North Dakota News

Bicyclist struck and killed near Fargo

FARGO (AP) — A bicyclist has died in a collision with an SUV near Fargo. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the accident happened about 6 p.m. Wednesday near Fargo. The patrol says the SUV driver, a 31-year-old Fargo man, had been traveling behind the woman before hitting her. The ...

Prosecutors file charges in separate Spirit Lake homicides

GRAND FORKS (AP) — Federal prosecutors have filed murder charges in the deaths of two women in separate incidents on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation. Court documents show that 38-year-old Billy Joe Herman is charged with felony murder, kidnapping and assault with intent to commit murder ...

ND lawmakers refine Capitol harassment policy

BISMARCK (AP) — The Legislature’s research arm has refined a proposed policy regarding workplace and sexual harassment in North Dakota’s Capitol, expanding the list of legislative leaders designated to field complaints, more clearly outlining potential punishments and adding a training ...

Family separation issue tests Heitkamp, Cramer

BISMARCK (AP) — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and her Republican rival, Rep. Kevin Cramer, agree there’s a need for compassion for children separated from their families at the southern border. But there are some differences in the stances of the candidates in the Senate race that could be critical ...

Upper Midwest fertilizer supplier looks to future

BISMARCK (AP) — A company supplying fertilizer to farmers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana is focusing on expanding partnerships after overcoming some challenges in its first year. The Bismarck Tribune reports that half of Dakota Gasification Company’s business is now fertilizer ...

First human case of West Nile reported in North Dakota

BISMARCK (AP) — Health officials in North Dakota have confirmed at least one person has contracted the mosquito-borne West Nile virus. It’s the first-reported case of the virus this year, which is spread by mosquitoes. North Dakota Department of Health tests also show a pool of mosquitoes ...

Heartview to expand addiction center in Bismarck

BISMARCK (AP) — An addiction treatment center based in Bismarck is expanding after seeing the demand for drug and alcohol abuse treatment services double in the past five years. Heartview Foundation announced plans this month to add 16 more treatment beds for men and 15 efficiency apartments ...

North Dakota author details comeback of American buffalo

(AP) — North Dakota author Francie Berg's last book about the American buffalo was a guide for adventurers eager to get out on back roads to see the historic sites where the great animal once flourished. Then she found she had more to say. The result is "Buffalo Heartbeats Across the ...

Sakakawea smelt die-off shouldn’t harm walleye fishery

BISMARCK (AP) — Adult rainbow smelt are dying off in Lake Sakakawea, but state wildlife officials and fishing guides say the problem appears worse than it likely is. Smelt is a prime food for walleye, and the number of young and growing walleye in the lake is among the highest in decades. ...

Idaho trucker accused of dumping saltwater in ND

DUNN CENTER (AP) — An Idaho truck driver is accused of illegally dumping saltwater in the North Dakota oil patch. Saltwater is a byproduct of oil production and must be disposed of according to state rules. SBT driver George Baker Jr., of Ponderay, Idaho, is accused of dumping 4,200 gallons ...

National Guard soldiers training on river south of Bismarck

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Army National Guard soldiers will be training on and near the Missouri River south of Bismarck this weekend. The Kimball Bottoms recreational area will be closed to the public from 11 a.m. Friday through 4 p.m. Sunday so the 957th Engineer Company can ...

Missouri River enthusiasts cautioned about high water

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department is cautioning water enthusiasts to beware of potential safety hazards due to high water levels on the Missouri River. Chief Game Warden Robert Timian says high water can inundate sandbars, and bring a stronger current, additional ...

Bismarck riverboat event center breaks ground

BISMARCK (AP) — Terra Nomad's founding trio will open a riverside restaurant spinoff as part of the new Heritage River Landing, which recently broke ground. The downtown coffee shop's Chris Tello and Tyler Romine, who are Bismarck natives, have fond childhood memories of Lewis and Clark ...

Fargo police chief wonders why convict was released

FARGO (AP) — A convicted killer in North Dakota who walked away from a halfway house should not have been released from jail, the Fargo police chief said Friday. Authorities said Sean Schroeder, 29, of Dunseith left Wednesday from Centre, Inc. in Fargo, where he was scheduled to complete a ...

Teddy Roosevelt library board, university system at odds

BISMARCK (AP) — The foundation working to build a Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in western North Dakota is at odds with the state’s university system over how to end a lease agreement for land at Dickinson State University that’s no longer planned as a library site. The ...

North Dakota OKs refinery construction near national park

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's Health Department issued a permit Wednesday allowing construction of an oil refinery about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Theodore Roosevelt National Park, a project opposed by several national and regional conservation groups. The Davis Refinery still has other ...

ND’s habitat proposal upsets utility companies

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s efforts to reduce the impact of wind development on wildlife habitats are drawing opposition from energy and agriculture industries. The state Game and Fish Department has proposed voluntary guidelines aimed at steering wind developers away from building ...

WWII-era buildings in Bismarck to be reassembled

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Some buildings from a World War II internment camp in Bismarck have been saved from demolition and will be reassembled into a lasting piece of history. Mike Beck, 78, for the past year has been reassembling a Fort Lincoln internment camp building at Buckstop Junction, a ...

In pro-Trump ND, Democrat Heitkamp has no time for resisting

MANDAN, North Dakota (AP) — Heidi Heitkamp has no time for resisting. That's what the North Dakota Democrat in one of the most Donald Trump-friendly states says, though it would seem she also doesn't have that luxury. The first-term U.S. senator, among the most vulnerable in her party ...

Settlement being negotiated in lengthy US-Canada water fight

BISMARCK (AP) — U.S. and Canadian officials are negotiating an end to a 16-year legal battle over a Missouri River water project in North Dakota, though the state of Missouri also has a stake and isn't part of the discussions. Court documents filed May 3 show the Canadian province of ...