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North Dakota News

Group wants changes to North Dakota’s initiative process

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A group submitted a proposed ballot measure Tuesday that aims to raise the approval threshold for changing the North Dakota Constitution through the state’s citizen-initiative process. The citizen-led Protect North Dakota’s Constitution wants to change voter ...

Matriarch in fight against Dakota Access Pipeline has died

BISMARCK (AP) — LaDonna Allard, a woman considered a matriarch in the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline, has died at age 64. An online obituary says Allard died April 10 in Fort Yates where she lived. Allard founded the first Dakota Access pipeline protest camp in March 2016. It grew ...

Several contentious measures await Gov. Burgum’s review

BISMARCK (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum will be faced with some politically tricky legislation once North Dakota lawmakers finish their work on several unsettled measures and budget bills as the Legislature enters its final weeks. Conference committees rule at the state Capitol this week, as ...

Motorcyclist killed in crash near Mandan

BISMARCK (AP) — A motorcyclist has been killed after colliding with a car near Mandan, North Dakota on Friday. A man driving a Ford Taurus was turning left and crossing the motorcycle's lane of traffic on the Memorial Highway, where the collision occurred. The motorcyclist, Theodore ...

North Dakota reports 48 virus cases

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota reported 48 people had tested positive for the coronavirus Sunday, bringing the statewide total for active cases to 1,111. The average number of cases has been on the rise in recent weeks. Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases has ...

Legislature OKs slimmed down infrastructure bonding bill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Senate lawmakers said Friday they are looking to restore hundreds of millions of dollars cut from an approved landmark bonding package aimed largely at financing infrastructure projects across the state. The original bonding package sought $1.1 billion, but the House ...

Judge orders delay amid debate over Dakota Access pipeline

BISMARCK (AP) — A judge on Friday delayed a decision on whether the Dakota Access Oil pipeline should be shut down while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts an environmental review on the project, after lawyers for the pipeline asked for more time to outline the effects of recent ...

Burgum declares statewide disaster as dry conditions worsen

BISMARCK (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum has declared a statewide drought disaster as extremely dry conditions continue to spread in North Dakota. Drought conditions now encompass nearly three-fourths of the state, up from about half just a week ago. Burgum's order says the state is experiencing ...

Gov. Burgum signing Legacy Fund investment bill

BISMARCK (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum is signing a bill Thursday that's aimed at creating a broader investment policy for the state’s voter-approved oil tax savings account. The bill which has overwhelming legislative support sets targets for investing a greater portion of the Legacy Fund ...

Four years in prison for man in bank fraud, stolen cattle case

BISMARCK (AP) — A Mandan man will serve four years in federal prison for bank fraud and transporting stolen livestock across state lines. Kelly Glatt took out a $1.5 million loan to purchase cattle and supplies, but took steps to hide collateral and assets from the bank involved, according ...

State to get $14.6 M for vaccination efforts

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota will receive more than $14.6 million in federal aid to expand access to coronavirus vaccine, particularly among minorities. The funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is part of $3 billion being distributed across the country for ...

ND health officials report 37 more confirmed COVID-19 cases

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota health officials have confirmed nearly 40 more COVID-19 cases in the state. The state health department announced Sunday they've confirmed 37 more cases, bringing the total number of cases in the state since the pandemic began to 96,991. The death toll remains at ...

2 years later no motive established in slaying of four

MANDAN (AP) — A motive still has not been established two years after four people were found fatally shot and stabbed at a Mandan property management company and their accused killer moves toward his trial date, police said. RJR Maintenance & Management co-owner Robert Fakler, 52, and ...

Burgum vetoes bill that would let lawmakers act earlier

BISMARCK (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum vetoed a bill Thursday that would allow the Legislature to meet and act on legislation shortly before a session starts in January. Burgum, a Republican, explained that that he thinks the bill is an attempt to circumvent the state constitution and “could ...

$3 million winning Mega Millions ticket sold in Fargo

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Lottery says someone holding a Mega Millions ticket is a $3 million winner. The lottery says the ticket matched all five white balls in Tuesday night's drawing and because the player added the Megaplier feature for a dollar more, the $1 million prize ...

North Dakota fire injures firefighter, causes utility damage

BISMARCK (AP) — Strong winds and drought conditions fueled a wildfire in western North Dakota, injuring a firefighter and some livestock and damaging utility infrastructure. Officials say the fire has burned about 1 square mile north of Richardton in Stark County. Richardton Fire Chief Jason ...

Charges filed in fatal crash attributed to distracted driver

BISMARCK (AP) — A Bismarck man has been charged with manslaughter after a fatal interstate crash that prosecutors have attributed to distracted driving. A North Dakota Highway Patrol affidavit says 24-year-old Timothy McLaughlin was driving a commercial truck on Interstate 94 last July when ...

Budget battles remain as end of North Dakota’s session nears

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers wrestling with where mountains of money will be spent in the biggest proposed budget in state history agree on one thing as the legislative session draws to a close: The hard part has just begun. Lawmakers always fight over money and this year it is ...

North Dakota House approves Ten Commandments school bill

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican-led House overwhelmingly endorsed legislation Tuesday that’s aimed at shielding schools and teachers from lawsuits arising from posting the Ten Commandments in classrooms. The 76-16 vote came despite warnings from attorneys and school officials ...

North Dakota State head defends ties with Planned Parenthood

BISMARCK (AP) — The president of North Dakota State University said Tuesday that he won’t bow to political pressure or proposed sanctions against the school for having ties to Planned Parenthood. “It’s a matter of academic freedom,” University President Dean Bresciani told The ...