North Dakota News

PSC sets public hearing on Tioga wind farm

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing in Tioga on Monday, regarding a proposed wind farm in Williams County and associated electric transmission line in Williams and Mountrail counties. Aurora Wind, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tradewind Energy, has ...

Fargo police arrest school bus driver for drunken driving

FARGO (AP) — Fargo police say a school bus driver has been arrested for drunken driving after the bus with children on board was seen swerving down the street. Police were dispatched about 3:30 p.m. Monday after getting a report of the bus operating recklessly with children running up and ...

Workforce shortage is real, but response is complicated

Availability and cost of child care contributes to troubles By BILAL SULEIMAN ND Newspaper Association North Dakota’s workforce shortage is a topic of constant discussion at the Legislature, as even bills that seemingly have little to do with jobs development are being framed in such a ...

North Dakota House passes host of pro-gun measures

BISMARCK (AP) — The Republican-led North Dakota House on Tuesday endorsed several pro-gun measures, including banning gun buyback programs subsidized by taxpayers. Representatives on Tuesday also passed a measure for the fourth consecutive session that would allow trained staff members to ...

North Dakota House kills ‘red-flag’ gun seizure measure

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's House has shot down a bill that would allow authorities to seize guns from a person who a family member or law enforcement believes is a danger. The House voted 76-17 Tuesday to kill the bipartisan "red flag" measure. The bill would allow a judge to order guns ...

House favors several changes to medical marijuana law

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota House on Monday approved legislation that would expand the list of medical conditions for which residents can use medical marijuana, add health care professionals who can certify patients for the drug and increase the forms it can come in. House members also ...

Capitol Chatter

Roe v. Hitler? House Resolution 3038 would “urge” North Dakota courts to “refrain from referencing the United States Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade” in their decisions. In a Feb. 15 floor debate, Rep. Jeff Hoverson, R-Minot, compared the “fight” against abortion to the ...

NDDOT seeks comments on amendments to transportation program

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Transportation is seeking comments on amendments to the 2019-2022 State Transportation Improvement Program for inclusion of previously-unpublished projects in 2019. Minot and area projects include, according to a Transportation Department news ...

When is a farmer a farmer?

State legislators ponder tax definitions By DIANE NEWBERRY ND Newspaper Association A third generation North Dakota farmer, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said he has seen many changes to the economics of mid-size family farming over the years. There was a time, he said, when he ...

ND Legislature heads toward midsession break

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's Legislature is in its last week before its midsession break, and lawmakers have several spending bills and major measures left to be considered in their respective chambers as "crossover" looms. That's when senators will begin working on House bills, and vice ...

North Dakota looks to teach students about cybersecurity

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota is looking to make computer science and cybersecurity courses accessible to all students across the state. A group of educators this month completed a final draft of K-12 computer science and cybersecurity standards, which, pending State Superintendent Kirsten ...

Sanford Health launches Child Life program

BISMARCK (AP) — Sanford Health in Bismarck has created a new program to help children in the hospital heal through music and entertainment. The Dakotas-based health care provider launched the Child Life program in November with endowments from the Sanford Health Foundation's "Above and ...

Lawmaker accused of DUI pleads guilty to reckless driving

BISMARCK (AP) — A North Dakota lawmaker accused of drunken driving has pleaded guilty to reckless driving. Republican Rep. Craig Headland, of Montpelier, was pulled over in October on Interstate 29 in Stutsman County. Troopers say Headland refused a field chemical test and was arrested for ...

Auctioneer championship comes to Rugby

By SUE SITTER The Pierce County Tribune RUGBY – Auctioneers, cattle buyers and spectators from as far away as eastern United States huddled in the warmth of Rugby Livestock Auction’s sale barn Monday to take in the 30th annual Greater Midwest Livestock Auctioneer Championship. Tim ...

Fargo police detain man after shooting in apartment complex

FARGO (AP) — Fargo police say they have detained a man after an early-morning shooting at an apartment complex on the city's southwest side. Police responded about 3:30 a.m. Saturday to a disturbance involving a man with a shotgun. Officers found an armed man in the stairwell of the building ...

House OKs bill using oil tax savings offset income tax

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's Republican-led House ignored the opinion of GOP Gov. Doug Burgum and approved legislation Thursday that would use money from the voter-approved oil tax savings account to help offset income taxes. Representatives approved the measure 61-31 to use half the ...

Sentencing rescheduled for man accused of attacking priest

TOWNER (AP) — A Minnesota man accused of attacking a priest in North Dakota will be sentenced later this month for attempted murder. Authorities say 43-year-old Chad Legare, of Alexandria, Minnesota, attacked the Rev. Robert Wapenski at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Anamoose a year ...

North Dakota Senate kills measure to study flaring

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican-led Senate has defeated a Democratic measure to study the burning and wasting of natural gas in the state’s oil patch. Senators voted 32-15 against the measure Wednesday. The bill was amended from its original intent that would have required ...

ND to sue feds over pipeline protest police costs

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota will sue the federal government to try to recoup the $38 million it spent policing the prolonged protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline — a tactic one expert believes has little chance of success. The Army Corps of Engineers didn’t respond to an ...

1 year, 1 day behind bars in baby’s drowning death

FARGO (AP) — A West Fargo man has been sentenced to a year and one day behind bars after his 8-month-old daughter drowned in a bathtub. Twenty-eight-year-old Spencer Foner pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in November. Foner told police he put his daughter in a device that allows very ...