Latest North Dakota News

Feds: Man suspected of stealing at least 63 golf carts

Jun. 18, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Federal authorities have charged a Minnesota man with transportation of stolen vehicles in what they say was a litany of thefts of golf carts. An FBI affidavit filed in North Dakota this week says the man is suspected of stealing at least 63 carts in...

Consortium, loan announced for Fargo flood project

Jun. 18, 2021 17:49 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A $2.75 billion project aimed at protecting Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota, from chronic flooding gained ground Friday with the acceptance of a massive federal loan and the pick of a international consortium to build a key piece. The public-private...

Meridian given more time to begin refinery construction

Jun. 18, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators have set another deadline for Meridian Energy Group to begin construction on its $1 billion oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park or risk losing its permit. Meridian's permit from the state Department of...

Company agrees to settle alleged Clean Water Act violations

Jun. 17, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Colorado company has agreed to settle alleged Clean Water Act violations stemming from the company’s oil production activities in North Dakota, federal officials said Thursday. As part of the settlement, Phoenix Petroleum LLC has agreed to pay...

Counties join ban on private fireworks because of drought

Jun. 17, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Burleigh and Morton counties have joined the city of Mandan in banning the private use of fireworks during the July Fourth holiday season due to the widespread drought in North Dakota. Rural fire chiefs in both counties recommended the bans...

Panel delays funding requests due to law that sets limits

Jun. 16, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A commission that reviews emergency spending requests said Wednesday that it would not approve the allocation of millions of federal dollars sought by North Dakota agencies, due to a state law that limits the panel’s spending to $50 million each two-year legislative...

Drought contributes to increase in North Dakota wildfires

Jun. 16, 2021 10:59 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The number of wildfires this year in North Dakota has increased significantly, according to state officials, who cite extremely dry conditions. Data collected by the North Dakota Forest Service and the state Department of Emergency Services shows...

North Dakota's 1Q taxable sales, purchases drop nearly 10%

Jun. 15, 2021 13:47 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s taxable sales and purchases for the first quarter of 2021 fell nearly 10% over the same period the previous year. Taxable sales and purchases for January, February and March totaled $4.1 billion, a 9.9% decrease over the...

Report: New Mexico threatens North Dakota's No.2 oil ranking

Jun. 15, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has ranked as the nation’s second-biggest oil producer for nine years, but it’s on the verge of losing that status because oil production is soaring in New Mexico. Texas continues to lead the nation in oil production. The Permian...

New law may require special session to spend federal funds

Jun. 15, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Millions of dollars in state agency requests for federal funds may need approval of the full, recently adjourned Legislature due to a new law setting certain thresholds for such requests. The law was enacted in April after the Legislature overrode...