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Record number of new virus cases led by Stark County spike

Aug. 13, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials said Thursday the state set daily highs for COVID-19 tests and the number of positive screenings, led by a spike of 49 new cases in Stark County. Sherry Adams, executive officer at Southwestern District Health Unit in Dickinson, attributed many of the...

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...

Group asks state Supreme Court to keep measure off ballot

Aug. 12, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A group opposed to a proposed constitutional amendment meant to reform voting redistricting rules in North Dakota filed a petition Wednesday asking the state Supreme Court to keep the measure off the ballot. The Brighter Future Alliance says sponsors of the measure failed to provide a...

Officials can't say if more companies nixed closure requests

Aug. 12, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials declined Wednesday to release information on any companies that have refused to cooperate with requests from health officials during the coronavirus pandemic and said information about one such company in Fargo was released in error. The Associated Press requested...

Remains of exhumed baby returned to grave in North Dakota

Aug. 12, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) — The remains of a newborn girl have been returned to a grave in Valley City a year after they were exhumed in a decades-old cold case. The remains were buried again Tuesday at Hillside Cemetery in a ceremony attended by Barnes County and Valley City officials. The body of the...

Minot State receives grant for special education degrees

Aug. 12, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Wednesday that a new partnership with Minot State University will help ease the state's shortage of special education teachers. Minot State will receive a $750,000 grant to pay for scholarships for 20 paraprofessionals who work with...

Fire crews respond to a massive blaze at a three-story apartment building in northwest Mandan, N.D., on Monday, Aug. 11, 2020.  The large fire has displaced its tenants. The Red Cross is assisting an unknown number of people whose apartments were lost or damaged. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

Large fire causes heavy damage at Mandan apartment complex

Aug. 11, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — A large fire at an apartment complex in Mandan has displaced its tenants. Flames could be seen shooting from the roof of the three-story Sunset Bluffs Apartments Monday night. The Red Cross is assisting an unknown number of people whose apartments were lost or damaged. Mandan Fire...

Auction for former North Dakota missile site falls short

Aug. 11, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An auction for a former missile site in northeastern North Dakota fell short of the hoped-for price Tuesday. Over 70 bidders were registered online to bid on the 50-acre, double-fenced, Cold War-era site near Fairdale. Leslie Volochenko of Mandan bought the property in 2012 and put...

Immigrants comprise 5% of North Dakota's population

Aug. 11, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Data from the American Immigration Council shows North Dakota has a small but growing community of immigrants, with many coming from the Philippines. The council's latest figures from 2018 show 35,824 foreign-born individuals comprised 5% of the state's population. Immigrants made up 6%...