the option to offer the ...

Keystone XL operator reassessing interest of US producers

BISMARCK (AP) — TransCanada Corp. is reassessing whether oil producers in North Dakota and Montana are still interested in shipping crude through its long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline now that they have other new options to ship their product, including the Dakota Access pipeline. The ...

North Dakota State University senior named to state board

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed North Dakota State University student Jacob Dailey to the state Board of Higher Education. Dailey is a senior from Canton, Kansas who is majoring in agricultural education. He served as president of the North Dakota Student ...

AG says Devils Lake commission violated open meeting laws

DEVILS LAKE (AP) — Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the Devils Lake City Commission violated the state's open meeting laws when it met secretly to discuss a report on the city's police chief and his top captain. The Commission last month placed Chief Keith Schroeder and Capt. Jon ...

Minnesota man sentenced to 22 years in Fargo woman’s death

FARGO (AP) — A Minnesota man accused in the sexual assault and killing of a woman in her Fargo townhouse last year has been sentenced to more than 22 years in prison. KFGO-AM reports that 23-year-old Landon Lauwagie, of Ponsford, Minnesota, pleaded guilty earlier in the asphyxiation death of ...

Fargo police chief, others attend event for fallen officer

FARGO (AP) — Fargo's police chief was among several Red River Valley officers who traveled to Washington D.C. over the weekend to honor an officer who was killed in the line of duty. The name of Fargo officer Jason Moszer was among those added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial as part ...

North Dakota lawmakers eliminate tobacco prevention agency

BISMARCK (AP) — The head of North Dakota's Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy said eliminating the agency could undo several years of work that marked a rapid decrease in youth and adult smoking rates in the state. The agency, also known as BreatheND, is funded by a percentage ...