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Basin Electric says North Dakota plant may recover by 2024

BISMARCK (AP) — Basin Electric Power Cooperative's financially troubled synthetic natural gas plant in North Dakota could break even by 2024 following staff cuts and other cost-saving measures, the utility said. Basin Electric CEO Paul Sukut recently announced recently that the Great Plains ...

Mandan police officer who shot suspect cleared of wrongdoing

MANDAN (AP) — A Mandan police officer who shot a man has been cleared of wrongdoing. The Bismarck Tribune reports the Morton County State's Attorney's Office says it will file no charges against officer Leo Belgarde after a state crime bureau investigation into the Oct. 9 incident in which ...

Super weed Palmer amaranth now in 5 North Dakota counties

BISMARCK (AP) — A super weed that can devastate corn and soybean crops has now been found in five North Dakota counties, but a university expert says there is still hope for preventing a widespread infestation of Palmer amaranth in the state. The aggressive pigweed species can grow as tall ...

2 men plead guilty to killing on Spirit Lake Reservation

FARGO (AP) — Two men accused of killing a woman on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation in northeastern North Dakota have changed their pleas to guilty. Federal authorities say 21-year-old Daylin St. Pierre and 24-year-old Dakota Charboneau each pleaded guilty to three charges in the August ...

North Dakota soybean, corn crops similar in size to 2017

FARGO (AP) — North Dakota’s soybean, corn, sugar beet and potato crops are expected to be similar in size to last year’s crops. The Agriculture Department’s latest production report estimates the state’s soybean crop up 1 percent to 247 million bushels. The corn crop is forecast at ...

11-year-old girl struck, seriously injured in Jamestown

JAMESTOWN (AP) — Police say an 11-year-old girl has been struck and seriously injured while trying to cross a street in Jamestown. Police Major Justin Blinsky tells KQDJ the girl was crossing at an intersection Thursday about 3 p.m. when she was struck by a pickup truck south of Lincoln ...

North Dakota sheriff with rocky tenure loses re-election bid

WATFORD CITY (AP) — A North Dakota sheriff who once faced a criminal charge and was suspended by the governor has lost his bid for re-election. McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger received only 39 percent of the vote in his race against challenger Matthew Johansen. Then-Gov. Jack ...

88-year-old woman dies in 3-vehicle crash

FARGO (AP) — Police say an 88-year-old woman has died in a three-vehicle crash in Fargo. The collision happened Wednesday shortly before 3 p.m. on Main Avenue. Lois Koehler Fritz was the driver of one of the vehicles. She was taken to a local hospital and later pronounced dead.

Equipment failure blamed for brine spill in McKenzie County

BISMARCK (AP) — State officials say equipment failure is being blamed for the spill of 40,320 gallons of brine at a saltwater disposal well in McKenzie County. The Oil and Gas Division says Continental Resources on Monday reported the spill at the Norka well about 10 miles northwest of ...

Voters say yes to overhaul of government ethics, no to pot

FARGO (AP) — An idea that couldn’t gain traction in the North Dakota Legislature is now a reality for public officials, lobbyists and others after voters approved a constitutional amendment to overhaul government ethics oversight. The initiative billed as an anti-corruption amendment has ...

Newly elected Cramer to farmers: Trump will help you

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The day after his election to the U.S. Senate, Republican Kevin Cramer assured North Dakota farmers that he has President Donald Trump’s ear on trade and that Trump will get them a good — and maybe even a great — deal. “This is a priority for me,” Cramer told ...

Sheriff who led response to Dakota Access protest re-elected

MANDAN (AP) — The county sheriff who led the law enforcement response to large-scale Dakota Access oil pipeline protests in North Dakota has been re-elected to another four-year term by a wide margin. Kyle Kirchmeier got two-thirds of the votes cast in the Morton County sheriff’s race on ...

Menard inching his way toward coveted NDSU defensive record

By Jeff Kolpack jkolpack@forumcomm.com FARGO - For four years now, visiting teams at North Dakota State football games have consistently forgotten to announce a member of the offensive backfield. Bison defensive end Greg Menard has been around the quarterbacks and running backs so often ...

Woman tries to drive away with North Dakota squad car

DEVILS LAKE (AP) — Charges are pending against a 23-year-old woman who police say got into a police car and tried to drive away in northeast North Dakota. KFGO radio reports that police responded to a fight early Sunday in Devils Lake, a city about 160 miles (257 kilometers) northwest of ...

Woman tries to drive away with North Dakota squad car

MEDINA (AP) — Sheriff's deputies in southeastern North Dakota came to the aid of a duck hunter from Pennsylvania whose canoe had capsized in a slough south of Medina. A group of hunters called Stutsman County authorities late Monday morning. Three deputies wearing flotation suits swam out ...

Fort Berthold reservation landowners to sue oil company

BISMARCK (AP) — A group of landowners from the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation is accusing a crude oil company of trespassing in a lawsuit that seeks compensation for a pipeline that crosses their land. Former Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation chairman Tex Hall recently announced a federal ...

Rural school near Mandan enters new era of steady growth

MANDAN (AP) — Sherilyn Johnson unloads her arms of lesson materials after walking into Sweet Briar School, the sounds of playing children behind her. Model airplanes and a solar system hang from the ceiling. Maps, artwork and lesson plans cover the walls and boards. A bearded dragon basks in ...

Judge allowing 6 Native Americans who joined lawsuit to vote

BISMARCK (AP) — A judge says six Native Americans who challenged North Dakota’s voter identification law will be allowed to cast their ballots. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland signed an order Friday adopting the agreement, one day after he denied an emergency motion by the Spirit Lake ...