North Dakota News

6 North Dakota natives in cast, band of annual musical

MEDORA (AP) — Six North Dakota natives are in the cast and band at this year's annual musical in Medora, the largest number in recent years. Taylor Leet of Bismarck, Alyssa Scott of Fargo, Misti Koop of Grand Forks and Damon Fichter of Dickinson are four of the 12 singers in this year's ...

Dakota Access developer gets OK to replace trees

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota regulators approved a plan by the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline to replace trees removed during construction, but the permission won't impact an upcoming decision on whether Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners is fined for removing too ...

Man dead following tactical standoff in Bismarck

BISMARCK (AP) — Police say a standoff involving tactical officers ended when the man took his own life in a Bismarck apartment where he was holed up. Metro Area Narcotics Task Force officers were executing a federal homeland security warrant Thursday about noon when police learned the man in ...

State trade group can weigh in on Dakota Access pipeline

BISMARCK (AP) — A judge deciding whether to temporarily shut down the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline said Thursday that he will allow North Dakota's main energy trade group to weigh in. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg might also allow some national energy and manufacturing groups to ...

Patrol says van was turning around when it was hit by semi

GRAND FORKS (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a fatal collision between a tanker truck and a van carrying 10 people happened when the van attempted to turn around on the highway. Three passengers in the van were killed in the crash Tuesday west of Grand Forks. The patrol identified ...

Panel: Dakota Access-style protests could become commonplace

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Well-funded and organized protests like the one involving the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline may become commonplace, officials said Wednesday as they urged the industry to prepare for such activity. The struggle over the recently completed $3.8 billion pipeline was ...

No injuries in crash of freight train, truck near Fairmount

FAIRMOUNT (AP) — No one was hurt when a freight train crashed into a semitrailer in Richland County. The sheriff's office says the semi driven by a farm laborer stalled on the tracks near Fairmount on Monday afternoon, and the worker jumped out of the cab to safety as the train ...

Criminal reforms could add pressure on North Dakota jails

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota sheriffs are concerned that a slate of new criminal justice reforms will shift costs from the state to counties and put added pressure on local jails. Lawmakers approved legislation this year to reduce the number of people going to prison. The new laws came after ...

Months needed for additional study of DAPL

BISMARCK (AP) — Additional environmental review of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline is likely to take the rest of the year to complete, U.S. officials said in court documents in which they also advocate for keeping the line operating during the study. Developer Energy Transfer ...

$2M bond set for Minot man accused in Williston slaying

WILLISTON (AP) — Bond has been set at $2 million for a Minot man accused of killing a man in Williston. Twenty-seven-year-old Alex Eggleston is charged with murder and a weapons count in the fatal shooting Friday of 43-year-old Vance Neset. He could face life in prison if convicted of ...

North Dakota oil refiner seeks to create new diesel fuel

DICKINSON (AP) — A crude oil refiner in North Dakota is studying the possibility of turning vegetable oil into fuel. Tesoro Refinery is planning to implement an 8,000-barrel-per-day diesel hydrotreater to process soy or distillers corn oil into renewable diesel. The North Dakota Industrial ...

Authorities: Woman driving drunk hits West Fargo police car

WEST FARGO (AP) — The Cass County Sheriff's Office says a 29-year-old woman has been arrested after allegedly striking a West Fargo police car while the officer was conducting a traffic stop. Authorities say the incident occurred early Sunday near the Red River Valley Fairgrounds. The ...

New private, nonsectarian school to open in Bismarck

BISMARCK (AP) — One of the first structures — a light blue house with dark blue and red trim — in Bismarck in the 1880s will soon be filled with 36 elementary school students. Maggie Barth is the director of a new nonprofit, nonsectarian school scheduled to open this fall. It's called ...

Oil expo featuring oil patch coming to Bismarck

BISMARCK (AP) — A conference that focuses on the present condition and future of North Dakota's oil patch is coming to Bismarck for the first time. The three-day Bakken Conference and Expo starts Monday at the Bismarck Event Center. The event has been held in Grand Forks in the past. Event ...

Grassland fire now nearly 90 percent contained

BISMARCK (AP) — Containment of a large wildfire burning in the Little Missouri National Grassland of western North Dakota has reached nearly 90 percent. The U.S. Forest Service says firefighters advanced containment by almost 20 percent Friday to early Saturday. The area affected by fire ...

Drought in High Plains the worst some farmers have ever seen

BEULAH (AP) — Drought in North Dakota is laying waste to fields of normally bountiful food and hay crops and searing pastures that typically would be home to multitudes of grazing cattle. Some longtime farmers and ranchers say it's the worst conditions they've seen in decades — possibly ...

Police capture suspect in early morning Williston homicide

WILLISTON (AP) — Williston police have a suspect in custody in an early morning homicide. Officers responded to a report of a man being shot shortly before 3 a.m. Friday. Forty-three-year-old Vance Neset was taken to a hospital and later pronounced dead. The suspect initially fled, and ...

Drought could impact North Dakota pheasant population

BISMARCK (AP) — Bad weather last winter and drought this summer might combine to put a damper on the fall pheasant hunt in North Dakota. A spring crowing count survey conducted by the state Game and Fish Department indicated the population might be down about 14 percent from a year ago, with ...

North Dakota high school students discover rare fossils

BISMARCK (AP) — A group of North Dakota high school students have uncovered rare fossils estimated to be from an era shortly after dinosaurs went extinct. The fossils discovered during a dig Wednesday include the jaw of a 60 million-year-old mammal and a crocodile tooth, according to ...

Want a governor’s mansion? You’ll need to move it

BISMARCK (AP) — If you want to live in a governor's mansion without being elected, North Dakota has a deal for you. With a catch. The state wants to preserve the 10,000-square-foot home that has served North Dakota's first families for 57 years, while making way for a larger $5 million ...