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North Dakota News

North Dakota infrastructure fund on track due to oil rebound

BISMARCK (AP) — A major spending initiative aimed at infrastructure projects outside western North Dakota’s oil patch is on pace to be fully funded for the first time since the Legislature approved it three years ago, due to strong oil prices and steady production, officials said ...

Officials: ND murderer kills himself in prison

BISMARCK (AP) — A man who was serving life sentences for killing four people at a North Dakota business in what authorities say was one of the state’s most gruesome crimes has killed himself in prison, authorities said. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said a trooper was called to the state ...

Judge puts hold on North Dakota trigger law banning abortion

FARGO (AP) — A North Dakota judge on Wednesday put on hold the state’s trigger law banning abortion while a lawsuit moves forward that argues it violates the state constitution, ruling that the attorney general had prematurely calculated the date when the ban should take effect. Burleigh ...

Life sentence for man who fatally struck grandfather

BISMARCK (AP) — A South Dakota man was been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for intentionally running down a North Dakota man who was picking up his granddaughter from practice at a sports complex. Wade Bison pleaded guilty to murder in the March 21 death of Erwin Geigle. ...

North Dakota state employee bonuses decrease in fiscal 2022

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota spent $3.7 million last fiscal year on bonuses for some state workers, which is less than half the record amount paid out the previous year. The near 56% drop was due in part to increased publicity and criticism about the bonuses, said state Office of Management ...

SBPC names executive director

Souris Basin Planning Council has announced the appointment of Briselda Hernandez as executive director, effective June 29. She succeeds Lyndsay Ulrickson, who led the organization for 10 years.    “We are delighted to welcome Hernandez as the new executive director of Souris Basin ...

Tribal college celebrates book of Dakota place names

FORT TOTTEN – Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) announces the release of its new publication, “Mniwakan: Place Names and History of the Spirit Lake Dakota,” a tribute to the Spirit Lake Tribe's traditional language and oral history. To celebrate the book release, the tribal ...

Applications open for outdoor recreation grants

BISMARCK – The application window for the 2022 Main Street Tourism Outdoor Recreation Grant is now open until Aug. 9, the North Dakota Department of Commerce has announced. The Main Street Tourism Outdoor Recreation Grant is designed to support new or expanding businesses that provide new ...

Hazen woman dies in two-vehicle hit-and-run crash

ORISKA – A Hazen woman died from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle hit and run crash on Interstate 94, near the Oriska Rest Area. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said the woman, 42, was a passenger in a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500, towing an empty U-Haul flatbed car trailer. The Dodge, driven by ...

North Dakota AG rejects calls for police body camera video

FARGO (AP) — North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley on Tuesday rejected calls to release body camera footage of a fatal police shooting in Fargo and said he will personally oversee the case himself. Wrigley's announcement came a day after family members and their supporters demanded to ...

Bakken Rocks CookFests set for Trenton, White Shield

The 13th Annual Bakken Rocks CookFest is taking its festivities to Trenton on July 19 and White Shield on July 21. Held twice each summer in two communities in the oil patch, the Bakken Rocks CookFest offers residents the opportunity to get out and learn more about the oil and gas industry, ...

Rodeo, street dance to be held in Antler

ANTLER -- There will be a street dance in Antler on July 16 and 17 to raise money for the Antler Historical Society’s efforts to preserve the Antler Town Square building and turn it into a museum. The Antler Outlaws Roughrider Rodeo will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Memorial Park. ...

Escaped North Dakota inmate arrested in South Dakota

BISMARCK (AP) — A man who escaped from a minimum-security lockup in Bismarck has been arrested in South Dakota. David Corn, 35, was arrested by the Aberdeen Police Department on Wednesday night, the Bismarck Tribune reported. An Aberdeen woman authorities say helped him flee from the ...

North Dakota man appeals convictions in slayings of 4 people

MANDAN (AP) — A man sentenced to life in prison for killing four people at a North Dakota business in what authorities say was one of the most heinous crimes in the state’s history is appealing his conviction. An attorney for Chad Isaak argues the man’s conviction should be reversed ...

6-year-old girl dies in fall from parade trailer in Mandan

MANDAN (AP) — A 6-year-old girl has died after falling from a trailer headed to a July Fourth parade staging area in Mandan, according to officials. According to Deputy Police Chief Lori Flaten, the girl fell off the trailer Monday and was hit by one of its tires. She was taken to a local ...

Minnesota abortions fell 2% in 2021, but likely to flip

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Abortions in Minnesota fell about 2% in 2021, but that decline is likely to quickly reverse in the state following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The high court’s action has made Minnesota an island for legal abortion in the Upper Midwest, and ...

ND lays plans for adding electric vehicle charging stations

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota will use nearly $26 million in federal funding over the next several years to build a network of charging stations for electric vehicles around the state. North Dakota Department of Transportation officials say the first phase of the plan is to build chargers no ...

ND sex offender registry gets an upgrade

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota passed a law that established a sex offender registry program in 1991. Now the registry is being upgraded to provide more information about offenders. The registry, like others across the country, were created to give citizens the tools to protect themselves from ...

Land for Roosevelt Presidential Library secured in ND

MEDORA (AP) — Organizers planning the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in western North Dakota have reached a milestone in bringing the project to fruition. The library’s foundation announced Monday that it has secured 90 acres of U.S. Forest Service land near Medora following a ...

Burgum requests federal aid to deal with spring storm damage

BISMARCK (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum is asking for some federal help in dealing with $57 million in public infrastructure damage caused by severe spring storms and flooding in North Dakota. Burgum has requested a presidential disaster declaration that would provide federal aid to help repair ...