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North Dakota GOP wants Dem candidate removed from ballot

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Republican Party is asking the state Supreme Court to remove Democratic candidate for state insurance commissioner from the November ballot, alleging she hasn’t lived in the state long enough to run for statewide office. The GOP said it wants the state high ...

Judge rejects Dakota Access pipeline request to stop closure

BISMARCK (AP) — A federal judge rejected a request from the operator of the Dakota Access Pipeline to halt an order to shut down the oil pipeline during a lengthy environmental review. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg denied the company’s request Thursday, effectively sending the case to ...

North Dakota companies get $1.7B in government virus loans

BISMARCK (AP) — A foundation that supports North Dakota’s biggest tourist attraction and Gov. Doug Burgum’s real estate development firm were among hundreds of thousands of businesses and nonprofits across the country to get loans from the Treasury Department’s Payroll Protection ...

North Dakota health officials report 37 COVID-19 cases

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota health officials reported 37 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, but no new deaths. The state has tallied 3,816 cases, but 87% of those have recovered. 80 people have died from COVID-19, while 22 are currently hospitalized, according to the North Dakota ...

Williston woman victim of motorcycle crash

RAY – A Williston woman died from injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash on U.S. Highway 2, five miles west of Ray, on Friday. The North Dakota Highway Patrol identified the victim of the crash as Karen Lenk, 55. The patrol said Lenk, driving a 2002 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, was going ...

Fargo easing limits to access on public buildings set due to virus

FARGO (AP) — Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney said he's easing restrictions on access to public buildings, many of which were closed to residents because of the coronavirus. Mahoney's order will open all City Hall departments to the public and increase capacity in the city commission chambers from ...

At Bismarck State College, a passing of the torch

BISMARCK (AP) — Bismarck State College is going through a period of considerable flux, adapting to major changes with how higher education is delivered due to the coronavirus pandemic while also navigating a transition in leadership at its highest level. Longtime President Larry Skogen ...

Three finalists selected for 2020 North Dakota Leopold Conservation Award

BISMARCK – Ranches in Sheridan, Pierce and Grant counties have been selected as finalists for the 2020 North Dakota Leopold Conservation Award. Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes private landowners who inspire others with their dedication to land, ...

Police: Gunshot in Bismarck was accidental, self-inflicted

BISMARCK,(AP) — Bismarck police who asked for help in finding the person who shot a man Wednesday now say his gunshot wound was accidental and self-inflicted. A 22-year-old Mandan man had a gunshot wound to his upper thigh and was treated at Sanford Hospital after he was dropped off about 3 ...

Man accused of killing 4 presses to address judge directly

MANDAN (AP) — A Washburn man accused of killing four people last year interrupted a court hearing Wednesday and asked to speak directly to a judge against the advice of his attorneys. The hearing at the Morton County Courthouse was set to address motions made by Chad Isaak's attorneys on ...

South-central North Dakota courts prep to resume jury trials

BISMARCK (AP) — A number of safety changes are being implemented as courthouses in the South Central District of North Dakota prepare for resuming jury trials July 14 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The precautions include some physical changes that will be noticeable, such as the ...

Williston Chamber to hold Rockin’ Ribfest on Main Street

WILLISTON – After a whirlwind year, the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce will hold Rockin’ Ribfest on July 25. The event will take place in its traditional location on Main Street in downtown Williston. The day will be filled with food, fun and games for the entire family including ...

Cass County tops 2,000 positive tests for COVID-19

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota health officials on Sunday confirmed 37 new cases of the coronavirus, more than half of which were reported in Cass County and put the state's most populous county over 2,000 cases. The update also included the death of a Cass County woman from her 80s with ...

Harvey power plant and Bismarck chapel listed on National Register

BISMARCK –The Harvey Power Plant, located at the southeast edge of Harvey, and Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel on the University of Mary campus, Bismarck, have been added to the North Dakota properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register of Historic ...

North Dakota Guard unit might be going to DC later this year

BISMARCK (AP) — A North Dakota Army National Guard unit based in North Dakota has been told it might be called to active duty later this year in Washington D.C., the Guard said Saturday. The unit consists of about 70 soldiers and operates the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. The Guard said in a ...

Tribe receives $3.3M for water treatment plant upgrades

BELCOURT – Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer announced on Friday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development has awarded a more than $3.3 million grant to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. The funds will be used to make essential infrastructure improvements to a ...

Grassy Butte man dies in ATV rollover

Roger Chinn, 78, died in an ATV rollover on his farm five miles south of Grassy Butte in McKenzie County on Thursday evening, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Chinn was spraying on his farmstead. The ATV was on a steep embankment, struck a tree and overturned, pinning Chinn underneath.

GNDC schedules virtual policy summit

BISMARCK – The Greater North Dakota Chamber has announced a format change and a panel discussion schedule for the 2020 Policy Summit. This annual event, in its ninth run, brings together business and government leadership to discuss policies impacting North Dakota’s business climate and ...

Deer lottery held, licenses remain

North Dakota’s deer gun lottery has been held. Results are available online at the state Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. More than 6,200 deer gun licenses remain. Only resident applicants who were unsuccessful in the lottery can apply for remaining licenses. More than ...

DOJ awards COVID-19 response funds to Williams County

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice awarded a grant of $58,008 to Williams County through the Office of Justice Programs, Sens. Kevin Cramer and John Hoeven announced Thursday. These funds were authorized through the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program. The Coronavirus ...