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North Dakota News

ND sees more options for oil field waste disposal

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's oil industry may soon have more options for disposing of radioactive waste. About 100,000 tons of radioactive oil field waste is produced in the state each year. Before a slurry well started operating near Watford City in April, all of that waste was trucked ...

Mandaree man sentenced in chase that ended at national park

BISMARCK (AP) — A Mandaree man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for leading state and federal authorities on a January chase that ended when he and a passenger abandoned a stolen vehicle in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The Bismarck Tribune reports a jury in May found Clancey ...

Former West Fargo teacher found guilty of luring by computer

FARGO (AP) — A former West Fargo teacher has been convicted of luring a minor by computer. Prosecutors say 59-year-old Ron Thompson believed he was communicating with a 14-year-old girl. KFGO reports West Fargo police received a tip from an out-of-state investigator on Jan. 28 that Thompson ...

North Dakota offers license refunds to 30,000 deer hunters

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota is offering license refunds to nearly 30,000 deer hunters due to an outbreak of a viral disease in the western part of the state. It’s the second straight year that the state’s Game and Fish Department is offering refunds to thousands of hunters. The ...

Judge sides with company in royalties dispute with state

BISMARCK (AP) — A judge has sided with a Houston-based energy company in a dispute with North Dakota involving oil and natural gas royalties, a decision that could affect several other drillers that allegedly owe the state millions of dollars in payments, the biggest portion of which is meant ...

Oil executive pleads guilty to securities fraud

WASHINGTON – A Dickinson man, formerly the executive vice president of U.S. operations at a publicly traded Canadian oil-services company, pleaded guilty Wednesday to perpetrating a scheme to fraudulently inflate the company’s reported revenue, resulting in shareholder losses in excess of ...

Burgum petition calling for support of tax relief plan

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is asking supporters to sign a petition endorsing his plan to use some of the state treasury's bulging surpluses to offset income taxes, an unorthodox move that is perceived as an end-run on a Legislature that has signaled no appetite for the ...

North Dakota BCI dogs trained to help with various cases

BISMARCK (AP) — Two of the newest agents of North Dakota's Bureau of Criminal Investigation have had their paws on dozens of cases. Since May 2020, K9s Jib and Jab have been deployed 88 times, resulting in 29 arrests and leading to the rescues of three sexually abused children, according to ...

North Dakota lawmakers to pitch uses for coronavirus funds

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers have scheduled six committee meetings for this month to consider adjustments to the state budget and discuss how to spend the state’s $1 billion in federal coronavirus aid. Gov. Doug Burgum on Thursday unveiled his own recommendations, pushing to ...

Governor: North Dakota hospital reaching critical capacity

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and health officials said Friday that hospital capacity is reaching critical levels and urged residents to take action to help ease the crisis. State officials are urging the public to take steps to help reduce hospitalizations, ranging from ...

North Dakota domestic abuse survivor says help is out there

(AP) — In a year, more than 10 million Americans are abused by their intimate partners. In 2013, there were over 5,000 domestic violence incidents reported to crisis centers in North Dakota and 94 percent of the victims were women. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe ...

Drought worsens in NW ND with warm temps forecast

BISMARCK (AP) — The drought worsened in northwestern North Dakota over the past week, but conditions in all other regions of the state are holding steady. Parts of the northwest that were in severe drought last week are now in extreme drought, the second-worse of four categories, according ...

Panel creates subdistricts for 2 North Dakota reservations

BISMARCK (AP) — The Republican-led committee rearranging the boundaries of North Dakota’s new legislative map decided Wednesday to separate House districts on two American Indian reservations in the state, a move tribal leaders believe will increase the odds for electing their own members ...

Armstrong issues statement on infrastructure & reconciliation package

WASHINGTON – Congressman Kelly Armstrong, R-ND, released the following statement this week on the $5.5 trillion infrastructure and reconciliation package. “I am a no on infrastructure. I am a no on reconciliation. I have never viewed these bills as two separate issues. I view them as one ...

Burgum asks for federal help in dealing with storm damage

BISMARCK (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum has requested federal help for counties dealing with recent storms that caused more than $2 million in damage to roads and other infrastructure. The storms during the second week of June produced tornadoes and up to baseball-sized hail, caused flooding and ...

3 North Dakota oil well fires extinguished after 16 days

WATFORD CITY (AP) — Authorities say fires involving three oil wells in McKenzie County were brought under control over the weekend after they had burned for 16 days. Crews put out the fire at the first well northeast of Watford City last Tuesday and extinguished the final well on Saturday, ...

North Dakota Guard soldiers returning from Washington

BISMARCK (AP) — Members of a Bismarck-based North Dakota Army National Guard unit who were called to active duty in Washington, D.C. late last year have begun returning home. Seventy soldiers with Company C, 2nd Battalion of the 285th Aviation Regiment were deployed last November to the the ...

15 cars of BNSF coal train derail near Bismarck

BISMARCK (AP) — Around 15 cars of a BNSF coal train derailed south of Bismarck. Bismarck Police, the Burleigh County Sheriff's Department and Bismarck Fire Department were called out around 3:15 p.m. Sunday for the derailment near Hemlock Street. There were no reports of injuries. BNSF ...

Complaint challenges new law on unpaid oil and gas royalties

FARGO (AP) — A complaint filed on behalf of a North Dakota agency challenges a new state law promoted by the energy industry on limiting the collection of oil and gas royalties, a move that could potentially turn into a wrestling match among branches of state government. The measure that ...

North Dakota turns vaccination campaign toward children

FARGO (AP) — The North Dakota Health Department on Friday continued its campaign to promote the safety and necessity of COVID-19 vaccinations, this time focusing on getting shots for children before school resumes this fall. North Dakota has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country ...