North Dakota News

North Dakota, Dakota Access developer settle land dispute

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota and the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline settled a lawsuit over the Texas company’s ownership of ranchland in the Plains state where corporations aren’t allowed in the farming industry. The deal awaiting a judge’s approval involves a business ...

Bill waiving burial fees for military spouses approved

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature has passed legislation that would waive burial fees for a veteran’s spouse and dependents at the state Veterans Cemetery south of Mandan. The House passed the legislation Wednesday that sets aside $175,000 in the next two-year budget cycle to ...

4 North Dakota illnesses linked to salmonella outbreak

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Health Department says four illnesses in the state have been tied to a salmonella outbreak linked to frozen, raw ground tuna. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the tuna from Louisiana-based Jensen Tuna has sickened 13 people in seven ...

Senate approves bill to commit money for Roosevelt library

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Senate has passed legislation to commit public money for a Theodore Roosevelt presidential library in western North Dakota. Senators voted 34-13 after a more than hour-long debate to use $50 million from the state treasury and loans from the state-owned Bank ...

Co-owner of business where 4 slain says she has no clue why

MANDAN (AP) — The co-owner of a North Dakota business where four people including her husband were slain says she and others don't know why the suspect would target anyone at the company. Chad Isaak, 44, a chiropractor in Washburn, faces four felony counts of murder in the April 1 deaths of ...

Senate kills resolution to address last-minute vetoes

BISMARCK (AP) — The Senate has killed a resolution that would allow lawmakers to return to Bismarck to address last-minute vetoes by a governor. Senators voted 32-14 against the resolution Tuesday that would allow lawmakers’ return without counting against the maximum 80-day limit set by ...

Tribes denounce North Dakota ID law in congressional hearing

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Native American voters face poor access to polling sites, discrimination by poll workers and unfair identification requirements, tribal leaders told members of Congress who traveled Tuesday to a reservation in North Dakota where voting rights were a key issue in last ...

Lawmakers question pharmaceutical middlemen

By DIANE NEWBERRY ND Newspaper Association Legislators know that drug prices draw the special ire of many of their constituents, and they have a hunch as to who’s the principal culprit. The problem, they say, is that it’s difficult to prove. “We have a system that’s in place and ...

Legislature passes bill aimed at fake service animals

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature has passed a measure that makes it illegal to pass a pet off as a service animal. Representatives voted 85-4 on Monday to approve the measure that makes it an infraction for falsely claiming a pet as a service animal to "gain admission to a ...

How the sausage gets made

North Dakota legislation has various origins By DIANE NEWBERRY ND Newspaper Association Every session, members of the Legislature vote on hundreds of bills. Some are a simple half page, while others run 10, 20 or 30 pages and address multiple parts of the Century Code. With a ...

Landowners reach settlement with artist over sculpture clash

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Landowners and the sculptor of the Enchanted Highway in western North Dakota have resolved a dispute concerning liability and the lease linked to the statuary road’s flagship sculpture. In 2017, Seth and Kayla O’Donnell bought 28 acres where they planned to build ...

Police offer $2,500 reward in Grand Forks hit-and-run death

GRAND FORKS (AP) — Grand Forks police are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in a hit-and-run fatality. Police believe the crash happened between 4:45 and 5 a.m. on April 7, in the area of Interstate 29 and Demers Avenue. Thirty-nine-year-old ...

Legislature overrides veto of bill aimed at their authority

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature has handed Gov. Doug Burgum his first veto setback since taking office. The House voted 89-3 Friday morning to override the first-term Republican governor veto of a bill that he has called “legislative overreach.” Senators voted unanimously ...

Man accused of threatening to burn house with 2 inside

MANDAN (AP) — A Mandan man is charged with reckless endangerment and terrorizing after he was accused of dousing a house with gasoline and threatening to burn it down with a woman and 1-year-old child inside. Police went to the house Wednesday evening and arrested the 72-year-old man. Fire ...

Spring snowstorm buries Midwest, tornadoes possible in South

FARGO (AP) — Strong winds and more snow hit the Midwest on Friday following a spring storm that buried several states in snow, while forecasters warned churches in the South to prepare for strong thunderstorms and potential weekend tornadoes. The storm hovering over parts of Minnesota, South ...

Burgum vetoes bill defining authority of legislators

BISMARCK (AP) — Republican Gov. Doug Burgum and the GOP-controlled Legislature renewed their longstanding spat over power Wednesday, with the first-term governor vetoing a bill that he called legislative overreach. The bill that passed unanimously in the Senate and got just one dissenting ...

One teen killed, one teen injured in two-vehicle crash near Tioga on Saturday

TIOGA – A 15-year-old Williston girl was killed and a 16-year-old Williston boy was injured in a two-vehicle accident 15 miles south of Tioga on Saturday. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Alexis Meduna, who was a passenger in a 2015 Jeep Wrangler driven by Hayden Williams, 16, ...

Legislature continues prison reform push

Fiscal concerns bring different perspectives together By DIANE NEWBERRY ND Newspaper Association North Dakota had a prison puzzle. “We couldn’t build jails fast enough and our jail population was increasing at a really rapid rate,” Rep. Karla Rose Hanson, D-Fargo, said. “We ...

Red River cresting with few problems in Fargo-Moorhead area

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Red River is cresting in the Fargo-Moorhead area with few problems, though overland flooding remains an issue in rural areas of the valley in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. The river is about 5 feet above major flood stage, but the neighboring cities ...

Capitol Chatter

By BILAL SULEIMAN and DIANE NEWBERRY North Dakota Newspaper Association Big Gavel Energy “Some of us have had trouble hearing the gavel,” Rep. George Keiser said. “We wish to provide to you a token of a present that might help you do your job just a little bit better,” Keiser ...