North Dakota News

Some crops might not be harvested until spring

FARGO (AP) — Warm weather in North Dakota over the past week means some farmers might not finish their corn and sunflower harvests until spring. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that snowmelt might have made some crops too wet to harvest this fall. The corn ...

Mother, then-boyfriend sentenced in reservation child death

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A mother and her then-boyfriend have been sentenced in the beating death last fall of a 5-year-old girl on the South Dakota side of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Both 26-year-old Desarae Makes Him First and 32-year-old Matthew St. Pierre pleaded guilty to murder ...

North Dakota city agencies propose emergency shelter

MANDAN (AP) — Planning officials want to turn part of a Mandan addiction treatment center into a temporary homeless shelter and transitional housing for men recently released from prison. Those who live near the North Dakota Adult and Teen Challenge facility are being asked to offer feedback ...

Petition wants charges dropped against pipeline protesters

MANDAN (AP) — Prosecutors in a North Dakota county have been given a petition asking that all charges be dropped against remaining defendants charged in Dakota Access Pipeline protests. The petition containing about 55,000 signatures was presented by representatives of the Lakota People's ...

Restrictions imposed for North Dakotans hunting in Montana

BISMARCK (AP) — The discovery of chronic wasting disease in deer in Montana means restrictions for North Dakota residents who hunt deer and elk there. North Dakota's Game and Fish Department is adding Montana to the list of states from which the movement of deer carcasses into North Dakota ...

North Dakota Farm Bureau President Daryl Lies re-elected

FARGO (AP) — North Dakota Farm Bureau President Daryl Lies has been re-elected to another two-year term. Delegates to the organization's recent 75th annual meeting in Fargo re-elected the Douglas farmer to the top post, and elected Dana Kaldor of Hillsboro as vice president. Lies and his ...

North Dakota remains abnormally dry heading into winter

BISMARCK (AP) — Most of North Dakota remains at least abnormally dry heading into winter. The Bismarck Tribune reports about 80 percent of North Dakota remains at least abnormally dry, and that isn't likely to change anytime soon. National Weather Service hydrologist Allen Schlag in ...

Vehicle warranty company banned in North Dakota

BISMARCK (AP) — Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has ordered a California-based company that offers extended vehicle warranties to stop doing business in the state. Stenehjem says Vehicle Protection Department LLC and owner Jason Rhoden violated North Dakota's consumer fraud and telephone ...

Rules halt booze deliveries on North Dakota reservation

BISMARCK (AP) — Alcohol sales are drying up on an American Indian reservation in the heart of North Dakota's oil patch after tribal officials imposed new rules for retailers and wholesalers, including doubling the taxes on non-American Indian retail businesses that sell booze. Bar and liquor ...

Keystone pipeline leak won’t affect last regulatory hurdle

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Discovery of a 210,000-gallon oil leak from the Keystone pipeline would seem to be poor timing four days before regulators in Nebraska decide whether to allow a major expansion of the system, but officials say state law does not allow pipeline safety to be a factor in ...

US rig count up by 8 this week to 915; Texas up 7

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by eight this week to 915. That's up from the 588 rigs that were active a year ago. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 738 rigs sought oil and 177 explored for natural gas ...

ND city cites 47 reasons for police chief firing

ROLLA (AP) — Leaders in a northern North Dakota city are offering dozens of reasons for firing their police chief, including uncompleted paperwork, personal use of police vehicles and unapproved police purchases. Rolla's former police chief Joe Boehm was abruptly fired last month with little ...

Tribes make renewed push for pipeline protections

BISMARCK (AP) — Two American Indian tribes in the Dakotas are making a renewed push to bolster protections for their water supply while federal officials further study the potential impact of the recently completed Dakota Access oil pipeline. Lawyers for the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River ...

Stem cell clinic investigated after complaints

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Attorney General's office is investigating a Bismarck stem cell clinic. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the attorney general's Consumer Protection Division initiated a formal investigation of West 2 North Medical Solutions after receiving consumer ...

Woman injured in pipeline protest still being investigated

BISMARCK (AP) — A New York City woman who suffered a serious arm injury while protesting the Dakota Access pipeline last year is preparing for her fifth surgery, even as she faces assertions by the government that she or her fellow protesters are at fault for an explosion they blame on ...

Lawsuit filed by Dakota Access protesters to proceed

BISMARCK (AP) — An appeals court ruled Tuesday that a federal judge in North Dakota was correct in not barring police from using harsh methods against Dakota Access pipeline protesters. There have been no protests since February, but the decision will allow a lawsuit to proceed in which ...

Search for missing New Town woman to include boats

NEW TOWN (AP) — Authorities looking for a missing New Town woman will be searching Lake Sakakawea this week. Thirty-two-year-old Olivia Lone Bear was last seen the evening of Oct. 24 leaving a New Town restaurant. Ground and air searches for the mother of five children have been ongoing ...

Bank of North Dakota selling federal student loan portfolio

BISMARCK (AP) — The state-owned Bank of North Dakota announced Monday that it's getting out of the federal student loan business, a move the bank president said won't affect borrowers financially and should aid the bank in a couple of ways. The bank's federal student loan portfolio has ...

North Dakota city in jeopardy of losing paratransit services

LINCOLN (AP) — A city near the central part of North Dakota is in jeopardy of losing its paratransit bus services to Bismarck if it can't acquire funding. Lincoln has failed to obtain the roughly $20,000 needed to keep the service, The Bismarck Tribune reported. Earlier this year, voters ...

Deadline nears for drought hay-hauling aid applications

BISMARCK (AP) — Drought-stricken North Dakota ranchers looking for state help with paying hay-hauling costs are running out of time to apply. Monday is the deadline for the hay transportation aid program approved by the state Emergency Commission in late August. The group made $1.5 million ...