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ND Legislature drops mask mandate in chambers

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican-led Legislature has relaxed a requirement for lawmakers to wear masks in House and Senate chambers. The Senate on Monday endorsed the rule change with the needed two-third vote. The House met the two-thirds threshold on Friday, before sending the ...

ND has 4th new health officer since start of virus

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on Monday appointed his fourth state health officer since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Nizar Wehbi is the deputy director of the Center for Health Policy and assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is ...

Strong start, but hardly a vaccine victory in North Dakota

FARGO (AP) — While older residents and health care workers have kick-started the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in North Dakota, many health officials worry that turning out younger and healthier adults will be a more difficult chore. The state has started soft-selling via social media and word of ...

ND Air Guard member receives Keeble Award for heroism

FARGO —The North Dakota National Guard presented Tech. Sgt. Ryan Fontaine The Woodrow W. Keeble “Je Suis Pret” (I am Ready) Award during a presentation ceremony at North Dakota Air National Guard Base, Fargo, on Saturday. Fontaine, of the Minot Air Force Base-based 219th Security Forces ...

National Guard wing dubbed ‘Happy Hooligans’ has new leader

FARGO (AP) — The North Dakota Air National Guard's 119th Wing based in Fargo has a new commander. Col. Mitch Johnson officially took over command of the unit known as the "Happy Hooligans" during a ceremony held at the base on Saturday. He replaces Col. Darrin Anderson, who will remain with ...

ND lawmaker expulsion reveals policy problems

BISMARCK (AP) — After the North Dakota House voted to expel a lawmaker accused of a long pattern of sexually harassing women at the Capitol, attention has turned to a policy that was intended to protect against harassment but may have actually made it harder to stop it. Legislative leaders ...

North Dakota House expels lawmaker accused of misconduct

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota House on Thursday voted to expel a lawmaker accused of threatening and sexually harassing women at the Capitol, the first time in state history for such an expulsion. Members voted 69-25 to expel Rep. Luke Simons, a Republican from Dickinson, for a pattern of ...

Legislative leaders move to expel ND House member

BISMARCK (AP) — Republican and Democratic legislative leaders were finalizing a resolution Wednesday to expel a North Dakota House member accused of threatening and sexually harassing women at the state Capitol. House Majority Leader Chet Pollert told The Associated Press that the resolution ...

West Fargo assistant principal arrested for DUI

WEST FARGO (AP) — The assistant principal at a West Fargo high school who was arrested over the weekend will be back on the job this week. Sheyenne High School Assistant Principal Nathan Schleicher was arrested for driving under the influence and DUI refusal Saturday, according to ...

Economy grows, but inflation, shipping worries loom

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economy in nine Midwest and Plains states continues to improve to levels seen before the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year, according to a new monthly survey of business leaders, but concerns about rising inflation and bottlenecks in the supply chain are ...