North Dakota News

Silver carp population holding steady in North Dakota

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says the invasive silver carp population is holding steady in the state and doesn’t appear to be growing. The leaping fish was first detected in North Dakota in the James River in 2011, moving upstream from South Dakota when water ...

Drug OD deaths inched up in North Dakota last year

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Health says the number of drug overdose deaths increased slightly in the state last year. According to the Division of Vital Statistics, North Dakota recorded 76 drug-related deaths in 2017. That’s up from 68 deaths the previous year. The ...

Sheyenne man dies in collision with freight train

NEW ROCKFORD, N.D. (AP) — A 49-year-old man was killed when his pickup collided with a freight train in north central North Dakota. The Highway Patrol says the crash happened late Tuesday west of New Rockford. KQDJ reports the man from Sheyenne was crossing the railroad tracks when his ...

219 North Dakota state employees approved for buyouts

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s budget office says 219 employees in state government have been approved for voluntary buyouts. The state Office of Management and Budget says the voluntary buyouts were selected from a list of 298 applicants. Budget director Joe Morrissette announced the ...

Heitkamp apologizes for ad misidentifying victims of abuse

BISMARCK (AP) — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp apologized Tuesday for misidentifying victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and rape who were listed in a recent North Dakota newspaper ad aimed at her opponent. The Democrat, who is facing a tough race for re-election, said in a statement that she ...

State to repair hole in wall that made town of Medora mad

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's State Historical Society has agreed to repair a hole in a sandstone wall that caused an uproar in the tourist town of Medora at the doorstep of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The state agency in April paid a contractor more than $66,000 to cut a 10-foot ...

Bismarck outdoor theater hit by vandals installing cameras

BISMARCK (AP) — An outdoor theater complex in Bismarck that was targeted by vandals last summer is installing security cameras. Sleepy Hollow Theatre and Arts Park suffered about $4,000 in damage in July and had to cancel a show. Three teenagers were cited for burglary and criminal mischief ...

Former UND student leader sentenced for frat embezzlement

GRAND FORKS (AP) — The former treasurer of the University of North Dakota Student Government has been sentenced to two years of probation and 150 hours of community service for embezzling from his fraternity. Twenty-three-year-old Chase Johnson, of Fargo, was charged in March with felony ...

12-year-old Mandan boy accused of attacking bus driver

MANDAN (AP) — A 12-year-old boy has been cited in juvenile court for allegedly attacking a Mandan school bus driver. Authorities say the boy intervened in a dispute between his mother and the 73-year-old driver on Wednesday morning. Police say the boy kicked the man several times in the ...

Man stabbed at Fargo hotel, woman arrested

FARGO (AP) — Police say a woman has been arrested after a man was stabbed at a Fargo hotel. Officers responded to the Woodspring Suites about 1:30 p.m. Sunday where they found a man with a non-life threatening stab wound to his forearm. A 41-year-old Fargo woman was arrested for possessing ...

BCI director confirmed as next US marshal for North Dakota

BISMARCK (AP) — The U.S. Senate has confirmed the leader of North Dakota’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation to be the next U.S. marshal for the District of North Dakota. President Donald Trump nominated Dallas Carlson in March. U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp say he was confirmed ...

ND corn, sugar beet crops down, but soybeans up

FARGO (AP) — North Dakota corn and sugar beet production is expected to be down slightly this year, while the soybean crop is forecast to be up just a bit. The federal Agriculture Department’s latest estimates put the state’s sugar beet crop at 6.43 million tons, down just slightly from ...

Shuttered pioneer coal-fired power plant demolished

STANTON (AP) — A coal-fired power plant that operated for half a century before being closed last year was demolished in 30 seconds. Great River Energy imploded the Stanton Station in Mercer County on Thursday morning, using explosives to bring down the 270-foot concrete stack and the ...

Change-of-plea set for man accused of attacking priest

TOWNER (AP) — A Minnesota man charged with attacking a priest in North Dakota is scheduled to change his not guilty plea. Forty-three-year-old Chad Legare, of Alexandria, Minnesota, is accused of assaulting the Rev. Robert Wapenski Jan. 30 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Anamoose, ...

Eastern North Dakota dealing with more than a foot of snow

FARGO (AP) — The first significant snow of the season has dumped as much as 17 inches in parts of eastern North Dakota. School buses are running 2 hours behind Thursday as drivers deal with the slippery roads. The National Weather Service says the highest snow totals are in Finley at 17 ...

ND sugar beet harvest nearing halfway point

FARGO (AP) — North Dakota’s sugar beet harvest is nearing the halfway point, and the harvest of potatoes is about three-fourths complete. Other harvest progress reports in the federal Agriculture Department’s weekly crop report include 8 percent for corn, 9 percent for sunflowers and 34 ...

Police: Naked, high ND man climbed into holy water

MANDAN (AP) — Police say a naked North Dakota man who was high on drugs climbed into the holy water font during Mass at a church. Officers in Mandan, which is just across the Missouri River from Bismarck, were called to Spirit of Life Catholic Church at around 9 a.m. Tuesday and arrested the ...

ND tribes want sales tax exemption for casinos

BISMARCK (AP) — Some American Indian leaders are opposing draft legislation that would allow tribes in North Dakota to collect a state sales tax on their reservations as long as it includes casinos. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe member Ron His Horse is Thunder on Wednesday told the Tribal ...

Snows prompt ‘no travel advisory’ in eastern ND

FARGO (AP) — Heavy snow has closed schools in eastern North Dakota and has made travel difficult. The state Department of Transportation and the North Dakota Highway Patrol issued a “no travel advisory” for parts of eastern North Dakota on Wednesday evening due to snow and ice-covered ...

Pheasant hunters asked to report Palmer amaranth weeds

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department is asking pheasant hunters to keep an eye out for an aggressive pigweed species that has made its way into the state. Palmer amaranth was positively identified in the state for the first time earlier this summer, in McIntosh County. ...