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Montana, North Dakota push against Washington state rail law

Jul. 17, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys general for North Dakota and Montana asked the Trump administration on Wednesday to overrule a Washington state law that imposed new restrictions on oil trains from the Northern Plains to guard against explosive derailments. In a legal petition to the U.S. Department of...

Man who died in Fargo storage unit fire was living in unit

Jul. 17, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Fargo authorities say a man who died in a fire in a rental storage unit over the weekend apparently was living inside the unit. Authorities said Wednesday the fire appears to be accidental. Crews were called to the fire early Sunday and found 58-year-old Jonathan Wayne Liles of Fargo...

Legislator says law limiting state auditor is a 'mistake'

Jul. 17, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker who backed a new law that requires the state auditor to get the North Dakota Legislature's approval for conducting performance audits said Wednesday he will introduce legislation next session to overturn it. Approval of the measure to clip the auditor's wings,...

Chase on stolen motorcycle ends with crash

Jul. 17, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — The pursuit of a speeding stolen motorcycle has ended with a crash near Jamestown. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the 36-year-old operator was going about 120 miles per hour on the stolen bike Tuesday. Law enforcement officers were in pursuit for about 3 miles before the man...

Crop dusting pilot makes emergency landing

Jul. 17, 2019 8:53 AM EDT

LIDGERWOOD, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a crop dusting pilot made an emergency landing in Richland County and damaged a telephone pole. The patrol says the FAA is investigating the incident which happened about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The pilot, identified as Danny Thompson, of Wyndmere,...

Oil production steady in North Dakota

Jul. 17, 2019 7:03 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State officials say oil production in North Dakota held steady this spring. The state's wells produced 1.39 million barrels of crude per day in May, just 800 per day more than in April. Despite the steady May numbers, North Dakota's oil production is near the record set in January....

Aerial photo not clear picture of North Dakota pelican count

Jul. 16, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials have learned that conducting an aerial census of American white pelicans nesting in south-central North Dakota is better done when the big-billed birds are visible on the ground — and not in flight. The nesting colony at Chase Lake National Wildlife...

Minot man pleads not guilty to explosives charges

Jul. 16, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A Minot man says he's not guilty of making a bomb and detonating it just east of the city. Patrick Wagner is charged with two felonies in connection with the detonation last April. KXMB-TV reports investigators say Wagner was seen on surveillance video purchasing items found in the...

Missing Grand Forks man found dead

Jul. 16, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Grand Forks police say a man missing since July 6 has been found dead. Police solicited the public's help in locating 55-year-old Fernando Balboa when he went missing because he needed to take medication every four hours. Authorities said Tuesday a body was discovered in rural Polk...

3 killed in crash near Minot, child survives

Jul. 16, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol says three people have died in a fiery crash near Minot. Authorities say the driver of a pickup truck crossed into the path of a Chevy Suburban on Highway 23 west of Minot Monday afternoon. The two vehicles collided head-on with the Suburban becoming...