North Dakota News

Watching the legislature lurch toward its end

By MIKE JACOBS ND Newspaper Association In the final days of a session, legislation is like an egg in a hot skillet. The white begins to firm up but the yolk remains runny. So it was in Bismarck last week. In three short floors session – on most days at 8 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. – ...

Attorney: North Dakota voter law still unconstitutional

BISMARCK (AP) — Republican Gov. Doug Burgum signed a bill Monday that reworks North Dakota's voter identification laws though a lawyer representing a group of American Indians in federal court say requirements still don't comply with a federal judge's ruling last year. "It's just a ...

University of Mary aims to expand

BISMARCK (AP) — A North Dakota university has launched a capital campaign to ensure no space on campus sits vacant and that projects are continuous. The University of Mary saw an 11 percent growth in student enrollment from fall 2015 to fall of 2016, The Bismarck Tribune reported. The total ...

Grand Forks thriving 20 years after historic flooding

GRAND FORKS (AP) — Twenty years after historic flooding hit towns on the Minnesota-North Dakota border, public officials say the $409 million spent on a new levee system has paid off. Eleven downtown Grand Forks buildings were destroyed when the Red River flooded the streets in April 1997. ...

33 cases against DAPL protesters dropped

BISMARCK (AP) — Authorities dropped nearly three dozen cases last month that stemmed from arrests of protesters against the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline, court records show. Prosecutors and judges dropped the 33 misdemeanor cases while another 14 were resolved by guilty pleas. Most of ...

North Dakotans urged to learn about devastating weed

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's Agriculture Department is urging people to learn about a weed that it says could devastate the state's farming industry. Palmer amaranth hasn't been found in the state yet. But Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says it's been confirmed in South Dakota, ...

North Dakota nursing program increases cultural competency

BISMARCK (AP) — A North Dakota nursing program is running simulations in Spanish to increase cultural competency of nursing students. The Dakota Nursing Program at Bismarck State College began its collaboration with a Spanish professor's class to run scenarios in Spanish, with the help of a ...

ND OKs bill allowing ‘student-initiated prayer’

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's Republican-led Legislature has endorsed a measure that says students can't be prohibited from participating in any "student-initiated prayer" at a public or nonpublic school. The Senate unanimously passed the measure Friday, following House approval a day ...

North Dakota lawmakers scrambling to finish session work

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota legislators are in a scramble to wrap up their work and leave at least a few days on the books before the constitutional 80-day limit hits. The urgency was clear Thursday when Republican Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner addressed the chamber in a pep talk ...

ND lawmakers scrambling to finish session work

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota legislators are in a scramble to wrap up their work and leave at least a few days on the books before the constitutional 80-day limit hits. The urgency was clear Thursday when Republican Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner addressed the chamber in a pep talk ...

Attorneys in Bismarck homicide case question confession

BISMARCK (AP) — Attorneys in a Bismarck homicide case are fighting over whether to allow an alleged police station confession to be used at trial. An attorney for suspect Morris Brickle-Hicks argued during a hearing on Wednesday that his client lacks cognitive abilities and couldn't ...

North Dakota to integrate Native American curriculum

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota plans to integrate Native American culture and history into lesson plans and curriculum at public schools statewide. The state Department of Public Instruction's plans are similar to programs in South Dakota and Montana. It's part of the Native American Essential ...

Legislature passes bill to clarify mineral rights under lake

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature has endorsed a measure intended to clarify disputed ownership of minerals under a Missouri River reservoir, a move that's estimated to cost the state nearly $187 million it already has collected in oil-drilling royalty payments that must be ...

NCAA awards men’s hockey regionals to Fargo, Sioux Falls

GRAND FORKS — The NCAA West Regional will be staying in the Dakotas the next two years. The University of North Dakota will host next year's regional in Sioux Falls, S.D., at the Denny Sanford Premier Center and the 2019 regional at Fargo's Scheels Arena. If UND reaches the NCAA tournament ...

Parking meter ban survives

By MIKE JACOBS ND Newspaper Association Rest easy, Howard Henry. Your legacy is safe. North Dakota will remain the only state that bans parking meters on public streets. That’s the apparent result of action in the legislature last week. The House killed a bill lifting the ban after the ...

Legislators trade messages, build strategy, remain optimistic

By MIKE JACOBS ND Newspaper Association The state Senate sent a strong message across Memorial Hall in the capitol Friday. Senators rejected self-insurance for state employees. The vote was 49-0. Self-insurance is an important item on House Republican Leader Al Carlson’s agenda, so the ...

Lawmakers high after marijuana vote

By MIKE JACOBS ND Newspaper Association A medical marijuana bill passed the North Dakota Senate last week, and the chamber erupted in self-congratulation, but not because medical marijuana had become legal. In the Senate, legislators celebrated the program they’d devised to make medical ...

Questions, answers about North Dakota and medical marijuana

BISMARCK (AP) — With the pending signature of Gov. Doug Burgum, medical marijuana will become legal in North Dakota. Here's a look at what's next: WHEN WILL IT BE AVAILABLE? Within a year, according to state health officials who will regulate the system. The health department expects five ...

North Dakota Legislature to miss goal of 70-day session

BISMARCK (AP) — Is the North Dakota Legislature ready to approve a pilot project for a state takeover of county social services funding? Are lawmakers ready to enact new protections for confidential drug informants? And can the state find the dollars for its proposed two-year spending ...