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USDA Forest Service and partners gear up for busy spring fire season

BISMARCK – Local firefighters are preparing for a busy spring fire season. Since January, across North Dakota firefighters have responded to 64 wildfires consuming 21,514 acres, a major increase from the reported 11,584 total acres burned in 2020. “We are partnering with local, state, and ...

North Dakota reports 137 new virus cases, 1 death on weekend

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota health officials on Sunday reported 49 new cases of COVID-19, lifting the total number of positive tests to 137 for the weekend and 101,514 since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The state lab processed a typical light load of 801 tests in the last day, for ...

Leaders aim to tune how allegations of legislator misbehavior are handled

Unprecedented member expulsion exposed ‘gap’ By Brayden Zenker ND Newspaper Association BISMARCK – The recent expulsion of former Rep. Luke Simons has party leaders discussing procedures to sanction members of the Legislature. The response to allegations of sexual harassment and ...

Fort Totten man indicted in boy’s death on reservation

FARGO (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Fort Totten man in the death of a boy on the Spirit Lake Reservation in January, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The indictment unsealed Thursday charges 34-year-old Cody James Belgarde with first-degree murder. Acting U.S. ...

ND House cools to bill seen as helping Hoeven’s bank

BISMARCK (AP) — Republican North Dakota House leaders on Friday signaled a reluctance to fully support a proposal to would funnel $10 million to a troubled intermodal rail facility — a move that is increasingly is being viewed and criticized as a bailout for some banks, including one ...

Elderly woman pleads guilty in fatal hit-and-run in Bismarck

BISMARCK (AP) — An 85-year-old Bismarck woman has pleaded guilty in a fatal hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian. Bertha Harper entered the pleas just as her trial was set to begin Wednesday on charges of negligent homicide and failing to report an accident. Harper faces the ...

Man pleads not guilty to shooting, terrorizing charges

BISMARCK (AP) — A man accused of shooting at a Bismarck home and sending threatening text messages to a woman has pleaded not guilty to felony charges. Steve Boeshans, 45, entered the plea Tuesday to reckless endangerment and terrorizing, as well as a misdemeanor charge of firing a gun in ...

Critics say rail facility bailout would help Hoeven’s bank

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican-led Legislature is considering giving $10 million to an intermodal rail facility, a move backers say will reduce shipping costs and increase markets for the state’s farm products and other commodities. Opponents argue the funding proposed for the ...

Negligent homicide charge stands in pedestrian death

BISMARCK (AP) — A judge has refused to dismiss felony charges against an 85-year-old Bismarck woman accused of negligent homicide in the death of a pedestrian. The defense argued that prosecutors are treating the case differently than a similar one 13 years ago. Bertha Harper was charged ...

Revenue forecast expects $1B increase in oil tax collections

BISMARCK (AP) — An updated revenue forecast unveiled Tuesday shows North Dakota’s treasury expects to collect about $1 billion more in oil taxes over the next two-year budget cycle than what lawmakers expected just two months ago. The forecast from state budget analysts and Moody’s ...