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Immigrants comprise 5% of North Dakota’s population

MINOT (AP) — Data from the American Immigration Council shows North Dakota has a small but growing community of immigrants, with many coming from the Philippines. The council's latest figures from 2018 show 35,824 foreign-born individuals comprised 5% of the state's population. Immigrants ...

Large fire causes heavy damage at Mandan apartment complex

MANDAN (AP) — A large fire at an apartment complex in Mandan has displaced its tenants. Flames could be seen shooting from the roof of the three-story Sunset Bluffs Apartments Monday night. The Red Cross is assisting an unknown number of people whose apartments were lost or damaged. Mandan ...

Army Guard & McLean County Sheriff’s Office to hold joint exercise

GARRISON – The North Dakota National Guard’s Bismarck-based 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment will partner with the McLean County Sheriff’s Office in a joint exercise Aug. 10-12. The joint training exercise will be conducted: – Today, from 8-11 p.m. at the Garrison weekend ...

North Dakota placing new signs welcoming visitors to state

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota has new signs welcoming people to the state. The Bismarck Tribune reports the design features the new state logo and includes the first photo background used on a North Dakota welcome sign. The photo is a Badlands scene taken at Wind Canyon in the South Unit of ...

DAKOTA DATEBOOK: Getting a Car

by Merry Helm People who bought automobiles in the early years were in for a bigger experience than they bargained for. Each car came with a set of tools, but if the owner couldn’t figure out how to use them, there was no mechanic to help him out; the closest thing was the town ...

North Dakota tallies 91 new COVID-19 cases

North Dakota health officials reported 91 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, pushing the state to record a new high in active cases. The Department of Health tallied 1,129 people with active cases of the coronavirus a day after it reported the most cases in a single day, with 181 on Saturday. ...

Equinor donates to schools in area counties

WILLISTON – Equinor, an international energy company, is donating over $10,000 in health and safety supplies to schools in McKenzie, Mountrail, and Williams counties. The donated supplies will help school communities to enact health and safety precautions to protect teachers, school personnel ...

Virus spikes take North Dakota tribes ‘back to square one’

FARGO (AP) — The Spirit Lake Nation in northeastern North Dakota took measures in the spring to minimize the spread of the coronavirus, including the financially painful decision to close the casino where many tribal members work. COVID-19 numbers stayed relatively low. Then residents became ...

North Dakota man sentenced to life in baby daughter’s death

BISMARCK (AP) — A Bismarck man will serve life in prison without parole after being convicted of killing his infant daughter. Jose Rivera-Rieffel, 23, was sentenced Friday after being convicted in March on felony charges of murder and child abuse. Rivera-Rieffel’s daughter died in April ...

Former ND chief justice tests positive for COVID

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s former Supreme Court chief justice has tested positive for COVID-19, court officials said Thursday. Gerald VandeWalle, who turns 87 this month, is currently receiving medical treatment, court administrator Sally Holewa said in a statement. “I can’t ...

Initiative to prevent children from entering foster care

BISMARCK – About 1,600 North Dakota children and youth are in foster care on a given day. To reduce those numbers, the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Children and Family Services Division and its partners have expanded Family Centered Engagement meetings statewide. This ...

Noem uses COVID-19 restrictions elsewhere to lure business

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem is using COVID-19 restrictions in other states to lure businesses to relocate to South Dakota. In an online ad, Noem tells business owners to “grow their company” in South Dakota where government will stay out of their way. "When it comes to ...

Fargo company conducting COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials

FARGO (AP) — A medical research company in Fargo will conduct two clinical trials that could lead to a vaccine for COVID-19. Lillestol Research is among several facilities across the nation participating in “Operation Warp Speed,” the federal government’s plan to provide 300 million ...

Mayor of ND’s largest city backing blues festival

FARGO (AP) — The mayor of the city that was once the hot spot for the coronavirus in North Dakota is supporting an annual outdoor music festival set to go on as planned this weekend. The 25th Fargo Blues Festival is scheduled Friday and Saturday at Newman Outdoor Field, where officials have ...

Two pedestrians struck while crossing street in Fargo

FARGO (AP) — A driver has been cited after hitting two people attempting to cross the street in Fargo, according to police. The man and woman were taken to the hospital, but the extent of their injuries isn't known. The two were struck in the crosswalk about 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Police say the ...

Bismarck mayor urges wearing masks as coronavirus cases rise

BISMARCK (AP) — The mayor of North Dakota’s capital city on Tuesday appealed to residents to wear masks as the number of confirmed new coronavirus cases in the metropolitan area topped 1,000 and the number of active cases statewide hit a new high. “We can only beat this virus if we are ...

Business leaders say economy still improving after reopening

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economy continues to recover in nine Midwest and Plains states, but businesses are still cutting jobs amid the ongoing impact of the coronavirus outbreak, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Monday. The overall index for the region improved to ...

North Dakota inmates help fill demand for masks in pandemic

JAMESTOWN (AP) — Incarcerated individuals employed by an North Dakota agency are making masks and other items that are used to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Rough Rider Industries workers at the James River Correctional Center in Jamestown have made about 57,000 masks as of June. Rick ...

Agencies co-host ADA presentation

BISMARCK – In recognition of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Vocational Rehabilitation Division and Options Resource Center for Independent Living are co-hosting a one-hour, pre-recorded, online presentation on ...

Pandemic exacerbates rural EMS struggles

By SYDNEY HOOVER ND Newspaper Association Sarah Vaith said she never knows for sure what she’s walking into on a call with the Michigan Area Ambulance Service in northeastern North Dakota. Before they are sent out on a call, the first responders in her squad receive information from ...