North Dakota News

Legislature: Abortion, school board felons, abandoned babies

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers are set to consider bills that range from abortion restrictions to felons on school boards to abandoned babies. They're in session Monday despite the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Among the top issues in play: ABORTION The abortion debate is ...

Governor Burgum to work with Minnesota, South Dakota governors

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is working to develop relationships with the new governors who recently took office in neighboring South Dakota and Minnesota. Burgum wants to collaborate with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, who took office this month, on the $2.75 billion ...

ND begins issuing medical marijuana cards

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota began issuing medical marijuana cards this week to patients and caregivers after nearly two years of work developing and implementing a distribution system for the drug approved by voters in 2016. Medical marijuana could become available in eastern North Dakota ...

Bill aims to revamp ND’s brand with new state logo

BISMARCK (AP) — A North Dakota lawmaker has introduced legislation to pursue a new state logo as part of efforts to revamp state tourism. Democratic Rep. Marvin Nelson sponsored a bill to direct the North Dakota Department of Commerce to oversee a competition for entrants to create a new ...

Study shows storing natural gas underground as viable option

BISMARCK (AP) — A new study indicates it might be economically feasible for North Dakota oil companies to provisionally store natural gas underground instead of burning it off at well sites. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental ...

Former US Sen. Heitkamp secures roles with Harvard, CNBC

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp has secured roles at Harvard and with CNBC. The North Dakota Democrat has been named one of four Visiting Fellows by the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School . She and former National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn will ...

North Dakota leaders unveil oil tax-sharing deal with tribe

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Republican legislative leaders unveiled a bill Thursday that aims to stop a longstanding disagreement over shared revenues on an oil-rich American Indian reservation in the state. The bill sponsored by GOP Sen. Jordan Kannianen and the party’s Senate and ...

Fargo police issued warning about theft ring

FARGO (AP) — Fargo police have issued a warning about a nationwide theft ring that has moved into the city. Authorities say the criminals in the so-called Felony Lane Gang break into unattended vehicles in parking lots and take purses containing cash, credit cards, checkbooks and IDs. In ...

Powerball winner making plans for prize money

BISMARCK (AP) — A North Dakota woman who won a $1 million lottery prize is making plans for to spend some of her winnings. Tammy Edland, from McHenry, has claimed the Powerball prize she won on the final draw of her Pick & Click online play Jan. 12. Edland says she’d like to remodel ...

Legislation would allow tribes to collect state taxes

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Legislation filed by Republican and Democratic leaders sets the framework for American Indian tribes in North Dakota to levy alcohol, tobacco and state sales taxes on their reservations and spend it for tribal services. But the legislation filed this week would not ...

Brine release contained at well site

CARTWRIGHT – A connection leak caused the release of 27,720 gallons of brine at a well site about four miles northeast of Cartwright in McKenzie County on Friday. Zavanna LLC reported the incident at the Kepner 9-41H well on Saturday to the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division. The product was ...

UND Aerobatic Team wins 10th national flying championship

GRAND FORKS (AP) — The University of North Dakota Aerobatic Team has won its 10th national flying championship. Other finalists for the International Aerobatic Club Collegiate National Championship included teams from Metropolitan State University-Denver, the Air Force Academy and ...

Bismarck man arrested after chase in stolen vehicle

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck man is accused of leading state troopers on a high-speed chase in a stolen car. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a trooper responded to a report of a reckless driver on Interstate 94 Saturday and attempted to pull him over. That's when the driver took off ...

Man found dead in suspected homicide in Stanley

Two suspects are in custody after Douglas Martin, 49, was found dead at his home in Stanley on Sunday evening, according to a press release from the Mountrail County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office reports that they received a 911 call about a shooting that had taken place at 8004 ...

North Dakota mulls outlawing car smoking with kids

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's House is considering legislation that would bar drivers from smoking in the car if they have a passenger younger than 9. Fargo Democratic Rep. Pamela Anderson's measure would allow police to pull over anyone seen smoking with young children in the car and ...

Capitol Chatter

Upset the feds Rep. Terry Jones, R-New Town, is a vocal member of the House Judiciary Committee. On Jan. 7, as the committee heard testimony on a bill concerning the definition of marijuana, he seemed to know quite a bit about the subject, prompting a joking question from the committee ...

North Dakota officials seek dismissal of road closure suit

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed over the five-month closure of a section of highway during the large protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, saying they had both the authority and an obligation to do it. The federal ...

Defining ‘marijuana’ draws a capitol crowd

‘There’s too much confusion in the industry’ By BILAL SULEIMAN ND Newspaper Association House Bill 1113 regarding the scheduling of controlled substances is usually a bill that passes without notice. “We see a bill like this virtually every legislative session,” said Rep. Kim ...

Tick talk

Crawly creature survey By KIM FUNDINGSLAND Staff Writer kfundingsland@minotdailynews.com BISMARCK – Those creepy, crawly creatures are living up to their nasty reputation. In brief, the summary of a second season of a statewide survey of ticks confirms what most people fear – a high ...

North Dakota lawmakers weigh meaty issues in session infancy

BISMARCK, (AP) — Guns, blue laws and Bibles in public schools: North Dakota lawmakers are considering some weighty issues as the legislative session enters its second full week. A look at what's expected: BILL DROP DEADLINE Monday is the deadline for House members to introduce bills. And ...