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North Dakota News

Acclaimed Native American flute player, hoop dancer has died

(AP) — Kevin Locke, an acclaimed Native American flute player, hoop dancer, cultural ambassador and educator, has died in South Dakota at age 68, according to his family. A member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and from the ancestral line of Lakota and Anishinabe, Locke died Friday night ...

Cara Mund’s House pitch rides on abortion, outsider appeal

BISMARCK (AP) — When Cara Mund was competing to become Miss North Dakota, a key part of her platform was increasing the number of women elected to political office. Later, after she became the state’s first Miss America winner, she traveled the country to encourage women to use their voice ...

No serious injuries following ammonia leak at potato plant

GRAND FORKS (AP) — An ammonia leak at a Grand Forks potato processing plant Saturday morning was confined to a room with a ventilation system and no employees were seriously injured, authorities said. Emergency workers in hazmat suits entered the Simplot plant and were able to control and ...

North Dakota man loses appeal in a New Mexico poaching case

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld an appeals court’s judgment that ordered a man to pay $74,000 restitution to the state Game and Fish Department for poaching a trophy mule deer buck in December 2015. The restitution included $20,000 for the out of season ...

Burgum unveils plan for ND’s child care ‘crisis’

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota would spend up to $80 million in state savings over the next two years to address child care in the state, under a proposal pitched Tuesday by Gov. Doug Burgum. The GOP-led Legislature meets again in January and will consider the plan that also includes a child ...

3 burned workers recovering from ND oil rig explosion, fire

STANLEY (AP) — Federal, state and local investigators in northwest North Dakota are looking into the cause of an oil rig explosion and fire that sent three workers to the hospital. The crew members were taken to a burn center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The well site in Mountrail County is owned ...

Badlands group to hold annual meeting

BISMARCK — Badlands Conservation Alliance (BCA) will hold its annual meeting and potluck Oct. 8, from 1-4 p.m. at Church of the Cross meeting space, 1004 E. Highland Acres Rd., in Bismarck. Founded in 1999, BCA is a North Dakota organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of ...

Owner of ND farm among 4 dead in suspected murder-suicide

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Volunteers were organizing in North Dakota on Wednesday to finish the harvest of a farmer found dead in his wheat field along with three other men in what investigators described as a murder-suicide. Douglas Dulmage, 56, was shot in his combine while harvesting wheat in ...

Leader regrets UND still holds tribal artifacts, remains

BISMARCK (AP) — The University of North Dakota’s president apologized Wednesday for the school’s possession of Native American artifacts and human remains that should have been returned to tribes decades ago under federal law. The Grand Forks school is working to repatriate the artifacts ...

ND man given 80 years for shooting 2 officers in Wisconsin

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A North Dakota man convicted of shooting two police officers in Wisconsin in 2020 will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. A judge in Waukesha County on Monday added another 80 years to the 50-year sentence Nathanael Benton is already serving for trying to kill ...

Sheriff: 4 found fatally shot in ND likely murder-suicide

CANDO (AP) — Sheriff's deputies are investigating the deaths of four people found shot in a wheat field in rural northeast North Dakota as a murder-suicide. The Towner County Sheriff's Office said deputies were dispatched to the field south of Cando, the county seat, about 6 p.m. Monday for ...

Crary woman dies in rollover crash

CRARY – A 29-year-old woman from Crary died in a one-vehicle rollover crash on U.S. Highway 2, about two miles southeast of Crary on Sunday. A juvenile female passenger was not injured. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said the woman, driving a Lincoln Navigator, was going west on the ...

Victim of crash near Ray identified

RAY — The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified the victim of a crash near Ray on Saturday. Darren Linke, 45, Tioga, died from injuries received in the crash. Linke, the driver of a pickup, was traveling on U.S. Highway 2, west of Ray, when his pickup struck a deer. He lost control ...

ND cities, counites await oil-fueled infrastructure funding

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s largest cities outside the oil-producing region in the western part of the state are awaiting millions of dollars for infrastructure projects, while the state’s smallest towns that haven’t benefited from oil production will at least get a few hundred ...

ND communities are Tree Cities USA

FARGO — Minot and other area communities are among 54 communities from across the state that have earned the designation “Tree City USA” through the Arbor Day Foundation. They will be recognized at the 32ND Trees Bowl and Awards Ceremony sponsored by the North Dakota Forest Service and ...

What’s different about 2022 ND marijuana vote? Money

BISMARCK (AP) — The main group working to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota has more than a half-million dollars to press its case, far more than the mostly shoe-leather effort they relied on four years ago. Meanwhile, a major oil industry group that helped fund opposition last ...

Board: SD Gov. Kristi Noem may have ‘engaged in misconduct’

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota ethics board on Monday said it found sufficient information that Gov. Kristi Noem may have “engaged in misconduct” when she intervened in her daughter’s application for a real estate appraiser license, and it referred a separate complaint over her ...

Oilfield wastewater line spills in northwestern ND

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota regulators are investigating a massive spill of oilfield wastewater from a broken pipeline in the northwest part of the state that they say could take more than a year to clean up. Karl Rockman, of the state Department of Environmental Quality, said Monday that ...

Lawyers argue to delay North Dakota law banning abortion

BISMARCK (AP) — Lawyers for North Dakota’s only abortion clinic asked a judge Friday to delay a trigger law set to ban abortion starting next week, while they pursue a lawsuit challenging the ban on constitutional grounds. The abortion ban is set to go into effect on Aug. 26. The Red River ...

ND audit finds delays in child abuse contacts

BISMARCK (AP) — A new audit shows North Dakota’s Department of Human Services continues to fall short of establishing timely contact with individuals when investigating extreme cases of child abuse. The state analysis found the department averaged 13 days before staff had face-to-face ...