Latest North Dakota state government News

Burgum postpones State of State speech because of laryngitis

Jan. 17, 2022 17:57 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has postponed his State of the State address due to laryngitis, officials said Monday. The speech was scheduled for Wednesday in Fargo. The governor's office said in a release that Burgum is “currently having challenges with his...

North Dakota beekeeping supply to serve top US honey states

Jan. 16, 2022 11:57 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A commercial beekeeping supply business has opened in far southwestern North Dakota that will serve people in three of the top five honey producing states in the country. State Department of Commerce officials say Commercial Bee Supply in Hettinger is meant...

Univ. of North Dakota leader defends gender inclusion plan

Jan. 14, 2022 19:40 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The president of the University of North Dakota on Friday defended a proposal that would allow students to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity, saying the intent is to align the Grand Forks-based school with existing laws and to better...

North Dakota police confiscate then return reporter's phone

Jan. 12, 2022 17:42 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota police investigator violated state law by confiscating a local radio journalist's cellphone without a valid warrant and has been forced to return the device, the state's attorney general said Wednesday. Tom Simon, 62, who works for Williston...

North Dakota officials forced to cut back on COVID case work

Jan. 10, 2022 12:17 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials said Monday that the recent surge in COVID-19 cases is forcing them to cut back on investigations and they are encouraging people who test positive to isolate on their own. The state Department of Health said it will continue to...

North Dakota Supreme Court overturns child abuse conviction

Jan. 09, 2022 18:56 PM EST

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has ruled that a Minot man should not have been convicted of child abuse for allegedly assaulting a woman in front of a young girl. Brent Castleman, 54, was found guilty last year of a Class B felony after the jury watched a...

Falsehoods following Capitol riot final straw for ND senator

Jan. 06, 2022 17:13 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Jan. 6 insurrection wasn’t the reason North Dakota Democratic Sen. Erin Oban won’t run for reelection next year. It’s the increased divisiveness in politics that has followed, she said. “It wasn’t the insurrectionists storming the U.S. Capitol...

Supreme Court denies appeal of kidnapping, slaying convict

Jan. 05, 2022 10:40 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has denied the appeal of a man serving life in prison for kidnapping and killing another man in Burleigh County in 2012. John Clark Bridges argued in his appeal that mental illness prevented him from understanding the charges...

Drew Wrigley announces bid for North Dakota attorney general

Dec. 30, 2021 16:05 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Former U.S. attorney and lieutenant governor Drew Wrigley announced Thursday he will run for North Dakota attorney general. The Republican aims to fill the seat held by Wayne Stenehjem, who announced this month that he won't seek reelection next year. ...

North Dakota gives out $8.4M in state worker bonuses in 2021

Dec. 29, 2021 16:35 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota spent $8.4 million this year on bonuses for some state workers, a record sum that was more than double paid out in 2020. A little more than a third of the nearly 9,300 state employees received the bonuses, including several from Republican Gov....