North Dakota News

Bismarck high schooler creates website for mental health

BISMARCK (AP) — Rachel Roehrich created a website to help students navigate life in high school and connect them to mental health and addiction resources. The website was an idea generated by Roehrich, a sophomore at Century High School, and a small group of classmates in a leadership class ...

Mayday in May: Snow leads to travel alert in North Dakota

BISMARCK (AP) — Snow in May in North Dakota is not all that unusual — and not all that much fun for some. The North Dakota Department of Transportation on Saturday issued a travel alert for southwestern North Dakota for blowing snow. The DOT is reporting slippery road conditions and ...

ND’s 2nd medical marijuana dispensary set to open doors

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Health says the state’s second medical marijuana dispensary is set to open next week. The facility will be located in Grand Forks. Jason Wahl, director of the department’s Medical Marijuana Division, says the dispensary operated by We-Mend ...

Mother, toddler killed in Grand Forks County crash

MANVEL (AP) — Authorities have identified a woman and her young son who died when the vehicle she was driving veered off a Grand Forks County road and landed upside down in a river. The Highway Patrol says the crash happened about 3 p.m. Wednesday about three miles south of Manvel. Officials ...

Judge: No site permit needed for refinery near national park

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota judge has ruled that regulators properly refrained from getting involved in a dispute over the location of an $800 million oil refinery planned near Theodore Roosevelt National Park, sparing developers from a potentially lengthy delay in construction. The ...

ND State Radio director to retire

BISMARCK – Mike Lynk, director of North Dakota State Radio, has announced plans to retire on June 30, according to a news release from N.D. Department of Emergency Services. Mike Lynk was appointed director of State Radio on January 7, 2009. He previously served as a special agent with the ...

North Dakota Grain Growers withdrawing from national group

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Grain Growers Association is withdrawing from the National Association of Wheat Growers, saying it can find better uses for its money. "Considering North Dakota consistently paid some of the highest dues out of all the states represented by NAWG, we believe ...

Police: 5 shot, wounded in Philadelphia ambush by 3 teens

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say five men were shot and wounded, one critically, after being ambushed by three teenagers in north Philadelphia. Police said three males broke away from a group of 10 or 11 males walking down a street just before 5:30 p.m. Friday, and surveillance video ...

North Dakota to sue Washington state over oil train standard

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota is preparing to sue Washington state over a new Washington law requiring oil shipped by rail through that state to have more of its volatile gases removed, which supporters say would reduce the risk of explosive and potentially deadly derailments. North Dakota ...

Man charged with arson, murder in Mandaree house fire death

MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — Federal authorities have accused a man of deliberately setting a house fire that led to another person’s death on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. The Bismarck Tribune reports Donavan White Owl is charged in U.S. District Court with arson and murder in the April ...

Spring planting well behind average pace in North Dakota

FARGO (AP) — Spring planting in North Dakota continues to lag after a wet end to winter. The Agriculture Department in its weekly crop report says the seeding of all crops is behind or well behind the average pace. The state’s spring wheat crop is 13% planted, compared with 37% during a ...

Moose exhaustion death being investigated

DES LACS (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a moose in northern North Dakota and seeking the public’s help. The Berthold Police Department says the incident occurred near Des Lacs around Easter. Evidence at the scene indicates someone in an off-road utility vehicle chased ...

New law gives legislators power to block audits

BISMARCK (AP) — Audits of state agencies that often have turned up evidence of wrongdoing now must get the blessing of the Legislature before they may begin, a move the state auditor says will hurt his ability to perform independent reviews. Auditor Joshua Gallion, an elected Republican, ...

4 face charges in alleged riot at North Dakota youth prison

MANDAN (AP) — Authorities have charged four teenagers with multiple felonies in adult court for what they described at a riot last year at North Dakota's youth prison. The four are accused of assaulting staff while trying to escape on Jan. 28, 2018, from the Youth Correctional Center outside ...

LaMoure County crash kills 80-year-old Montpelier man

MONTPELIER (AP) — A two-vehicle crash in LaMoure County has killed an 80-year-old Montpelier man. The Highway Patrol says the man was driving a Jeep that was rear-ended by a pickup truck on state Highway 46 about 6:30 p.m. Monday. The Jeep rolled in the ditch 6 miles south of Montpelier, and ...

1 dead after stolen ND squad car crashes into semi

GRAND FORKS (AP) — Police say a man who stole a squad car to flee from arrest was killed when he crashed nearly head-on into a semitrailer on Interstate 29 in North Dakota. Authorities say officers making a welfare check on the man at a Grand Forks business on Monday afternoon tried to ...

Flooded North Dakota farmland unsuitable for intended crops

BISMARCK (AP) — Yellowstone River flooding in northwestern North Dakota this spring left at least 1,400 acres of farmland unsuitable for intended crops and also inundated several grain bins with stored crops. State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says efforts are being made to help ...

Judge sends suit over pipeline back to North Dakota court

BISMARCK (AP) — A federal judge has sent back to North Dakota state court a lawsuit alleging the environmental group Greenpeace conspired against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The two sides had agreed to the move, and U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland recently signed off on ...

New law gives legislators power to block audits

BISMARCK (AP) — Audits of state agencies that often have turned up evidence of wrongdoing now must get the blessing of the Legislature before they may begin, a move the state auditor says will hurt his ability to perform independent reviews. Auditor Joshua Gallion, an elected Republican, ...

Backers seek funds for North Dakota Teddy Roosevelt library

By BLAKE NICHOLSON Associated Press BISMARCK (AP) — A Walmart heir, a wealthy governor and energy companies profiting from North Dakota oil could fund a big chunk of the private money needed by developers of a presidential library for Theodore Roosevelt in the western Badlands where he ...