North Dakota News

Tribes make renewed push for pipeline protections

BISMARCK (AP) — Two American Indian tribes in the Dakotas are making a renewed push to bolster protections for their water supply while federal officials further study the potential impact of the recently completed Dakota Access oil pipeline. Lawyers for the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River ...

Stem cell clinic investigated after complaints

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Attorney General's office is investigating a Bismarck stem cell clinic. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the attorney general's Consumer Protection Division initiated a formal investigation of West 2 North Medical Solutions after receiving consumer ...

Woman injured in pipeline protest still being investigated

BISMARCK (AP) — A New York City woman who suffered a serious arm injury while protesting the Dakota Access pipeline last year is preparing for her fifth surgery, even as she faces assertions by the government that she or her fellow protesters are at fault for an explosion they blame on ...

Lawsuit filed by Dakota Access protesters to proceed

BISMARCK (AP) — An appeals court ruled Tuesday that a federal judge in North Dakota was correct in not barring police from using harsh methods against Dakota Access pipeline protesters. There have been no protests since February, but the decision will allow a lawsuit to proceed in which ...

Search for missing New Town woman to include boats

NEW TOWN (AP) — Authorities looking for a missing New Town woman will be searching Lake Sakakawea this week. Thirty-two-year-old Olivia Lone Bear was last seen the evening of Oct. 24 leaving a New Town restaurant. Ground and air searches for the mother of five children have been ongoing ...

Bank of North Dakota selling federal student loan portfolio

BISMARCK (AP) — The state-owned Bank of North Dakota announced Monday that it's getting out of the federal student loan business, a move the bank president said won't affect borrowers financially and should aid the bank in a couple of ways. The bank's federal student loan portfolio has ...

North Dakota city in jeopardy of losing paratransit services

LINCOLN (AP) — A city near the central part of North Dakota is in jeopardy of losing its paratransit bus services to Bismarck if it can't acquire funding. Lincoln has failed to obtain the roughly $20,000 needed to keep the service, The Bismarck Tribune reported. Earlier this year, voters ...

Deadline nears for drought hay-hauling aid applications

BISMARCK (AP) — Drought-stricken North Dakota ranchers looking for state help with paying hay-hauling costs are running out of time to apply. Monday is the deadline for the hay transportation aid program approved by the state Emergency Commission in late August. The group made $1.5 million ...

Sakakawea Medical Center opens in Hazen

HAZEN (AP) — A new state-of-the-art medical center has opened in Mercer County. After years of planning, the Sakakawea Medical Center formally opened Wednesday in Hazen. The Level 5 trauma center employs more than 130 people, has 13 critical access beds and 34 basic care rooms. Patient care ...

4 years in prison for fatal bike crash in Bismarck

BISMARCK (AP) — A driver who pleaded guilty in a fatal bicycle crash in Bismarck is sentenced to four years in prison. Twenty-nine-year-old Darci Voldness, of Jamestown, pleaded guilty to felony negligent homicide and misdemeanor ingesting a controlled substance in September. Voldness made a ...

1 injured in school bus crash involving 2 other vehicles

FARGO (AP) — A woman has been injured when two vehicles collided with a school bus in Fargo. The crash happened about 4 p.m. Wednesday on slick roads. The bus from Park Christian School had no passengers. The accident is under investigation.

ND prepares for 2017 deer gun season

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has issued 54,500 deer gun licenses in anticipation for the 2017 deer season. The state has seen an uptick in licenses since 2015 after sliding in 2007, the Bismarck Tribune reported . Jeb Williams, wildlife division chief for the North Dakota Game and Fish ...

North Dakota APUC to consider 6 grant requests this quarter

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's Agricultural Products Utilization Commission will consider six grant requests totaling about $433,000 at its quarterly meeting this month in Stanley. The group better known as APUC funds developers of North Dakota farm products. The money is typically used for ...

Activist on trial wants more time for ‘necessity’ defense

MANDAN (AP) — Trial likely will be delayed for an American Indian activist accused of inciting a riot during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, as his attorneys gather more evidence to present a "necessity" defense. Chase Iron Eyes is seeking a judge's ...

Dakota Access builder and Corps object to tribal proposal

BISMARCK (AP) — The builder of the Dakota Access oil pipeline and the federal agency that permitted the project are objecting to an effort by American Indian tribes to bolster protections for their water supply. Lawyers for Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners and the Army Corps of Engineers ...

Dakotas nonprofit urges people to get health coverage early

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Dakotas nonprofit is urging people who buy their own health insurance to sign up early during the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period that started Wednesday. The enrollment window for 2018 health coverage through the federal marketplace runs until Dec. 15. ...

Survey suggests more economic growth ahead for Midwest

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of business leaders suggests that economic conditions continued to improve last month for nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a report released Wednesday. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 58.8 in October from 58.2 in September ...

Hearing for proposed merger begins in North Dakota

BISMARCK (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission and the North Dakota Attorney General's Office have made their case for a preliminary injunction in U.S. District Court to block a proposed merger of Dakotas-based Sanford Health and Bismarck's Mid Dakota Clinic. Regulators filed a federal ...

Longtime budget director retiring

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's longtime state budget director is calling it a career. Gov. Doug Burgum says Office of Management and Budget Director Pam Sharp will retire at the end of November, though she will help out on a temporary basis through the transition to a new leader. A national ...

North Dakota tax commissioner pleads guilty to driving drunk

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger has pleaded guilty to drunken driving under a deal with prosecutors that includes a stiff fine but no jail time if he stays out of trouble for a year. Rauschenberger last Wednesday signed a plea agreement with prosecutors on a ...