North Dakota News

Tax commissioner to plead guilty to drunken driving

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said Friday he had been arrested for drunken driving and would plead guilty. The 34-year-old Republican said he was arrested by the North Dakota Highway Patrol in Mandan on Sept. 30. A report provided by Rauschenberger showed ...

North Dakota grapes see successful harvest despite drought

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's wine industry has seen an unusually productive harvest despite severe drought conditions this summer. Grapes grown in the state are cold-climate varieties, but heat allows the grapes to ripen faster, The Bismarck Tribune reported. The state's grapes are usually ...

Indian Health Service defends questionable contract with CEO

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The federal Indian Health Service agency is defending a contract it awarded to a company whose CEO formerly led a firm that paid $10 million to settle allegations of submitting false claims to government health programs. The agency awarded a contract in September to ...

Farmers report damage from dicamba herbicide

BISMARCK (AP) — Hundreds of Upper Midwest farmers are reporting damage from the controversial herbicide dicamba. The agriculture departments in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota this fall all asked farmers to respond to surveys so they could gauge the amount of damage in their states. ...

National park in North Dakota to reduce bison herd

MEDORA (AP) — A national park in North Dakota is reducing the size of its bison herd this week in a move that will benefit several Native American tribes. A majority of the animals from Theodore Roosevelt National Park will help supplement tribal herds through the InterTribal Buffalo ...

State expecting hundreds of applications for hay-hauling aid

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's Agriculture Department is expecting hundreds of applications over the next three weeks from drought-stricken ranchers seeking money to help pay the cost of hauling in hay to maintain their herds through the winter. With hay in short supply, the department also ...

Less emergency certifications issued in North Dakota

BISMARCK (AP) — Preliminary numbers from the state show that fewer emergency teacher certifications have been issued in areas of teacher shortages this year in North Dakota compared to last year. The North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board released data showing that there were ...

Man sentenced to 6 years in prison for role in meth ring

BISMARCK (AP) — A 62-year-old man indicted in a western North Dakota methamphetamine ring has been sentenced to six years in federal prison. Kim Davis Johnson pleaded guilty earlier to conspiracy to distribute with intent to distribute meth. He is one of 10 people charged in the ...

Man arrested after trying to light cigarette with nozzle

BISMARCK (AP) — Bismarck police arrested a man for possession of drugs after first spotting him attempting to light a cigarette with the nozzle of a gas pump. Twenty-nine-year-old Skyler Whitebull, of Cannon Ball, was spotted by police who were driving by the gas station. Authorities say ...

ND tech company creates marketing calendar

BISMARCK (AP) — Justin Walsh and Garrett Moon couldn't find a job they wanted in Bismarck, so they created their own. The two are founders of one of North Dakota's fastest-growing technology startups, CoSchedule, and are finding success as their company makes its move to the next ...

State officials say oil company failed to report brine spill

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota officials say an oil company failed to report a nearly 20,000-gallon brine spill last month until a landowner alerted health officials. Great American Royalties Inc. filed a report Monday about a tank that overflowed on Sept. 24 northwest of Maxbass. It spilled ...

North Dakota couple sues Catholic Charities over adoption

FARGO (AP) — A North Dakota couple is suing Catholic Charities for $6.5 million, alleging that the group didn't allow them to adopt a girl because they were living together and hadn't gotten married yet. James and Tahnee Young, of Fargo, say they were matched up with a 15-year-old girl who ...

6 deputies leave following sheriff’s reinstatement

BISMARCK (AP) — Six deputies have left the McKenzie County Sheriff's Office since the sheriff was reinstated two months ago. Gov. Doug Burgum reinstated Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger following his removal proceeding on allegations of bullying and retaliation. "Sheriff Schwartzenberger's ...

Drought conditions in the Dakotas remain stable over week

BISMARCK (AP) — Drought conditions in the Dakotas have remained stable over the past week. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows about three-fourths of each state in some stage of drought, almost unchanged over the week. The eastern regions of both states are no longer listed as being ...

Rehabilitation Council to meet in Bismarck

The North Dakota State Rehabilitation Council is meeting Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 1 to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to noon, to discuss programs and services and new developments to improve integrated community employment and rehabilitation of people with disabilities, according to ...

ND oil industry opposes proposed rule changes

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's oil industry is opposing some proposed rule changes. The Mineral Resources Department is taking public comments on potential administrative rules, including one in response to a law change approved earlier this year that no longer requires spills under 10 ...

Landowners’ lawsuit against DAPL dismissed

BISMARCK (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by nearly two dozen North Dakota landowners who alleged the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline and a consultant used deceit and fraud to acquire private land easements for the project. But a court case in Iowa involving ...

Owl Prowl set at J. Clark Salyer NWR

J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate Refuge Week with an “Owl Prowl” on Friday, October 13. The event begins with an introduction to owls, cocoa, cookies and kid’s crafts at 7:00 p.m. Prowling for owls will begin at 7:30 p.m. Participants are asked to dress ...

Manitoba, Missouri appealing decision favoring ND on water supply project

By Forum News Service BISMARCK — Manitoba and Missouri will appeal a recent federal court decision supporting the Northwest Area Water Supply project, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Wednesday, Oct. 11. Stenehjem praised the August ruling, which he said may have put an ...

Corps leader meets privately with Fargo diversion supporters

FARGO (AP) — The division commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a closed-door meeting with members of the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority and elected officials to talk about the stalled flood control project. Maj. Gen. Richard Kaiser's visit to Fargo Wednesday came after a ...