Latest North Dakota state government News

Trump OKs North Dakota disaster declaration due to storms

Jan. 21, 2020 3:40 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for North Dakota after an October storm dumped heavy rain and snow on a large part of the state. Gov. Doug Burgum made the request last month and announced Trump had approved it on Tuesday. Burgum's office said the rainfall...

North Dakota officials warn of contractor scam in oil patch

Jan. 18, 2020 1:27 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota attorney general's office is warning about a scam involving bogus contractors who have been taking advantage of unsuspecting rural homeowners in the oil patch. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Friday he has issued a cease and desist order against Gorman General...

North Dakota Gov. Burgum pardons 16 low-level pot offenders

Jan. 17, 2020 3:26 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced Friday that he has pardoned 16 people convicted of low-level marijuana crimes, the first wave in what may be thousands under a new policy the first-term Republican said gives former offenders a second chance. The policy adopted last year allows...

CORRECTS YEAR OF APOLOGY TO 2020, NOT 2019 - FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2015 file photo, state Rep. Jim Kasper, R-Fargo, speaks in the state capitol in Bismarck, N.D. The Republican state lawmaker says he doesn't know how two anti-Islam posts appeared in his Facebook feed. Rep. Kasper says his account may have been hacked by political opponents. Kasper posted an apology Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, on his private Facebook page to those who can see his posts. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune File)

North Dakota lawmaker blames opponents for anti-Islam posts

Jan. 14, 2020 5:52 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker in North Dakota said he doesn’t know how a pair of anti-Islam posts appeared in his Facebook feed, and speculated Tuesday that his account may have been hacked by political opponents. The Fargo Forum first reported on the posts Tuesday, saying a post...

Burgum appoints Parks and Recreation interim director

Jan. 14, 2020 4:39 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed an interim director of the state Parks and Recreation Department. Burgum said Ryan Gardner will serve as interim director of the agency beginning Monday. He replaces Melissa Baker, who resigned to take a job as the Virginia State Parks. ...

Child dies, 3 family members hurt in North Dakota house fire

Jan. 9, 2020 6:44 PM EST

McCLUSKY, N.D. (AP) — A house fire in central North Dakota has killed a child and injured three family members. Crews responded to the fire near McClusky around 2 p.m. Wednesday Flames engulfed the house, and crews were unable to enter the home. The remains of a child were recovered from the house...

Court halts online access to documents over privacy concerns

Jan. 8, 2020 8:57 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has suspended newly expanded online access to court documents after dozens of people complained about the potential loss of privacy. In September, the high court changed its system to begin allowing online access to spare people the burden of having to...

ND Supreme Court suspends expanded access to online records

Jan. 7, 2020 7:27 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has suspended newly expanded online access to court documents. In September, the high court adopted a rule change on public access to court documents. That change was made to “maximize accessibility of court records” by allowing people to...

Gavel passes to new chief justice in North Dakota

Jan. 7, 2020 8:27 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The gavel has been passed to the new chief justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court. A ceremony Monday marked the transition from 86-year-old Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle to Justice Jon Jensen. The 54-year-old Jensen was elected chief justice by the state's district court judges...

North Dakota Board of Higher Education seeking new member

Jan. 3, 2020 6:54 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Board of Higher Education is accepting applications for an open seat created by the departure of board member Dan Traynor. Traynor, of Devils Lake, resigned Thursday while he prepares to take over as a federal judge in North Dakota. He was appointed to the board in...