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North Dakota reports 181 new coronavirus cases, 2 deaths

Aug. 8, 2020 12:49 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials reported 181 new positive coronavirus cases and two new deaths. The number of new positive cases reported Saturday raises the statewide total since the pandemic reached North Dakota in mid-March to more than 7,500. North Dakota’s death toll from...

North Dakota man sentenced to life in baby daughter's death

Aug. 7, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck man will serve life in prison without parole after being convicted of killing his infant daughter. Jose Rivera-Rieffel, 23, was sentenced Friday after being convicted in March on felony charges of murder and child abuse. Rivera-Rieffel’s daughter died in April 2018,...

Former North Dakota chief justice tests positive for COVID

Aug. 6, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s former Supreme Court chief justice has tested positive for COVID-19, court officials said Thursday. Gerald VandeWalle, who turns 87 this month, is currently receiving medical treatment, court administrator Sally Holewa said in a statement. “I can’t...

Mayor of North Dakota's largest city backing blues festival

Aug. 5, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The mayor of the city that was once the hot spot for the coronavirus in North Dakota is supporting an annual outdoor music festival set to go on as planned this weekend. The 25th Fargo Blues Festival is scheduled Friday and Saturday at Newman Outdoor Field, where officials have had...

Bismarck man accused in stabbing facing attempted murder

Aug. 5, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck man is charged with attempted murder after he was accused of stabbing a man he believed had sexually assaulted a female acquaintance. Thirty-two-year-old Dalton Peltier made an initial court appearance Tuesday on charges that also include aggravated assault, terrorizing...

Bismarck mayor urges wearing masks as coronavirus cases rise

Aug. 4, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The mayor of North Dakota’s capital city on Tuesday appealed to residents to wear masks as the number of confirmed new coronavirus cases in the metropolitan area topped 1,000 and the number of active cases statewide hit a new high. “We can only beat this virus if we are...

Man who assaulted infant gets 12 more years for forgery

Aug. 3, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck man convicted of sexually assaulting an infant has been resentenced to 16 years in prison after it was discovered that he forged letters of support for his original sentencing. Thirty-five-year-old Andrew Glasser was initially given four years in prison after entering an...

Newly confirmed COVID cases continue drop in North Dakota

Aug. 2, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s daily count of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases continues dropping after reaching a record high, health officials said Sunday. The North Dakota Department of Health reports 58 new infections Sunday, bringing the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state...

North Dakota COVID-19 positive cases drop from record high

Aug. 1, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The number of positive COVID-19 cases reported Saturday dropped by 20% from a record set the day before, state health officials said. Officials confirmed 134 new cases, down from a daily high of 168 cases on Friday. The new cases include 35 positive tests combined in Burleigh and...

Shane Molander, state archivist at the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum in Bismarck, N.D., holds an original copy of The Bismarck Tribune dated Oct. 29, 1918, on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Just below the national and international headlines is the local headline, center, Nine Deaths in Last 24 Hours From Influenza, reporting on the latest local death count for the Spanish flu epidemic that hit the state and country a century ago. Now, the State Historical Society of North Dakota is looking to collect personal stories of the coronavirus pandemic, The Bismarck Tribune reported. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

Pandemic stories tell of North Dakotans’ personal tolls

Aug. 1, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Edith Quammen was caring for sick children amid neighbors’ influenza deaths a century ago when she consoled her father in a letter after her mother died. “Look up now for God and Mama’s sake and say ‘Thy will be done,‘” Quammen wrote from...