Latest North Dakota state government News

South-central North Dakota courts prep to resume jury trials

Jul. 3, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A number of safety changes are being implemented as courthouses in the South Central District of North Dakota prepare for resuming jury trials July 14 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The precautions include some physical changes that will be noticeable, such as the installation of...

North Dakota health officer thrust into middle of pandemic

Jul. 2, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Taking over North Dakota’s health department in the middle of the coronavirus has been a whirlwind for Dr. Andrew Stahl, who said Thursday that his busy schedule has not allowed him time to appear in public. Stahl took over as interim health officer in late May for Mylynn Tufte,...

North Dakota chancellor says he will donate 2.5% pay raise

Jun. 30, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Board of Higher Education on Tuesday approved a 2.5% pay raise for the university system chancellor, who said he will donate the money. The increase for Mark Hagerott is the maximum amount approved by the state Legislature. It would bump his annual salary of $374,400...

Court: Permit for oil refinery planned near national park OK

Jun. 30, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has sided with state regulators in a challenge to an air quality permit for a proposed oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the western part of the state. In a unanimous opinion, the high court upheld a lower court ruling that affirmed...

Department of Commerce officials seek legal fees over probe

Jun. 30, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Commerce leader and a former agency worker want the state to pay their legal fees for a criminal investigation resulting from a 2019 audit. Commerce Commissioner Michelle Kommer and former senior manager Holly Holt hired lawyers after an audit found that...

Michelle Kommer, commissioner of the North Dakota Department of Commerce, left, and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, center, listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting about the coronavirus response, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Governor: North Dakota close to last stage of reopening plan

Jun. 23, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said Tuesday that several counties in the state are close to reaching the fifth and final stage of a reopening plan that would allow businesses to resume normal operations under standard precautions to minimize risk of the coronavirus. Burgum said the...

Stenehjem: Record homicides the 'bleak spot' in crime report

Jun. 23, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota saw a record 26 homicides last year, a number that Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem called the “one bleak spot” in the 2019 state crime report released Tuesday. Stenehjem said 10 of the killings were the result of domestic violence, two of which involved...

Plugging abandoned North Dakota oil wells to begin mid-July

Jun. 20, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State regulators have approved a new program to plug North Dakota's abandoned oil wells. Work is set to begin July 16 under the program approved by the Industrial Commission on Friday. The Bismarck Tribune reports the state plans to use $66 million in federal coronavirus aid to plug...

Wess Philome, organizer of a Fargo, N.D. and Moorhead, Minn., community diversity group known as OneFargo, runs around a group of protesters at Fargo City Hall on Friday, June 19, 2020. Philome led the Juneteenth march from a city park to City Hall and was getting in place to lead the group back to the park. Several hundred people attended the event the three-hour event. (AP Photo/David Kolpack)

Fargo Juneteenth organizers blame threats for low turnout

Jun. 19, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Organizers of a peaceful march in the Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota, area on Friday to celebrate Juneteenth and denounce racial injustice said threats by city leaders and a federal prosecutor contributed to a low turnout, but promised there would be a better showing at a weekend protest....

Judge nixes North Dakota group's call for online signatures

Jun. 16, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge said Monday he will not waive North Dakota's ban on electronic signature gathering for a group attempting to get a wide-ranging measure on the November ballot. North Dakota Voters First asked to allow online signature gathering because of the coronavirus pandemic. The...