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North Dakota News

Oil producer files bankruptcy amid virus, low prices

BISMARCK (AP) — One of North Dakota's largest oil producers filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, citing the coronavirus on top of plunging oil prices. While Whiting Oil was filing for Chapter 11 protection, state leaders were looking at an expected $1.2 billion in aid from the federal bailout ...

Child neglect charges in drunken driving crash in Mandan

MANDAN (AP) — A Mandan man is facing criminal charges after police say he crashed his vehicle while heavily intoxicated with his young son inside. Tarrell Littlebear, 36, is charged with felony child neglect. Police say he was found standing outside the vehicle last Saturday after it got ...

Authorities put down wild mountain lion in West Fargo

WEST FARGO (AP) — Authorities on Tuesday put down a wild mountain lion that was near an elementary school in West Fargo. Police responded around 9:30 a.m. after the mountain lion was sighted. Officers arrived and found the mountain lion in a tree line near Rendezvous Park next to Aurora ...

North Dakota governor requests COVID-19 disaster declaration

BISMARCK (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum said Sunday he has requested a major presidential disaster declaration as the number of coronavirus cases in North Dakota approaches 100. As of Sunday, the state reports 98 positive cases from state and private labs, up from 94 the previous day. One death ...

Students serve up cappuccinos, mochas at school coffee shop

MANDAN (AP) — A minute after the bell rang at 9:05 a.m. on a recent Friday, a line had formed by the main entrance to Mandan High School. One by one, students approached some of their peers, placing orders for hot chocolate, mochas and caramel macchiatos, to name a few of the drinks offered ...

Judge orders environmental review of Dakota Access pipeline

FARGO (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full environmental review of the Dakota Access pipeline, nearly three years after it began carrying oil despite protests by people who gathered in North Dakota for more than a year. U.S. District ...

North Dakota reviving waivers that extend idle well duration

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota regulators are planning to revive a policy amid the coronavirus pandemic that allows oil producers to receive waivers so that a well can remain inactive for more than a year. The state Oil and Gas Division will sort out details after state regulators on Tuesday ...

Favorable flood forecast gives relief to Fargo-Moorhead area

FARGO (AP) — While leaders in Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota, have been taking steps to limit the coronavirus, it appears they won’t have to deal with a significant flood on top of the pandemic. Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney said that a near-perfect snowmelt in the last couple of weeks and ...

North Dakota juvenile court program looks to improve

BISMARCK (AP) — One year into a new North Dakota court program, collaborators say its areas of focus have become clearer for better serving youth and families involved in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems and for reducing referrals to juvenile court. North Dakota's Dual ...

Dem-NPL virtual convention delegates endorse six

BISMARCK — Through virtual voting, the Democratic-NPL Party has endorsed six candidates for statewide office as well as several party positions, including national committeewoman and committeeman. Ten days ago, the Dem-NPL announced the state party would cancel its in-person convention as ...

North Dakota has 2 more COVID-19 positives; 30 cases total

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota officials reported two additional cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the state's total to 30. Four of those people are hospitalized, the Department of Health said. The new cases are a woman in her 30s from Burleigh County who picked it up through travel and a ...

Senior meal providers seek alternate plans

BISMARCK – North Dakota senior nutrition service providers have cancelled dine-in meals to protect vulnerable individuals from the coronavirus. Providers will be offering alternatives such as take out, home delivered and frozen meal options. They will continue to provide home-delivered meals ...

North Dakota juvenile court program looks to improve

BISMARCK (AP) — One year into a new North Dakota court program, collaborators say its areas of focus have become clearer for better serving youth and families involved in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems and for reducing referrals to juvenile court. North Dakota's Dual ...

Burgum closes bars, restaurants; cases rise to 19

FARGO (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said Thursday he'll be keeping people out of bars, restaurants, health clubs, movie theaters and other large-scale venues, although he will allow offsite food and beverage service and encouraged other businesses to find new ways to serve customers ...

GNDC to hold ND transportation forum

BISMARCK – The Greater North Dakota Chamber will hold the first North Dakota Transportation Forum on May 13 in Bismarck at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center. This day-long event dives deeper into how transportation and associated policies impact all industries. National and regional ...

Insurance commissioner urges insurers to cover Coronavirus testing

BISMARCK – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread on Wednesday issued a bulletin Wednesday to all North Dakota health and travel insurance companies, urging them to waive cost sharing requirements for the testing of COVID-19 and encouraging health insurance companies to review other operations ...

Health Dept. confirms UND student does not have COVID-19

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Health Department has confirmed a University of North Dakota student does not have COVID-19. “The test was negative,” said Nicole Peske, public information officer for the N.D. Health Department. The student was tested for the possibility of COVID-19, also ...

Oil price crash impacts ND

BISMARCK – A more than 20% drop in oil prices over the weekend will mean adjustments for state budget forecasters, according to Lynn Helms, director of North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources. The price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil was down as much as a 34%, one of the largest ...

North Dakota Dems report big turnout

FARGO (AP) — Democrats got the turnout surge they wanted Tuesday during North Dakota's revamped caucuses — so much so that the state party put out an urgent call for volunteers at its largest site in Fargo and allowed voters lined up there and in Grand Forks to cast ballots even after polls ...

Commission votes to accept federal funds for COVID-19 response

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Emergency Commission voted on Tuesday to accept up to $6 million in federal funds to contain and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19. Congress passed and President Trump signed legislation last week appropriating $8.3 billion for COVID-19 ...