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North Dakota News

Inmate arrested after escape from Montana women’s prison

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A woman who escaped from the Montana Women’s Prison in Billings has been captured. Members of a U.S. Marshals Service violent offender task force arrested Lisa Anne Nester, 50, after she was found near the Yellowstone County sheriff's office in Billings on Saturday. ...

ND officials: COVID masks not needed for those vaccinated

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Health on Monday issued new guidance on wearing coronavirus masks. State health officer Nizar Wehbi says the department is aligning with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance that fully vaccinated individuals can resume ...

Women charged with aggravated assault in Fargo stabbings

FARGO (AP) — A woman accused of stabbing three people in downtown Fargo is facing three felony counts. Ashley Larson, 30, is charged in East Central District Court with three counts of aggravated assault. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for June 16. Larson was arrested Thursday ...

Many Fargo residents happy to go mask-free under CDC advice

FARGO (AP) — Downtown Fargo was surprisingly busy over the weekend, due in part to an outdoor fundraiser and an indoor spring fling. Masks were in relative short supply in North Dakota's largest city. Andrew Kodet, 20, a North Dakota State University student, and his girlfriend, Kenzie ...

Review of leases requested after report of unused building

BISMARCK (AP) — A North Dakota state lawmaker said Friday that a news report about expensive but unused office space underscores the need for a review of all state leases to protect taxpayers. The Associated Press reported Thursday that taxpayers are on the hook for nearly $3 million in rent ...

North Dakota high court orders new civil trial in 2015 crash

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has ordered a new civil trial for a driver who caused a Bismarck expressway crash that killed two women, injured a third and produced a jury award of more than $1 billion in damages. The 2015 crash killed 21-year-old Taylor Goven, of Mandan, and ...

UND rock library looks to preserve core of energy industry

GRAND FORKS (AP) — A few hours’ drive from the Bakken oil fields lies a treasure trove for geologists: rock from nearly every oil well ever drilled in North Dakota, under one roof. The rock is tucked neatly into cardboard boxes stacked on numerous warehouse storage shelves in the Wilson M. ...

North Dakota’s most costly leased building largely unused

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota taxpayers are on the hook for nearly $3 million in rent over the next two years for unused office space for a state agency that intends to allow most of its more than 400 employees to work from home indefinitely. The North Dakota Information Technology ...

‘Great day for America’: Vaccinated can ditch masks

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people on Thursday, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings. “Today is a great ...

Jury: Guilty of manslaughter, innocent of murder, homicide

BISMARCK (AP) — A defendant accused of fatally stabbing a man in Mandan last summer has been convicted of manslaughter, but found innocent of murder and negligent homicide. A jury in Morton County deliberated about three hours before reaching the verdict Wednesday. Arthur Funk, 48, was found ...

One person has died in Bismarck apartment fire

BISMARCK (AP) — One person has died in an apartment fire in Bismarck, officials said. Firefighters responded to a multi-family apartment building about 6:40 p.m. Tuesday and found heavy smoke and fire coming from a second-floor balcony. Crews began working the fire from the outside, then ...

Lawmakers to choose study topics that may inspire bills

BISMARCK (AP) — Less than a month after the North Dakota Legislature adjourned, a group of lawmakers will return to the Capitol next week to decide study topics that may result in legislation for the 2023 session. The Legislative Management committee, a 17-member panel of lawmakers that ...

Fire causes extensive damage at Fargo strip mall

FARGO (AP) — Fire has caused extensive damage at a strip mall in Fargo. The three-alarm fire broke out in Bodyworks Physical Therapy Tuesday afternoon and spread to Gigi's Playhouse which serves individuals with Down syndrome, according to authorities. Fire officials said a firewall between ...

ND Capitol to be used as courtroom for 2 trials

BISMARCK (AP) — The House chamber at the North Dakota Capitol will be used as a courtroom for a pair of high-profile criminal trials, in part to ensure social distancing, an official said Tuesday. The two trials had been scheduled in courthouses in Burleigh and Morton counties, one beginning ...

Jurors to decide whether fatal stabbing was murder

BISMARCK (AP) — A jury in Burleigh County will decide if a Moffit man charged in a fatal stabbing committed murder or was acting in self-defense. Forty-eight-year-old Arthur Funk is charged in the June 2020 death of 53-year-old Kevin Stockert, of Mandan. According to the prosecution, the two ...

Trial in quadruple slaying in Mandan delayed to August

BISMARCK (AP) — The trial of a man accused of killing four people at a Mandan property management business has been delayed until August after more defense attorneys asked to be removed from the case. Chad Isaak, 46, of Washburn, is accused of killing RJR Maintenance and Management co-owner ...

Workplace deaths remain high in ND

BISMARCK (AP) — An annual report using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows North Dakota's rate of workplace deaths remains among the highest in the country. The annual report released by the AFL-CIO shows that 37 North Dakota workers died in 2019 due to on-the-job injuries. ...

North Dakota paddlefish snagging season closing early

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota wildlife officials announced Sunday they have shut down the paddlefish snagging season in order to protect the fish population. The 2021 season was scheduled through the third week in May but the state Game and Fish Department often closes it early when a high ...

Bismarck man elected to lead North Dakota Democrats

BISMARCK (AP) — A Bismarck man has been chosen to head the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party. Democratic leaders from across the state elected Patrick Hart chairman during the party's reorganization meeting Saturday. He defeated Shelley Lenz, who made an unsuccessful bid for governor last ...

Judge denies evidence suppression motion in murder plot case

BISMARCK (AP) — A South Central District judge has rejected a defense request to suppress some evidence in a Bismarck murder conspiracy case. Attorneys for Earl Howard and Nikkisue Entzel argued the evidence, including cellphone and video surveillance, was improperly gathered without search ...