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Police: Dead horses, foals found on North Dakota man’s farm

ZAP (AP) — A North Dakota man accused of feeding moldy hay and denying water to numerous horses that wound up dead or sick has been charged with felony animal cruelty. Mercer County deputies found 15 dead horses and 11 dead foals and fetuses over the weekend on the property of Shanan Weigum, ...

Burgum directs flags flown at half-staff in memory of those lost to COVID-19

BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Friday, Feb. 26, and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, in memory of the more than 500,000 Americans lost to ...

Burgum terminates several executive orders related to COVID-19

BISMARCK– Gov. Doug Burgum on Monday signed an executive order terminating several prior executive orders issued during the COVID-19 pandemic that have fulfilled their stated objectives and are no longer necessary. The terminated orders pertained to: – temporary emergency licensing ...

North Dakota House OKs bill to prohibit mandatory mask use

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican-led House endorsed a measure Monday that would prohibit state or local governments from mandating face coverings. Representatives approved the measure 50-44. The bill also prohibits “making use of a face mask, shield, or covering a condition for ...

North Dakota’s Senate approves measure for annual sessions

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Senate decided on Monday for a second time to allow the North Dakota Legislature to meet annually instead of every other year after lawmakers for decades have rebuffed attempts to hold regular sessions each year. Senators voted 28-19 to approve the bipartisan ...

As catalytic converter theft grows, lawmakers take notice

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers are weighing a bill aimed at cutting down on an epidemic of catalytic converter thefts. The catalytic converters have become a hot item for thieves because of the precious metals inside. The devices, which have long been required to reduce pollutants ...

North Dakota virus update shows low numbers of tests, cases

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota health officials on Sunday confirmed 45 new positive COVID-19 cases and one new death due to the coronavirus, reflecting what have been typically low weekend numbers. The state lab processed 2,116 tests in the last day, for a 2.6% positivity rate. More than ...

North Dakota Legislature marches toward midsession break

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's Legislature is in its last week before its midsession break, and lawmakers are finishing up committee work and considering remaining bills in their respective chambers. Many of the major spending bills are still being considered this week in House and Senate ...

ERA debate continues in ND

BISMARCK — Nearly half a century after North Dakota ratified the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, debate continues in the Legislature over the amendment - and whether the state’s ratification stands. “ERA would forever make it illegal to extend benefits, privileges or ...

North Dakota House approves infrastructure bonding package

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota House has overwhelming approved a proposed bonding package aimed largely at financing infrastructure projects across the state. Representatives voted 74-17 to approve the bill Friday. It now heads to the Senate. The $680 million package relies on earnings ...