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Rhode Island man sentenced in North Dakota fentanyl case

Oct. 17, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Rhode Island man accused by prosecutors of having a “leadership role” an international fentanyl trafficking operation has been sentenced in North Dakota to 33 years in federal prison. Steven Pinto, also known as Yeaboy, is one of more than 30...

Colleges collaborate to preserve tribal language, culture

Oct. 17, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The tribal college on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation and the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks are working together on a project to digitally preserve Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara language and culture. The schools will use a $500,000...

State Land Commissioner joining Red River diversion group

Oct. 13, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Departing North Dakota Department of Trust Lands Commissioner Jodi Smith has been hired by the governing group that's managing the Red River diversion project in Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota. Smith announced Tuesday she was leaving the the Land...

Burgum petition calling for support of tax relief plan

Oct. 13, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is asking supporters to sign a petition endorsing his plan to use some of the state treasury’s bulging surpluses to offset income taxes, an unorthodox move that is perceived as an end-run on a Legislature that has signaled no appetite...

North Dakota land commissioner leaves 5 months into 2nd term

Oct. 12, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The head of the agency that handles land rights for some of North Dakota's largest industries has resigned less than five months into her second term, the governor's office said Tuesday. Department of Trust Lands Commissioner Jodi Smith is stepping...

Lawmakers prioritizing uses for federal coronavirus funding

Oct. 12, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Budget writers in the North Dakota Legislature began mulling proposals Tuesday on how to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus aid the state received this year. House and Senate appropriations committees met separately in...

North Dakota National Guard contingent heads to border

Oct. 11, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Dozens of North Dakota National Guard troops are head to the southern border. The Bismarck Tribune reported Friday that 125 members of the Bismarck-based 957th Engineer Company have been deployed to the border for a year to...

North Dakota lawmaker accused of theft says he's not guilty

Oct. 09, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A state lawmaker from southeastern North Dakota who's accused of misdemeanor theft in Bottineau County said Saturday he's surprised by the charge and believes it's fabricated. Republican Sen. Jason Heitkamp, of Wahpeton, told The Associated Press he...

North Dakota photo business closure leaves couples in lurch

Oct. 09, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The abrupt closure of a North Dakota-based photography business has left couples in a four-state area scrambling to locate wedding photos or find new photographers for upcoming nuptials. Glasser Images owner Jack Glasser said in a statement Friday...

Former longtime state legislator dies of COVID-19

Oct. 04, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A former North Dakota legislator who once was the Republican Party's nominee for lieutenant governor and U.S. Senate has died. According to her obituary, Donna Nalewaja, died Sept. 30 from COVID-19 at the age of 81. Nalewaja served in the state House...