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North Dakota high court orders new civil trial in 2015 crash

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has ordered a new civil trial for a driver who caused a Bismarck expressway crash that killed two women, injured a third and produced a jury award of more than $1 billion in damages. The 2015 crash killed 21-year-old Taylor Goven, of Mandan, and ...

UND rock library looks to preserve core of energy industry

GRAND FORKS (AP) — A few hours’ drive from the Bakken oil fields lies a treasure trove for geologists: rock from nearly every oil well ever drilled in North Dakota, under one roof. The rock is tucked neatly into cardboard boxes stacked on numerous warehouse storage shelves in the Wilson M. ...

North Dakota’s most costly leased building largely unused

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota taxpayers are on the hook for nearly $3 million in rent over the next two years for unused office space for a state agency that intends to allow most of its more than 400 employees to work from home indefinitely. The North Dakota Information Technology ...

‘Great day for America’: Vaccinated can ditch masks

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people on Thursday, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings. “Today is a great ...

Jury: Guilty of manslaughter, innocent of murder, homicide

BISMARCK (AP) — A defendant accused of fatally stabbing a man in Mandan last summer has been convicted of manslaughter, but found innocent of murder and negligent homicide. A jury in Morton County deliberated about three hours before reaching the verdict Wednesday. Arthur Funk, 48, was found ...

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 ...