North Dakota News

Blue-green algae advisories lifted for 3 lakes

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Health Department has lifted public health advisories for three lakes where blue-green algae blooms were present. Advisories have been lifted for Camels Hump Dam in Golden Valley County, Pheasant Lake in Dickey County and Braddock Dam in Emmons ...

North Dakota case highlights civil asset forfeiture

BISMARCK (AP) — Aaron Dorn just wants his truck back. He was arrested during a Thanksgiving Day protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016 in Mandan and charged with felony reckless endangerment, among other offenses. A state trooper alleged Dorn tried to swerve and ram his vehicle in ...

State to choose Bismarck, Fargo pot dispensaries

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota will choose medical marijuana dispensaries in Bismarck and Fargo. Medical Marijuana Division Director Jason Wahl says 11 applications were received for the Fargo area and eight for the Bismarck area. Wahl says one applicant from each region will be chosen ...

Former events center manager accused of embezzlement\

FARGO (AP) — The former general manager of an events center in Fargo is accused of embezzling from the business. The Cass County State Attorney’s Office has charged Richard Pallay with felony theft. Pallay was the first general manager of Sanctuary Events Center developed by Gov. Doug ...

Lone Bear family wants missing person protocol for tribes

NEW TOWN (AP) — The family of an American Indian woman whose body was found in a lake nine months after she went missing wants to help develop a missing-person protocol for tribes. Olivia Lone Bear, 32, of New Town, disappeared from the Fort Berthold Reservation in October. Her body was ...

Easing of drought good news for duck hunting in ND

BISMARCK (AP) — A reprieve from drought in North Dakota this summer is good not only for farmers but also duck hunters. Duck broods in the state are up 37 percent from last year, according to a summer survey conducted by the state Game and Fish Department. That indicates hunters can expect ...

Burgum clarifies remarks made to Trump about addiction

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is clarifying remarks he made to President Donald Trump about the rate of addiction among the state’s inmates. Trump met with some governors and state attorneys general in New Jersey Thursday to discuss prison reform. Burgum told Trump that ...

North Dakota gets 19 applications for pot dispensaries

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s health department says it has received 19 applications to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Fargo and Bismarck. The health department says eight of the applications are for the Bismarck/Mandan area and 11 are for Fargo. The application period for ...

North Dakota’s small grains harvest picking up steam

FARGO (AP) — North Dakota’s small grains harvest continues to pick up steam. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 8 percent of the spring wheat crop is in the bin, 12 percent of the oats is harvested and 15 percent of the barley is combined. All three ...

Jaeger submits signatures for to run as independent

BISMARCK (AP) — Republican Secretary of State Al Jaeger has turned in signatures to his own office to be placed on the November ballot as an independent candidate. Will Gardner beat Jaeger for the GOP endorsement for the seat but withdrew after news surfaced of a 2006 disorderly conduct ...

Company seeks to expand ND natural gas plant

BISMARCK (AP) — A proposal to expand a natural gas processing plant in northwestern North Dakota aims to keep up with growing volumes of Bakken gas production and reduce wasteful flaring. Kinder Morgan has filed an application with the state Public Service Commission to expand the Roosevelt ...

ND Senate hopefuls chase the veterans’ vote

BISMARCK (AP) — At the American Veterans club in Bismarck where former military men and others are drawn by camaraderie, card games and affordable gravy-laden lunch specials, there’s no clear favorite in North Dakota’s sharply contested U.S. Senate race. But when it comes to the barrage ...

Company disputes complaint over refinery by national park

BISMARCK (AP) — The company planning an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota is asking state regulators to dismiss a complaint filed by environmental groups over the site. Meridian Energy Group made its request to the Public Service Commission on ...

Bismarck schools spending $1.4M on safety, mental health

BISMARCK (AP) — The Bismarck School Board is spending $1.4 million to try to bolster school safety and mental health support for students. Board members voted unanimously Monday to hire additional staff, including 31 aides, a part-time social worker and two school psychologists, The Bismarck ...

Elderly woman dies of injuries in Lamoure County crash

EDGELEY (AP) — An elderly woman has died of injuries suffered in a weekend crash in Lamoure County. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says 85-year-old Jean Hanson of Aberdeen, South Dakota died Sunday at a Fargo hospital. She was involved in a collision Saturday with a truck and livestock ...

Legislator seeks governor’s security costs

BISMARCK (AP) — A North Dakota legislator asked the state Highway Patrol on Tuesday to disclose the costs of providing security for the governor, lieutenant governor and their families, a move he says is needed for budget reasons and legislative lawyers argue are not protected by state law. ...

John Walstad, longtime ND Legislature lawyer, dies

BISMARCK (AP) — John Walstad, the North Dakota Legislature's former top lawyer who spent more than three decades drafting bills for lawmakers, has died. Waltstad's wife, Jenne, says he died from lung cancer Sunday night in Bismarck. He was 66. Walstad retired two years ago. He worked for the ...

Group endorses policy for oilfield use of river water

BISMARCK (AP) — An advisory group that includes landowners along the Little Missouri River has endorsed a state policy that allows water to be drawn from the river for use in oilfields. The Bismarck Tribune reports the Little Missouri Scenic River Commission voted Monday to recommend that the ...

State employees in government vehicles barred from phones

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota state employees who use government vehicles are no longer allowed to use cellphones while driving. The state Transportation Department says it implemented the policy for state fleet vehicles at the beginning of July. Department Director Tom Sorel says the policy ...

Grand Forks man dies after boating mishap

DEVILS LAKE (AP) — An elderly Grand Forks man died after a boating mishap on Devils Lake. Ramsey County Sheriff Steve Nelson tells KFGO radio that the man was launching a boat Monday afternoon when the boat floated off the trailer and the wind began to push it away from shore. The man jumped ...