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North Dakota News

Volkswagen settlement, in part, funds charging stations

BISMARCK (AP) — Ten North Dakota communities will use part of a settlement with Volkswagen to build electric vehicle charging stations. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality will send $2.7 million to the local governments and businesses for clean vehicle projects, including 17 ...

Administration withdraws Water Supply Rule from consideration

WASHINGTON – North Dakota’s U.S. senators on Monday welcomed the Trump Administration’s withdrawal of a proposed federal rule that would have affected water jurisdiction in the state. The president announced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would withdraw a rule to expand the Corps’ ...

Small ND town starting its own police department

GARRISON (AP) — A North Dakota city of about 1,500 residents is starting its own police department after officials rejected a proposal to continue to contract services from the McLean County Sheriff's Office. Travis Tesch, Garrison's new police chief, will begin work Monday. He has 20 years ...

Montessori-style education comes to Mandan Catholic school

MANDAN (AP) — Leaders at St. Joseph School in Mandan hope that starting a Montessori program to offer a more hands-on approach to education will boost student enrollment, just as it did for Christ the King School across town. “For decades, we just haven’t really seen an influx in our ...

Tribe members discuss best practices to clean up oil spills

BISMARCK (AP) — Tribal members at a Bismarck conference talked oilfield best practices, including how to clean up oil spills using microorganisms. The oilfield service company, Chief Oilfield Services, wants to train more tribal members in the technique, the Bismarck Tribune reported. In a ...

North Dakota Gov. Burgum pardons 16 low-level pot offenders

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced Friday that he has pardoned 16 people convicted of low-level marijuana crimes, the first wave in what may be thousands under a new policy the first-term Republican said gives former offenders a second chance. The policy adopted last ...

North Dakota woman charged with leaving 6 kids with dead man

FARGO (AP) — A North Dakota woman has been charged with felony child neglect after she was accused of leaving six children with the body of an acquaintance who overdosed. Amber Barrett of Fargo also is charged with a misdemeanor count of failing to report a death. Documents filed in Cass ...

Burgum cites accomplishments in tribal-government relations

BISMARCK (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum sees progress in state government's relationship with American Indian tribes in North Dakota, but he acknowledges there is more work to do. Burgum talked about the accomplishments with the tribes since he took office in 2016 during a tribal conference in ...

North Dakota lawmaker blames opponents for anti-Islam posts

BISMARCK (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker in North Dakota said he doesn’t know how a pair of anti-Islam posts appeared in his Facebook feed, and speculated Tuesday that his account may have been hacked by political opponents. The Fargo Forum first reported on the posts Tuesday, saying a ...

Burgum appoints Parks and Recreation interim director

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed an interim director of the state Parks and Recreation Department. Burgum said Ryan Gardner will serve as interim director of the agency beginning Monday. He replaces Melissa Baker, who resigned to take a job as the Virginia State ...

Minnesota man sentenced for fatal drive-by shooting in Fargo

FARGO (AP) — A Minnesota man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for a fatal drive-by shooting in Fargo. Miguel Cooley, 45, earlier pleaded guilty to intentional homicide in Cass County Circuit Court. Cooley killed 20-year-old Gabriel Perez as the victim sat on a curb outside a ...

North Dakota firm gets contract for Vegas-area interchange

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A North Dakota company has been awarded a $99 million contract to construct an interchange to provide new direct connections between two freeways in metro Las Vegas. Dickinson-based Fisher Sand & Gravel Co. will build ramps, flyovers and street connections for Interstate ...

3 arrested following Grand Forks pursuit

GRAND FORKS (AP) — Three people have been arrested following a police pursuit in Grand Forks. An officer attempted to stop an SUV about 8 p.m. Sunday on the city’s north side, according to police. Authorities say the SUV made a series of turns and ended up going the wrong way on one ...

North Dakota man dies after being shot by tactical officers

BISMARCK (AP) — A North Dakota man who allegedly told a neighbor he had a bomb and indicated he would harm anyone who tried to enter his condominium died after he was shot by tactical officers in an exchange of gunfire, police said. Authorities identified the man on Friday as Cody Carnes, ...

Planned refinery by national park hurt by funding, lawsuits

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Anemic funding, alleged unpaid work and legal fights are hobbling developers of a proposed $800 million oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota. But the project manager for Meridian Energy Group’s Davis Refinery — which has drawn ...

Child dies, 3 family members hurt in North Dakota house fire

McCLUSKY, N.D. (AP) — A house fire in central North Dakota has killed a child and injured three family members. Crews responded to the fire near McClusky around 2 p.m. Wednesday Flames engulfed the house, and crews were unable to enter the home. The remains of a child were recovered from ...

Court halts online access to documents over privacy concerns

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has suspended newly expanded online access to court documents after dozens of people complained about the potential loss of privacy. In September, the high court changed its system to begin allowing online access to spare people the burden ...

Officers, unlicensed teen driver, passenger hurt in a crash

WATFORD CITY (AP) — Two police officers, an unlicensed teen driver and a passenger have been hurt in a crash in Watford City, according to officials. Authorities say two Watford City police vehicles, with emergency lights activated, were traveling northbound on Main St. early Sunday. A ...

Missouri River power from upstream dams increases in 2019

BISMARCK (AP) — The wet weather that caused so many flooding problems around the Midwest in 2019 had one small silver lining: electric generation from the Missouri River's six upstream dams was up 5.6 percent, federal officials said. It was the first time this century that the river had ...

North Dakota dioceses release list of accused clergy members

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's two Roman Catholic dioceses on Thursday released a list of 53 clergy members who have had substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Bishop John Folda of the Fargo Diocese said in a statement that the list is the result of a “thorough review” ...