Latest Missouri River News

State seeks to intervene in lawsuit over mineral rights

Aug. 13, 2020 8:21 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The state of North Dakota wants to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation over mineral rights under Lake Sakakawea within the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. MHA Nation is suing the federal government over a decision the U.S. Department of the...

Authorities identify John Doe found in North Dakota in 1982

Aug. 12, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Authorities have identified a John Doe whose body was found in the Missouri River near Williston in 1982. The Williams County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday identified the man as Phillip Peterson. The man’s body was exhumed on Monday in hopes of bringing closure to...

Unidentified body buried in 1982 near Williston is exhumed

Aug. 10, 2020 11:59 AM EDT

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The body of an unidentified person who was buried in Williams County 38 years ago is being exhumed in hopes of bringing closure to family that may still be living. The body of a male was found in the Missouri River near the mouth of the Little Muddy River east of Willison on June...

Body found in Missouri River in western Missouri Sunday

Aug. 9, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

SUGAR CREEK, Mo. (AP) — A body was found Sunday in the Missouri River in a small western Missouri city. The Sugar Creek Police Department was called to La Benite Park around 8:30 a.m. Sunday after someone reported finding a corpse in the river. Sugar Creek is about 15 miles (24.14 kilometers) northeast of...

FILE - In this October 2016 file photo, construction continues on the Dakota Access pipeline. A federal appeals court on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, reversed a judge’s order that shut down the Dakota Access pipeline pending a full environmental review. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with pipeline owner Energy Transfer to keep the oil flowing, saying a lower-court judge “did not make the findings necessary for injunctive relief.” (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

Court reverses order to shut down Dakota Access pipeline

Aug. 5, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday reversed a judge’s order that shut down the Dakota Access pipeline pending a full environmental review. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with pipeline owner Energy Transfer to keep the oil flowing, saying...

2 Offutt Air Force Base residents killed in Iowa crash

Aug. 5, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — Two residents of Offutt Air Force Base south of Omaha were killed in a crash in Iowa, just across the Missouri River from the base, officials sad. The crash happened early Sunday morning east of the Bellevue toll bridge in rural Iowa, the Iowa State Patrol said. According to...

Mineral rights on hold because of North Dakota tribes' suit

Jul. 31, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A U.S. Department of Interior opinion rolling back an Obama-era memo stating that mineral rights under the original Missouri River bed should belong to the Three Affiliated Tribes was put on hold by a federal judge Friday until arguments can be heard in the case. The memo filed May 26...

North Dakota high court sides with state over minerals law

Jul. 30, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the state over a law intended to clarify long-disputed ownership of minerals under a Missouri River reservoir. The court's opinion released Thursday centers around a law signed by Gov. Doug Burgum in 2017 that limited state mineral...

This photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows an Arctic grayling captured in a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fish trap at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge near Lima, Montana. U.S. wildlife officials have rejected federal protections for the rare, freshwater fish species at the center of a long-running legal dispute. The decision, on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, comes almost two years after a federal appeals court faulted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for dismissing the threat that climate change and other pressures pose to Arctic grayling. (Jim Mogen/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)

US wildlife agency rejects protections for rare fish species

Jul. 22, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials on Wednesday rejected special protections for a rare, freshwater fish related to salmon that's been at the center of a long-running legal dispute, citing conservation efforts that officials say have increased Arctic grayling numbers in a Montana river. The...

Omaha man identified as person who drowned at boat dock

Jul. 20, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police have identified a man who drowned while docking a boat on the Missouri River this weekend as an Omaha man. Robert Winberg, 66, died in the Friday night incident, the Omaha World-Herald reported. Investigators said Winberg fell into the river while docking a boat around 9:20 p.m....