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North Dakota News

Burgum asks for federal help in dealing with storm damage

BISMARCK (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum has requested federal help for counties dealing with recent storms that caused more than $2 million in damage to roads and other infrastructure. The storms during the second week of June produced tornadoes and up to baseball-sized hail, caused flooding and ...

3 North Dakota oil well fires extinguished after 16 days

WATFORD CITY (AP) — Authorities say fires involving three oil wells in McKenzie County were brought under control over the weekend after they had burned for 16 days. Crews put out the fire at the first well northeast of Watford City last Tuesday and extinguished the final well on Saturday, ...

North Dakota Guard soldiers returning from Washington

BISMARCK (AP) — Members of a Bismarck-based North Dakota Army National Guard unit who were called to active duty in Washington, D.C. late last year have begun returning home. Seventy soldiers with Company C, 2nd Battalion of the 285th Aviation Regiment were deployed last November to the the ...

15 cars of BNSF coal train derail near Bismarck

BISMARCK (AP) — Around 15 cars of a BNSF coal train derailed south of Bismarck. Bismarck Police, the Burleigh County Sheriff's Department and Bismarck Fire Department were called out around 3:15 p.m. Sunday for the derailment near Hemlock Street. There were no reports of injuries. BNSF ...

Complaint challenges new law on unpaid oil and gas royalties

FARGO (AP) — A complaint filed on behalf of a North Dakota agency challenges a new state law promoted by the energy industry on limiting the collection of oil and gas royalties, a move that could potentially turn into a wrestling match among branches of state government. The measure that ...

North Dakota turns vaccination campaign toward children

FARGO (AP) — The North Dakota Health Department on Friday continued its campaign to promote the safety and necessity of COVID-19 vaccinations, this time focusing on getting shots for children before school resumes this fall. North Dakota has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country ...

Air Force unmanned aircraft crashes near Gilby; no injuries

GILBY (AP) — An unmanned and remotely piloted U.S. Air Force aircraft crashed in a rural field near Gilby on Friday morning as it was returning to the Grand Forks Air Force Base. Authorities say the Air Force RQ-4 Block 40 Global Hawk crashed at about 7 a.m. There were no people on board ...

More oil shipped as Dakota Access Pipeline expansion starts

BISMARCK (AP) — More oil is being shipped through the Dakota Access Pipeline to the dismay of opponents who say the line expansion should not have gone into service before an environmental study has been completed. Energy Transfer executives said during a quarterly earnings call this week ...

New state division focuses on supporting early childhood

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Department of Human Services has launched a new division that focuses on early childhood. The Early Childhood Division will align programs and resources dealing with early childhood experience and child care, officials said. “Ninety-five percent of brain ...

Trial opens over gruesome killing of 4 in North Dakota

FARGO (AP) — An attorney for a man accused in the gruesome killings of four people at a North Dakota property management firm said Wednesday that the case amounts to a rush to judgment based on bad information that led to the wrong conclusion. A prosecutor, though, said every piece of the ...

Defendant and victim had rocky relationship

OKLEE, Minn. (AP) — Criminal charges against a northwestern Minnesota man allege he fatally stabbed his wife following numerous fights during a deteriorating relationship. Eric Reinbold, wanted on two counts of second-degree murder, remains on the run. The 44-year-old Oklee man is accused of ...

North Dakota ethanol producer explores more carbon storage

BISMARCK (AP) — An ethanol producer wants to figure out if the geology is right in eastern North Dakota to store carbon emissions underground, as is planned in the western part of the state. Midwest AgEnergy is hoping to build a system to capture the carbon dioxide emitted from its Dakota ...

Project promoted to pipe river water across North Dakota

BISMARCK (AP) — With North Dakota in the midst of a prolonged dry spell not seen in years, officials are promoting a decades-long idea of piping Missouri River water across the state to central and eastern North Dakota to combat future drought conditions there, especially in Fargo. A ...

ND man to stand trial in attack that killed 4

FARGO (AP) — It was one of the most gruesome mass killings in North Dakota history; four workers at a business who gathered early one morning for “coffee club” were slain in a matter of minutes. Three were shot and stabbed. The alleged killer shot nine times and flailed away with a knife, ...

Once a major drug dealer, Fargo man grateful for 2nd chance

FARGO (AP) — Shawn Gibree owns a thriving business in downtown Fargo. At one time, he was a methamphetamine supplier for one of the largest drug operations in the Red River Valley. “I tried it, and the next thing I know, I was full-blown, became one of the biggest meth dealers in North ...

Minnesota co-ops to vote on North Dakota power plant sale

BISMARCK (AP) — A Minnesota electric company that wants to sell its financially troubled coal-fueled power plant in North Dakota expects to know Friday if its member utility cooperatives will endorse the deal that includes purchasing electricity over the next decade from the factory’s ...

Oil well pad fire burning for 6 days in McKenzie County

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — The operator of an oil well pad where a fire has been burning since last week in McKenzie County has brought in a specialized emergency response crew to get a handle on the blaze. The well pad is located on federal land just south of Lake Sakakawea northeast of ...

Far right tugs at North Dakota Republican Party

BISMARCK (AP) — An effort to recall a Republican legislator largely over his vote to expel a fellow GOP lawmaker accused of sexually harassing women at the state Capitol is being viewed as a litmus test for party loyalty, the state GOP ’s new chairman said. The move to recall Rep. Dwight ...

SBPC receives AmeriCorps funding

BISMARCK – Souris Basin Planning Council, Minot, was awarded $138,550 in federal funds toward funding 17 AmeriCorps members to provide capacity building for local nonprofits, according to the North Dakota Department of Commerce. The federal funds awarded through the North Dakota State ...

GNDC to hold 10th annual policy summit

BISMARCK – The Greater North Dakota Chamber will hold its 10th Annual Policy Summit on Aug. 12 both virtually or in-person at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Bismarck. Panel topics and panelists are as follows: – “Is Constitutional Measure Reform Needed?” with moderator ...