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Bill aims for North Dakota to legally recognize Juneteenth

BISMARCK (AP) — A bipartisan bill in the North Dakota Legislature aims to recognize Juneteenth as a ceremonial holiday in the state. North Dakota is only one of three states in the nation that does not legally recognize the June 19 holiday, which commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. ...

Bill would make mental health studies mandatory

BISMARCK (AP) — Lawmakers in North Dakota are considering a proposal to make mental health and wellness studies mandatory for middle and high school students. According to health officials, North Dakota's rate of teen suicide is well above the national average. While some schools have ...

Diversion backers laud decision affirming permit

FARGO (AP) — Supporters of a Red River diversion project said Wednesday a decision by a Minnesota agency to reject an appeal of a permit it issued in 2018 should remove one of the last hurdles to building the channel. The announcement by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources opens ...

Co-workers rescue man from flooded logging machine

LAKE HATTIE TOWNSHIP, Minn. (AP) — Co-workers were able to save a man after the logging machine he was operating broke through some ice at a remote site in northern Minnesota. According to the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office, Roy Davis was trapped inside the cab of the machine as it flooded ...

Legislative panel stamps out bill to raise cigarette taxes

BISMARCK (AP) — A North Dakota legislative panel on Tuesday snuffed out a proposal to raise the state's cigarette tax from 44 cents to $1 a pack, which would have been the first such hike in almost 30 years. The House Finance and Taxation Committee gave a “do-not-pass” recommendation to ...

Two sentenced in ND construction fraud scheme

WASHBURN (AP) — Two men accused in a construction fraud scheme in McLean County have each been sentenced to 15 months in prison and have paid more than $700,000 in restitution. Bartley Gorman Jr., 56, and Sean Gorman, 27, both of Minot, pleaded guilty to criminal charges, including ...

Bismarck schools amends tolerance on hate symbols

BISMARCK (AP) — Bismarck Public Schools has updated an existing tolerance policy after a student asked for the Confederate flag to be banned. Marianna Miller, a 16-year-old Black student, earlier told school board members that the flag should be banned because it causes distractions to the ...

Corps wants delay on hearing to shut down DAPL

FARGO (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday asked a federal judge to delay a hearing on a temporary shutdown of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, citing the changeover in personnel with the new administration. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg asked the Corps to outline its plans ...

North Dakota testing numbers typically low in weekend report

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota health officials reported typically low COVID-19 testing numbers on Sunday, with 49 new cases confirmed out of 1,673 tests processed in the last day. The update increased the total number of positive tests to 98,155 since the start of the pandemic. Cass County, ...

Proposal passed to study lawmakers’ expense reimbursements

BISMARCK (AP) — A proposal to reimburse North Dakota lawmakers for meals beyond their per diem payments could languish in a longer-term study of their overall expense reimbursements. Republican Rep. Keith Kempenich introduced a bill in committee Thursday that would reimburse state lawmakers ...