North Dakota News

Heitkamp’s political tightrope walk gets even trickier

MANDAN (AP) — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's daunting political challenge just got that much harder. A North Dakota Democrat seeking re-election in a fiercely Republican state, she is running as a centrist, of course. She is even running as a sometimes partner to President Donald Trump. But the ...

ND works on safe wildlife crossings amid expansion

BISMARCK (AP) — Increased traffic due to oil activity and population growth in western North Dakota has prompted state wildlife and transportation officials to work on safe road crossings for wildlife. A recent U.S. Highway 85 expansion near Williston included an underpass designed for ...

Official: Warning siren worked, but residents didn’t hear it

WATFORD CITY (AP) — All eight outdoor warning sirens in a North Dakota oil patch city were sounded before a deadly tornado ravaged an RV park, but park residents and others said they didn’t hear them, authorities said Wednesday. A newborn baby was killed and more than two dozen people were ...

Woman being sentenced in oil pipeline protest shooting

BISMARCK (AP) — A Denver woman accused of shooting at officers during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline is finding out how long she’ll spend in a federal prison. Red Fawn Fallis is being sentenced Wednesday afternoon in Bismarck. Prosecutors are recommending ...

Grand Forks man arrested after standoff with police dies

GRAND FORKS (AP) — Authorities say a Grand Forks man who was arrested after an hours-long standoff with police has died. Jail and law enforcement officials said that 36-year-old Samuel Nelson died Monday evening, shortly after he was arrested at a Grand Forks apartment. Authorities say he ...

Bottineau athletic director named head coach of US national sled hockey team

BOTTINEAU — David Hoff said he never assumed he would rise up the USA Hockey ranks, and is now the head coach of the U.S. national sled hockey team. The Minot State graduate and current Bottineau High School athletic director, math teacher and hockey coach was announced as head coach of the ...

Earthquake anniversary marks rare event

BISMARCK – Today marks the 50th anniversary of one of North Dakota’s rare earthquakes, and one that caused the State Capitol Building to tremble just a little. According to history records in the North Dakota Blue Book, an earthquake with an epicenter a few miles southwest of Huff was felt ...

Authorities find baby’s body in central North Dakota

JAMESTOWN (AP) — Authorities in central North Dakota have found the body of a 4-month-old boy whose mother told law enforcement officers she couldn’t remember the last four days or where she left the baby. Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser tells KQDJ radio that the baby’s body was ...

Rising Missouri River affecting Bismarck marinas

BISMARCK (AP) — Rising water levels in the Missouri River are impacting Bismarck marina businesses that have had to deal with inundated docks and problems with power. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers increased water releases last month from the Garrison Dam from 52,000 cubic feet per second ...

North Dakota farmers want change in ag bill’s crop insurance

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s largest farm group is pushing for adjustments to crop insurance payments to protect farmers from international trade retaliations. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the U.S. House and Senate versions of a new Farm Bill are heading to conference committee. The ...

Highway Patrol: 2 people injured in crash near Leonard

LEONARD, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota authorities say two drivers have been injured after a Fed Ex van driver rear-ended a semi-truck stopped at railroad tracks near Leonard. The Highway Patrol says the accident happened about 9 a.m. Thursday on Highway 46. The patrol says the van driver was ...

North Dakota measure would bar noncitizen voting

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Backers of a measure to change the North Dakota Constitution to explicitly bar non-U.S. citizens from voting say they have gathered enough signatures to get it on the November ballot. Gary Emineth, a Republican state Senate candidate in Bismarck, submitted more than ...

Radio and television personality Ed Schultz dies at 64

FARGO (AP) — Veteran broadcasting personality Ed Schultz, whose career took him from quarterbacking at a Minnesota college to national radio and television, including hosting a show on MSNBC, died on Thursday, according to his son. He was 64. Schultz died in Washington, where he anchored ...

Fireworks in truck bed ignite on ND highway

WYNDMERE (AP) — North Dakota authorities say a man’s truck is destroyed after roughly $2,800 worth of fireworks ignited in his pickup bed as he drove on the highway near Wyndmere. The Richland County Sheriff’s Office says 67-year-old Jorgen Nokleberg, of Leonard, was driving Wednesday on ...

Winning $25,000-a-year lottery ticket sold in North Dakota

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota officials say a winning lottery ticket in the state’s Lucky for Life game was sold at a Hettinger store. State lottery director Randy Miller says the ticket was drawn Monday night. The player with the winning ticket has the option of receiving $25,000 for 20 ...

AP FACT CHECK: Rep. Kevin Cramer did drive 2,300 miles

By AMANDA SEITZ Associated Press North Dakota Democrats are criticizing Republican Senate candidate Kevin Cramer for reimbursing himself and his wife Kris for 3,000 miles worth of mileage on the campaign trail this year. In a statement last week, the state party attacked Cramer for what ...

Police: Minot man out on bond found with 122 grams of meth

WILLISTON (AP) — Authorities say a man who was out on bond from a drug charge was arrested in northwestern North Dakota after police seized nearly 122 grams of methamphetamine during a traffic stop. Officials with the Northwest Narcotics Task Force say John Mincey, of Minot, was stopped ...

$25,000 a year for life prize won on Monday in Hettinger

Someone who purchased a ticket at Central Dakota Cooperative in Hettinger is the winner of a $25,000 a year for life prize in the North Dakota Lucky for Life game. The winning numbers were 13, 18, 27, 39, 43 and the Lucky Ball was 8, according to a press release from the North Dakota Attorney ...

Williston gets new VA clinic

WILLISTON (AP) — North Dakota military veterans toured a new veterans' affairs clinic in a northwest city. The Williston VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic opened this week. The facility is twice the size of the old one at 7,500 square feet (697 square meters), the Williston Herald ...

Economic growth slows in Midwest states as trade fears mount

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Business remains strong in nine Midwest and Plains states, but a new monthly survey suggests growth is slowing as concerns about trade and tariffs increase. The region's overall economic index decreased to 61.8 in June from May's 67.3, but any score above 50 indicates ...