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Burgum raises virus risk levels in several counties

BISMARCK (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum on Thursday raised the coronavirus risk levels in several North Dakota counties, but issued no new restrictions, as the state's number of active COVID-19 cases continued to grow and its rate of positive tests rose to the highest in the nation. Burgum moved ...

FEMA approves participation in Lost Wages Assistance program

BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum on Tuesday expressed his gratitude after the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved North Dakota’s participation in the Lost Wages Assistance program created by President Donald Trump to ease the economic burden for those who have lost their employment ...

ND reports 265 new COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota health officials reported 265 new positive coronavirus cases and three new deaths on Wednesday. The number of new positive cases included 62 in Burleigh County and 23 in neighboring Morton County. The counties that include the Bismarck metropolitan area have ...

BISMARCK (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers is recommending that the federal government negotiate a settlement with North Dakota for more than $38 million that the state spent policing protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, the Department of the Army is asking the Department of Justice to enter into settlement negotiations with the state “to avoid protracted and costly litigation, particularly in light of the harm that occurred in this case.” The request comes following U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Traynor’s decision last month to deny the federal government’s motion to dismiss North Dakota’s lawsuit seeking to recover more than $38 million in damages the state claimed from the monthslong pipeline protests almost four years ago. “I request that you consider engaging in settlement discussions with North Dakota to determine whether a reasonable resolution is within reach” Army Under Secretary James McPherson wrote in his letter to Acting Assistant Attorney General Ethan Davis. North Dakota Republican U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer called the recommendation “very significant” and the right thing to do for the federal government. “North Dakota assumed all costs including the cleanup of actions facilitated by the Corps of Engineers,” Cramer said Tuesday. The state “has one thing in mind and that is to make us whole. We don’t go away on these things like everybody else.” The $3.8 billion pipeline has been moving oil from the Dakotas through Iowa to Illinois for more than three years. Thousands of opponents gathered in southern North Dakota in 2016 and early 2017, camping on federal land and often clashing with police. Hundreds were arrested over six months. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has long argued that the Corps allowed and sometimes encouraged protesters to illegally camp without a federal permit. The Corps has said protesters weren’t evicted due to free speech reasons. Traynor, who is based in Bismarck, ruled last month the Corps failed to comply with its own mandatory permitting process. “As a result, there was no limitation on the gathering and no bond available to clean up the spoiled environment that was left,” his ruling said. Stenehjem said he had an appointment to speak with federal lawyers by telephone on Tuesday. “We have made our demands,” Stenehjem said. “I hope they are willing to negotiate in good faith. If not, we will prepare for trial.” Stenehjem said North Dakota has a strong case and holds the upper hand in negotiations now with the federal judge’s ruling last month. “I wouldn’t trade legal positions with the Corps,” Stenehjem said.

BISMARCK (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers is recommending that the federal government negotiate a settlement with North Dakota for more than $38 million that the state spent policing protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, the ...

Dems endorse candidate to replace nominee ruled ineligible

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Democrats have endorsed a new candidate for insurance commissioner after the state Supreme Court ruled the party’s intitial nominee was ineligible for the ballot. In a unanimous opinion last week, the high court upheld a lower court ruling that concluded ...

North Dakota reports 191 new COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota health officials reported 191 new positive coronavirus cases and two new deaths on Tuesday. The number of new positive cases included 30 in Burleigh County and 12 in neighboring Morton County. The counties that include the Bismarck metropolitan area have taken ...

Burgum personally reviewing applications for pot pardons

BISMARCK (AP) — A second wave of applicants seeking pardons for low-level marijuana crimes is on North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum’s desk, under a new policy that can erase records of people who have avoided unlawful behavior for five years. But even with the endorsement of the state’s ...

Human Services seeks input on amendments affecting elderly, disabled

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Human Services is seeking public comments on amendments to two Medicaid waivers that help older adults and people with disabilities live in their own homes and communities. The department’s Developmental Disabilities Division is accepting comments ...

ND reports 1 death, drop in active virus cases

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota health officials are reporting one new death due to COVID-19 and a slight decline in active cases. The North Dakota Department of Health on Monday reported a Grand Forks County man in his 50s with underlying health conditions died, bringing the state’s death ...

North Dakota seeks disaster declaration for storm damage

BISMARCK (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum requested a presidential disaster declaration Monday for a severe summer storm that caused flash flooding in several North Dakota counties and resulted in more than $5 million in damage to roads and other infrastructure. In a letter to President Donald Trump ...