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Midco will invest $500 million to expand fiber network

BISMARCK (AP) — A Midwestern network and technology services provider says it plans to invest $200 million to upgrade and expand its fiber network in North Dakota. Midco said it's part of a larger $500 million investment to its network in the upper Midwest that will benefit telehealth, ...

One of two Badlands wildfires closes roads, part of trail system

MEDORA (AP) — One of two wildfires burning in the Badlands of western North Dakota has closed roads and part of a recreational trail system. The fire near the Elkhorn Ranch historic site has grown to about 4.7 square miles, but is now about 75% contained, according to officials. The fire ...

North Dakota sues feds over oil, gas lease sale suspension

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota has sued the Biden administration over its suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water, saying the move will cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue. President Joe Biden shut down oil and gas lease sales from the ...

Mandan commission approves police body cameras

MANDAN (AP) — The Mandan City Commission has agreed to equip the community's police force with body cameras. The commission approved the cameras unanimously Tuesday with no discussion. The police department received a quote from Digital-Ally, which already has cameras inside the police ...

Female powwow emcees make voices heard in mostly male field

(AP) — Deanna Rae StandingCloud has jokes. She also has the voice, and the skill. Now, she just needs more opportunities to show it. StandingCloud, Red Lake Nation, from Minneapolis, is one of the few female powwow emcees in a typically male-dominated field. Now that in-person powwows and ...

North Dakota looking for vaccine skeptics-turned disciples

BISMARCK (AP) — Rep. Keith Kempenich was among the thousands of North Dakotans who never took the coronavirus seriously, skipping face coverings and blowing off the vaccine as an unnecessary hassle. But the longtime Republican lawmaker and rancher from the state’s highly conservative ...

ND man arrested after Aberdeen park is locked down, searched

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man is being held on possible charges of making terroristic threats after an incident that brought the bomb squad to an Aberdeen park this week. Police were called to Wylie Park around noon Wednesday on reports that a man was talking about "blowing ...

Defendant accused of killing two will take the stand

GRAND FORKS (AP) — The attorney for a man accused of killing his mother and a Grand Forks police officer says the defendant will take that stand to testify during the trial which got underway this week. Salamah Pendleton is accused of shooting at officers who were trying to execute an order ...

One killed in 8-vehicle pileup near Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS (AP) — One person has died after eight vehicles crashed on a highway west of Grand Forks Friday, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. A semi, multiple pick-up trucks, a boat, trailer and several other cars were involved in the crash on Highway 2 about 7:30 a.m. Sgt. ...

Pelican population increases at North Dakota wildlife refuge

BISMARCK (AP) — Abnormally dry weather may have helped boost the number of American white pelicans nesting in north-central North Dakota known as North America's largest refuge for the big-billed birds. Results of an aerial survey released Friday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service show ...