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North Dakota News

Meridian given more time to begin refinery construction

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators have set another deadline for Meridian Energy Group to begin construction on its $1 billion oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park or risk losing its permit. Meridian's permit from the state Department of Environmental Quality was set ...

Survey: strong growth continues in rural parts of 10 states

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Strong growth continues across rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states and three states now have more jobs than they did before the coronavirus pandemic began, according to a monthly survey of bankers released Thursday. The overall Rural Mainstreet economic index ...

Consortium, loan announced for Fargo flood project

BISMARCK (AP) — A $2.75 billion project aimed at protecting Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota, from chronic flooding gained ground Friday with the acceptance of a massive federal loan and the pick of a international consortium to build a key piece. The public-private partnership that will build ...

ND’s 1Q taxable sales, purchases drop nearly 10%

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s taxable sales and purchases for the first quarter of 2021 fell nearly 10% over the same period the previous year. Taxable sales and purchases for January, February and March totaled $4.1 billion, a 9.9% decrease over the three-month span in 2020. Tax ...

Company opens first radioactive waste repository in ND

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's oil industry no longer has to ship all its radioactive waste out of state. A waste disposal facility in McKenzie County has started operating, and more sites could be on the way. Trucks have hauled nearly 100,000 tons of the radioactive material each year to ...

ND health officials warn of toxic blue-green algae

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's Health Department is warning residents to avoid blue-green algae that can develop in bodies of water. Hot summer weather contributes to the production of the algae that's also known as cyanobacteria. People and animals who ingest affected water can get sick and ...

Man skips niece’s wedding for Vegas, wins $367K in tourney

MANDAN, Wis. (AP) — A Mandan man skipped his niece's wedding for a Las Vegas poker tournament and came home $367,800 richer. Sixty-three--year-old Harlan Miller's niece, Macie, was set to get married in Montana last weekend. But Miller skipped the nuptials to participate in the Mid-Stakes ...

Flash floods, hail pound northwestern North Dakota

BISMARCK (AP) — Utility crews are working to restore power to hundreds of people in northwestern North Dakota and eastern Montana after a round of storms smacked the region with heavy rains, high winds and hail. Some areas received as much as four-and-a-half inches of rain. Williams County ...

Food insecurity worsens, even in America’s breadbasket

BISMARCK (AP) — As the sun set behind an overcast sky in early December, deepening the cold of the late afternoon, Jesse Rennich stood in line with about 30 others before an Adopt-a-Block food distribution drop at Tatley Place in south Bismarck. Dressed in jeans and wearing a hoodie under an ...

North Dakota lawmakers await guidance on coronavirus funds

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican legislative leaders are in no hurry to spend an additional $1 billion in federal coronavirus aid, despite grumbling from some lawmakers that the funds should be distributed sooner rather than later. Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner and Ray ...

Storms topple semitrailers on Interstate 29

FARGO (AP) — Storms packing heavy rain, hail and strong winds toppled three semitrailers on Interstate 29. The semis were blown over in Traill and Grand Forcks counties on Friday morning. North Dakota State Patrol Lt. Troy Hischer said all the rigs were northbound and ended up on their ...

North Dakota legislators face loss of clout during redistricting

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State Sen. Jerry Klein’s legislative district covers a section of North Dakota that's bigger than Connecticut. Democratic state Rep. Josh Boschee says he can walk the entire length of his Fargo district in less than a half hour. While both districts have roughly the ...

Police say nearly 250 arrested in Minnesota pipeline protest

FARGO (AP) — Nearly 250 people were arrested when protesters attempting to stop the final leg of the reconstruction of an oil pipeline across northwestern Minnesota took over a pump station, law enforcement officials said Wednesday. Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes said that 43 workers at ...

GOP-led panel to redraw North Dakota redistricting maps

BISMARCK (AP) — Republicans, who vastly outnumber Democrats in the Legislature, will lead a committee to redraw North Dakota’s legislative districts this year, a task that will influence the political balance of power for the next decade. A redistricting committee of 14 Republicans and two ...

Nearly $400K in Capitol improvements set to wrap up

BISMARCK (AP) — Nearly $400,000 worth of improvements to the state Capitol grounds are set to wrap up in weeks, including a work to nip pervasive smells from the governor’s residence kitchen. The Bismarck Tribune reported Monday that $230,000 in curb replacements around the Capitol mall ...

MDU Resources rejoins Fortune 500 after decade-long absence

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota-based MDU Resources Group Inc. has rejoined the Fortune 500 after a decade-long hiatus. The energy and construction company headquartered in Bismarck ranks No. 486 on the annual list of the country’s 500 largest publicly traded companies. MDU is the only North ...

Companies aim to build ‘clean hydrogen’ hub in North Dakota

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and energy industry officials announced Wednesday a plan to establish a hub for so-called clean hydrogen that someday could be used in everything from powering vehicles to energy generation. Burgum hailed the project as big part of the state’s ...

Virus failed to curb North Dakota’s appetite for gambling

BISMARCK (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic did not slow North Dakotans' appetite for gambling, with more than $881 million wagered on games of chance in fiscal 2020, a more than 50% increase from the year before, data compiled for The Associated Press shows. Even though games of chance at ...

Recent rain not enough for significant impact on drought

BISMARCK (AP) — Recent rain has been beneficial for North Dakota's drought conditions, but hasn't been enough to make a significant impact, according to this week's U.S. Drought Monitor map. It shows much of southwestern North Dakota has been downgraded from extreme drought to severe. ...

Critics of North Dakota law: Get asbestos health screening

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Labor unions and veterans groups are urging North Dakotans who may have been exposed to asbestos to get screened before a new law takes effect that will make it more difficult to sue. Backers of the law, which will bar people from suing over asbestos exposure unless ...