North Dakota News

Search for missing woman renewed on ND reservation

BISMARCK (AP) — The family of a missing woman has renewed their search on a North Dakota reservation. Olivia Lone Bear, 32, was last seen in October in New Town, The Bismarck Tribune reported. Her brother, Matthew Lone Bear, said the Bureau of Indian Affairs has directed searchers to look ...

Legislature’s research director retiring after 39 years

BISMARCK (AP) — The director of the North Dakota Legislature’s research arm is retiring after 39 years with the agency. Jim Smith, 62, said he’s leaving the Legislative Council at the end of August to travel and spend more time with his family. “The time is right, after 19 ...

ND class combats cybercrime with hacking skills

FARGO (AP) — In a long narrow room with rows of computer screens on tables, 16 students hunch over keyboards on tables or in their laps. "All right, pull out your devices, let's get ready to go," says instructor Terry Traylor as he calls a hacking class to order. Minnesota Public Radio ...

Great River Energy studies viability of greenhouse project

UNDERWOOD (AP) — Great River Energy is studying whether it could profitably power a greenhouse on the grounds of its Coal Creek Station coal-fired power plant. Potential plant would use excess heat from the plant that produces electricity and also supplies waste steam to a nearby ethanol ...

North Dakota Capitol elevator replacement pegged at $1.8M

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A $1.8 million project is underway to replace the four main elevators at the North Dakota Capitol. Facilities Manager John Boyle says the old elevators are original to the Capitol, which is one of the state’s tallest buildings at 242 feet. Boyle says the project’s ...

ND marathon to honor miscarried, stillborn babies

FARGO (AP) — A North Dakota couple who’s had two stillborn children is hoping to inspire others to share their stories at the Fargo Marathon next month. Heidi and Mike Greenwood said they’re keeping their babies’ memory alive at the upcoming marathon with “The Angel Baby Mile,” ...

Teen charged in oil well site shooting

WILLISTON (AP) — An 18-year-old man has been charged in a shooting at an oil well site near Williston. Gage Cox is charged with conspiracy to commit criminal mischief, a felony. Police say Cox used a semi-automatic rifle that he had stolen from a truck in Williston to shoot a power supply ...

Maidi Port of Entry closed due to propane leak

MAIDA (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have closed a Canadian entry port in northeastern North Dakota because of a propane leak. Officials say the Maida entry port remains closed Friday after the leak was discovered Thursday by customs officers who have evacuated the port ...

17 apply to be medical pot growers in ND

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Health Department has received 17 applications so far from potential manufacturers of medical marijuana. Medical Marijuana Division Director Jason Wahl says the deadline was Thursday but it has been extended until Monday morning because of a time error in the ...

Future uncertain for ND abandoned mine program

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota officials will dedicate about $1.6 million this year to stabilize collapsing underground coal mines in the central and western parts of the state. The North Dakota Public Service Commission funds come from the Abandoned Mine Land program, which is funded through ...

Gov. Doug Burgum directs ND agencies to identify cuts

BISMARCK (AP) — Calling for a leaner and more efficient state government, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum told agency directors Wednesday to identify substantial spending cuts when they begin preparing their plans for the next two-year budget. The first-term Republican governor, who ran on a ...

Tribes’ request for more say in Dakota Access study denied

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge has rejected the request by two American Indian tribes to be more involved in a court-ordered environmental review of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg last June ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to further review the ...

Clinics await appeal in ND merger case

BISMARCK (AP) — Attorneys are awaiting a court date in a case about a proposed clinic merger in North Dakota. The Sanford Health and Mid Dakota Clinic providers agreed to merge last year, but a federal judge blocked the move, The Bismarck Tribune reported. The judge ruled in favor of the ...

North Dakota regulators amend rules aimed at flaring

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota regulators on Tuesday relaxed some rules and offered incentives they hope will further limit natural gas that's being burned off at well sites and wasted as a byproduct of crude production. The state Industrial Commission, a three-member panel led by Gov. Doug ...

ND zoo to host endangered rhinoceros

WAHPETON (AP) — A North Dakota zoo will soon have two more endangered animals. The southern white rhinoceroses will be seen at the Chahinkapa Zoo in Wahpeton as soon as April 28, the Wahpeton Daily News reported. Both animals are males and are between the ages of 3 and 4. The zoo is putting ...

ND landowners get educated on wind farms

STANLEY (AP) — North Dakota landowners have many questions about wind development as residents in the northwest corner of the state see an increase in wind farm proposals. The Northwest Landowners Association hosted about 160 people Thursday at an informational expo in Stanley to educate ...

Delta flight makes emergency landing at Fargo airport

FARGO (AP) — Fire officials say a Delta Air Lines flight made an emergency landing at a North Dakota airport. The jet with 189 passengers on board was heading from Minneapolis to Anchorage, Alaska, Thursday evening when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit. Fire officials say the plane ...

Deputy charged with drug, cell phone thefts

BISMARCK (AP) — A Burleigh County sheriff’s deputy is accused of stealing methamphetamine and cell phones from the Metro Area Task Force. A judge has set bond at $2,500 cash for 31-year-old Kerry Komrosky, who is charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor. The Bismarck Tribune reports ...

Deadly disease spreads to more North Dakota bighorn herds

BISMARCK (AP) — Deadly bacterial pneumonia among bighorn sheep in the North Dakota Badlands spread to three previously unaffected herds last year, resulting in the smallest estimated population in more than a decade. State wildlife officials are still confident that this year's fall hunting ...

ND regulators approve gas plant expansion

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota regulators have approved an expansion project that aims to reduce natural gas flaring. The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved the expansion of the Oneok Bear Creek natural gas processing plant on Wednesday. The plant will also need approval from the ...