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One person has died in Bismarck apartment fire

BISMARCK (AP) — One person has died in an apartment fire in Bismarck, officials said. Firefighters responded to a multi-family apartment building about 6:40 p.m. Tuesday and found heavy smoke and fire coming from a second-floor balcony. Crews began working the fire from the outside, then ...

Lawmakers to choose study topics that may inspire bills

BISMARCK (AP) — Less than a month after the North Dakota Legislature adjourned, a group of lawmakers will return to the Capitol next week to decide study topics that may result in legislation for the 2023 session. The Legislative Management committee, a 17-member panel of lawmakers that ...

Fire causes extensive damage at Fargo strip mall

FARGO (AP) — Fire has caused extensive damage at a strip mall in Fargo. The three-alarm fire broke out in Bodyworks Physical Therapy Tuesday afternoon and spread to Gigi's Playhouse which serves individuals with Down syndrome, according to authorities. Fire officials said a firewall between ...

ND Capitol to be used as courtroom for 2 trials

BISMARCK (AP) — The House chamber at the North Dakota Capitol will be used as a courtroom for a pair of high-profile criminal trials, in part to ensure social distancing, an official said Tuesday. The two trials had been scheduled in courthouses in Burleigh and Morton counties, one beginning ...

Jurors to decide whether fatal stabbing was murder

BISMARCK (AP) — A jury in Burleigh County will decide if a Moffit man charged in a fatal stabbing committed murder or was acting in self-defense. Forty-eight-year-old Arthur Funk is charged in the June 2020 death of 53-year-old Kevin Stockert, of Mandan. According to the prosecution, the two ...

Trial in quadruple slaying in Mandan delayed to August

BISMARCK (AP) — The trial of a man accused of killing four people at a Mandan property management business has been delayed until August after more defense attorneys asked to be removed from the case. Chad Isaak, 46, of Washburn, is accused of killing RJR Maintenance and Management co-owner ...

Workplace deaths remain high in ND

BISMARCK (AP) — An annual report using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows North Dakota's rate of workplace deaths remains among the highest in the country. The annual report released by the AFL-CIO shows that 37 North Dakota workers died in 2019 due to on-the-job injuries. ...

North Dakota paddlefish snagging season closing early

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota wildlife officials announced Sunday they have shut down the paddlefish snagging season in order to protect the fish population. The 2021 season was scheduled through the third week in May but the state Game and Fish Department often closes it early when a high ...

Bismarck man elected to lead North Dakota Democrats

BISMARCK (AP) — A Bismarck man has been chosen to head the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party. Democratic leaders from across the state elected Patrick Hart chairman during the party's reorganization meeting Saturday. He defeated Shelley Lenz, who made an unsuccessful bid for governor last ...

Judge denies evidence suppression motion in murder plot case

BISMARCK (AP) — A South Central District judge has rejected a defense request to suppress some evidence in a Bismarck murder conspiracy case. Attorneys for Earl Howard and Nikkisue Entzel argued the evidence, including cellphone and video surveillance, was improperly gathered without search ...