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North Dakota News

Senate fails to hold oil executives responsible for damage

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Senate has rejected a bill that would have allowed the state to hold liable any corporate officer responsible for oil- and gas-related violations. The North Dakota Petroleum Council and the Greater North Dakota Chamber had lobbied against the bill, saying it ...

Charges filed after boy found outdoors in cold

BISMARCK (AP) — A Mandan couple is charged with child endangerment after their 4-year-old son, dressed in pajamas, was found outdoors in freezing temperatures. A caller told police the child was visibly shaking when found three-tenths of a mile from his home Saturday morning without shoes ...

Hospitalizations fall as state fixes computer glitch

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota health officials on Wednesday reported a dramatic drop in hospitalizations because of the coronavirus, due mostly to finding and fixing a computer glitch. The state Department of Health said in a release that the adjustment was made after officials resolved a ...

Bill requires some Legacy Fund investments to be in state

BISMARCK (AP) — Some lawmakers want a broader investment policy for North Dakota’s oil tax savings account to help finance projects in the state. The legislation unveiled Tuesday by Republican lawmakers would tap 20% of the money coming into the Legacy Fund primarily for investments within ...

Man accused of damaging senator’s office faces federal count

FARGO (AP) — A man accused of using an ax to smash windows at the entrance of Republican North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven’s office in downtown Fargo appeared in federal court Tuesday after prosecutors released a one-page indictment against him. Thomas Starks is charged with injury or ...

ND senator tests positive for coronavirus

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Sen. Terry Wanzek says he has contracted COVID-19. The 63-year-old Jamestown senator says he took a rapid test Monday and immediately left the Capitol after a test-taker told him about the positive results. Wanzek says he doesn't believe he has any close ...

ND GOP to scrub ambitious $1.1B bonding proposal

BISMARCK (AP) — A massive $1.1 billion bonding package aimed largely at financing infrastructure projects across North Dakota is being withdrawn and will be replaced by a far less costly proposal, Republican legislative leaders said Monday. Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, who unveiled ...

North Dakota sees no COVID-19 deaths for 5th time this month

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's rate of positive examinations for COVID-19 remained low in Monday's daily update, which included its usual sparse amount of processed tests from the weekend. The list included 69 new cases from 2,194 tests, a positivity rate of 3.63%. The COVID Tracking Project ...

Bill would bar North Dakota businesses from refusing cash

BISMARCK (AP) — A Republican North Dakota lawmaker wants to prohibit businesses from banning cash as a payment, saying cashless transactions create economic barriers for some residents. Rep. Ben Koppelman introduced HB 1299 this week with GOP lawmakers in both chambers signing on as ...

ND entering 2nd phase of vaccine groups

BISMARCK (AP) — The elderly and people with underlying health conditions in North Dakota are beginning to receive their first COVID-19 vaccine doses as the state enters the second phase of vaccine priority groups, health officials said. Sanford Health Bismarck on Thursday began vaccinating ...

ND revenue report shows rough start, strong finish

BISMARCK (AP) — A budget analyst told North Dakota lawmakers Tuesday that the state will likely see “rough sailing” early in the year but there’s reason for optimism in the long run. In his revenue forecast to the House and Senate appropriations committees, Curtis Smith of IHS Markit ...

ND reports 1st deaths due to COVID-19 in 4 days

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota health officials reported their first deaths due to the coronavirus in four days, with three fatalities confirmed in Tuesday's update. A total of 1,355 people have died since the start of the pandemic. Data compiled Monday by The COVID Tracking Project showed ...

Paycheck Protection Program begins to re-open

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program loan portal Monday. SBA is addressing potential access to capital barriers by initially granting PPP access exclusively to community financial ...

Mothers push for reform of ‘antiquated’ breastfeeding law

BISMARCK (AP) — Some mothers are again pushing for the removal of what they describe as outdated language in state law governing breastfeeding in North Dakota. Under current law, women may breastfeed in public “in a discreet and modest manner.” A bill scheduled for a hearing in the state ...

ND reports 3rd straight day with no virus deaths

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program loan portal Monday. SBA is addressing potential access to capital barriers by initially granting PPP access exclusively to community financial ...

8 arrested in Minnesota protest over Line 3 pipeline project

HILL CITY, Minn. (AP) — Eight people were arrested in a protest to oppose construction of the Enbridge Energy Line 3 oil pipeline replacement in northern Minnesota, authorities said. More than 150 people gathered in Aitken County on Saturday to protest the project, the Northern Lights Task ...

Legislation aims to tighten North Dakota seat belt law

BISMARCK (AP) — A bipartisan group of lawmakers want to tighten North Dakota's seat belt law to allow police to pull over anyone they see driving unbuckled — or any of their passengers. It's the latest and the most stringent in a decades-old and contentious effort to encourage more seat ...

North Dakota sees no new deaths due to COVID-19 for 2nd day

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota health officials on Sunday said the state's COVID-19 update listed no deaths for a second straight day and showed another drop in hospitalizations. The number of people requiring care in medical facilities has decreased by 13 in the last two days, to 72. Ten ...

Prison business wants to sell products to state employees

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota is considering whether to allow the state’s 16,000 employees to buy products made by people incarcerated in the state prison system. Inmates produce everything from garbage bags to mattresses to barbecue grills for sale to government and tribal entities and ...

Legislation allows extra-long semis on ND roads

BISMARCK (AP) — Supporters of a bill that would allow extra-long semis on North Dakota roadways say it addresses a growing need to move cargo, given the increase in e-commerce and a shortage of truck drivers. But, opponents of the so-called “road train” legislation fear it would increase ...