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Teens drinking and smoking less, but more feel hopeless

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's high school students are drinking less and using less tobacco, but more young people are having extended periods of feeling sad or hopeless, according to results of a survey about their health behavior released Monday. State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said ...

ND county may become US’s 1st to bar new refugees

BISMARCK (AP) — Reuben Panchol was forced to leave war-torn Sudan decades ago as a child, embarking on an odyssey that eventually brought him to the American Midwest and left him eternally grateful to the country that took him in. "I am an American citizen, a North Dakotan," said Panchol, a ...

Public asked to comment on school ‘armed first responder’ program

BISMARCK – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler has asked North Dakotans to comment on proposed rules that will govern the state’s new Armed First Responder program. The law passed by the 2019 Legislature makes it possible for locally elected school boards to ...

Deadline approaching for N.D. Cowboy Hall of Fame nominations

MEDORA – The deadline is Saturday, Dec. 14, for nominations to the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame’s Hall of Honorees. Nominations will be accepted from active N.D. Cowboy Hall of Fame trustees in 10 categories: Cowboy Long Rider, Leaders of Ranching & Rodeo, Ranches, Ranching ...

Group begins process to legalize marijuana in North Dakota

BISMARCK (AP) — A group that wants to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota has submitted the required paperwork to the secretary of state to begin the approval process. Secretary of State Al Jaeger and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem have up to seven days to review the proposed ...

Burleigh County to hold special refugee resettlement meeting

BISMARCK (AP) — A North Dakota county will hold a special meeting next week to take comments on whether it should resettle additional refugees. Burleigh County commissioners postponed action on the matter at a meeting Monday after an overflow crowd showed up to address the issue. A recent ...

Williams County rejects landfill’s radioactive waste request

WILLISTON (AP) — The Williams County Commission has rejected a revised permit for a landfill that wants to become the first in North Dakota to dispose of radioactive oilfield waste after a state rule change. The commissioners made the decision at a meeting Tuesday, the Bismarck Tribune ...

Man injured when camper explodes near Wahpeton

WAHPETON (AP) — A man suffered serious injuries when his camper exploded in Richland County, according to sheriff’s officials. It happened about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday near Dwight, which is about 10 miles northwest of Wahpeton. Authorities say the victim was rushed to St. Francis Medical ...

Trial for man accused of killing 4 in North Dakota delayed

BISMARCK (AP) — The trial for a man accused of killing four people at a North Dakota property management company has been pushed back six months after attorneys requested more time to review evidence and prepare for the case. The trial for Chad Isaak will begin Sept 14. in Morton County. ...

Cass County opens arms to additional refugees

FARGO (AP) — Commissioners in one North Dakota county have voted to continue welcoming refugees to resettle in local communities, while another county has delayed a vote on the same issue. The Cass County Commission voted unanimously Monday to allow Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota ...

Wahpeton man charged in nephew’s death

WAHPETON (AP) — A Wahpeton man accused of killing his nephew is facing charges of negligent homicide. Court documents say 61-year-old James Bynaum and his 42-year-old nephew, Oscar Bynaum, got into a fight at their apartment last Friday in Wahpeton. Prosecutors say that during the fight, ...

Brigadier general named University of North Dakota president

By DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press A former brigadier general and retired dean at the Air Force Academy will be the next president at the University of North Dakota, the state Board of Higher Education announced Tuesday. Andrew Armacost served more than 30 years on active duty and spent 20 ...

Falling numbers hit wheat farmers hard

FARGO (AP) — It's been a tough year for farmers across the region: A wet spring delayed planting and a wet fall kept farmers from harvesting some crops like sugar beets and potatoes. Many farmers who grow wheat thought that might be the one crop to turn a profit this year. It had all the ...

DAKOTA DATEBOOK: Three Calvins and a Cook

by Merry Helm December 2, 2019 - North Dakota has had two different towns named Calvin. The first one, in Rolette County, consisted of a rural post office established October 23, 1899. The postmaster was named Ira Eisenhour, but his job was short lived. His post office order was rescinded ...

Belated bill to help solve indigenous cold cases gains steam

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A bill originally meant to help law enforcement investigate cold cases of murdered and missing indigenous women that has floundered in Congress for two years may have the missing ingredients to become law — money and muscle. The money comes from an appropriations ...

North Dakota commission OKs enhanced oil recovery project

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Industrial Commission has endorsed a project to test a process that injects natural gas underground to try to force more oil out of the state’s shale deposits. The three-member panel led Gov. Doug Burgum approved the “enhanced oil recovery” process ...

Police: Student had BB gun, marijuana in backpack

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A high school student in Fargo has been arrested after police say they found a BB gun and marijuana in the teen’s possession. Officials at Woodrow Wilson High School say a search was conducted Monday after a student reported a marijuana smell in a restroom. Surveillance ...

ND Supreme Court chief justice vote undecided

BISMARCK (AP) — There will be a runoff election for a new North Dakota Supreme Court chief justice. None of the three justices running to lead the state's high court received the majority votes necessary on Monday to clinch the position. Justices Lisa Fair McEvers and Jon Jensen were the ...

Robyn Krile sworn in as Lincoln police chief

BISMARCK (AP) — A 13-year police veteran has been sworn in as the chief of police in Lincoln. The Bismarck Tribune reports Robyn Krile was selected Thursday from a field of four candidates to fill the position. Krile had served as interim police chief in Lincoln since September, when ...

Dorgan’s new book revisits story of ‘Girl in the Photograph’

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Former Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan was enjoying the success of his fourth book, a critique of big-business greed, when he found the subject of his next book waiting right on his Facebook page. It was a message in 2016 from Tamara DeMaris, who first caught the North Dakota ...