North Dakota News

ND juvenile system may face more cuts

BISMARCK (AP) — An organization representing North Dakota’s more than 50 counties says further budget cuts to the judicial branch would critically affect the state’s juvenile court system. Lawmakers heard last month from the North Dakota Association of Counties about the negative impact ...

Report: ND oil, gas revenue up 25 percent

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s oil and gas tax collections are 25 percent above forecast due to rebounding crude prices. A report by the Legislature’s research arm shows North Dakota’s oil and gas revenue is $1.6 billion for the state’s current two-year budget cycle that began in ...

ND Commerce Department lays off 13 workers

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota agency that promotes business development and tourism has laid off 13 workers as part of a reorganization. North Dakota Commerce Commissioner Jay Schuler announced the cuts Thursday, which take effect immediately. Schuler tells The Associated Press the cuts ...

Security company, state argue venue in DAPL dispute

BISMARCK (AP) — Attorneys for North Dakota regulators and a North Carolina-based private security company argued in court Thursday over the proper venue to resolve a dispute over whether the company acted illegally during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline and should be ...

Western North Dakota seeks to increase workforce

BISMARCK (AP) — Workforce recruiting has moved to the forefront in western North Dakota’s oil industry, according to petroleum experts. The annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference began Tuesday in Bismarck. North Dakota Petroleum Council President Ron Ness said companies have focused ...

Fargo bust turns up 10 pounds of marijuana, guns, cash

FARGO, (AP) — Fargo police say a home search turned up 10 pounds of marijuana, weapons and $6,000 in cash. The weapons seized early Tuesday included a rifle and two handguns. A SWAT team was brought in as a precaution, and authorities arrested a 19-year-old suspect. Formal charges were ...

Zinke stresses need for projects catch-up at national parks

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reiterated his support for addressing a maintenance backlog at national parks during a visit Tuesday to the one named for a U.S. president known for championing conservation. Zinke toured the Peaceful Valley Ranch at Theodore Roosevelt ...

Bismarck man convicted of arson; fire damaged fiancee’s home

BISMARCK (AP) — A Bismarck man has been convicted of felony arson in connection with a fire last November that heavily damaged his fiancee’s home. Spencer Norton was found guilty on Friday following a two-day trial. Norton also faces a new charge filed Thursday of felony terrorizing for ...

ND politician accused in peeping incident ends run

BISMARCK (AP) — A North Dakota politician accused in a peeping incident at a college campus says he is dropping out of the race for secretary of state. Will Gardner announced an end to his campaign Sunday on his Twitter and Facebook accounts. He did not immediately return voice or text ...

Williston police officers rescue man trapped in burning home

WILLISTON (AP) — Williston police say officers rescued a man trapped in a burning home. The blaze was reported at about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. Police say officers rescued the man who was in the back of the burning home. Police say two people and two officers were taken to a local hospital ...

Boy born without thumbs, radius undergoes fourth surgery

BISMARCK (AP) — JJ is a spirited 6-year-old boy who likes dinosaurs, playing basketball and snacking. He's a kindergartner at Shiloh Christian School in Bismarck. His life looked a lot different three years ago, before he was adopted from an orphanage in China. JJ has a condition called ...

Police: 1 dead, 1 wounded in Grand Forks shooting

GRAND FORKS (AP) — Grand Forks police say a man is dead and a woman wounded after a shooting at an apartment. Officers were called to the scene about 11:30 a.m. Thursday for a welfare check with possible injuries. The person who made the call was not there. Police Lt. Brett Johnson says ...

Former tribal executive sentenced for embezzlement

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A former executive board member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for embezzlement. Sixty-six-year-old Barbara Kirk of Sisseton was sentenced in federal court to 16 months in prison. Kirk also was ordered to pay more ...

Bismarck students unite with music program

BISMARCK (AP) — Dawson Schon has never played an instrument before. Recently, the Horizon Middle School sixth-grader learned how to play the violin with the help of a new after-school program that pairs student mentors with students with disabilities to help them learn to play an ...

2 sisters reach plea deal in fentanyl overdose death case

GRAND FORKS (AP) — Two sisters accused of supplying fentanyl that led to an overdose death in Grand Forks have reached plea agreements in the case. Thirty-seven-year-old Holly Soeby and 40-year-old Kelly Jo Nelsrud are charged in federal court with conspiracy to possess with intent to ...

ND high school evacuated after chemical spill

GACKLE (AP) — No one was injured when a North Dakota high school had to be evacuated after a chemical spill. Hazardous materials teams from Fargo and Jamestown were called to the Gackle-Streeter high school on Tuesday after a bottle of magnesium powder broke open in a storage closet in the ...

ND agrees to settlement talks over voter ID laws

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota agreed to hold settlement negotiations with a group of American Indians who sued over expanded voter ID laws after a federal judge admonished the state for exaggerating worries of voter fraud. U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Miller on Monday scheduled the ...

Bismarck Public Schools hires cultural coordinator

BISMARCK (AP) — A new position created by the Bismarck Public Schools aims to help Native American students better understand their culture. Cultural Responsive Coordinator Travis Albers is making personal visits to classrooms in every elementary school, The Bismarck Tribune reported. There ...

US House candidates make pitch for fewer federal regulations

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s endorsed U.S. House candidates largely agreed in their first debate Saturday on fewer federal regulations and giving more control to local governments. GOP State Sen. Kelly Armstrong of Dickinson and Democrat Mac Schneider of Grand Forks both won endorsements ...

Single mom found dead with 3 kids had financial troubles

GRAND FORKS (AP) — A single mother who was found dead of gunshot wounds along with her three children had recently moved into a rental property in North Dakota and had been struggling to pay off medical bills. Astra Volk, 35, and her children, 14-year-old Tyler Talmage, 10-year-old Aidan ...