North Dakota News

Take precautions to stay healthy at summer events

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Health reminds people to take healthy precautions while enjoying summer activities and events such as fairs, festivals, carnivals and rodeos. Certain germs, such as Campylobacter, E. coli and influenza, can be passed back and forth between humans and ...

Pipe spills oilfield wastewater in Missouri River tributary

BISMARCK(AP) — Cleanup is underway after 21,000 gallons of brine oilfield wastewater leaked from an underground pipeline in western North Dakota and into an unnamed tributary of the Missouri River, the state Health Department said Monday. State environmental scientist Bill Suess said the ...

Former Bismarck Catholic Diocese bishop dies Sunday

BISMARCK – Bishop Emeritus Paul Zipfel, who was the bishop of the Bismarck Catholic Diocese for 14 years, died Sunday at a nursing home near St. Louis, Mo., at the age of 83, according to a press release from the diocese. Zipfel had been under the care of hospice and had been battling ...

Man found dead in Fargo storage unit fire identified

FARGO (AP) — Fargo authorities have released the name of a man whose body was found after a fire in a rental storage unit. The victim is identified as 58-year-old Jonathan Wayne Liles of Fargo. Crews were called to the fire early Sunday and contained the blaze to a single rental unit. ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Tuesday – Full moon, 4:39 p.m. Friday-Saturday – ND Governor’s Cup Walleye Cup, Ft. Stevenson State Park, 897-1221. Saturday – Friends of Parshall Bay Walleye Derby, 260-7890. Sunday – Lake Region Anglers Adult/Child Derby, 351-0433. July 26-27 – Dakota Walleye Classic, Beulah ...

North Dakota high court sides with state in royalties case

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has sided with the state in a dispute involving natural gas royalties. The Bismarck Tribune reports Thursday’s decision stems from a lawsuit Newfield Exploration filed against the state after the Department of Trust Lands conducted an audit in ...

Tornado touches down in southwestern North Dakota city

MOTT (AP) — Authorities say a tornado caused some damage in the southwestern North Dakota town of Mott. KXMB-TV reports the tornado touched down late Friday evening. Preliminary damage reports to the National Weather Service include downed trees blocking roads in the city, and damage to ...

Colombian man pleads guilty in US to leading fatal drug ring

FARGO (AP) — A Colombian national accused of managing an international fentanyl trafficking operation from a Canadian prison has pleaded guilty in federal court. Thirty-eight-year Daniel Vivas Ceron appeared Friday in North Dakota, where the case originated after an 18-year-old Grand Forks ...

Man signs plea deal for role in international fentanyl ring

FARGO (AP) — A man accused of playing a major role in an international fentanyl trafficking operation that led to overdose deaths in several states has signed a federal plea agreement in North Dakota. Daniel Vivas Ceron, a Colombian national who allegedly ran his part of the enterprise from ...

West Fargo astronaut to talk about adventures in space

WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A West Fargo High School graduate who became an astronaut and flew in space is appearing in a live Skype event at the West Fargo City Hall. Tony England became the youngest scientist selected to join the NASA astronaut corps at age 25 and served as a support crewman ...

University of North Dakota research center names new CEO

GRAND FORKS (AP) — A University of North Dakota research center that studies ways to improve energy development has a new leader. School officials announced Tuesday that Charles Gorecki will take over in August as CEO of UND’s Energy & Environmental Research Center, or EERC. He ...

Motorcyclist killed in crash near Bismarck identified

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified the motorcyclist who died in a head-on crash with a pickup truck near Bismarck. The patrol says 54-year-old Deon Prinsloo, of Wing, died as the scene of Monday’s crash on Highway 10. Authorities say the pickup was headed west ...

Blue Cross Blue Shield fined for improperly denying claims

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Insurance Department announced Tuesday it fined the state’s largest provider of health insurance $125,000 for improperly denying some claims and not reporting suspected cases of fraud. Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread said the 16-month investigation of Blue ...

Motorcyclist killed in head-on crash near Bismarck

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a motorcyclist has died in a head-on crash with a pickup truck near Bismarck. The patrol says the pickup was headed west on Highway 10 when the motorcycle crossed into its lane and was struck shortly after midnight Monday. A 54-year-old ...

Marketing seminar to offer perspectives on 2019 wheat outlook

The North Dakota Wheat Commission is sponsoring a Pre-harvest Marketing Seminar in conjunction with the North Central Research Extension Fields Days in Minot on Wednesday, July 17. The seminar will start at 1 p.m., and will be held in the meeting room at the NCREC. Mike Krueger of The Money ...

North Dakota agency gets waiver to fly drones over people

FARGO (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Transportation was selected last year as one of 10 participants for a drone integration program that has become somewhat of a race to see who can find the next best thing to help quickly and safely incorporate drones into the national airspace. The ...

North Dakota wildlife chief: Time to drop pheasant benchmark

BISMARCK (AP) — Hunters killed more pheasants in North Dakota last fall than they did the previous year, although the numbers are tempered by the fact that drought and declining habitat continue to impact the odds of a successful outing. Wildlife officials say that about 58,200 hunters ...

Bismarck State College leader to step down next year

BISMARCK (AP) — Long-time Bismarck State College President Larry Skogen plans to retire next summer. The Bismarck Tribune reports Skogen announced Wednesday that he plans to retire effective June 30, 2020. The 66-year-old Skogen was hired in 2007 as the sixth president in BSC's 80-year ...

Two injured in Watford City crash

WATFORD CITY – Two Louisiana men were injured when a 25-year-old Bakersfield, California, man failed to stop at a traffic light and struck the rear of a Toyota in Watford City on Thursday morning, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Keno Gomez, 25, was not injured. Gomez will be ...

Miss North Dakota’s Outstanding Teen send-off set for July 11 in Williston

WILLISTON – A Send-Off Party for Miss North Dakota’s Outstanding Teen 2019 Kaylee Moss will be held Thursday, July 11, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Williston Area Recreation Center. The event is open to the public. The event will showcase Moss’ preparation for the Miss America’s ...