North Dakota News

North Dakota Legislature marches toward midsession break

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's Legislature is in its last week before its midseason break, and lawmakers are finishing up committee work and considering remaining bills in their respective chambers. And many of the major spending bills are still being considered this week in House and Senate ...

Payments trickle in to South Dakota for pipeline protest aid

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota is still owed hundreds of thousands of dollars for helping North Dakota law enforcement during protests over the Dakota Access oil pipeline, and the bill keeps getting bigger. South Dakota state troopers have gone to southern North Dakota four times to ...

Produce donation program sees record contributions in 2016

BISMARCK (AP) — A program that helps feed the hungry around North Dakota donated a record 468,000 pounds of fresh produce last year to food pantries, soup kitchens and other charitable feeding groups. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the Hunger Free ND Garden Project has now ...

Judge dismisses charges against 3 Dakota Access protesters

MANDAN (AP) — A judge has dismissed criminal trespass charges against three Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters halfway through their trial, ruling that the prosecutor failed to prove the legal elements needed to secure convictions. Lawyers who were in the courtroom Friday told the ...

Scrapping the study

BISMARCK (AP) — The Army on Friday formally ended further environmental study of the Dakota Access oil pipeline's disputed crossing beneath a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota. Meanwhile, its Corps of Engineers branch continued efforts to accelerate cleanup at a protest camp ...

ND Senate OKs bills aimed at pipeline protesters

BISMARCK (AP) — A trio of North Dakota House measures influenced by the dispute between Dakota Access pipeline protesters and law enforcement sailed through the Republican-led Senate Thursday, though some Democrats called the bills an overreaction and unnecessary. The Senate voted 33-12 in ...

ND Senate rejects cultural competency training

BISMARCK (AP) — A bill to require cultural competency training for state lawmakers has failed in the North Dakota Senate. The bill prompted passionate testimony from Native Americans and members of other minorities. It would have required legislators to participate in at least four hours of ...

ND dairy producers hope to save industry

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota dairy producers are hoping to save the declining industry by attracting a specialty dairy products plant. The state has seen a drop in dairy farms in recent years, from 350 farms in 2002 to just 86 farms today. A joint study of the North Dakota Dairy Coalition ...

A guide to recent events in Dakota Access pipeline battle

BISMARCK (AP) — The disputed four-state Dakota Access pipeline could be moving oil in as little as a month, though opponents are promising to continue fighting the project. Here's a look at recent developments, and what's to come: The construction Texas-based developer Energy Transfer ...

Driver liability bill aimed at pipeline protesters fails

BISMARCK (AP) — Legislation aimed squarely at protesters who blocked roads in North Dakota during the Dakota Access pipeline demonstrations has failed in the state House. The bill said a driver who "unintentionally" caused an injury or death to a person blocking a road would not be ...

Temperatures rise to spring-like levels this week

BISMARCK (AP) — Forecasters predict a temporary taste of spring this week when temperatures could rise to record-breaking levels in North Dakota. Warmer temperatures are expected in western North Dakota. The mercury could hit 63 degrees Thursday in Dickinson. Williston temperatures could ...

Potential health care merger seen as emerging national trend

BISMARCK (AP) — Some people see the potential merger of MidDakota Clinic and Sanford Health as part of a national trend of integration in health care. Brad Gibbens, deputy director of the University of North Dakota's Center for Rural Health, said one of the biggest shifts under the ...

Pipeline protest closes northbound lanes of I-5

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Protesters upset by the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline temporarily blocked the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 through the city of Bellingham, Washington. The highway was blocked for about an hour starting at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The Bellingham Herald ...

Company to close 15 machinery dealerships

WEST FARGO (AP) — Titan Machinery Inc. is closing 15 dealerships, including stores in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, as part of a restructuring plan. The West Fargo-based company is consolidating those stores with nearby Titan dealerships. Titan says customers will still be able ...

Jury convicts Bismarck man of terrorizing

BISMARCK (AP) — A jury has convicted a Bismarck man accused of using a gun to threaten his girlfriend and an older couple. Thirty-two-year-old James Vann was found guilty Friday on four counts of felony terrorizing. The couple told investigators that Vann threatened them with a gun outside ...

Abandoned pipe yard could find life

GASCOYNE (AP) — About 230 miles worth of heavy steel pipe in a vast laydown yard near Gascoyne hasn't been moved an inch since it was unloaded in 2011. Now, years later, pipe for the abandoned Keystone XL project may be deployed across hundreds of miles. The green-coated pipe owned by ...

Even-handed approach

BISMARCK (AP) — The federal judge who will decide whether oil flows through the disputed Dakota Access pipeline has shown sympathy for the historical plight of American Indians, but has also made clear that he doesn't think that should play a role in judicial decisions. U.S. District Judge ...

ND House kills sexual discrimination measure

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota House has rejected a measure that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. The bill was defeated 69-22 on Friday, the latest defeat for an idea that's gone down three other times in recent years. Fargo Democrat Josh Boschee is the state's ...

More delays for DAPL

CANNON BALL (AP) — Construction crews have resumed work on the final segment of the Dakota Access pipeline, and the developer of the long-delayed project said Thursday that the full system could be operational within three months. Meanwhile, an American Indian tribe filed a legal challenge ...

Army grants permission to finish Dakota Access pipeline

CANNON BALL (AP) — The Army on Wednesday granted the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline formal permission to lay pipe under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota, clearing the way for completion of the disputed $3.8 billion project. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which is ...