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North Dakota News

Basin Electric has solar purchase agreement with Geronimo

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A power cooperative based in Bismarck plans to buy solar generation on a large scale for the first time. Basin Electric Power Cooperative announced a power purchase agreement with Geronimo Energy, which is the developer of the Wild Spring Solar Project. The farm with a ...

North Dakota regulators OK expanded Dakota Access pipeline

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota regulators on Wednesday unanimously approved expanded capacity for the Dakota Access pipeline, saying they believed the project had met exhaustive state and federal requirements. The 3-0 vote by the all-Republican Public Service Commission came after the body ...

100 people killed in North Dakota traffic crashes in 2019

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota transportation officials say the final number is in on traffic fatalities last year. The state Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol say a total of 100 people were killed on North Dakota roadways in 2019. That's a decrease of five fatalities compared to ...

Staunch Trump ally Armstrong aims to tackle practical issues

FARGO (AP) — A freshman congressman from North Dakota who spent much of his first term defending President Donald Trump during impeachment hearings said Monday he wants to return to Washington and begin working on practical issues. Republican Rep. Kelly Armstrong, the first lawmaker to be ...

2 injured in Grand Forks apartment fire

GRAND FORKS (AP) — Two people are hurt and a number of people are displaced after a fire breaks out at a Grand Forks apartment building. KVRR reports the two injured were taken to Altru Hospital. Their conditions are not known. Firefighters got the call to the 18-unit building about 2:30 ...

Study board to discuss Souris River management

The International Souris River Study Board invites the public to a presentation Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center. Meet Canadian and U.S. study members and learn about the study’s progress to reduce the risks of flooding and water supply issues in the ...

Williston woman injured in crash following police chase

KILLDEER – A 20-year-old Williston woman sustained serious injuries when her vehicle failed to negotiate a curve north of Killdeer Saturday during a high-speed chase with tribal police. Miranda Holm was transported by ambulance to a Dickinson hospital. Holm was driving a Ford Fusion, ...

Cramer joins delegation to Munich Security Conference

MUNICH, Germany – U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-ND, joined a delegation led by Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, to the Munich Security Conference on Saturday. The delegation included four senators and two representatives, who met with key leaders, ...

State seeks input on community development, housing needs

The State of North Dakota is conducting regional public hearing meetings to receive input on community development and housing needs to develop its 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and 2020 Action Plan. The five-year plan will guide how Community Development Block Grant funds are allocated. A ...

Blizzard closes schools in ND, Minn., strands storm chasers

FARGO (AP) — Forecasters have posted a blizzard warning for the eastern Dakotas and western Minnesota as snow, strong winds and plunging temperatures move in. The storm is creating difficult travel conditions early Wednesday with a large number of schools canceling classes, including North ...

Fargo mail carrier helps disoriented woman in blizzard

FARGO (AP) — A Fargo mail carrier is credited with helping an elderly woman in a potentially life-threatening situation. Fargo Postmaster Greg Johnson says letter carrier Michael Sorum was out delivering mail in blizzard-like conditions Wednesday when he encountered the disoriented woman ...

North Dakota seeks payment for unpaid gas royalties

BISMARCK (AP) — A North Dakota agency is seeking millions of dollars in payments for unpaid natural gas royalties from companies operating in the state's oil patch, following a state Supreme Court ruling. The Department of Trust Lands told operators in a letter this week that they must pay ...

ND, tribes reach settlement over voter ID lawsuit

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota reached a proposed settlement agreement Thursday with American Indians who sued over the state’s voter ID laws requiring residents to provide a street address, arguing they are a form of voter suppression. A merican Indians argue that such addresses are not ...

Blast of arctic air returns to North Dakota

BISMARCK (AP) — Forecasters are expecting a blast of arctic air this week will return bitter cold and near blizzard conditions to North Dakota. The National Weather Service predicts wind chills could dip to near 40 degrees below zero to the north this morning. The high temperature in ...

North Dakota seeking to pardon more low-level pot offenders

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Pardon Advisory Board is seeking more applicants under its new policy wiping criminal records clean for people with low-level marijuana convictions. Republican Gov. Doug Burgum pardoned 16 qualified offenders in January under the marijuana policy adopted last ...

Producers should start Farm Bill enrollment

Enrollment deadline for 2019 crop year is March 16 There are several reasons producers should visit their Farm Service Agency (FSA) office now to enroll in the Agriculture Risk Loss (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program, said Andrew Swenson, North Dakota State University Extension farm ...

Man in traffic stop dies after fighting with Mandan police

MANDAN (AP) — A 36-year-old man has died after fighting with two Mandan police officers following a traffic stop, police said Sunday. Police made the stop in Mandan around 5 p.m. Saturday. After talking to the driver, an officer called for a second officer as backup. The man, from Mandan, ...

Programs planned at interpretive center

WILLISTON – Several events are planned this month at the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center near Williston. All events are free and open to the public. All times are Central time. – Feb. 14-15: Confluence Sewing and Quilting, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. It is for all experience levels. ...

North Dakota Democrats promise smooth, low-tech caucus

BISMARCK (AP) — The technical difficulties and reporting delays that plagued Iowa's closely watched caucuses raised questions about other states that use the caucus system to indicate presidential preference — including North Dakota. But Democrats here say their March 10 caucuses don't use ...

North Dakota crime bureau loses K-9 agent

FARGO (AP) — The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation has lost its K-9 agent after just two months on the job. The 2-year-old yellow Labrador named Hex collapsed and died last week in Fargo after helping his handler serve a search warrant. The Bismarck Tribune reports that at a ...