Latest North Dakota state government News

Emergency plan activated in North Dakota amid fall snowstorm

Oct. 11, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on Friday activated the state's emergency plan due to what he called a crippling snowstorm that closed major highways and had farmers and ranchers bracing for huge crop and livestock losses. "The extraordinary intensity of this early winter storm...

Josh Gallion to seek second term as North Dakota auditor

Oct. 9, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Auditor Joshua Gallion says he will seek re-election. Gallion says he will make a formal announcement on Thursday at Republican Party headquarters in Bismarck and Fargo. The state auditor's office inspects the books of government agencies and North Dakota's university...

North Dakota, EPA allow companies to self-report violations

Oct. 8, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Environmental regulators in North Dakota have signed an agreement with the federal government that allows companies to avoid fines by self-reporting certain minor infractions, but not if they have potentially caused serious environmental damage. The infractions could include companies...

Accomplice in killing of North Dakota woman gets 20 years

Oct. 7, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A man whose life sentence was overturned in the death of a North Dakota woman whose baby was cut from her womb was re-sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison after he apologized and pleaded for leniency in front of a nearly empty courtroom. There were no apologies from East Central...

VandeWalle won't seek new term as North Dakota chief justice

Sep. 26, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle announced Thursday that he will not seek reappointment by his colleagues to head the high court when his term expires at the end of the year. VandeWalle, 86, is the longest-serving chief justice in state history and the oldest...

North Dakota to study livestreaming legislative meetings

Sep. 26, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature will study livestreaming committee hearings at the Capitol but also will update rules to crack down on lawmakers recording the meetings and floor sessions on their mobile phones, a committee decided Thursday. North Dakota is one of only eight states that...

Tribal flags on permanent display at North Dakota Capitol

Sep. 26, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The flags of North Dakota's five tribal nations will be on permanent display outside the governor's office at the state Capitol. Republican Gov. Doug Burgum announced the decision to display the flags during his State of the State address in January. The bipartisan Legislative...

North Dakota studying pros and cons of recreational pot

Sep. 25, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers on Wednesday began studying the consequences of legalizing marijuana in the state, a move that comes amid a pair of proposed citizen-led initiatives that aim to make the drug legal for recreational use. Despite presentations from law enforcement, regulators and...

North Dakota mulling tribal flags display in state Capitol

Sep. 24, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission plans to formally request that the flags of the state's five tribes become a permanent fixture at the Capitol after three unsuccessful legislative attempts to secure such a display. A committee of state lawmakers will hear the commission's...

North Dakota father, son are family fishing partners

Sep. 23, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — He's fished 43 of 44 Governor's Walleye Cup tournaments. His son was his fishing partner each and every time. He wouldn't have it any other way. Seventy-five years old now, and with countless hours of enjoyment on the water, Chuck Berntsen of Minot treasures every opportunity to fish...