Latest North Dakota state government News

Burgum picks Panos as North Dakota's transportation director

Aug. 16, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed a former Wyoming transportation commissioner to lead North Dakota's transportation department. Burgum says William Panos will start the job in North Dakota on Oct. 21. He replaces Tom Sorel, a former Minnesota transportation commissioner who resigned...

Patrol, Burleigh County get fed permission for drones

Aug. 13, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Burleigh County Sheriff's Department and the North Dakota Highway Patrol have received federal approval to operate drones over populated areas. The patrol said the capability to fly the drones should result in safer ways to document crash scenes and be a powerful tool to help with...

Landowner asks US Supreme Court to review pipeline dispute

Aug. 13, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota landowner is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up his challenge of an energy company taking some of his land for a proposed natural gas pipeline near Minot. Montana-Dakota Utilities seeks to build a 3,000-foot-long (915 meters) pipeline to service a BNSF Railway...

Heitkamp says she won't run for governor

Aug. 9, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — If former U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp tries to resurrect her political career, she says it won't be through a run for governor. Heitkamp tells the Bismarck Tribune that she won't run. Heitkamp says she is "just not interested in a running a two-year campaign." Heitkamp was reacting to a...

Opponents of refinery location take case to Supreme Court

Aug. 8, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two environmental groups who say North Dakota regulators should have intervened in the location of an oil refinery near the state's top tourist attraction, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, are taking their case to the state Supreme Court. The Public Service Commission last year...

North Dakota officials to study decline in rural groceries

Aug. 5, 2019 10:33 PM EDT

DRAKE, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers are planning a legislative study to better understand how to ensure groceries are available in rural areas where shops have been closing. State Sen. Jim Dotzenrod, a Wyndmere Democrat, sponsored a resolution calling for a study of the distribution and...

Group sues North Dakota over 'pore space' law

Jul. 30, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota landowners group is suing the state over a new law related to compensation for the use of cavities in underground rock formations. The Northwest Landowners Association said the law that takes effect Thursday amounts to the unconstitutional taking of private property...

Sunday morning shopping leads parade of new laws

Jul. 28, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — People caught with a small amount of marijuana will no longer face jail time. Vehicles may be left unattended and idling, but pets can't be passed off as service animals. And North Dakotans for the first time since statehood will be able to shop on Sunday mornings. The changes are...

Electric vehicles gain slow momentum in North Dakota

Jul. 27, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Step on the accelerator in Capital Electric Cooperative's new Chevrolet Bolt and it, literally, bolts forward. "They're really snappy, quick and fun to drive," said Energy Services Supervisor Josh Schaffner as he demonstrated on the road next to his office. The car is one of 141...

North Dakota sues feds over pipeline protest police costs

Jul. 18, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota sued the federal government Thursday to recover the $38 million the state spent policing protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said he filed the claim in Bismarck federal court after the Army Corps of Engineers ignored an...