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North Dakota News

New Standing Rock ferrets should help control prairie dogs

BISMARCK (AP) — The work of two wildlife management agencies has resulted in the release of 28 endangered black-footed ferrets on the South Dakota side of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, which straddles the Dakotas. The push behind the effort by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Game and ...

Court largely upholds North Dakota law regulating PBMs

BISMARCK (AP) — A federal appeals court has largely upheld a North Dakota law aimed at regulating companies that are hired to hold down prescription costs for insurers and employers. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday, reversing its earlier ...

Recall effort for GOP lawmaker halted due to redistricting

BISMARCK (AP) — An effort to recall a state Republican legislator can’t occur now that a new redistricting map has been approved, North Dakota’s top election official announced Thursday. Secretary of State Al Jaeger said he rescinded the petition to recall GOP Rep. Dwight Kiefert because ...

Minnesota man charged in killing of couple at Fargo factory

FARGO (AP) — A 35-year-old man with a long criminal record was charged Thursday with three counts of murder in the shooting deaths at a Fargo factory of a man and a woman who was eight months pregnant. Anthony Reese Jr., of Moorhead, Minnesota, is charged with killing 43-year-old Richard ...

Electronic land posting map should help hunters, landowners

BISMARCK (AP) — Hunters and landowners in North Dakota had a new tool at their disposal during the opening day of deer gun season on Friday. An electronic land posting map meant to keep people from hunting without permission is getting its first use in the field this fall. The law allows ...

3 plead not guilty to defrauding banks in Beulah, Glen Ullin

BISMARCK (AP) — A former bank president, his father and other man have pleaded not guilty to federal charges that accuse them of attempting to defraud banks in Beulah and Glen Ullin. Thirty-four-year-old Brady Torgerson is charged with bank fraud, misapplication of funds, making false ...

Burgum to deliver State of the State address at special session

BISMARCK – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum will deliver his State of the State address to a special session of the 67th Legislative Assembly at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the House chamber of the State Capitol in Bismarck. The address will be livestreamed on the Legislature’s website at ...

Burgum calls special session for redistricting, COVID aid

BISMARCK (AP) — Republican Gov. Doug Burgum on Friday called a fall special session to deal with a limited agenda that includes legislative redistricting and the approval of a spending plan for federal coronavirus relief aid. The Nov. 8 special session approved by the governor through an ...

ND college presidents to decide on vaccine mandate

FARGO (AP) — The North Dakota Board of Higher Education said Thursday that university presidents and system leaders should have the flexibility to decide what to do about President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The board voted to support the idea after a 90-minute discussion that ...

ND budget writers finish coronavirus spending plan

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature's budget writers agreed Thursday to spend nearly all of the $1.1 billion in federal coronavirus aid available to the state on initiatives ranging from infrastructure improvements and energy projects to workforce development and childcare ...

ND sees more options for oil field waste disposal

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's oil industry may soon have more options for disposing of radioactive waste. About 100,000 tons of radioactive oil field waste is produced in the state each year. Before a slurry well started operating near Watford City in April, all of that waste was trucked ...

Mandaree man sentenced in chase that ended at national park

BISMARCK (AP) — A Mandaree man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for leading state and federal authorities on a January chase that ended when he and a passenger abandoned a stolen vehicle in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The Bismarck Tribune reports a jury in May found Clancey ...

Former West Fargo teacher found guilty of luring by computer

FARGO (AP) — A former West Fargo teacher has been convicted of luring a minor by computer. Prosecutors say 59-year-old Ron Thompson believed he was communicating with a 14-year-old girl. KFGO reports West Fargo police received a tip from an out-of-state investigator on Jan. 28 that Thompson ...

North Dakota offers license refunds to 30,000 deer hunters

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota is offering license refunds to nearly 30,000 deer hunters due to an outbreak of a viral disease in the western part of the state. It’s the second straight year that the state’s Game and Fish Department is offering refunds to thousands of hunters. The ...

Judge sides with company in royalties dispute with state

BISMARCK (AP) — A judge has sided with a Houston-based energy company in a dispute with North Dakota involving oil and natural gas royalties, a decision that could affect several other drillers that allegedly owe the state millions of dollars in payments, the biggest portion of which is meant ...

Oil executive pleads guilty to securities fraud

WASHINGTON – A Dickinson man, formerly the executive vice president of U.S. operations at a publicly traded Canadian oil-services company, pleaded guilty Wednesday to perpetrating a scheme to fraudulently inflate the company’s reported revenue, resulting in shareholder losses in excess of ...

Burgum petition calling for support of tax relief plan

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is asking supporters to sign a petition endorsing his plan to use some of the state treasury's bulging surpluses to offset income taxes, an unorthodox move that is perceived as an end-run on a Legislature that has signaled no appetite for the ...

North Dakota BCI dogs trained to help with various cases

BISMARCK (AP) — Two of the newest agents of North Dakota's Bureau of Criminal Investigation have had their paws on dozens of cases. Since May 2020, K9s Jib and Jab have been deployed 88 times, resulting in 29 arrests and leading to the rescues of three sexually abused children, according to ...

North Dakota lawmakers to pitch uses for coronavirus funds

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers have scheduled six committee meetings for this month to consider adjustments to the state budget and discuss how to spend the state’s $1 billion in federal coronavirus aid. Gov. Doug Burgum on Thursday unveiled his own recommendations, pushing to ...

Governor: North Dakota hospital reaching critical capacity

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and health officials said Friday that hospital capacity is reaching critical levels and urged residents to take action to help ease the crisis. State officials are urging the public to take steps to help reduce hospitalizations, ranging from ...