North Dakota News

Low-key and low-profile Pollert takes over as House leader

BISMARCK (AP) — Al Carlson ruled North Dakota's House for years, controlling the business of the chamber with a booming voice, a big stick and no fear of leaving bruises in his wake. With the Fargo lawmaker booted by voters, House Republicans' new leader is nothing like him: Chet Pollert, a ...

New records

ND oil, gas production continues upward climb By ELOISE OGDEN Regional Editor eogden@minotdailynews.com BISMARCK – North Dakota’s oil and gas production plus number of producing wells continue to reach new all-time highs. The state released the newest production numbers on Friday. ...

South Dakota researcher working on fire-risk estimation tool

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s state fire meteorologist is part of a coalition using satellite technology to notify fire managers when fuels are abnormally dry. Darren Clabo, a research scientist and instructor at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, is collaborating ...

New startup aims to boost manufacturing sector in Mandan

BISMARCK (AP) — A startup company making prebuilt home frames is aiming to fill a gap left in Mandan when it lost a longtime window manufacturing company at the end of 2013. Nordic Steel Systems, which frames homes with steel rather than wood, could change the way houses have been ...

Ranch group walks back opposition to military expansion plan

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s biggest rancher organization is walking back its opposition to a plan by Gov. Doug Burgum to expand a military training center. The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association says in a statement with the North Dakota National Guard that it does not oppose land ...

Landowners lose appeal over Dakota Access pipeline easements

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota landowners who unsuccessfully sued the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline over land easements have lost their appeal. The 21 landowners sued for more than $4 million in 2017, saying a company formed by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners and a hired ...

Stenehjem backs decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's top law enforcement officer says he will back legislation that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, noting that it would reflect the reality of what's already happening in state courts. "There is nobody in jail who only possessed or ...

ND receives temporary waiver on new rule for child-care background checks

BISMARCK – North Dakota child-care facilities are getting a temporary reprieve from a federal rule that providers say has hampered hiring. The North Dakota Department of Human Services reported the state has received a one-year waiver from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ ...

North Dakota oil production sets record in October

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota regulators say the state’s oil production set a record in October. The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.39 million barrels of oil daily in October. That’s up from 1.35 million barrels in September. North Dakota also ...

ND governor proposes military tax exemption

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum wants to exempt military pay and pensions from North Dakota income taxes, arguing in part that retaining veterans could help the state fill thousands of open jobs. Legislators have ignored similar pleas in the past, but supporters say the economic ...

Standing Rock veterans cemetery getting more federal money

FORT YATES (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux tribe is getting $291,000 from the federal government to expand and improve the All Nations Veterans Cemetery in Fort Yates. The money is through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The agency last year gave the tribe nearly $5 million to build ...

ND State stays in-house, names Entz head coach

FARGO (AP) — FCS power North Dakota State stayed with a successful formula and promoted offensive coordinator Matt Entz to head football coach Thursday. The 46-year-old Entz replaces Kansas State-bound Chris Klieman, who like Entz was an assistant with the Bison before being named to the top ...

Heitkamp bids farewell to US Senate after losing re-election

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Democrat Heidi Heitkamp bid an emotional farewell to the U.S. Senate, telling colleagues that “gridlock and partisanship does not have to rule the day.” Heitkamp, in a half-hour speech from the Senate floor, appealed to Congress to display “more political ...

Tentative dates set for 2019 North Dakota hunting seasons

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's Game and Fish Department has set tentative opening dates for next year's hunting seasons. The dates become official with the governor's approval. Tentative 2019 opening dates for some major seasons include spring turkey on April 13, mountain lions on Aug. 30, ...

North Dakota conservation fund doling out $3.4M in grants

BISMARCK (AP) — A program that provides funds for conservation projects in North Dakota is doling out nearly $3.4 million in grants for nine projects. The Industrial Commission recently approved the spending through the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which is supported by energy production taxes. ...

3 killed in crash near Keene

The North Dakota Highway Patrol said three people died in a head-on crash on ND Highway 23 three miles north of Keene around 9 p.m. Saturday. Killed were Jim Livengood, 68, Tina Livengood, 45, and Elizabeth Livengood, 65, all of Williston. They reportedly died at the scene of the ...

Ranch group opposes Burgum military facility expansion plan

BISMARCK (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum wants to use earnings from a voter-approved oil tax savings account to expand a National Guard training facility in a sparsely populated northeastern county, a move the military says is needed in part to handle longer-range and deadlier ammunition. But some ...

Economist predicts strong economic outlook for ND in 2019

BISMARK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota economist expects the projected economic recession to be both good and bad news for the state's next two-year budget cycle. The fiscal forecast anticipates strong expectations in 2019 followed by a slower pace of growth similar to the rate of inflation for ...