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Dakotas lead US in virus growth as both reject mask rules

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Coronavirus infections in the Dakotas are growing faster than anywhere else in the nation, fueling impassioned debates over masks and personal freedom after months in which the two states avoided the worst of the pandemic. The argument over masks raged this week in ...

ND county resists public mask mandate

BISMARCK (AP) — A North Dakota county that is among the COVID-19 hot spots in the state has voted unanimously against creating a public mask mandate. The Bismarck Tribune reports nearly a dozen people spoke out against the idea at the Morton County Commission meeting on Thursday. Morton and ...

Body of missing ND boy found in Yellowstone River

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A dive team has recovered the body of a North Dakota boy who went missing while swimming in the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana over the weekend, the Richland County sheriff's office said. The body of 13-year-old Ira David Lawrence of Watford City was recovered on ...

Group seeks to defeat new hurdle for ballot initiatives

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s voters in November will decide whether the Legislature should have the power to review and approve citizen-initiated constitutional amendments. An opposition group says it would effectively giving lawmakers veto power over what citizens want. The group, ...

Additional charges filed in child sexual exploitation case

BISMARCK (AP) — A Bismarck man facing more than two dozen felony charges, including sexually exploiting children, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on an additional 13 counts. The new charges accuse 21-year-old Dawson Rouse of luring minor girls on social media and convincing them to ...

North Dakota reports 337 new COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota health officials reported 337 new positive coronavirus cases and three more deaths on Thursday. The number of new positive cases included 62 in Burleigh County and 34 in neighboring Morton County. The counties that include the Bismarck metropolitan area have ...

ND groups try to boost tribal census participation

BISMARCK (AP) — Several groups in North Dakota are working to increase tribal participation in the 2020 U.S. census to ensure they are not undercounted or underfunded. Overall, North Dakota has an 86% response rate and about a 64% self-response rate. But participation of the state's five ...

North Dakota’s active virus cases drop for 2nd straight day

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials said Tuesday that the number of active COVID-19 cases have dropped for two straight days, including 301 fewer cases in the last day. Active cases in the state reached a record number of 2,653 on Sunday. That has been reduced by 389 in the ...

North Dakota sees 171 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota health officials reported an additional 171 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, and no additional deaths. The new figures bring the total number of positive cases in North Dakota to 13,801. There have been 156 deaths attributed to COVID-19 since the pandemic ...

North Dakota Supreme Court rejects Democrat replacement bid

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court on Friday ruled against Democrats who petitioned to get a replacement candidate for insurance commissioner on the November ballot. Democrats had argued that state law allows them to substitute a candidate after the court removed their previous ...