North Dakota News

Time short for ND to finish budget

BISMARCK (AP) — In the waning weeks of the North Dakota Legislature, conference committees will be hard at work reconciling differing versions of bills endorsed in both chambers. The bulk of the Legislature's time will be taken up over the next few weeks by such meetings. Once agreements are ...

ND crowns 2017 state spelling bee champion

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota has crowned a new spelling bee champion. After spelling the word "fibula" correctly 12-year-old Rayne Korsmo was named this year's North Dakota State Spelling Bee champion. This was his third year in the competition. "I really enjoyed it, actually, but I did not ...

Poultry farmers urged to take precautions against bird flu

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota poultry farmers are being urged to take precautions against bird flu. Avian influenza has been confirmed in three Southern states. North Dakota State Veterinarian Susan Keller says poultry producers in the state should keep their birds away from wetland areas ...

ND opens first high school radio station

LINTON (AP) — The state's first high school radio station, KLHS, went live last month in Linton, a town in Emmons County with a population of about 1,300 residents. The online radio station is the brainchild of a local alternative education program supervisor with 30 years in the radio ...

Company, US want Dakota Access pipeline lake crossing upheld

BISMARCK (AP) — The company building the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline and the Army Corps of Engineers want a judge to reject a request by American Indian tribes to revoke permission for the project to cross a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota. Oil might already be flowing ...

A new gun law

BISMARCK (AP) — Republican Gov. Doug Burgum has signed legislation that will allow most adults to carry a hidden firearm without a permit, making North Dakota one of about a dozen "constitutional carry" states. The bill signed into law late Thursday will allow law-abiding people 18 and older ...

Lawmakers reject plan to expand casinos in ND

BISMARCK (AP) — Republicans who control the North Dakota House rejected their leader's plan Thursday to more than double the number of casinos in the state, a push some lawmakers viewed as a threat of payback against American Indian tribes for protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Under ...

ND lawmakers weigh juvenile court system study

BISMARCK (AP) — Court officials in North Dakota are pushing lawmakers to approve a study of the state's juvenile court system, saying such a review is long overdue. A limited study of where to house North Dakota's juvenile probation services was conducted in 1990, and a review of the ...

White supremacist blames arson in fire at ex-church property

BISMARCK (AP) — A white supremacist who failed in his efforts to turn a small North Dakota town into an all-white enclave blamed arson Thursday for a blaze that razed a former church he owned in another community where residents have voiced fears about his intentions. It's not clear if there ...

DAPL vandalism highlights sabotage risks

BISMARCK (AP) — The developer of the Dakota Access pipeline has reported "recent coordinated physical attacks" on the much-protested line, just as it's almost ready to carry oil. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners didn't give details, but experts say Dakota Access and the rest of the ...

ND lawmakers mull so-called anti-Sharia law bill

BISMARCK (AP) — A bill to prohibit judges from applying foreign laws in their courtrooms interferes with religious freedom and unfairly targets Muslims, opponents of the measure told lawmakers Wednesday. But Republican Rep. Kim Koppelman, the measure's primary sponsor, told the Senate ...

Medical marijuana backers say rules on use are overreach

BISMARCK (AP) — Backers of a successful North Dakota citizen initiative to allow marijuana to be used as medicine said Tuesday that lawmakers have changed the intent of the measure against voters' will. (The Legislature) "is more interested in keeping people from getting and using marijuana ...

Local Mandan farmers return to expand opportunity

MANDAN (AP) — A little over a year ago, the McGinness family loaded a 20-foot shipping container for a new life of farming on the island of Maui in Hawaii. "We thought we were leaving to go on and do a new thing," Angie McGinness said of working for a season on a corporate-owned, 3,600-head ...

House majority leader not folding on North Dakota casinos

BISMARCK (AP) — Committee hearings will be few in the coming week as the North Dakota Legislature heads toward its home stretch. Several pieces of major legislation are still being negotiated by both chambers, including all remaining budget bills. CASINO GAMBLE North Dakota's Republican ...

Cash, time dwindle as North Dakota scrambles to craft budget

BISMARCK (AP) — A rainy day fund that once held hundreds of millions of dollars and was established for when North Dakota's tax collections fall short will end the month empty for the first time since it was established 30 years ago. With the so-called budget stabilization fund drained and ...

Appeals court refuses to stop oil in Dakota Access pipeline

BISMARCK (AP) — An appeals court on Saturday refused a request from two American Indian tribes for an "emergency" order that would prevent oil from flowing through Dakota Access pipeline. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit means the $3.8 billion ...

Group hopes to see more women in North Dakota Legislature

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Women's Network is working to increase the number of female lawmakers in the Legislature. North Dakota ranks as one of the states with the lowest number of female legislators in the Midwest, KXMB reported. More than 150 women from across the state gathered ...

Judge combines 4 tribal suits over Dakota Access pipeline

BISMARCK (AP) — A judge has combined lawsuits filed by four Sioux tribes over the Dakota Access pipeline, streamlining the drawn-out legal battle over the $3.8 billion project to move North Dakota oil to a distribution point in Illinois. Meanwhile, a federal appeals court could decide this ...

Xcel Energy announces new wind farms for Dakotas, Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xcel Energy unveiled a new phase of wind power construction Thursday that includes a huge wind farm in South Dakota and two others in Minnesota and North Dakota. The utility's planned Crowned Ridge Wind Project in Codington, Deuel and Grant Counties of eastern South Dakota ...