Latest North Dakota state government News

Drought contributes to increase in North Dakota wildfires

Jun. 16, 2021 10:59 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The number of wildfires this year in North Dakota has increased significantly, according to state officials, who cite extremely dry conditions. Data collected by the North Dakota Forest Service and the state Department of Emergency Services shows...

Active COVID-19 cases drop below 300 in North Dakota

Jun. 14, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Health confirmed eight new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the total positives since testing began to more than 110,440. The number of currently active COVID-19 cases in North Dakota stands at 286 as of June 13,...

North Dakota lawmakers await guidance on coronavirus funds

Jun. 11, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican legislative leaders are in no hurry to spend an additional $1 billion in federal coronavirus aid, despite grumbling from some lawmakers that the funds should be distributed sooner rather than later. Senate Majority...

Rural legislators face loss of clout during redistricting

Jun. 10, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State Sen. Jerry Klein’s legislative district covers a section of North Dakota that's bigger than Connecticut. Democratic state Rep. Josh Boschee says he can walk the entire length of his Fargo district in less than a half hour. While both...

Companies aim to build 'clean hydrogen' hub in North Dakota

Jun. 02, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and energy industry officials announced Wednesday a plan to establish a hub for so-called clean hydrogen that someday could be used in everything from powering vehicles to energy generation. Burgum hailed the project...

Lawmakers ask state to stop calls about COVID-19 vaccine

May. 26, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two Republican state legislators are asking North Dakota health officials to stop calling residents to offer information on the coronavirus vaccine. Sens. Jessica Bell and Nicole Poolman sent a letter to State Health Officer Dr. Nizar Wehbi...

Critics of North Dakota law: Get asbestos health screening

May. 26, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Labor unions and veterans groups are urging North Dakotans who may have been exposed to asbestos to get screened before a new law takes effect that will make it more difficult to sue. Backers of the law, which will bar people from suing over...

State high court: Burgum had authority to close businesses

May. 21, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has ruled that Gov. Doug Burgum had the authority to close businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Somerset Court LLC and salon operator Kari Riggin in April sued Burgum and then-State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte...

North Dakota won't halt case against horse-betting business

May. 20, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s attorney general is continuing to pursue a 17-year-old bankruptcy court battle with the owner of a Fargo-based horse betting business despite a federal judge’s blistering rebuke of the state’s actions, one of which might have been illegal. ...

North Dakota panel picks study topics ahead of next session

May. 19, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A panel of North Dakota lawmakers on Wednesday chose study topics that are likely to inspire legislation for the 2023 session. The Republican-led Legislative Management committee, a 17-member panel of lawmakers that oversees business between...