North Dakota News

$30M natural gas pipeline proposed under Missouri River

BISMARCK (AP) — A $30 million natural gas pipeline proposed in northwestern North Dakota would cross under the Missouri River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reviewing a permit application from Kinder Morgan for the 10-mile pipeline that would go beneath the river for about 2 1/2 miles ...

Highway Patrol: Man dies in crash south of Devils Lake

DEVILS LAKE (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a 59-year-old man has died in a single-vehicle crash south of Devils Lake. Authorities say the Devils Lake man’s vehicle left the right edge of Highway 20 on Friday afternoon. The driver, Gary Oram, later died at a hospital. An ...

North Dakota Senate candidate: Kavanaugh allegation ‘absurd’

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Republican Senate candidate Kevin Cramer said a sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is “even more absurd” than Anita Hill’s 1991 sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas because Kavanaugh and his accuser were ...

ND cuts bighorn licenses again as disease persists

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's Game and Fish Department is issuing only three bighorn sheep hunting licenses this year because the western Badlands population is still dealing with a deadly bacterial pneumonia outbreak. Biologists counted 77 rams in a summer survey, which was 12 fewer than ...

United Tribes gets $2.6 million for environmental sciences

BISMARCK (AP) — United Tribes Technical College has received a $2.6 million grant to expand its environmental science program. The college says the grant from the National Science Foundation will also fund additional faculty to do research and establish a research center on campus. ...

DAPL developer defends racketeering claims

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company that built the Dakota Access oil pipeline says environmental group Greenpeace should be held legally accountable for violating federal racketeering laws. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners sued Greenpeace and two other groups for up to $1 billion last ...

Remains found identified as Montana woman

MANNING (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say remains found in western North Dakota earlier this month are those of a missing Montana woman. The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office says the family of Darlene Billie has been notified of the identification. The 55-year-old woman from St. Ignatius went ...

Chairman, former chairman to face off on Fort Berthold

NEW TOWN (AP) — Unofficial results of the primary election on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation indicate Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox will face former chairman Tex Hall in November’s general election. Fox and Hall were the top two vote-getters among five candidates ...

ND regulators may relax oil train shipment rules

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota regulators are considering relaxing rules that require shippers to remove the most volatile gases from oil before it's loaded onto train cars. The rules, which were fought by the energy industry, took effect in 2015 and are aimed at making the state's crude oil ...

ND sending teams to help with hurricane aftermath

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Health Department is sending two medical response teams to Raleigh, North Carolina, this week to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. North Carolina requested the specialized teams through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact , a mutual aid ...

Jury seated in 2nd trial in death of pregnant Fargo woman

FARGO, (AP) — A jury of eight women and six men has been seated for the trial of a man accused in the killing of a pregnant North Dakota woman whose baby was cut from her womb. William Hoehn (hayn) is charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the August 2017 death of 22-year-old Savanna ...

State to research underground storage of excess natural gas

BISMARCK (AP) — A research project approved by North Dakota regulators will explore the possibility of temporarily storing excess natural gas in underground rock formations. Companies operating in the Bakken oil patch are struggling to meet state targets to reduce the wasteful flaring of ...

North Dakota former governor’s mansion under repair

BISMARCK (AP) — After more than 130 years, 80 different wallpapers and 20 executive families, Johnathan Campbell says the North Dakota former governor's mansion is still solid. "Just a little loose in the joints here and there," the mansion's site supervisor of 14 years said. Contractors were ...

Patrol wants increased security to remain at ND Capitol

BISMARCK (AP) — Security at the North Dakota Capitol that was beefed up in 2016 due to protests involving the Dakota Access pipeline should remain in place, the North Dakota Highway Patrol told lawmakers Thursday. Capt. Jody Skogen told a legislative panel the enhanced security measures that ...

Standing Rock Sioux considers Lake Oahe bridge idea

FORT YATES (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is seeking a $6.7 million grant to research building a bridge across the Missouri River's Lake Oahe. The tribe has applied for a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation that's for projects with a significant local or regional impact, ...

ND National Guard sends helicopters to East Coast

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota National Guard plans to send three helicopters and 15 people to the East Coast to help in the emergency response to Hurricane Florence. The Guard says they'll depart Saturday morning from Bismarck to pre-position themselves in Maryland in case they're asked to ...

Grand Forks, Williston pot dispensary applications accepted

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Health is accepting applications for medical marijuana dispensaries in the Grand Forks and Williston regions. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. Central time. Medical Marijuana Division Director Jason Wahl says the Grand ...

Prosecutors drop murder charge against man in suicide pact

FARGO (AP) — Prosecutors are dropping a murder charge against an 85-year-old Fargo man accused of fatally shooting his wife in an alleged suicide pact. The prosecutor and the attorney for 85-year-old Louis Averson don't believe he can understand the legal proceedings against him. KFGO-AM ...

North Dakota soybean, corn crops expected to slip in 2018

FARGO (AP) — North Dakota's corn and soybean crops are expected to slip in 2018. Based on Sept. 1 conditions, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says North Dakota's soybean harvest is forecast at 236 million bushels, down 2 percent from last year. Soybean acres for harvest are pegged at 6.55 ...

Panel reviews North Dakota ballot measure costs; pot is tops

BISMARCK (AP) — A measure to legalize marijuana in North Dakota would cost more than $2 million annually for the first three years if it's approved, though tax revenue and other fees generated from the sales are not yet known, according to agency estimates provided to lawmakers Wednesday. The ...