North Dakota News

Spill revelation raises questions about North Dakota system

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Health Department’s acknowledgment this week that a 2015 pipeline leak of liquid natural gas is hundreds of thousands of gallons larger than reported raises questions about how many other spills and leaks are underreported — and state officials were not ...

CEO: Refinery by Roosevelt National Park 1 year behind plan

BISMARCK (AP) — Lawsuits from environmentalists and landowners have made investors skittish and delayed progress another year on the proposed $800 million oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota, the developer's top executive said. Meridian wants to build ...

Body found near Dickinson State practice fields

DICKINSON (AP) — Officials at Dickinson State University say a student was walking to campus after football practice when he discovered a body near the university's practice fields. The body was discovered shortly before 5 p.m. Monday near the large, grassy fields that lie between the ...

Brine incident reported in Williams County

BISMARCK – About 280 barrels of brine were released in a fire reported at a well site near Alamo Saturday, according to the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division. The fire occurred at the Schilke 24-21-1H well, about five miles east of Alamo. Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation reported Sunday that ...

Man charged in Mandan Walmart stabbing

MANDAN (AP) — A man accused of using a needle nose pliers to stab a person outside a Walmart store in Mandan is facing felony charges. Twenty-four-year-old Hilario Flores is charged with aggravated assault with a weapon and terrorizing. Flores is accused of stabbing a vendor inside the store ...

Bismarck medical marijuana dispensary opens

BISMARCK (AP) — The first medical marijuana dispensary in central North Dakota is open for business. About 15 people visited the dispensary during the first hour it opened in Bismarck Tuesday. Erin Olander, 34, of Hazen, said she wanted to be one of the first customers of Harvest of ...

Burgum, backers want Roosevelt library in national park

BISMARCK (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum and other backers of the proposed presidential library for Theodore Roosevelt are pushing to build the facility within the boundaries of the former president's namesake national park in North Dakota's badlands. They appear to have little choice: The adjacent ...

New provision in effect for anhydrous mobile storage containers

BISMARCK —- A new law that creates a licensing provision for anhydrous ammonia mobile storage containers went into effect on Aug. 1. A mobile storage container is defined as a U.S. Department of Transportation class MC-331 cargo tank, or an American Society of Mechanical Engineers ...

Police searching for suspect in Mandan Walmart stabbing

MANDAN (AP) — Authorities are searching for a man who stabbed a vendor inside a Mandan Walmart. Police got a call about the knife assault just before noon Friday and arrived within minutes. The store was evacuated and closed. Police say the vendor was approached by a man he did not know. ...

Fargo firefighters rescue woman from Red River

FARGO (AP) — Fargo firefighters have rescued a woman from the Red River. Firefighters responded Saturday afternoon to a report of a woman who was in the river and could not climb the steep shore. She was found about 75 yards downstream from where she entered the water, and was about 25 yards ...

Fourth marijuana dispensary to open in Bismarck

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s fourth medical marijuana is expected to open next week. State officials say Harvest will open Tuesday in Bismarck. KFGO reports the North Dakota Department of Health has issued more than 900 cards to qualifying patients. Dispensaries are already open in ...

Man dies after semi splits his car in half in North Dakota

OXBOW (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a man is dead after a semi pulling a baler sheared his car in half. Authorities say 38-year-old Christopher Bauer of Puposky, Minnesota, was driving a Chevrolet Malibu on a county road south of Oxbow on Friday afternoon when he drove off the ...

Man accused of killing 4 pleads not guilty

MANDAN (AP) — A man accused of killing four people at a North Dakota property management company waived a preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty to murder charges. Chad Isaak’s waiver and plea was signed Friday by South Central District Judge Gail Hagerty. Isaak, a 45-year-old ...

Opponents of refinery location take case to Supreme Court

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two environmental groups who say North Dakota regulators should have intervened in the location of an oil refinery near the state’s top tourist attraction, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, are taking their case to the state Supreme Court. The Public Service ...

Governor, Senate leaders choose voter-approved ethics panel

BISMARCK (AP) — A retired judge, a lawyer, a former mayor of a North Dakota oil boom town, a retired military general and a tribal college president were selected Thursday by Republican Gov. Doug Burgum and Senate leaders to sit on the state’s voter-approved ethics commission. Burgum, ...

Pronghorn applications due Wednesday

The deadline to apply for the 2019 pronghorn hunting season is Aug. 7. Applicants can apply online by visiting the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov, or by calling 800-406-6409. A total of 1,330 licenses are available in 12 open units – 1A, 1D, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4C, ...

Appeals court sides with farm equipment makers

BISMARCK (AP) — A federal appeals court has affirmed a decision by a North Dakota judge who blocked a state law meant to protect farm equipment dealers. Four major manufacturers of farm implements filed a lawsuit two years ago challenging the law that permits North Dakota implement dealers ...

Burgum directs flags flown at half-staff

BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Thursday and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, as a mark of solemn respect for the victims of this weekend’s ...

Remaining deer gun licenses available Aug. 8

More than 3,000 antlerless deer gun licenses are still available in 12 units after the North Dakota Game and Fish Department recently completed its second lottery drawing. Antlerless licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8 a.m. Central Time on Aug. 8. ...

Then and now: The political sea changes that built North Dakota’s prisons

By Sam Easter North Dakota Newspaper Association Editor’s note: This series, sponsored by the North Dakota Newspaper Association and the Grand Forks Herald, aims to answer questions at the difficult intersection between budget crunches, criminal justice and the well-being of North ...