North Dakota News

Landowners sue over Dakota Access easements

BISMARCK (AP) — A group of about two dozen North Dakota landowners is suing the developer of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline for alleged deceit and fraud in acquiring land easements. Already, landowners in Iowa await a state judge's ruling in another easement case regarding the $3.8 ...

Deputy killed in ND shootout had just started job

FARGO (AP) — A sheriff's deputy and a man suspected of stealing a minivan were killed in a shootout in northern North Dakota in which several officers opened fire, Rolette County Sheriff Gerald Medrud said Thursday. Deputy Colt Allery, 29, was killed Wednesday evening after he and three ...

ND resets the debate over time zone disparity

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Residents of a largely rural corner of North Dakota are fiercely opposing a plan that would move them into the same time zone as the rest of the state. Few subjects set off a parochial debate in North Dakota like a move to reset the clocks. A bill under consideration in ...

Devils Lake official repeatedly misses meetings

DEVILS LAKE (AP) — A Devils Lake commissioner first elected in 1990 has missed 42 percent of the meetings held by the commission in the past three years. City Commissioner Rick Morse has missed 51 of the 121 meetings held, including special budget meetings. Morse said a reason for his ...

Coroner IDs Dakota man killed in fight with brother in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities in Las Vegas have identified a 40-year-old man who was stabbed to death during a fight with his brother in a case that police say may be ruled self-defense. The Clark County coroner said Wednesday that Justin Dale Boyer of St. John, North Dakota, died Monday at a ...

Dakota Access company seeks to block pipeline study

BISMARCK (AP) — The company building the Dakota Access oil pipeline wants a federal judge to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion pipeline's disputed crossing of a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota. Texas-based Energy ...

Sanford to use stem cells for treatment in trial

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls medical facility will begin a first-of-its kind clinical trial to treat rotator cuff tears using stem cells. Patients have already started to be screened for the trial, in which Sanford Health will treat 12 people using stem cells and measure ...

Drone schools look to woo younger pilots

GRAND FORKS (AP) — Leaders in the unmanned aircraft industry are trying to persuade young people who think drones are cool to consider flying them for a living. Commercial pilots must obtain a Federal Aviation Administration drone license, and some companies that employ such pilots have ...

Victim of DUI accident in Mandan makes slow recovery

DICKINSON (AP) — Shayna Monson showered alone this fall for the first time since her car accident more than a year ago. She was nervous, her mom recalled. So Connie Monson waited by the stall just in case. The 22-year-old washed herself and rinsed. Then she turned to her mom, pumped her ...

Man charged with giving HIV to unknowing partner

WILLISTON (AP) — A man who once said he was HIV positive is charged in Williams County with failing to tell his sexual partner he has the disease that causes AIDS. Forty-one-year-old Angel Miguel Rodriguez is charged with a felony, since North Dakota is one of many states that have statutes ...

Minot railway worker killed in crash

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities have identified a North Dakota man who died in a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 12 in Montana as a railway worker who was in a company vehicle. Robert Walter Vann IV, of Minot, North Dakota, died in Tuesday's crash near the small town of Brockton. Roosevelt ...

Dakota Access protest policing costs exceed $22M

BISMARCK (AP) — The cost of policing the Dakota Access pipeline protests in North Dakota has surpassed $22 million — an amount that would fund the state Treasury Department for two decades and $5 million more than the state set aside last year. Protest-related funding decisions will be ...

Tribes threaten to pull out of oil tax agreement with state

BISMARCK (AP) — A Native American tribe whose land accounts for about a fifth of North Dakota's oil production has renewed threats to pull out of a revenue-sharing agreement with the state, saying a reduction in taxes on the industry violates the accord. "We're not bluffing," Three ...

Man charged with attempted murder in MN shooting

BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. (AP) — A North Dakota man has been charged with attempted murder for a shooting at a home in Breckenridge, Minnesota. Twenty-seven-year-old Matthew Allard, of Wahpeton, is accused of shooting Isaac Herrera with a handgun during an argument last week. reports Herrera was ...

NDSU President Bresciani a finalist to lead Ohio University

FARGO (AP) — North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani is one of four finalists to lead Ohio University. The school in Athens, Ohio, announced its presidential search finalists Thursday. Bresciani is to take part in an open forum at the school on Jan. 12. Bresciani's tenure in ...

North Dakota challenges pipeline developer argument vs. fine

BISMARCK (AP) — Staffers with the North Dakota Public Service Commission say there's no doubt the developer of the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline violated rules regarding reporting Native American artifacts. Via attorney John Schuh, the staffers urged the three-member commission last ...

ND mulls changes to reflect gay marriage ruling

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature is deciding whether to update state law to reflect the U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 decision that declared same-sex couples have the right to marry, or to do nothing as a sign of protest. The measure, which got its first hearing Wednesday in the ...

Lawmaker proposes 80 mph interstate speed

BISMARCK (AP) — A federal grand jury in North Dakota is looking into a violent November clash between Dakota Access pipeline opponents and officers in which a woman was seriously injured. Steve Martinez, 42, a pipeline protester from Williston, has been ordered to testify regarding the arm ...

Federal grand jury looks into violent pipeline protest clash

BISMARCK (AP) — A federal grand jury in North Dakota is looking into a violent November clash between Dakota Access pipeline opponents and officers in which a woman was seriously injured. Steve Martinez, 42, a pipeline protester from Williston, has been ordered to testify regarding the arm ...

Fargo resident fighting city’s plan for flood levee project

FARGO (AP) — A Fargo resident says he's not going anywhere despite plans by the city to demolish his home to make room for a flood levee project. John Stern's home on River Road in central Fargo is among a group of homes set to be taken over through eminent domain and demolished. Stern says ...