North Dakota News

11 US states added jobs in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring increased in 11 U.S. states in July, while the unemployment rate tumbled to record lows in two states. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates were relatively stable in most states. They fell in 15 states and rose in 23, but many of the changes were ...

Fargo man planning pro-white rally guarantees peaceful event

FARGO (AP) — A Fargo man planning a pro-white rally in his hometown said Friday that the demonstration won't be violent. Peter Tefft, who rallied with white nationalists at the Charlottesville, Virginia, march that resulted in one death and numerous injuries, is seeking a permit for a rally ...

Judge allows temporary drilling at ND well site

BISMARCK (AP) — A federal judge says drilling can temporarily resume at an oil site near a popular boat ramp at a North Dakota resort. The Three Affiliated Tribes had asked the federal government to halt drilling near at a ramp at the Van Hook Resort in New Town, arguing the site should be ...

Wisconsin officials act to help Northern Plains drought

BISMARCK (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is taking steps to make it easier for farmers in his state to help out their drought-stricken colleagues in the Northern Plains. Walker on Wednesday declared a 30-day "state of emergency" for the purpose of transporting loads of forage to North ...

Speeding car crashes into Bismarck house

BISMARCK (AP) — Bismarck police are looking for the driver of a vehicle that crashed into a house while traveling an estimated 90 mph on a city street. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the crash happened about 3 a.m. Sunday. The car crashed through an unoccupied bedroom and two bathrooms, ...

Bismarck man killed in head-on crash in Morton County

MANDAN (AP) — A 19-year-old Bismarck man is dead after a two-vehicle crash in Morton County. The Highway Patrol says Bray Harrison was driving a car that collided head-on with a pickup truck on state Highway 25 about 10 miles northwest of Mandan. The crash happened about 6:15 a.m. ...

Officials concerned with rise of gas flaring

BISMARCK (AP) — Natural gas flaring at the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in western North Dakota has increased for the third consecutive month, raising concerns with state officials. The capture of natural gas at well sites statewide was at 91 percent, but only at 79 percent on trust ...

Republican Campbell to challenge Sen. Heitkamp

FARGO (AP) — Republican state Sen. Tom Campbell said Wednesday he's running for the U.S. Senate seat held by North Dakota Democrat Heidi Heitkamp, citing President Donald Trump's popularity in the state as a selling point. Campbell, a potato farmer from Grafton, said he wants to partner with ...

10-year-old girl steals car, goes for joyride

BISMARCK (AP) — Bismarck police say a 10-year-old girl stole a car from the YMCA and took it for a joyride with her friends. Authorities say the girl took the keys from a cubby at the gym Monday evening and went for a drive, picking up three friends along the way before eventually hitting a ...

ND cattle, corn groups launch drought aid efforts

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's largest livestock group and its biggest corn organizations have launched efforts to help ranchers devastated by a summer of drought. The North Dakota Stockmen's Association and its foundation have established the Hope for the Heartland Drought Relief Fund. ...

DAPL developer granted hearing delay

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota regulators on Tuesday granted a request by the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline to postpone a public hearing on whether the company violated state rules, though not without dissent. Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak expressed frustration with ...

Alliance aims to advance North Dakota livestock industry

BISMARCK (AP) — Six commodity and farm groups in North Dakota have formed an alliance aimed at moving the state's livestock industry forward, but some people wonder about its potential impact on family farms. Organizers of the North Dakota Livestock Alliance say the nonprofit organization is ...

North Dakota school district seeks to build new school

PARSHALL (AP) — A school district in western North Dakota is looking to replace its elementary and high school buildings with a new K-12 school. A public vote is scheduled for Aug. 22 on a $5.4 million bond for the Parshall school district on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, The ...

Bismarck men’s emergency shelter looks to close its doors

BISMARCK (AP) — A Bismarck men's emergency shelter is planning to shut its doors and sell. Interim Executive Director Steve Neu confirmed last week that financial difficulties have led to the closure of the Ruth Meiers Hospitality House, The Bismarck Tribune reported . "It's a business ...

Former Bismarck securities agent facing criminal charges

FARGO (AP) — A former Bismarck securities and insurance agent accused of defrauding investors out of more than $3 million is facing criminal charges in federal court. The case against Kevin Wanner was unveiled in a civil matter a year ago when the government sought to freeze funds from the ...

Bismarck to take part in new behavioral health program

BISMARCK (AP) — Bismarck is expected to be one of four sites for a pilot program aimed to help people in the criminal justice system find addiction and behavioral health services. Although some resources exist, many offenders are falling through the cracks and going back to jail, The ...

Canadian man sentenced to 6 months for human smuggling ring

FARGO (AP) — A U.S. federal court has sentenced a Canadian man to six months in prison for his part in a human smuggling operation. Victory Omoruyi pleaded guilty in May to transport of illegal alien. Authorities say he helped move nine Nigerian citizens and asylum seekers to the Canadian ...

State gauging interest in medical marijuana lab testing

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota health officials are gauging interest among laboratories in the state in testing medical marijuana once a system is established for making it legally available to patients. The state Health Department is seeking non-binding letters of intent from laboratories by ...

Man leads deputies on chase with baby on board

GRAND FORKS, (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man who led them on a pursuit with a baby in his vehicle. Sheriff's deputies chased the man from Walsh County to Grand Forks Tuesday night. Officials did not say why they were pursing the vehicle. KFGO reports the 21-year-old man ditched the ...

ND governor asks for new federal help amid drought

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is seeking a presidential disaster declaration, saying the state is "the epicenter of drought for the nation" because of a rain-free summer. Burgum said in a statement Monday night that his request to President Donald Trump would be sent via the ...