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North Dakota justice with COVID-19 released from hospital

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s longest-serving Supreme Court justice has been released from the hospital where he has been recovering from COVID-19. Chief Justice Jon Jensen said Justice Gerald VandeWalle, 87, was discharged Friday to a facility for rehabilitation to regain his strength, ...

North Dakota reaches 10,000 in positive tests for COVID-19

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota has reached 10,000 in the number of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, health officials said Monday. The update showed 127 positive tests for the coronavirus in the past day, including 26 in Grand Forks County and 21 in Stark County. North Dakota ...

Wisconsin police chief picked for Fargo job

FARGO (AP) — A Fargo selection committee has picked a new police chief. David Zibolski was among three finalists for the job. The candidates were given the chance to present a 90-day action plan Thursday outlining the steps they would take initially if given the chance. The Fargo Police ...

Gaming company’s lawsuit against ND dimissed

BISMARCK (AP) — A company that operates electronic pull tab machines in North Dakota has agreed to dismiss its lawsuit against state officials who suspended its gaming license. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem ordered in July that nearly 500 machines built by Powerhouse Gaming be shut down ...

Medora tourism dampened, not decimated by pandemic

BISMARCK (AP) — On a chilly spring day in the tourist town of Medora, local business owners gathered outside in a parking lot, each 6 feet from the others. It wasn’t a normal venue for the Medora Chamber of Commerce, but the COVID-19 pandemic had reached the United States, and the group ...

Justice with COVID-19 expects to be out of hospital soon

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s longest-serving Supreme Court justice expected he would be released from the hospital this week where he has been recovering from COVID-19. Justice Gerald VandeWalle, who has been on the court for 42 years, has been hospitalized at Sanford Health in Bismarck ...

Burgum: Health officer quits over family, career concerns

BISMARCK (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum said Thursday that North Dakota's newly appointed top health officer resigned due to family, financial and career considerations, not because of any disagreements with the administration over the state's worsening coronavirus pandemic. Burgum on Wednesday ...

Judge: Insurance commissioner nominee ineligible for ballot

BISMARCK (AP) — A South Central District judge has concluded the Democratic-NPL nominee for North Dakota insurance commissioner hasn't lived in the state long enough to hold the office. The decision by Judge Thomas Schneider about Travisia Martin now goes to the state Supreme Court. It could ...

North Dakota reports 136 new COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota health officials reported 136 new positive coronavirus cases and two new deaths on Tuesday. The number of new positive cases included 50 in Burleigh County and 18 in neighboring Morton County. The counties that include the Bismarck metropolitan area have taken ...

Woman drowns after rescuing children in northwest Minnesota

BAGLEY, Minn. (AP) — An 18-year-old woman drowned after pulling several children from turbulent river water below a dam in northwestern Minnesota, authorities said. The teen and about seven children related to her were sliding over a rushing dam that separates Clearwater Lake and Clearwater ...