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North Dakota News

Dakotas duck hunters seeing positive trends in conditions

FARGO (AP) — After weathering poor wetland conditions in North Dakota and South Dakota over the last few years, duck hunters in the two states known for abundant waterfowl are seeing positive trends, wildlife officials said Thursday. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department released its ...

Federal agency resists paying North Dakota oil protest cost

BISMARCK (AP) — The federal government is contesting North Dakota’s claims that the state should be reimbursed for the $38 million the state spent policing prolonged protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The Army Corps of Engineers filed a motion Tuesday asking a federal judge ...

Lawmaker wants change to no-gun policy at state Capitol

BISMARCK (AP) — A North Dakota lawmaker wants to ensure firearms are legal on the state Capitol grounds after a gun rights rally he hosted there drew some supporters who were probably armed. Bismarck Republican Rep. Rick Becker said Tuesday he will introduce legislation to change the policy ...

2 years in prison for attack at Mandan Walmart

MANDAN (AP) — A man who used a needle-nose pliers in an attack at a Walmart store in Mandan has been sentenced to spend two years in prison. Hilario Flores pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and terrorizing Monday. South Central District Judge Gail Hagerty sentenced the 25-year-old ...

Electronic pulltabs’ popularity soars in North Dakota

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakotans poured more than $410.5 million into electronic pulltabs in the first nine months after launch, creating a boom for charities and the state treasury but stirring concern about problem gambling and the impact on American Indian casinos. The Las Vegas-style games ...

Ruling lets North Dakota group nix partner for soybean plant

FARGO (AP) — The Spiritwood Energy Park Association says it will be looking for another business partner to build a $287 million soybean processing plant in North Dkoata after a judge’s ruling gave the group a path to end its contract with the North Dakota Soybean Processors. The soybean ...

Bison expecting a different-looking Delaware QB

FARGO — The first pass Delaware quarterback Pat Kehoe threw at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome last year was complete. Problem for the Blue Hens was it went right to North Dakota State linebacker Jabril Cox and the Bison standout returned it 36 yards for a touchdown. Things didn’t ...

New ethics panel chooses leaders, sets monthly meetings

BISMARCK (AP) — A newly formed panel for North Dakota’s voter-approved ethics commission chose its top two officers and set monthly meetings through next spring. The five-member panel on Thursday chose retired district judge Ron Goodman as chairman. Cynthia Lindquist, president of ...

Judge sides with family in Lake Sakakawea mineral dispute

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge has reversed course and sided with a family and not the state of North Dakota over oil and gas mineral rights under a Missouri River reservoir. Northwest District Judge Paul Jacobson issued the decision late last week after the state Supreme Court reversed his ...

Fargo teachers union takes board to court over stalled talks

FARGO (AP) — The union representing public school teachers in North Dakota’s largest city is taking the school board to court over a stalemate on contract negotiations. KFGO radio reports that the Fargo Education Association believes the board broke state law by declaring an impasse ...

Judge blocks North Dakota’s medication abortion reversal law

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge in North Dakota on Tuesday blocked a state law enacted earlier this year that required physicians to tell women they may reverse a so-called medication abortion if they have second thoughts. North Dakota is among eight states to pass or amend laws requiring ...

ATV crashes kill 2 brothers minutes apart in North Dakota

ECKELSON (AP) — Authorities say a North Dakota man was killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash while searching for his brother who had died in a similar crash minutes earlier. The Highway Patrol says the two crashes happened about 10 minutes apart Friday night near Eckelson. Authorities say ...

Canadian biker dies in accident south of Grassy Butte

A 55-year-old Canadian man died around 3:30 p.m. Sunday when he lost control of his motorcycle on U.S. Highway 85, one mile south of Grassy Butte, in McKenzie County. According to a Highway Patrol report, the Warman, Sask., man was southbound on US #85 en route from Regina to Sturgis, SD. The ...

Fatal accident near Esmond Saturday

An unidentified man died in a two-vehicle accident near Esmond on Saturday around 4 p.m. The N.D. Highway Patrol reports Gregory Kalenze, Mandan, was driving a 2000 Peterbilt westbound on ND Highway 19 near Esmond. An unidentified male was driving a 1989 Chevrolet S10 pickup southbound on 37th ...

Regulator: 2015 spill could top 1M gallons

BISMARCK (AP) — A 2015 pipeline spill of natural gas liquids in North Dakota initially reported as just 10 gallons could top 1 million gallons, a state regulator said Wednesday. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality reported Tuesday that about 837,000 gallons of natural gas ...

Tribal leaders seek accurate census counts on reservations

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota tribal leaders gathered Tuesday to map out a campaign to help ensure their reservations aren’t shortchanged in the 2020 census. Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Mike Faith told the group during a trbial summit at United Tribes Technical College that his tribe has ...

Twist in yearslong effort to save North Dakota sage grouse

BISMARCK (AP) — Wildlife officials who have been transplanting sage grouse from Wyoming to North Dakota since 2017 have adjusted their tactics this summer to try to keep relocated birds from wandering back out of the state in search of better habitat. The fine-tuning of the nearly ...

Utility company seeks regulatory nod for new gas turbine

MANDAN (AP) — Montana-Dakota Utilities has asked state regulators to consider its plan to build a second natural gas-fired power generator in North Dakota. The utility company filed an application Thursday with the Public Service Commission seeking a determination that the proposed project ...

ND: Study ‘undermines’ Washington state’s rail law

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s attorney general says a federal study analyzing the volatility of Bakken crude supports the state’s petition to overturn Washington state’s oil shipment safety restrictions. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in May mandated a lower vapor pressure limit for ...

North Dakota ends budget cycle with more cash than forecast

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota ended its two-year budget cycle in June with about $250 million more than expected due to strong crude oil prices and better-than-anticipated earnings from the state’s oil tax savings account. Budget director Joe Morrissette told a panel of legislators ...