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Cigar Lounges Pass North Dakota House  

Receives Majority Approval  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House passed a bill that would allow businesses to have cigar bars and lounges.  A cigar bar, a place where people go to smoke cigars, is defined in the bill as a bar that generates two percent or more of…
January 26, 2023

House Defeats Senior Tax Relief 

North Dakota Property Tax Debate  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House defeated a bill Tuesday that would exempt those 65 years old and older from paying property tax.  House Bill 1380, which would eliminate property tax for homeowners 65 years old and older, failed in the House by…
January 25, 2023

North Dakota Hearings on Vaccine Bills 

Lengthy Committee Debate  BISMARCK – The North Dakota House and Human Services committee heard much testimony Monday on bills relating to vaccine transparency and mandates.  House Bill 1207 would require the Department of Health and Human Services to publish vaccine adverse events on its website.  The sponsor of the bill,…
January 24, 2023

Monday's High School Basketball Scores 

The Associated Press  GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL  Beulah 53, Hazen 46  Bishop Ryan 55, Lewis & Clark/Berthold Co-op 51  Bottineau 69, Velva 29  Bowman County 78, Hettinger/Scranton 46  Central McLean 80, Flasher 33  Des Lacs-Burlington 48, Surrey 32  Four Winds/Minnewaukan 51, Benson County 39  Glenburn 56, Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 35  Grant County/Mott-Regent 61,…
January 24, 2023

Hot Topic: Deer Baiting Bill 

Hundreds Testify Pro and Con  BISMARCK – House Bill 1151 is perhaps the most talked about bill at this year’s session of the North Dakota State Legislature. It also may be shortest.  HB 1151 – Baiting deer for hunting not prohibited.  The department may not issue rules or adopt a…
January 24, 2023

McKenzie County Hit and Run Injury Crash  

North Dakota Highway Patrol  What: Hit and Run injury crash   Where: Highway 85 near mile marker 151 approximately 1 mile west of Arnegard, ND   When: January 23, 2023, at approximately 0630 AM CST   Road Conditions: Icy   Crash Involvement: Vehicle vs Vehicle   Type of Crash: Side…
January 23, 2023

House Passes Thanksgiving Alcohol Sales 

Narrow Vote in North Dakota Capitol  BISMARCK – North Dakota citizens might be allowed to buy and sell alcohol on Thanksgiving Day after the narrow House vote Friday.   Though on-premise sales are currently allowed, House Bill 1335 would change the North Dakota Century Code to allow off-sale transactions of alcohol.…
January 23, 2023

Fear of Falling Trains 

A Slice of Life  This isn’t easy to write about, but here it is. I have a fear of falling trains. Stay with me now.  In my attempt to explain why, there is a bit of history that must be recalled, at least vaguely. It involves a landmark of sorts…
January 22, 2023

In-Home Therapy for Families in the Area 

The Village Part Two  PIX—village logo  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Though The Village provides out-patient and school-based therapy, it also has many other services that go with those, such as in-home therapy.  Mallary Schaefer, regional program supervisor for The Village in Minot and Bismarck, described in-home therapy as therapists going into…
January 21, 2023

Curling Sweeps Through Senate

Proposed as official state sport lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Senate passed a bill to make curling the official state sport Friday, filling the chambers with sports jokes and laughter.  Senate Bill 2229, which would make curling the state’s official sport, passed by a vote of 30 to…
January 20, 2023

LGBTQ people, allies dodge $1,500 fines in North Dakota 

By TRISHA AHMED Associated Press/Report for America  As more than a dozen states consider passing anti-transgender legislation this year, North Dakota lawmakers rejected a bill Friday that would have made people pay $1,500 each time they refer to themselves or others with gender pronouns different from the ones they were…
January 20, 2023

Term Limits Study Bill Sparks Discussion  

Senate Vote Unanimous BISMARCK – A bill to study the effects of term limits started a discussion in the North Dakota State Senate Thursday.  Citizens of North Dakota collected enough signatures to put term limits on last November's ballot, where it passed by a wide margin. The measure limits a…
January 20, 2023

Hearing on the Pledge of Allegiance 

North Dakota State House Committee  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – Two bills on the Pledge of Allegiance were heard before a North Dakota State House committee Thursday.  The House Government and Veterans Affairs committee heard House Bill 1172, which would prohibit any executive officer or employee from altering the language of the…
January 19, 2023

New Highway Patrol Commander Named 

Will Serve Northwest District  NARRATIVE: Colonel Brandon Solberg announces the promotion and reassignment of Sgt. Adrian Martinez, who has been promoted to Lieutenant and will serve as the Northwest Regional Commander.   Martinez joined the North Dakota Highway Patrol in July 2011. He attended the Highway Patrol Academy, graduating December 22,…
January 19, 2023

Names Released in Williams Count Fatal 

North Dakota Highway Patrol  What: Fatality   Where: Highway 2 near mile marker 37, approximately 12 miles north of Williston, ND.   When: January 18, 2023, at approximately 0625 AM CST   Road Conditions: wet   Weather Conditions: cloudy   Crash Involvement: Vehicle vs Vehicle   Type of Crash: Rear…
January 19, 2023

Senate Expands Homeschooling Deadline, Raffle Days 

Income Tax Removed on Retirement Benefits for Law Enforcement   lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Senate passed a bill that would give more time to parents in registering in their school district for homeschooling their child.   Senate Bill 2167 changes the filing date from 14 days to five days…
January 19, 2023

Latest 3-month Weather Outlook 

Below-normal temps, above-normal precipitation  MINOT – Sheesh.   Oh well. North Dakotans are used to it anyway.  The latest 3-month weather outlook issued by the Climate Prediction Center calls for below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation for the Minot area. The long-range outlook was released Thursday morning.  Here’s the gist of…
January 19, 2023

Ban on Forced Abortion Passes North Dakota House 

Religion Questions on Floor  BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House passed a ban on coerced and forced abortions Wednesday with only one representative voting against it.  House Bill 1171 creates a class C felony for the coercion or forcing of abortion, passing the House Health and Human Services Committee…
January 18, 2023

Party Deer Hunting Proposed 

Legislators to Decide  BISMARCK – A bill that would allow deer hunters to shoot deer for others has been introduced in the North Dakota legislature.   Known as the “party hunting” bill, HB 1377 would allow hunting groups of up to 10 license holders to harvest 10 deer without regard to…
January 18, 2023

Fatal Crash near Northwood  

North Dakota Highway Patrol  What: Fatal   Where: State Highway 15 near MM 113 approx 3 mi east of Northwood   When: 19:04 PM (07:04 PM) on 1/17/2022   Road Conditions: Icy   Weather Conditions: Night/slight rain/snow mix   Crash Involvement: 1 Vehicle   Type of Crash: Rollover   Agencies Involved:…
January 18, 2023

Below Normal Missouri River Basin Runoff Projected 

Potential Low Water Year for Lake Sakakawea  RIVERDALE – Albeit early in the runoff forecast season for the Missouri River Basin, January projections from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for spring runoff is 81% of normal. That would mean another year of very little rise for Lake Sakakawea.  Lake…
January 17, 2023

EMS Conference Set for Minot 

MINOT—Emergency medical professionals will gather in Minot for the Northwest Region EMS Conference January 20-22 at the Grand Hotel. The conference is designed to refresh ambulance professionals on issues related to the delivery of pre-hospital care.  Four preconference sessions will be held Friday, including a hands-on anatomy lab and simulation…
January 17, 2023

Ambulance Involved Accident 

ND Highway Patrol   What: Injury   Where: Highway 1 mm 190 (approximately 4 miles north, northeast of Edmore ND)   When: January 16, 2023 @ 1116 hours CST   Road Conditions: Ice covered  Weather Conditions: Foggy and lightly misting   Crash Involvement: Vehicle V. Vehicle   Type of Crash:…
January 17, 2023

Upcoming Bills Before State Legislature 

Introduced by Republicans, Democrats  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – Several interesting bills have been introduced in the current session of the State Legislature, with some that may be agreed upon by most lawmakers and some that may not.  Senator Bob Paulson, R-Dis. 3, Minot, introduced Senate Bill 2247, which would prohibit institutions…
January 16, 2023

House Defines Sex  

Senate Expands Anti-Explicit Image Law  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – Much discussion and debate was had on the House floor Friday over the definition of male and female.  House Bill 1139, which defines sex, passed the House floor with a vote of 81 to 11.  The bill carrier, Representative Brandon Prichard, R-Dis.…
January 16, 2023

Ice Fishing Fun 

Annual Longbeards Ice Derby held at Lake Darling  FOXHOLM – Forty-one two-man teams took advantage of the opportunity to partake in the annual Souris River Basin Longbeards Ice Fishing Derby at Lake Darling this past Saturday. The weather more than cooperative for an ice fishing derby with the temperature hovering near…
January 16, 2023

Stark County Fatal Crash  

North Dakota Highway Patrol  What: Fatality   Where: I-94 mile post 75   When: 16 Jan 2023 at 0125 MST   Road Conditions: Concrete Road (partial ice)   Weather Conditions: Heavy Fog/Night   Crash Involvement: 2012 Buick Enclave/2020 Freightliner Truck   Type of Crash: Two vehicle crash   Agencies Involved:…
January 16, 2023

Midwinter Waterfowl Survey, Earth Day Patch Contest 

North Dakota Game and Fish  The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s annual midwinter waterfowl survey in early January indicated about 29,000 Canada geese in the state.  Andy Dinges, department migratory game bird biologist, said a low count was expected this year for wintering waterfowl given the substantial snowfall and…
January 16, 2023

Those Dreaded Lines 

A Slice of Life  After decades of trying, I have never gotten it right. Not a single time. Not once that I can remember.  Lines. That’s right – lines. The kind that never move the way you had hoped they would. I know I am not alone here. I think. …
January 15, 2023

ND Legislature Mulls Bill Sponsorship 

Seeks State Employee Benefits Clarification   lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  BISMARCK – Several interesting bills are being introduced this session in the North Dakota Legislature.  Representative Nathan Toman, R-Dis. 34, Mandan, introduced House Bill 1285, which would require bills coming from the executive branch’s agencies or the judicial branch to be sponsored or requested…
January 13, 2023

Be Aware of Winter Stress on Wildlife 

ND Game and Fish Advises Keep Your Distance  Wildlife managers urge outdoor enthusiasts to consider where they recreate during North Dakota’s leanest months to spare already stressed animals simply trying to survive the elements.  While this advice is true during any Northern Plains winter, it hits this year with some…
January 13, 2023

Deer Baiting to be Debated at Legislature 

Hearing Set, Large Turnout Expected  Several bills pertaining to the outdoors and outdoor activities are presented at each session of the North Dakota legislature. Perhaps the most watched bill by the state’s sportsmen in the current legislative session is HB 1151, a bill to take the ability to ban baiting…
January 13, 2023

Hwy 1806 Fatality Crash in Morton County  

North Dakota Highway Patrol  What: Two vehicle head on crash   Where: Hwy 1806 mm 49 (approximately 20 miles south of Mandan) When: January 12th, 2023 at appx. 9:25pm central time   Road Conditions: Dry   Weather Conditions: Clear   Crash Involvement: 2 vehicles involved   Type of Crash: Head…
January 13, 2023

Prison Product Bill Defeated 

Personal Use Sales Fail in North Dakota State House  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The sales of products built by state prison inmates sold to government agencies attempted to expand Thursday.  Currently, products made in the prison industry may be sold to government agencies. House Bill 1065 added state employees to the…
January 13, 2023

Sports Betting Resolution Passes North Dakota House 

Minot Representatives’ Mixed Speeches  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – Sports betting may be a measure on the November 2024 ballot for citizens of North Dakota.  The House narrowly passed House Concurrent Resolution 3002 by a vote of 49 to 44. The resolution would put sports betting on the general election ballot as…
January 12, 2023

Property Tax Notice Reform Struck Down 

Fails in North Dakota House lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The North Dakota State House struck down a Minot legislator’s version of property tax reform Wednesday.  Representative Larry Bellew, Dis. R-38, Minot and sponsor of House Bill 1126, described it as a reduction of the amount of assessment increase required to notify…
January 12, 2023

Barnes County Injury Crash 

North Dakota Highway Patrol   What: Injury Crash   Where: Interstate 94 mm 275 (15 miles west of Valley City)   When: 1/12/2023 at 9:11 Central Time   Road Conditions: Patches of ice and frost   Weather Conditions: Overcast   Crash Involvement: One vehicle   Type of Crash: Rollover   Agencies…
January 12, 2023

Committee Hearing on Flat Tax Rate 

Governor's Income Tax Plan Debated  BISMARCK – Not all were in agreement with Republican Governor Doug Burgum’s flat rate income tax plan Wednesday when it was heard in committee.  Burgum presented the plan, House Bill 1158, which is a one and a half percent flat tax rate, to the House…
January 11, 2023

NAWS Project Progress 

Max pumping station construction   MAX – One of the key components to the Northwest Area Water Supply project is a pumping station immediately east of this community.  Nearly all the exterior construction on the station was completed by late fall. Some of the roofing was delayed due to cold…
January 11, 2023

Bill over abortion court leak struck down in North Dakota 

By TRISHA AHMED Associated Press/Report for America  Months after the unprecedented leak of the U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion that overturned Roe v. Wade, lawmakers in North Dakota considered — and struck down — a bill to criminalize court leaks on Tuesday.  Introduced by the North Dakota Supreme Court, the…
January 11, 2023

NDHP Promotes New Minot-based Sergeant 

Trooper Matthew Peschong  NARRATIVE: Colonel Brandon Solberg announces the promotion of Trooper Matthew Peschong to Sergeant. Peschong attended the Highway Patrol Academy and graduated in June 2010 after earning an Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Moorhead, MN. Trooper Peschong was stationed…
January 10, 2023

ND Considers Legal Sports Betting Outside of Tribal Casinos 

By TRISHA AHMED Associated Press/Report for America  Amid ongoing efforts to legalize sports betting in North Dakota — and expand it beyond the tribal casinos, where it's already allowed — a House panel heard arguments Monday over a measure to let voters decide the issue next year.  "Passage of this…
January 10, 2023

New Justice to North Dakota Supreme Court 

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum appointed a judge and veteran litigator Monday to replace Justice Gerald VandeWalle, who had been the longest-serving chief justice in state history.  Judge Douglas Bahr will join the North Dakota Supreme Court on Feb. 1 after serving in the South Central…
January 10, 2023

North Dakota Files Lawsuit  

Sen. Cramer Cites Federal Government Overreach on State, Private Mineral Leasing Matters  BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement on North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley filing suit against the U.S. Department of the Interior for the…
January 9, 2023

North Dakota Legislators' Goals

Lawmakers Share Their Thoughts lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  BISMARCK – Lawmakers have over a week of legislative work under their belts, but still many more to go. A few legislators shared their goals for this session. Representative Matt Heilman, R-Dis. 7, Bismarck, is one of the many new members this session and only…
January 9, 2023

Popcorn 

A Slice of Life  Popcorn -- the most popular snack food of all-time.  Okay. I have not researched any factual data for that declaration, but it has to be true. Who doesn’t love popcorn?  I have memories of my mother making popcorn on a stove, dumping kernels from a bag…
January 8, 2023

NDHP Announces Promotion 

Trooper Langer Achieves Sergeant     NARRATIVE: Colonel Brandon Solberg announces the promotion of Trooper Preston Langer to Sergeant. Langer became a member of the North Dakota Highway Patrol in September 2014. He attended the Highway Patrol Academy and graduated in February 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in…
January 7, 2023

$55 Million Sought for Supreme Court 

Judiciary Would Move Out of Capitol Building  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – To the tune of $55 million, the judiciary branch plans to move out of the Capitol building if its proposed bill passes this session.  The plan is to move the Supreme Court into the old Liberty Memorial Building on Capitol…
January 7, 2023

Man gets 10 years in connection with reservation death 

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison in connection with a death on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.  The Bismarck Tribune reported Friday that Edward Finley Jr. pleaded guilty in September to voluntary manslaughter. U.S. District Judge Daniel Traynor sentenced him…
January 6, 2023

Public Funeral for Minot PD Officer 

Patrick Blanchard Honored at MSU Dome  MINOT – There was a large presence of fellow police, sheriff’s officers, and first responders from throughout the state at the Minot State University Dome Friday morning for the funeral of Minot Police Master Officer Patrick Blanchard.   Blanchard, a U.S. Army veteran, joined…
January 6, 2023

Minot Legislator Recovering from Fall 

One of Two legislators recovering from injuries   BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two North Dakota legislators are recovering from injuries suffered in falls.  82-year-old Republican Sen. Karen Krebsbach, Minot, is using a walker after she slipped off a curb in Minot and broke her hip and left wrist. She still…
January 5, 2023

Burgum Touts North Dakota's Energy Sector  

Delivers state of state address  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum highlighted the successes of the state's energy sector during his annual State of the State address on Tuesday, while also calling on lawmakers to provide tax relief and address workforce shortages that he says continue to…
January 4, 2023

First Official Legislative Day 

Gaveling in Session  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – The legislature began its first day of session Tuesday, preceding a light work week for lawmakers The intensity of the work is projected to increase throughout the next few weeks.  Largely ceremonial, Tuesday began with a Tribal-State relationship and State of the Judiciary message…
January 3, 2023

Legislative Council Prepares 

Upcoming Session Looking Full    lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – Lawmakers are often at the forefront of legislative sessions, but behind the scenes several people work to make it happen.  John Bjornson, director of legislative council, said Monday there’s an extensive number of tasks needed to be done to prepare for session. …
January 2, 2023

December to Remember, or Forget 

Weather cold, snowy  MINOT – December 2022 is in the rear-view mirror, and it proved to be one of the coldest, snowiest Decembers in this city’s history. Evidence can be found throughout the region, with giant piles of snow pushed up from roadways and parking lots and such.   Total…
January 2, 2023

Vehicle/Pedestrian Fatal Crash 

North Dakota Highway Patrol  What: Fatality Crash   Where: I-29 South mm 51, near Hickson/Oxbow   When: 1-1-2023 at 05:47 AM   Road Conditions: Dry/Asphalt   Weather Conditions: Dark, Clear   Crash Involvement: Vehicle vs Pedestrian   Type of Crash: Fatal   Agencies Involved: North Dakota Highway Patrol, Cass County…
January 2, 2023

Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle 

North Dakota Highway Patrol  What: Two Vehicle Pedestrian Injury Crash    Where: 5 Miles East of Northwood ND  When: December 31, 2022    8:06 p.m.  Road Conditions:  Icy from foggy conditions   Weather Conditions: Dense Fog  Crash Involvement: Vehicle vs Pedestrian  Type of Crash: Injury  Agencies Involved: North Dakota Highway Patrol,…
January 1, 2023

Walkin’ on Water 

A Slice of Life  A non-resident asks, “What makes you darned North Dakotan’s so special?”  Resident -- “Well, we do walk on water.”  Incredulous non-resident -- “Are all North Dakotans so arrogant and pompous?”  Resident -- “Nope. Some don’t ice fish.”  That kind of sums it up.   Oh yes. In…
January 1, 2023

North Dakota State wins 71-49 against North Dakota 

By The Associated Press  GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Grant Nelson's 18 points helped North Dakota State defeat North Dakota 71-49 on Friday night.  Nelson also contributed eight rebounds for the Bison (4-11, 1-2 Summit). Andrew Morgan added 15 points while shooting 7 of 9 from the field, and they…
December 31, 2022

Minot Murder Victim Named 

Minot Police Department  DATE: 12 30 22   TIME: 0140 HRS.   TYPE OF INCIDENT: Murder   LOCATION OF INCIDENT: 200 16th St SW Lamplighter Lounge   IDENTITY OF PERSONS INVOLVED (UNLESS PROTECTED): NAME: Justin McDermott  GENDER: M AGE: 34   ADDRESS: Minot   NAME: Kenny C. Javar   GENDER:…
December 31, 2022

Man Murdered in Minot 

Minot Police Department News Release  The Minot Police Department responded to a report of gunshots in the parking lot of the Lamplighter lounge at approximately 1:40 a.m. on 12/30/22. On arrival officers discovered a 36 year old male victim with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.  …
December 30, 2022

Road Rage Incident Update 

High-Risk Traffic Stop   NARRATIVE: On December 28, at approximately 3:00 pm., NDHP Troopers in the Fargo area responded to a report of a reckless driver/road rage incident. The incident involved a driver of a vehicle that allegedly discharged a firearm at passing vehicles. One vehicle reported a broken window…
December 30, 2022

Inmate Captured  

Walkaway from MRCC   Who: TREVIS TOFI TESSARO   Age: 41   Description: 5’11”, 180 lbs., Brown Hair, Blue Eyes, Caucasian   Sentence: 2 years, 11 months, and 25 days for Criminal Mischief, Domestic Violence   NARRATIVE: On 12/29/2022 at 6:36 P.M., a resident of Missouri River Correctional Center walked…
December 30, 2022

Shots Fired on Roadway 

High-Risk Traffic Stop   NARRATIVE: On December 28, at approximately 3:00 pm., NDHP Troopers in the Fargo area responded to a report of a reckless driver/road rage incident. The incident involved a driver of a vehicle that allegedly discharged a firearm at passing vehicles. One vehicle reported a broken window…
December 28, 2022

Ice Fishing Access 

Early ice, snow cover creates concerns MINOT – Record and near record snowfall in December has had an impact on a favorite winter activity – ice fishing. Deep snow, often drifted hard by strong winds, settles onto frozen lakes and makes both access for ice fishermen and traveling around a…
December 28, 2022

Alleged donut thief charged with brandishing hatchet 

Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck man is in trouble with the law after he allegedly raised a hatchet toward a convenience store clerk who tried to stop him from stealing doughnuts.  Brently Iron Road, 36, faces a charge of felony terrorizing and misdemeanor criminal trespass in connection…
December 28, 2022

Wildlife Feeding Concerns 

North Dakota Game and Fish Department  Tough winter conditions thus far in North Dakota have some citizens concerned about the stress on wildlife.  Kevin Kading, state Game and Fish Department private land section leader, said harsh winters often generate conversations and questions about feeding wildlife, particularly deer and pheasants.  “The…
December 27, 2022

Tribal Riders Honor Victims of Mass Execution 

Associated Press  MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Dakota tribal members have completed an annual 330-mile ride on horseback to honor 40 of their ancestors who were killed in the aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.  The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the riders arrived in Mankato on Monday morning after…
December 27, 2022

Raccoon Woman Sentenced 

North Dakotan who brought raccoon to bar gets probation  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A woman who brought a wild raccoon into a bar earlier this year will spend a year on probation.  Erin Christensen of Maddock, 38, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of providing false information to law enforcement, tampering…
December 26, 2022

Merry Christmas from the Dakotan 

Light displays brighten the season  MINOT – Lighting displays are a Christmas season tradition for many. Who doesn’t take a moment to stop and enjoy colorful lights and reflect on the most joyous season of the year.  The lighting displays were photographed in Minot with the exception of a few…
December 24, 2022

Cold December Confirmed 

Already a month for the record book  MINOT – Just step outside and you know. December has been a cold month, even by North Dakota standards.  Minot’s average December temperature at the International Airport, if anything weather related can be average in North Dakota, is 19.6 degrees. So far this…
December 23, 2022

Health Effects of Frigid Cold 

Tips on Staying Healthy Through Freezing Temps  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – With cold season often comes sick season, but thankfully there are ways to help prevent it.  Doctor Casmiar Nwaigwe, director of infectious diseases at Trinity Health and infectious disease specialist, said there are various ways in which the winter season…
December 22, 2022

ND Game and Fish Honors Employee Efforts 

 Stephanie Tucker Named NDGF Employee of the Year  Stephanie Tucker, game management section leader and furbearer biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck, received the agency’s Director’s Award for professional excellence at the department’s annual staff meeting in December.  Jeb Williams, Game and Fish director, said…
December 22, 2022

Burgum appoints Chief Operating Officer Tammy Miller to serve as lieutenant governor 

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the appointment of Governor’s Office Chief Operating Officer Tammy Miller, former CEO of Border States, to succeed Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford as lieutenant governor of North Dakota. Miller begins her new role on Jan. 3.  Miller has served as chief operating officer in the Governor’s…
December 20, 2022

Sen. Cramer Statement on Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, issued the following statement after Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford announced his resignation:  “Kris and I thank Lieutenant Governor Sanford for his work for and dedication to our great state during the past six years. Brent’s long and decorated career in public service took…
December 20, 2022

Lt. Gov. Sanford Resigns 

Gov. Burgum to appoint successor  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford announced Tuesday he will resign Jan. 2, citing a desire to return to the private sector and focus on his family and career.  Gov. Doug Burgum, in a statement, said Sanford "has made a positive impact on…
December 20, 2022

North Dakota finishes Missouri River minerals adjustment 

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State officials announced completion Monday of a mineral ownership dispute that has paid $130 million to private mineral owners and oil and gas operators.  North Dakota's five-member, governor-led Land Board said the completion of the Missouri River acreage adjustment meant to delineate state and private mineral…
December 19, 2022

Life Without the Possibility of Parole 

Re-sentencing of Christopher Vickerman  MINOT – Christopher Vickerman, Minot, convicted in March of this year in the shooting death of his father, Mark Vickerman, Minot, on May 10, 2019 will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.  Christopher Vickerman was originally sentenced by North-Central District Judge Douglas Mattson…
December 19, 2022

Stranded Travelers opt for Amtrak 

Minot-bound flights cancelled by snowstorm  MINNEAPOLIS – Cancelled. Cancelled again. And again. And again.  That was the message Minot-bound passengers received repeatedly while waiting at Gate C24 at the Minneapolis airport. The Delta Airlines flights from Minneapolis to Minot were cancelled repeatedly during the recent spell of icy, snowy, windy…
December 17, 2022

North Dakota governor bans TikTok in executive agencies

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has banned the popular social media app TikTok from devices owned by the state government's executive branch, joining several other Republican governors who have done so citing the platform's Chinese ownership and growing national security worries.Burgum announced the executive order late Tuesday.…
December 14, 2022

North Dakota annual sessions may gain traction with term limits

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers for decades have consistently rebuffed attempts to hold annual regular Legislative sessions, arguing that doing so would grow government and turn lawmaking into a full-time job. But with voter-approved term limits now on the books, the idea of having…
December 13, 2022

Winter Storm Decends on State 

Key Messages from the National Weather Service  ➔ Periods of freezing drizzle or accumulating freezing rain are expected  ➔ Periods of snow, heavy at times, through Thursday   ➔ Widespread snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches are forecast   ➔ Gusty winds will cause periods of blowing and drifting…
December 12, 2022

Legislators Wrap Up Orientation

What they Expect for Upcoming Session lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  BISMARCK – Legislators finished up a three-day organizational session Wednesday, and some in the leadership told The Dakotan what they expect for the upcoming legislature starting in January. The election in November brought in a large amount of turnover for this year’s legislature.…
December 8, 2022

Gov. Burgum unveils record $18.4B proposed state budget 

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on Wednesday unveiled a proposed $18.4 billion budget that increases state spending by more than 3% and includes $3 billion in infrastructure funding, and increases workforce development funding and public employee salaries.  The second-term Republican governor's…
December 7, 2022

Rallying Against the Great Reset 

Small Gathering at the Capitol  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   BISMARCK – As legislators readied themselves this week with orientation for the upcoming session, one group rallied Tuesday to bring awareness to what they believe to be a global threat.  Sebastian Ertelt, Lisbon, former state legislator and primary organizer of the rally, called it…
December 7, 2022

North Dakota State wins 67-62 over Portland 

By The Associated Press   PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Boden Skunberg scored 20 points as North Dakota State beat Portland 67-62 on Monday.  Skunberg also contributed 10 rebounds for the Bison (2-8). Tajavis Miller shot 7 for 13, including 3 for 7 from beyond the arc to add 17 points.…
December 6, 2022

Panel keeps electronic pull tab moratorium in place 

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota legislative panel refused to change a rule Monday that creates a moratorium on electronic pull tab machines at gas stations and liquor, grocery and convenience stores.  Lobbyists and some lawmakers have promised that the issue will come up…
December 5, 2022

A Talking Dog 

Slice of Life  Okay. I get it. You’ve already concluded that this author is as goofy as a dog eating peanut butter.  Wait a minute now. We all like peanut butter, dogs included.   Now that I’ve lured you in with that infallible statement, please read on. You’ll be better for…
December 4, 2022

Gov. Burgum, North Dakota tribes sign gambling compacts 

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum announced Friday that he has signed agreements with North Dakota's American Indian tribes that lowers the legal gambling age from 21 to 19 at tribal-owned casinos and allows gamblers on reservations to use credit or debit cards to…
December 3, 2022

Sportsmen Voice Concerns at Stanley Meeting 

Issues include elk licenses, electronic posting  STANLEY – A complaint about electronic posting opened the public comment portion of a North Dakota Game and Fish Advisory Board meeting here Tuesday.   In his opening remarks, Jeb Williams, NDGF director, talked about the state’s electronic posting law that went into effect…
December 2, 2022

EPA seeks to mandate more use of ethanol and other biofuels 

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed increasing the amount of ethanol and other biofuels that must be blended into the nation's fuel supplies over the next three years, a move welcomed by renewable fuel and farm groups but condemned by environmentalists…
December 2, 2022

Sen. Cramer on Possible Rail Strike 

ND Republican’s clear message  “Congress’s role is not to help negotiate a rail settlement, it’s to approve one. You don’t need 535 arbiters negotiating the details of a labor agreement. At the end of the day, averting a shutdown of service and a full-blown economic crisis is critical. As important…
November 30, 2022

ND Patrol Receives Accreditation Award 

11th time honored   NARRATIVE:   Bismarck, ND – The North Dakota Highway Patrol was awarded advanced accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. The NDHP has been accredited since 1989 and received meritorious recognition for being accredited for more than 15 continuous years. The NDHP…
November 30, 2022

School Bus Injury Crash  

No students on board  NARRATIVE:   On November 28th, 2022, at approximately 9:02 AM the North Dakota Highway Patrol was contacted by the Fargo Police Department in reference to a three vehicle Injury crash involving a school bus that had occurred on 25th street near 34th Ave South.   The…
November 28, 2022

Injury Crash on I-94 West Bound

4 Miles East of Casselton NARRATIVE: On November 23rd at 1:05 PM the North Dakota Department of Transportation was working on a cable median barrier on I-94 west bound near MM 335. The left westbound lane was closed, and traffic was being alerted by three advanced warning signs alerting traffic…
November 26, 2022

Thanksgiving Message from Sen. Cramer 

BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, released the following Thanksgiving Day message:  “Thanksgiving takes on a new level of celebration for my family and me this year. We recently learned that I am a direct descendant of Pilgrims. In fact, I had three ancestors aboard the Mayflower when she arrived…
November 24, 2022

North Dakota Deleted emails 'irretrievable' 

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley said Tuesday that an outside tech firm tried and failed to resurrect the deleted email accounts held by his predecessor Wayne Stenehjem and Stenehjem's deputy.  The timing of the deletions had raised questions over…
November 23, 2022

More Than Hunting and Fishing 

Tioga NDGF Advisory Board Meeting  kimfundingsland@mydakotan.com Sportsmen gathered at the Tioga Community Center for a North Dakota Game and Fish Department Advisory Board meeting on Monday. (Photo: Kim Fundingsland/The Dakotan)  TIOGA – The North Dakota Game and Fish Department kicked off its fall round of Advisory Board meetings in this…
November 23, 2022

 
Progress on New City Hall 

Moving in the Spring  MINOT – It has been a long time coming, a few more months even, but all is on schedule for the city’s new City Hall.  “The project is going very well. We are on time and under budget,” said Lance Meyer, city engineer. “Overall, we’re happy…
November 22, 2022

Former tribal official sentenced 

Pled guilty of accepting bribes  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A former Three Affiliated Tribes official was sentenced Monday to six years and three months in federal prison after pleading guilty to a scheme that involved soliciting and accepting bribes and kickbacks from a contractor providing construction services on the Fort…
November 21, 2022

Minoter Makes History

David Hogue to Lead Senate
November 21, 2022

Late Season Hunting Dates, Mountain Lions 

North Dakota Game and Fish  The statewide duck and white-fronted goose seasons close Dec. 4. However, duck hunting in the high plains unit reopens Dec. 10 and continues through Jan. 1.  In addition, the season for Canada geese closes Dec. 17 in the eastern zone, Dec. 22 in the western zone and Dec.…
November 21, 2022

Minoter Makes Legislative History 

David Hogue is Senate Majority Leader  MINOT – David Hogue, R-District 38, was elected Senate Majority Caucus Leader by fellow legislators on the evening of November 14 at the State Capitol, making Hogue the first Minot resident ever elected to the position according to the N.D. Legislature website. Records on…
November 21, 2022

Two Killed in Fargo Shooting 

Victims Identified  FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Police have identified the two Fargo men who were killed in a shooting on Saturday.  Police said Jaquan Gatewood, 28, and Kierre Davies, 27, were found dead with gunshot wounds shortly after 3:15 a.m. Saturday.  The shooting took place outside an apartment house about…
November 21, 2022

Chairman Discusses Term Limits, Legislative Session 

ND Legislature begins in January  MINOT – North Dakota voters overwhelmingly approved passage of Initiated Constitutional Measure No. 1 in the November 8 election. The measure places limits on the amount of time the governor or legislators can serve.  Ward County voters voiced their approval with a 59% yes vote.…
November 19, 2022

VandeWalle announces retirement from North Dakota high court 

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Gerald VandeWalle has announced that he will retire Jan. 31 for health reasons.  VandeWalle, 89, was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1978 and served as chief justice from 1993 until 2019, when he did not…
November 18, 2022

North Dakota-owned oil, gas mineral rights valued at $2.8B 

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An estimate of oil and gas mineral rights owned by North Dakota pegs their value at $2.8 billion, an 18% increase from last year, according to an appraisal released Thursday to the state Land Board.  The increase comes largely from strong…
November 17, 2022

Winter outlook: Cold, Snowy 

Latest forecast from the Climate Prediction Center  MINOT – Well, cripes, any chances of a warm, dry winter are heavily refuted by the latest long-range weather outlooks issued by the Climate Prediction Center. All indications favor colder than usual temperatures for North Dakota through February 2023. Look for more than…
November 17, 2022

N. Dakota AG: Docs can use health info to defend abortions 

By DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press  FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Doctors who perform abortions should be able to disclose the patient's personal health information as part of their defense to avoid prosecution, North Dakota's attorney general said Wednesday.  North Dakota's abortion ban, which is currently on hold because of a lawsuit,…
November 17, 2022

NDSU Product Produces for Packers 

Christian Watson eager to flip script on his rookie season  By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer  GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson's decision to celebrate his first career touchdown catch with a backflip may have seemed unusual considering the injuries he already has suffered…
November 16, 2022

County Discusses Four-Lane for Highway 52 

Query about Minot to Voltaire section    lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT – Some Ward County commissioners want Highway 52, from Minot to Voltaire, to become a four-lane highway.  Commissioner Howard Anderson brought up the off-agenda topic at the commissioners’ meeting Tuesday to county engineer Dana Larsen.  “Since the road between here and…
November 16, 2022

Names Released in Carpio Bus Accident 

Ward County Injury Crash - UPDATE  What: Two vehicle injury crash  Where: Highway 52 mile marker 73, 5 miles east of Carpio  When: 11/15/2022 approximately 4:10 PM CST  Road Conditions: Dry  Weather Conditions: Overcast  Crash Involvement: Two vehicle crossover SUV vs. school bus  Type of Crash: Right angle  Agencies Involved:…
November 16, 2022

Minoter Chosen to Senate Leadership 

North Dakota GOP lawmakers elect House, Senate floor leaders  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — New House and Senate leaders have been elected by Republican majorities in the North Dakota Legislature.  Sen. David Hogue, a Minot lawyer, and Rep. Mike Lefor, a Dickinson businessman, were chosen Monday night to serve two-year leadership…
November 15, 2022

ND Game and Fish Rule Change Proposals 
Administrative Rules Hearing Set Dec. 16 

BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will hold a public hearing to address proposed new rules and amendments to Title 30 of the North Dakota Administrative Code. The hearing is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 at the agency's main office in Bismarck.   The purpose…
November 15, 2022

Game and Fish Advisory Board Meetings Announced 

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department Advisory Board will host public meetings this fall at eight locations across the state. In addition, the district 7 meeting in Bismarck will be streamed live on the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov.  These public meetings, held each spring and fall, provide citizens…
November 14, 2022

Memorable Snowfall Totals 

Minot sets record  MINOT – It was a nasty way to get the winter underway, one of the deepest November 10 snowfalls on record in many places in the state. Minot’s official dump was a record for the date at 7.3 inches. The previous mark was 4.2 inches in 2012. …
November 11, 2022

Wilson leads No. 5 Kansas to 82-59 rout of North Dakota St 

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Basketball Writer  LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas did exactly what was expected of the nation's No. 5 team when the defending national champions played Omaha and North Dakota State to open the season: win in routs.  The stakes are about to get a whole lot higher…
November 11, 2022

Kalkbrenner leads No. 9 Creighton in 96-61 rout of N Dakota 

By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer  OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — After a flat performance in its opener, No. 9 Creighton looked like the team it was expected to be.  Ryan Kalkbrenner scored a career-high 24 points and the Bluejays finished off North Dakota early in a 96-61 rout on Thursday…
November 11, 2022

And Snow It Begins 

Fall turned into winter  MINOT – Winter made a rather rude arrival Thursday, bursting through the front door with a vengeance – heavy snowfall and high winds combined. The strong storm resulted in the usual school closings or shortened hours and the like, and, of course, made travel difficult in the…
November 10, 2022

Some in GOP reject Becker claim of gains for far right 

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State Rep. Rick Becker, who was easily defeated in his independent bid for U.S. Senate, said Wednesday that he still considered Election Day a victory with wins by candidates who will grow the Legislature's ultraconservative wing that he founded a decade…
November 10, 2022

New Trinity Hospital on Schedule 

Extensive Planning for Big Move    MINOT – One of the largest construction projects in this city’s history is nearing completion. It wasn’t without challenges, including an explosion and fire, and changing contractors, but the new Trinity Hospital campus is within months of beginning full operation.  “Our revamped timeline following…
November 10, 2022

Highway Patrol Vehicle Smashed 

Accident on I-94 Wednesday  On Wednesday, November 9th, at approximately 6:30 p.m., a ND Highway Patrol (NDHP) patrol car was struck westbound on I-94 MM 260 at Jamestown.   The NDHP Trooper had witnessed a semi jackknife at this location and the semi was partially blocking the roadway. The trooper…
November 10, 2022

North Dakota voters OK term limits for governor, legislators 

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Voters in North Dakota on Tuesday approved term limits for their governor and state legislators after a campaign largely funded by an outside term limits group and boosted within the state by far-right conservatives.  The ballot measure adds an article to…
November 9, 2022

North Dakota voters reject ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana 

Approved in Maryland, Missouri  By ANDREW DeMILLO Associated Press  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Voters approved recreational marijuana in Maryland and Missouri but rejected it in two other states, signaling support gradually growing for legalization even in conservative parts of the country.  The results mean that 21 states have now…
November 9, 2022

Two Vehicle Fatality Crash 

Traill County Rural Intersection  What: Fatality   Where: The intersection of 3rd St. NE and 145th Ave. NE, approximately 7 miles SW of Portland   When: November 8th, 2022 at 2:48 PM CT   Road Conditions: Good, Gravel   Weather Conditions: Breezy   Crash Involvement: Vehicle/Vehicle   Type of Crash:…
November 9, 2022

Complete Election Results 

ND Secretary of State website  The latest election returns for North Dakota can be found at:   Secretary of State | (nd.gov) 
November 8, 2022

Migration the Real First Snowfall 

Geese on the move  MINOT – It happens every spring and fall, waterfowl on the move in the Central Flyway that crosses North Dakota.It is the fall migration that attracts the most attention, with great flocks of snow and blue geese dominating the skies and fields in much of the…
November 8, 2022

North Dakota sees advertising, campaign blitz before vote 

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — After months of crisscrossing the state stumping everywhere from tiny town cafes to big city venues, North Dakota's U.S. House candidates were making a final push Monday attempting to garner voter support mostly through social media and television and radio interviews…
November 7, 2022

Wind Aids Fatal Accident 

Lamoure County   What: Fatal   Where: Highway 281 MM 41.6, 10 Miles north of Edgeley   When: 11-6-2022 9:07 AM   Road Conditions: Good   Weather Conditions: high wind   Crash Involvement: 2 vehicle   Type of Crash: side impact collision   Agencies Involved: NDHP, Lamoure County SO, Edgeley…
November 6, 2022

Large Turnout at Dakota Patriot Rally 

Decorated speaker delivers strong message  MINOT – What was promoted as an evening to join fellow patriots proved to be a very large gathering at the State Fair Center Thursday evening. The Dakota Patriot Rally featured Lt. Col. Daniel MacArthur Gade as the featured speaker.  Gade was born in Minot…
November 4, 2022

Letter Supporting Term Limits 

Election Day November 8  A YES vote on Measure 1 will be good for North Dakota. It would apply an 8-year term limit to the ND Governor, and members of the State House and State Senate.  Term limits improve citizen access to the process, encourage more candidates to run, and increase…
November 4, 2022

North Dakota high court to weigh judge's abortion ban ruling 

By DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press  FARGO (AP) — North Dakota's Supreme Court will hear arguments later this month on the state's abortion ban after the attorney general appealed a judge's ruling that kept it from taking effect.  The high court on Wednesday scheduled oral arguments for Nov. 29 on South…
November 4, 2022

North Dakota: What to expect on election night 

By The Associated Press   Tuesday's ballot offers some intrigue for North Dakotans in the reliably red state — from late congressional entries by independent candidates to term limits and marijuana legalization.  North Dakotans will decide whether to endorse changing the state constitution to limit the terms of the governor…
November 3, 2022

Sen. Cramer Sounds Off on Biden’s Energy Policy 

Views on Possible Senate Majority  News release: BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, joined Larry Kudlow on Fox Business to discuss President Joe Biden’s recent calls for a windfall tax on energy companies. He also discussed a strategy to increase…
November 3, 2022

Drought Creeping In 

Flash drought conditions  MINOT – What the U.S. Drought Monitor refers to as “flash drought” conditions have crept into much of North Dakota in the past week. The Drought Monitor is issued each Thursday.  A flash drought is defined as the opposite of flash, or sudden, rainfall or flood. It…
November 3, 2022

Lake Sakakawea Below Average  

2022 runoff at 75%  RIVERDALE – Lake Sakakawea avoided what was on track to be very low summer water levels this year, thanks to a big dose of precipitation that boosted June runoff into the state’s largest reservoir.  Nevertheless, annual runoff in the Missouri River Basin for 2022 is projected…
November 3, 2022

North Dakota County Elections 

Races Outside Ward County  By Kim Fundingsland and Lydia Hoverson  kim.fundingsland@mydakotan.com   lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MINOT -- Some counties in the Ward County area have contested races this election, giving voters decisions to be made within the next week. Absentee and early voting is underway with Election Day November 8.  McHenry County  Two…
November 2, 2022

Burgum rejects tribes' plea for online gambling rights 

Legal gambling age lowered  By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum has rejected a plea by North Dakota's American Indian tribes to give them exclusive rights to host internet gambling and sports betting because it isn't allowed under state law, his spokesman said Wednesday.  But…
November 2, 2022

Election Enthusiasm 

Expected voter turnout   MINOT – Election Day is November 8, but absentee and early voting is already underway. Given the political atmosphere across the country, many might expect larger than usual number of votes to be cast.   However, it is a non-presidential election year, which traditionally means substantially fewer votes…
November 1, 2022

Judge Keeps Abortion Ban from Taking Effect 

By JAMES MacPHERSON and DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota judge ruled Monday that he will keep the state's ban on abortion from taking effect, saying there's a "substantial probability" that a constitutional challenge to the law will succeed.  Judge Bruce Romanick's ruling means abortion…
November 1, 2022

Grand Forks Man Fatally Shoots Mother 

Takes own life  GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A Grand Forks woman shot by her adult son before he took his own life has died of her injuries, according to police.  Authorities say 53-year-old Jennifer Harrison died at Altru Hospital days after she was found in her home with multiple…
November 1, 2022

ND factory shooting will go to trial 

Man charged with killing three  FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A man charged with three counts of murder in the shooting deaths of two co-workers and their unborn child at a North Dakota factory last year has changed course and wants to proceed with a trial, the defense said during a…
October 31, 2022

Highway Patrol Checkpoint Arrests 

Williams County Enforcement Event  RESULTS: Approximately 300 vehicles went through the checkpoint which was located on 26th St W, near the 1500 block in Williston. The checkpoint was conducted from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm.   Seven drivers were tested for impairment and four were arrested for DUI. In addition,…
October 31, 2022

And boo to you! 

Halloween Hike, family fun    GARRISON – As the sun set, shadows lengthened, and it became dark in the woods it created a perfect setting for a Halloween Hike. The weather was agreeable too, remarkably pleasant for late October in North Dakota.  Fort Stevenson State Park hosted a Halloween Hike…
October 31, 2022

Making Kids Feel Safe 

Overview of Northern Plains Children’s Advocacy Center  lydia.hoverosn@mydakotan.com   MINOT – After children have a traumatizing experience, telling their story is extremely difficult, and that’s why the Northern Plains Children’s Advocacy Center strives to make that experience easier on a child.  “Children’s advocacy centers were basically created to provide a MDT,…
October 29, 2022

North Dakota Notches Court Win 

Case on DAPL Protests’ Damages  WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, issued the following statement on District Court for the District of North Dakota Judge Dan Traynor’s ruling denying the United States motion for case management, which sought to limit the scope of North Dakota’s claims seeking damages from…
October 28, 2022

Opposing Views on Term Limits Measure 

Wednesday news releases from both sides  LOBBYISTS, CAREER POLITICIANS & SPECIAL INTERESTS OPPOSE THE PEOPLE’S TERM LIMITS Powerful And Well Connected Who Donate Huge Amounts of Money to Candidates and Millions on Lobbying Rally Together  Bismarck, ND -- Today, North Dakota for Term Limits called attention to the unholy combination of…
October 28, 2022

North Dakota election systems 'incredibly secure' 

Auditor Josh Gaillian’s review  By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The state auditor said Thursday that an examination of North Dakota's electoral systems conducted in response to voter concerns found that they are "incredibly secure."  Auditor Josh Gallion said he undertook the review in response to concerns…
October 28, 2022

Poll workers can't demand proof of US citizenship 

Wrigley: No power to do that  FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Some poll workers in North Dakota who created confusion and frustration in the spring primary by demanding proof of United State citizenship, particularly from immigrants and people of color, had no power to do that, the state attorney general says. …
October 27, 2022

Lawmakers: Term limit defeat has chance with groups' support 

Measure on November ballot  By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Republican legislative majority leaders on Wednesday predicted a narrow defeat by voters on a measure to impose term limits on lawmakers and the governor.  Republican Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner and GOP House Majority Leader…
October 26, 2022

Trio of Candidates Seek Single Seat  

North Dakota’s U.S. Senate Race  MINOT – Three candidates are on the ballot for a North Dakota seat in the United States Senate – incumbent John Hoeven, R-ND, Jamestown challenger Katrina Christiansen-D, and Bismarck challenger Rick Becker, an Independent. Election day is Tuesday, November 8.  Hoeven was the choice of…
October 26, 2022

North Dakota Targeted by Beef Thieves 

Feds: Theft of frozen beef in Nebraska uncovers crime ring  LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An investigation into the theft this summer of several semitrailers loaded with frozen beef from Nebraska has led to arrests and uncovered a multimillion-dollar theft ring targeting meatpacking plants in six Midwestern states, federal authorities said. …
October 26, 2022

Former North Dakota tribal official pleads guilty to bribery 

Sentencing date set  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A former government official of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation accused of accepting bribes and kickbacks from a construction contractor pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges in North Dakota.  Randall Phelan, 58, of Mandaree, was an elected representative of the governing body…
October 26, 2022

Hoeven Reviews Southern Border Mission 

Visits with North Dakota National Guard Members  EL PASO, TX – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, traveled to the southern border this week to review the North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment’s mission providing aviation support along the nation’s…
October 25, 2022

North Dakota’s U.S. House Race 

Two candidates seek election  MINOT – Two candidates are on the ballot for a North Dakota’s lone seat in the United States House of Representatives – Republican incumbent Kelly Armstrong of Bismarck, who is seeking his second term, and independent challenger Cara Mund, Bismarck, who is making her first run…
October 25, 2022

Less Oil Revenue for North Dakota Treasury 

Falling prices mean lower taxes for North Dakota drillers  By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Unless oil prices increase dramatically in the remaining days of October, North Dakota's treasury won't be banking the benefits of a tax increase on drillers that has bumped state tax collections by…
October 24, 2022

Marijuana on the Ballot 

North Dakota to Vote on Cannabis Measure  By MIKE CATALINI Associated Press  Recreational marijuana could be legal in half the country if the handful of states with cannabis measures on ballots this November pass them.  North Dakota, South Dakota, Arkansas, Maryland, and Missouri have measures on their ballots this fall…
October 24, 2022

Dealing Death in North Dakota 

Fentanyl: Big money, big problem  MINOT – It's a dangerous drug, as dangerous as ever seen by law enforcement on the streets of the city. A miniscule dose of fentanyl all too often results in the death of the user.  The illegal drug comes in small packages with a big…
October 24, 2022

North Dakota farmer detained in Ukraine is back 

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota farmer who had been detained in Ukraine since November 2021 on accusations he planned to kill his business partner is back home, the state's two U.S. senators announced Friday.  Kurt Groszhans, from Ashley, North Dakota, has ancestors who are from Ukraine and he…
October 21, 2022

Bond Set for Alleged Arsonist 

Minot Man Gets Cash-Only Bond  By Lydia Hoverson   lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   TOWNER – A Minot man who allegedly started multiple fires from Minot to Bottineau received a $100,000 bond Friday.  Justin Hanson, 42, allegedly started over a dozen fires from Minot to Bottineau Wednesday afternoon, causing an estimate of hundreds of thousands…
October 21, 2022

Burlington Man Sentenced to Two Years 

Final defendant in fake military gear scheme  PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The third and final defendant in an illegal scheme to supply $20 million worth of substandard counterfeit clothing and gear made in China to the U.S. military has been sentenced to two years in prison, federal prosecutors said.  Terry…
October 21, 2022

Colder Than Usual Winter Ahead 

NWS outlook not favorable for North Dakota  Kim.fundingsland@mydakotan.com  MINOT – If you were hoping for a warmer than usual winter, maybe with little less snow than usual, don’t read any further.  Well, phooey. As much as I despise the phrase, it is what it is. Sorry.  The National Weather Service…
October 20, 2022

Minot Man Charged with Setting Multiple Fires 

Damage costly in rural areas  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  TOWNER – A man who set multiple fires from Minot to Bottineau Wednesday may have caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of property damage, says McHenry County Sheriff Trey Skager.  Skager said though fire departments involved are still in the process of locating…
October 20, 2022

Oops. 714,000 Gallons, not 36,000 

July 2021 pipeline break   BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A wastewater spill from a pipeline break last year in the northwestern North Dakota oil patch was 20 times greater than first reported, the state Department of Environmental Quality said Wednesday.  Tallgrass Energy first estimated that nearly 36,000 gallons of produced…
October 20, 2022

Hoeven: Take the Handcuffs off U.S. Oil & Gas Producers 

Biden administration needs to stop draining the SPR   FARGO, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after President Biden announced a plan to release an additional 15 million barrels of oil from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve…
October 19, 2022

Becker Proposes Elimination of Property Tax 

Will announce proposed legislative measure Thursday  Bismarck, ND — Representative Rick Becker (R) District 7, Bismarck will announce Thursday afternoon a proposed legislative constitutional measure which will eliminate and replace the property tax in North Dakota.  If approved by the 2023 legislature, the measure will be on the ballot in…
October 19, 2022

Battery Minerals Processing Facility for Mercer County 

Gov. Burgum issues statement on Talon Metals     BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum has released the following statement after Talon Metals announced plans to build a facility in central North Dakota to process nickel and other minerals for batteries from raw ore mined in Minnesota, expanding domestic manufacturing of batteries…
October 19, 2022

Who will be North Dakota’s Next Secretary of State? 

Three choices on the ballot kim.fundingsland@mydakotan.com MINOT -- Secretary of State Al Jaeger, a Republican, is not seeking reelection. That means, for the first time in more than 30 years, someone other than Jaeger will take over the duties of North Dakota Secretary of State.   Three candidates are on…
October 19, 2022

Audit Hits N. Dakota on Vaccine Handling 

Department of Health disputes it  By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Health Department stored thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses at incorrect temperatures or without temperature data over the past two years, according to a state audit Tuesday that said some of the vaccine was…
October 18, 2022

One Dead in Bowman 

Two Vehicle Fatality Crash   What: Fatality Crash   Where: US Highway 85 MM 20 (2 miles north of Bowman) When: 10/17/2022 at 5:10 PM MDT   Road Conditions: Good/Sunny   Weather Conditions: Clear   Crash Involvement: Vehicle/Vehicle   Type of Crash: Rear-End and Rollover   Agencies Involved: Bowman County…
October 18, 2022

Armstrong far ahead of Mund in House campaign fundraising 

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — GOP Rep. Kelly Armstrong continues to hold a huge financial advance over former Miss America Cara Mund in their House race, with Mund raising less than $100,000 in her late-starting bid as an independent.  Federal campaign finance reports through Sept. 30 show Mund has raised about…
October 17, 2022

Elevator Art 

Massive mural to be painted in Minot MINOT – No question that it’ll be a big attention getter, easily the largest in the city and a huge showpiece for the state. The Union Silos Public Art Project has announced a transformation is in the works for one of this city’s…
October 14, 2022

Charges Filed in Explosive Case 

1,000 pounds of explosives discovered  WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man accused of storing more than 1,000 pounds of homemade explosives in his garage is now facing criminal charges.  Court records show 28-year-old Ross Petrie, of Williston, is charged with a felony called 'release of destructive forces.'  An…
October 14, 2022

Seeking Office as an Independent 

Trio of non-party candidates on ballot  MINOT – Three independent candidates for major offices are on the statewide ballot for the upcoming November election. All are facing candidates endorsed by a political party.  Seeking to learn more about the challenges facing an independent candidate, the Dakotan contacted each of the…
October 13, 2022

Cold Justice Targets Killer  

Knutson Murder Case Delays  MINOT – A national television show investigative team is credited with murder charges being filed in one of the highest profile murder cases in this city’s history. However, the subsequent arrest of Nichole Rice, accused of murdering roommate Anita Knutson in 2007, has been slow to…
October 12, 2022

Improving a Community

Coleharbor playground, clean-up  COLEHARBOR – This community’s ongoing effort to improve “curb appeal” continues to move forward. The latest improvement project is an updated playground and picnic area. New basketball courts too.  “It’s an upgrade to our park which was originally built in 1975. There’s been no major improvements or renovations…
October 10, 2022

Marijuana Measure Opposition 

Group forms to try to block marijuana legalization in ND  By TRISHA AHMED Associated Press/Report for America  An addiction counselor who helped defeat a marijuana legalization proposal in North Dakota four years ago has launched a fresh opposition group seeking to do it again this November.  Kristie Spooner announced her…
October 7, 2022

ND Officials Oppose Term Limits 

Letter dated Oct. 5, 2022   North Dakotans will vote on a measure this fall to limit the governor and state legislators to two four-year terms. While some of us support term limits, others oppose. However, we unanimously agree that voters should reject this ill-conceived measure. Its overly restrictive design…
October 7, 2022

NDFB, Farmers Union opposed to term limits 

Official statement  North Dakota Farm Bureau and North Dakota Farmers Union announce their joint opposition to an initiated measure that will appear on the November election ballot, limiting the time in office a governor or state legislator can serve.  If passed, the constitutional amendment would limit the governor to two…
October 6, 2022

Term Limits Turning Heads 

Issue on upcoming ballot  MINOT – A term limits measure will be on the ballot in the general election November 8. However, it took a stern rebuke from the North Dakota Supreme Court to ensure voters would have the right to decide the issue.  On September 7, the Supreme Court…
October 5, 2022

Hoeven Response to OPEC+ Action 

Take the Handcuffs off American Energy Producers    FARGO – Senator John Hoeven, R-ND, issued the following statement after OPEC+ announced it would cut oil production by 2 million barrels per day.    “Increasing U.S. oil production is needed to lower energy prices for U.S. consumers and counter OPEC’s decision to…
October 5, 2022

Candidates lash out at Hoeven 

North Dakota Senate Debate  WASHBURN – What began as a pleasant exchange of ideas and positions ended with some very contentious moments. In between was frequent tongue lashing of Sen. John Hoeven, R-ND.  United States Senate candidates Katrina Christiansen-D, and Rick Becker-Ind., were on stage for a debate at this…
October 4, 2022

Child Death in Carrington 

Unresponsive at Day Care   On September 26, 2022, the Carrington Ambulance and Carrington Police Department responded to an in-home daycare in Carrington, North Dakota on the report of an unresponsive 5 month old baby. The baby was air flighted to Sanford Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota where he later died.…
September 29, 2022

Sledding Norsk

Kick Sleds at the Fest lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com MINOT – Is it sledding season yet? A booth at the 2022 Norsk Hostfest is ready for it! Brent and Kristie Fingerson, owners of Scandia Kicksled of Houston, Minnesota, are selling Norwegian kick sleds and Scandinavian merchandise at the Hostfest this year, September 28…
September 29, 2022

Rep. Rick Becker to Announce Proposed Legislation 

Landowner Protection from CO2 Pipelines  Bismarck — Representative Rick Becker (R) District 7, Bismarck, will announce proposed legislation to protect landowner rights as they pertain to carbon dioxide pipelines in North Dakota. Both Representative Becker and Senate candidate Jeff Magrum (R) District 8, will speak in support of landowners facing…
September 27, 2022

ND Senator Seeks End to COVID Restrictions Along Border 

Hoeven: It’s Time for the Biden Administration to end COVID Restrictions Along Canadian Border  WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after Canada announced that all COVID-19 testing, quarantine and vaccination restrictions along the northern border would end as of October 1.   “As Canada has ended their…
September 27, 2022

'Cowboy Town' Hosts NDRA Finals

Rodeo in Watford City WATFORD CITY--North Dakota Rodeo Association competition is fierce, yet the comradery and family are as genuine as the sunsets across the North Dakota plains. Watford City was home to the top contestants, their families, and fans this past weekend, Sept. 23-24, crowning state champions in each…
September 27, 2022

Fatal Shooting Justified 

Ruling by Attorney General  FARGO (AP) — North Dakota's attorney general says officers were justified in their use of deadly force against a man police say was having a mental health crisis.  Attorney General Drew Wrigley, Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner and other officials held a news conference Monday to…
September 26, 2022

NDHP Deploys New Vehicle  

Less Conspicuous  NARRATIVE: The North Dakota Highway Patrol is deploying a patrol vehicle with reflective graphics that are less visible in the daytime and is equipped with interior lights rather than an external light bar. This less conspicuous vehicle will make it easier for troopers to detect aggressive drivers and…
September 26, 2022

Former North Dakota Coach Dies 

Darrell Mudra, successful coach at all levels, dies at 93  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — College Football Hall of Fame coach Darrell Mudra, who won better than 70% of his games and two national championships in a career spanning the 1950s through the 1980s, has died.  The National Football Foundation announced…
September 22, 2022

Hoeven Declines ND Senate Debate  

Statewide TV Event Set for Washburn  Bismarck – BEK TV will host an exclusive prime time live statewide broadcast of a North Dakota U.S. Senate debate on Monday, October 3, from 7-9 p.m., located in Washburn’s Memorial Hall, 805 Main Avenue.    Confirmed candidates include Democrat Katrina Christiansen and Independent Rick…
September 16, 2022

Nuisance Tode

Soybean Cyst Nematode Present in North Dakota lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – There seems to always be something that plagues a farmer’s field, and one this year is soybean cyst nematodes. T.J. Prochaska, extension crop protection specialist with the North Central Research Extension Center, said this nematode lives underground and its biggest…
September 15, 2022

Mineral Royalties Dispute 

Tribes say North Dakota is Tampering   By DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press  FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is accusing North Dakota officials of tampering with the tribes' efforts to collect royalties from oil and gas production underneath a riverbed on the Fort Berthold Reservation. The…
September 14, 2022

Raccoon Visits North Dakota Bar 

Rabies Alert Issued   MADDOCK, N.D. (AP) — A woman walked into a North Dakota bar carrying a raccoon, leading health officials to warn those who had contact with the animal about possible rabies exposure.  Bartender Cindy Smith said she was serving drinks at the Maddock Bar last week when…
September 14, 2022

Hoppin’ and Killin’

Grasshopper Nuisance lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Grasshoppers can be a fun catch for little kids, but when they get into the fields, they can be quite a nuisance for farmers. TJ Prochaska, extension crop protection specialist from the North Central Research Center, said the grasshopper population has exploded in the last…
September 13, 2022

Cowgirls for a Cure

Shades of Pink MENOKEN--Giving cancer the ‘boot’ is the motto of Cowgirls for a Cure. Lifting North Dakota breast cancer patients, up with their horses, is what close to four-hundred people did-- including barrel racers, their supporters, and Sanford employees Saturday, September 10.  Joining the fight against breast cancer, Bill…
September 13, 2022

Burgum, Sanford Unveil Child Care Proposal 

Support for Working Families, Address Workforce Challenges  FARGO -- Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford were joined by state legislators Tuesday at a press conference in Fargo to announce a framework for legislation to address the availability, affordability and quality of childcare services in North Dakota, which continues…
September 13, 2022

Medical Marijuana Decline if Pot Legalized 

Headed to Public Vote  By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Legalizing recreational pot in North Dakota could cut the number of people who are registered to use the drug as medicine by at least 80%, due to access to bigger quantities and more varied products, a health…
September 12, 2022

Term Limit Backer Responds to Win

BISMARCK – North Dakota voters will see term limits on the ballot this November. “We always knew that our committee had complied fully with state law and submitted more than enough signatures to the Secretary of State,” said Jared Hendrix, the North Dakota Term limits Chair. “The State Supreme Court…
September 7, 2022

Court Orders Term Limits on Ballot

ND high court orders term-limits measure on November ballot BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has ordered a ballot measure asking whether voters want term limits on the governor and legislators should be placed on the November ballot.Supporters of the measure asked the high court to compel…
September 7, 2022

Walleye Series State Championship

Father/Son Claim AIM State Title  HAZEN – Winning is great. Winning with your son as a partner is even better.  Ross Grothe and his son Roger, 12, both Baldwin, won the AIM Weekend Walleye Series North Dakota championship held here August 26-27. The father/son duo built a sizeable day one…
September 4, 2022

Senators Oppose Marshal’s Service Plan 

Pushing Back on Proposal to Release Criminal Illegal Immigrants into U.S.  WASHINGTON – North Dakota Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer this week joined Senator Thom Tillis, R-N.C., in urging the Director of the U.S. Marshals Service Ronald Davis to reconsider the Marshals’ proposed policy change that would permit the…
September 2, 2022

Supreme Court Hears Petition Dispute

 Deadline Approaches to Allow Terms Limits Measure on Ballot  kim.fundingsland@mydakotan.com BISMARCK – The North Dakota Supreme Court heard the case Friday morning involving the rejection of thousands of signatures on petitions submitted to the Secretary of State. The petitions were to allow a term limits measure to be placed on…
September 2, 2022

New Commerce Director

Burgum appoints Teigen to lead state Commerce Department  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The head of North Dakota's economic development and finance division at the state Commerce Department has been named to lead the agency.  Gov. Doug Burgum announced Thursday that he has appointed Josh Teigen as Commerce Commissioner, effective Sept.…
September 2, 2022

The Hawks and Huskers 

Nebraska looking to bounce back against FCS North Dakota  By The Associated Press  North Dakota (0-0) at Nebraska (0-1), Saturday, 2:30 p.m.  (Big Ten Network)  Series record: Nebraska leads 1-0.  WHAT'S AT STAKE?  Nebraska desperately needs to bounce back after the 31-28 loss to Northwestern in Ireland ratcheted up the…
September 1, 2022

Four Dead Identified

Owner of farm among dead in suspected murder-suicide  By JAMES MacPHERSON and GRETCHEN EHLKE Associated Press  BISMARCK (AP) — Volunteers were organizing in North Dakota on Wednesday to finish the harvest of a farmer found dead in his wheat field along with three other men in what investigators described as…
August 31, 2022

Repatriating Indigenous Remains

Burgum, Davis issue statements on University of North Dakota artifacts   BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum and North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission Executive Director Nathan Davis released the following statements Wednesday, August 31, regarding the University of North Dakota’s efforts to repatriate Native American remains and artifacts to their tribes…
August 31, 2022

Trial Set for Accused Killer 

Mother Allegedly Shot Father  Kim.fundingsland@mydakotan.com MINOT -- “The murder of one parent by another is the ultimate act of child abuse,” Judge Gary Lee told an accused killer and her attorney during a pretrial conference in a North-Central District courtroom Wednesday.  The accused was Heather Hoffman, 24, Minot. Moments earlier…
August 31, 2022

Four Dead in Wheat Field

Possible murder-suicide  LEEDS – Four men were found dead of gunshot wounds in a nearby wheat field Monday evening, according to a press release issued by the Towner County Sheriff’s Office.  The release said evidence from the scene indicated the incident was a murder-suicide and that there is no known…
August 30, 2022

ND Airports Receive Grant Dollars

Sen. Cramer: Bismarck, Devils Lake Airports Receive $16.4 Million  BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, has announced the Federal Aviation Administration awarded the following two grants totaling $16,359,076:  $14,119,926 to the City of Bismarck  $2,239,150 to Devils Lake…
August 30, 2022

Police Shooting Justified

Attorney General rules fatal Fargo police shooting justified  FARGO, (AP) — A Fargo police officer was justified in fatally shooting a man at an apartment complex in July, North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley said Monday.  Wrigley said Officer Adam O'Brien, a more than 10-year veteran of the department, fired…
August 29, 2022

Burgum Addresses Fufeng Concerns

Burgum statement after North Dakota’s U.S. senators share concerns about proposed corn milling plant   BISMARCK (AUG. 26, 2022) – Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement after U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer shared their concerns with the governor and local leaders related to the proposed Fufeng Group…
August 26, 2022

ND Abortion Plan Halted

Judge puts hold on North Dakota trigger law banning abortion By DAVE KOLPACK Associated PressFARGO, N.D. (AP) — A judge on Thursday again blocked a trigger law banning abortion in North Dakota as he weighs arguments from the state's lone abortion clinic that the law violates the state constitution.Burleigh County…
August 25, 2022

She's Not from Around Here

“No sane person would choose to leave Florida to live in North Dakota."  Amy.allender@mydakotan.com  I read that quote in a news article a couple weeks ago. When my eyes ran across the words, I nearly spit out my coffee, choking back a laugh.  The next day, friends came over for…
August 25, 2022

Hoeven Slams Biden Administration

News Release: HOEVEN STATEMENT ON BIDEN STUDENT DEBT CANCELLATION   GRAND FORKS – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after President Biden announced his plan to cancel student debt.    “The Democrats’ reckless spending has caused record-high inflation, and now the Biden administration wants to spend billions more…
August 24, 2022

State Tax Relief Proposed

Burgum pushes to eliminate income taxes for lower earners  By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum on Wednesday proposed eliminating state income taxes for lower-earning North Dakotans while shrinking them for higher earners to a small flat tax, which he said would save taxpayers about $250…
August 24, 2022

Two Killed in Bismarck

Police: Mother kills adult son, then herself in Bismarck  BISMARCK (AP) — Police in Bismarck said a preliminary investigation shows a mother killed her adult son at a residence before taking her own life.  Lt. Luke Gardiner says officers went to a residence about 3 p.m. Tuesday after police received…
August 24, 2022

Marijuana Money

What's different about 2022 ND marijuana vote? MoneyBy JAMES MacPHERSON Associated PressBISMARCK, (AP) — The main group working to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota has more than a half-million dollars to press its case, far more than the mostly shoe-leather effort they relied on four years ago. Meanwhile, a…
August 24, 2022

New High School Construction

Work Underway at Minot North  MINOT – Construction has begun on what will become this city’s newest high school – Minot North.  Dirt work is underway at the location of the former Cognizant building in the northwest part of the city. The building and grounds, valued at $10 million, were…
August 23, 2022

High Kicking Arena Action

High School Rodeo Opener NEW SALEM -- North Dakota High School Rodeo had its season opener here this past weekend, August 20-21.  A total of 880 competitive runs from cow cutting, rough stock rides to roping went through the arena that sits under Miss Salem Sue. From seniors in high…
August 23, 2022

Huge Oilfield Waste Spill

Underreported oilfield wastewater spill in northwest North Dakota  BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota regulators are investigating the spill of oilfield wastewater from a broken pipeline in the northwest of the state.  Karl Rockman, of the state Department of Environmental Quality, said Monday that New York-based Hess Corp., the pipeline's owner,…
August 22, 2022

Badlands Body Dumping Ground

WATFORD CITY – What was found remains a mystery, but there were several agencies involved. Numerous law enforcement vehicles converged Wednesday on Badlands terrain adjacent to the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  “It’s kind of a hotspot for suicide and body dumping,” said Lissa Yellow Bird-Chase, Whiteshield.  The…
August 19, 2022

Fargo Pledge Returns

North Dakota school board reinstates Pledge of Allegiance  By DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press  FARGO (AP) -- The school board in North Dakota's most populous city reversed course Thursday on its decision to stop reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at its monthly meetings, following complaints from conservative lawmakers and an angry…
August 19, 2022

Search Warrant in Term Limits Tussle

MINOT – A search warrant was executed this week at the home of Charles Tuttle, an advocate for the North Dakota Term Limits Committee and general watchdog over agencies and officials of state government. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation conducted the search of Tuttle’s Minot residence.  “They did a Mar-a-Lago…
August 18, 2022

More Controversy for Fargo Schools

FARGO—Fargo Public School District is once again in the national news, this time over a letter that FPSD Superintendent Rupak Ghandi sent to teachers in Florida who resigned over the recently-passed parental rights bill.  The letter was authored by Gandhi, FPSD Director of Equity and Inclusion Dr. Tamara Uselman, Fargo…
August 18, 2022

Bucking Badlands

MEDORA-- Majestic Medora, heart of the Badlands, was home to tourists, rough stock, cattle, cowboys, and cowgirls August 12-13. The arena hosted a record sixty-two runs during Ranchorama Rodeo Days performance Saturday night alone.  “This place is always packed with tourists, and they come intrigued and excited. It’s not just…
August 16, 2022

Burgum Says Say Pledge

Burgum calls for public schools, governing bodies to administer the Pledge of Allegiance, display flag   BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum Monday released the following statement regarding the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools and at meetings of elected governing bodies in North Dakota.   “America is the land of opportunity.…
August 15, 2022

Marijuana Makes Ballot

BISMARCK (AP) — Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in North Dakota have succeeded in bringing the matter to a public vote in November.  The group, New Approach North Dakota, submitted more than the required 15,582 valid petition signatures to get a measure on the November general election ballot, Secretary of…
August 15, 2022

Flourishing Pride of Dakota

FARGO -- Within a year of opening up his Maple River Winery in 2001, owner Greg Kempel joined with Pride of Dakota to help market his wines. Seeing all the support and success he got from POD, Kemple soon became an advocate for the POD label. So much so that,…
August 15, 2022

Opponents Respond to Becker Run

BISMARCK—Representative Rick Becker, R-District 7, has announced he intends to gather the 1,000 signatures necessary to have his name placed on the November 2022 ballot as an independent candidate. Dr. Becker will compete against Democrat Katrina Christiansen, and incumbent Republican John Hoeven.   At the NDGOP state convention in April, Becker…
August 15, 2022

Becker Announces Senate Run

Bismarck -- Representative Rick Becker, R-District 7, Bismarck, has announced his intention to run as a conservative, small-government Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. He intends to gather the 1,000 signatures necessary to have his name placed on the November ballot as an Independent candidate. Dr. Becker will compete against Democrat…
August 15, 2022

Fishing and High Prices

MINOT – This has been the summer of increased prices across the board, especially gasoline that approached $5 per gallon for a time. When it comes to fishing trips, the question all anglers wrestle with is, how much is too much? It doesn’t help that boats are notoriously bad for…
August 14, 2022

No More Pledge Causes Pushback

North Dakota district no longer reciting pledge at meetings By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press BISMARCK (AP) — The school board in North Dakota's largest city decided to stop reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at their meetings, prompting a Republican lawmaker to vow to push for a voucher program that would…
August 13, 2022

Oil Spill in Dunn County

By the Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An oil company is cleaning up a spill in Dunn County.Officials with the state Department of Environmental Quality said that Leland Oil and Gas notified state agencies of the spill from a bulk oil tank about 3.5 miles northeast of Killdeer on…
August 12, 2022

Oddball on the Prairie

VELVA – Rate it a 10 for interesting and unique, and it buries the needle on the “what the heck is it doing out here” meter.   The David Thompson Monument might just be the most fascinating object in the state, not just for its stunning appearance, but also for its…
August 12, 2022

N.D. Adjutant General Names New Senior Enlisted Leader

BISMARCK — Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann announced today that Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Magnuson was selected as the next senior enlisted leader (SEL) for the North Dakota National Guard. Magnuson will succeed Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Binstock, who was recently named as the incoming state command sergeant major for the North…
August 11, 2022

North Dakota Abortion Clinic Opens at New Minnesota Site

By the Associated Press MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — The operator of North Dakota's only abortion clinic said Wednesday the clinic has opened in its new location in Moorhead, just weeks before it's likely to be forced to close its Fargo location under a statewide abortion ban there.Red River Women's Clinic…
August 10, 2022

North Dakota Abortion Clinic Ramps Up Move to Minnesota

By DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — The owner of a North Dakota abortion clinic that faces closure this month was directing traffic and deliveries Friday at its planned new location a few miles away in Minnesota.The Red River Women's Clinic, which has been operating on a busy…
August 8, 2022

Talking Outdoors with NDGF Director

MINOT – Jeb Williams was appointed director of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department by Governor Doug Burgum on August 24, 2021. He previously served as NDGF Wildlife Division chief.  Williams visited with The Dakotan during a recent visit to the Conservation and Skills Park at the State Fair. …
August 7, 2022

Spray Those Weeds

MINOT – Weeds, weeds, and more weeds. Both big farmers and small gardeners understand this nuisance.  One specific kind of weed, Kochia Scoparia, has taken its toll on many crop fields in North Dakota, according to Brian Jenks, a weed specialist from the North Central Research Extension Center in Minot. …
August 6, 2022

Anglers Encouraged to Keep Deep Water Fish

North Dakota Game and Fish Department release:  North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel encourage anglers to keep fish caught from depths of more than 25 feet, rather than practice catch-and-release.  Dave Fryda, Missouri River System supervisor, said given the exceptional Lake Sakakawea walleye fishing this summer, enticing many…
August 5, 2022

Supreme Court Win for Landowners

State Supreme Court strikes key portions of 'pore-space' lawBy JAMES MacPHERSON Associated PressBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Supreme Court on Thursday struck down key portions of a state law that a landowners group argued amounts to the unconstitutional taking of private property rights.The so-called pore space law passed the…
August 5, 2022

Flags to Fly Half Staff

Burgum directs flags flown at half-staff in honor of U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski   BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until midnight Thursday, Aug. 4, and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their…
August 4, 2022

Oil Boosts Infrastructure Fund

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK (AP) — A major spending initiative aimed at infrastructure projects outside western North Dakota's oil patch is on pace to be fully funded for the first time since the Legislature approved it three years ago, due to strong oil prices and steady production, officials…
August 3, 2022

Climate Deal to Help Farmers Aid the Environment

  By MICHAEL PHILLIS Associated Press  ST. LOUIS (AP) — The climate deal reached last week by Senate Democrats could reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that American farmers produce by expanding programs that help accumulate carbon in soil, fund climate-focused research and lower the abundant methane emissions that come…
August 3, 2022

Enjoying Game Warden Work

MINOT – One of the people helping youngsters on the fishing pier during the recent run of the North Dakota State Fair was Clayton Edstrom of Killdeer.   Edstrom was wearing his North Dakota Game and Fish Department uniform, smiling, and assisting young fishermen bait a hook and unhook fish caught.…
August 3, 2022

Hoeven, Cramer on al-Zawahri Killing

  WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, R-ND, issued the following statement following the announcement of the United States killing al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri.   “The death of Ayman al-Zawahri is an important victory in our war against terrorism,” said Hoeven. “We remember the horrendous attacks on September 11, 2001, and…
August 2, 2022

Fair Attendance Increase

Attendance was up at the recent North Dakota State Fair. The final number of people through the gate, as supplied by NDSF, was 314,271. 310,685 people attended the 2021 State Fair. This year's fair ran July 22-30. North Dakota State Fair attendance since 2008:  2022 – 314,271 (+3,586) 2021 -- 310,685  …
August 1, 2022

Officials: North Dakota Murderer Kills Himself in Prison

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK (AP) — A man who was serving life sentences for killing four people at a North Dakota business in what authorities say was one of the state's most gruesome crimes has killed himself in prison, authorities said.  The North Dakota Highway Patrol said a…
August 1, 2022

Chillin' at the Fair

 MINOT – Behind the scenes at the North Dakota State Fair is a man ready to keep the drinks cool and the temperature bearable.  Randy Gravelle, owner of Absolute Ice of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, wakes up early in the morning during the nine days of the fair to deliver ice…
July 30, 2022

Utgaard recipient of Rough Rider Award  

INTERNATIONAL PEACE GARDEN – Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the late Dr. Merton Utgaard, award-winning musician, educator, and founder and long-time director of the International Music Camp, as the 47th recipient of the North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, the state’s highest commendation for its citizens.  Utgaard founded the…
July 29, 2022

Knutson Murder Case Delayed

MINOT – The lengthening murder saga of a Minot State University freshman has been extended once again.  Nichole Rice, Velva, was arrested in March of this year, charged with the 2007 murder of roommate Anita Knutson. Rice was scheduled to make a preliminary hearing August 4 in front of North-Central…
July 29, 2022

Vast Quantity of Fentanyl

MINOT – Police say the value of Fentanyl and marijuana that resulted in felony charges against Ryan Rattler, 30, Flushing, Michigan, totaled more than three quarters of a million dollars. Rattler appeared in District Court here Thursday for a preliminary hearing and arraignment on two felony charges.  It was on…
July 28, 2022

Daryl's Racing Pigs IYKYK

 MINOT -- IYKYK. Have you seen this cluster of letters floating through the expanse of social media feeds and stories? Total transparency: The first time I saw it I googled it. To save you the trouble, I’ll just tell you what it means. “If you know, you know.” IYKYK.  I’ve…
July 28, 2022

The Old-Fashioned Way

MINOT – Whether it's rawhide, cottonwood, or choke cherry trees, Jeremy Duckwitz, Moffit, can make almost anything a person needs to survive in the woods with no modern technology.  Surrounding his tent at the North Dakota State Fair is Duckwitz’s many crafts, tools, instruments, and even a canoe that he…
July 27, 2022

Free Fair Fun

MINOT – It is a chance to be entertained, learn, participate -- all for free at the North Dakota State Fair. “There’s fishing, archery, hunter education, a pellet gun range, Fur Takers exhibit, visit with a Game and Fish biologist. A lot of great things to do,” said Greg Gullickson,…
July 27, 2022

Fatal Vehicle Rollover, Fire

RICHARDTON – A single vehicle rollover and fire has resulted in the death of a 19-year-old Taylor man.  According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the accident occurred 5 miles east of here on Old Highway 10 at 7:43 p.m. Tuesday, July 26. A 2006 Chevy Silverado was eastbound on…
July 27, 2022

Governor Requests Review of ND Land Purchase

BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum has sent a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin asking that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) conduct an expedited review of Fufeng Group’s recent purchase of land in Grand Forks for a wet…
July 27, 2022

Big Loops -- Lake Sakakawea Classic

PARSHALL -- Fish were not the only thing getting caught this past weekend, July 23 and 24 on Lake Sakakawea. Healing Horse Ranch and Wrangler Team Roping Championships presented an estimated couple thousand teams of team ropers utilizing their loops to catch horns and hooves-- bringing home the grand award…
July 26, 2022

Major Investment at Nekoma

$500-million Bitzero investment in North Dakota
July 25, 2022

State Fair Parade

MINOT – The North Dakota State Fair began a nine-day run at the State Fairgrounds in Minot Friday, June 22. The opening night concert featuring Kid Rock was delayed, and then canceled due to a threat of adverse weather, sending a disappointed sold-out crowd of 18,000 to the exits. Although…
July 23, 2022

Fair Ready for Action

  MINOT – Whether its food, rides, indoor or outdoor displays, all seemed ready Thursday, or at least almost so, for the North Dakota State Fair.  On the food side, Old Tyme Kettle Korn and Hansen’s Festival Concessions were almost ready to sell after many days of setting up.  “We…
July 21, 2022

Antler Outlaws

ANTLER -- Way up by the Canadian border, in Bottineau County, is this little town. Fields of crops line the highway, trees are abundant, and rodeo action was alive this past weekend, July 16-17. The Antler Outlaws and Rough Rider Rodeo Association hosted their 3rd Annual rodeo together. The Antler…
July 19, 2022

Disaster Declaration for North Dakota

WASHINGTON – Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong today issued the following statement after President Biden issued a major presidential disaster declaration for severe spring storms in North Dakota. In a letter to the president last month, the delegation urged for the declaration’s approval, stressing that…
July 15, 2022

A Passion for Pretzels

Dorothy Henke, founder of Dot’s Pretzels, shared her success story during a Start Up Minot event Thursday. The Velva entrepreneur recently sold her business to the snack company Hershey. (Photo: Kim Fundingsland/The Dakotan)  By KIM FUNDINGSLAND  MINOT – She captured her audience as soon as she picked up the microphone.…
July 14, 2022

Weekend Buffalo Shuffle

  BUFFALO -- The town of Buffalo will hold its 16th annual Shuffle Off to Buffalo celebration this weekend, July 15 and 16.  Friday evening is the school reunion. It will include a Step Back in Time fashion show where members of the community will model clothes from the 1920's…
July 14, 2022

Lansford Strong

  LANSFORD -- This is a small town about 20 miles north of the Minot Air Force Base where service to country and service to community intersect.  Specifically, they come together at the Lansford Rural Volunteer Fire Department.    While other area small communities are constantly struggling to find volunteers, the…
July 12, 2022

If These Grandstands Could Talk

“If these grandstands could talk, 75 years of great competitors and exciting stock have performed at the annual Wing Rodeo.  It takes an entire community to put on an event like this. Here we are in the heart of ag country, and it shows,” said Melanie Hertz, 20-year Wing Horse…
July 12, 2022

Elected Officials Families: Erin Oban’s Husband

BISMARCK — Former Senator and current Rural Development State director Erin Oban, D-Dis 35, was a Senator for four sessions since 2015. Her husband, Chad Oban, described his perspective, saying it was unique, since his own father also served in the legislature. “I was 8 years old the first time…
July 1, 2022

Upside Down Under: Ghosts of North Dakota past…

I have a North Dakota map from the 1950s and I was looking at it to see if any highways have changed. Then I got a little curious about several small towns in Cavalier County that either no longer exist or are hanging on by a thread. Alsen, Calio, Clyde,…
June 26, 2022

Facts of Law: North Dakota After Roe - A Complicated Mess

On Friday, the United States Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning Roe v. Wade. The crux of the decision found no right to abortion contained within the various rights of the U.S. Constitution, effectively returning abortion regulation to the control of the…
June 25, 2022

ND Senators, Governor React to Supreme Court Ruling

Sen. John Hoeven, R-ND, statement on the United States Supreme Court decision in Dobbs Vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization: “The Supreme Court’s decision respects the sanctity of life and rightfully denies that the Constitution provided a right to abortion. The ruling is consistent with my work as Governor of North…
June 24, 2022

Elected Officials’ Families: Oley Larsen’s Wife

MINOT — Former Senator Oley Larsen, R-Dis. 3, was in the North Dakota Senate from 2011 to 2021, before he stepped down. Liz Larsen, his wife, described what she thought when her husband decided to run. “I think the word would be ‘disbelief’ that he wanted to do it, and…
June 24, 2022

Governor, First Lady to Host Sixth Annual Recovery Reinvented on Nov. 10 in Grand Forks

BISMARCK — Governor Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum are inviting the public to join them for Recovery Reinvented, an event dedicated to eliminating the shame and stigma of the disease of addiction, on Nov. 10, 2022, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. The event will be free…
June 14, 2022

Game and Fish Brief

Spring Breeding Duck Numbers Tallied The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s 75th annual spring breeding duck survey conducted in May showed an index of nearly 3.4 million birds, up 16% from last year. Migratory game bird supervisor Mike Szymanski said the index was the 23rd highest on record and…
June 10, 2022

USDA Awards $829K to Improve Outdoor Recreation, Perform Infrastructure Maintenance in North Dakota

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded $829,000 from the Great American Outdoors Act to improve outdoor recreation opportunities on the Maah Daah Hey Trail and perform maintenance to improve access to national grasslands in North Dakota. Grants from the Great American…
June 8, 2022

Burgum Joins Bitzero Officials to Announce North Dakota as Site of Company’s North American Headquarters

FARGO — Governor Doug Burgum along with Bitzero Strategic Investor Kevin O’Leary, Bitzero CEO Akbar Shamji, and Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation Chairman Mark Fox today announced North Dakota as Bitzero’s headquarters and hub for all North American operations. North Dakota emerged as the logical choice for Bitzero due to…
June 1, 2022

Burgum Directs Flags be Flown at Half-Staff in observance of Memorial Day

BISMARCK — Governor Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff from 12:01 a.m. to noon Monday, May 30, and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, in observance of Memorial Day. The governor’s directive…
May 30, 2022

Is the Dual Nomination Process Good for North Dakota?

Those who attend party conventions to endorse candidates often believe that they are helping the party decide who will run under the party's banner. Theoretically, candidates endorsed by the party receive support from the party, including access to the RNC Data Center, the party’s nonprofit mailing rates for postage, as…
May 27, 2022

Legislators Raise Concerns Over Governor's Campaign Contributions

BISMARCK — A handful of state legislators held a press conference inside the state capitol building in Bismarck Thursday to voice their concerns about Governor Doug Burgum’s campaign contributions, calling it a possible violation of the North Dakota Constitution. These legislators pointed to the governor's level of financial contributions to…
May 27, 2022

Candidate Challenging Hoeven

DICKINSON — Riley Kuntz, an oil rig worker from Dickinson, has announced he is running on the Republican ticket for U.S. Senate against incumbent and endorsed Republican party candidate Sen. John Hoeven. Kuntz said he has turned in enough signatures to be on the June 14 primary ballot. “I think…
April 29, 2022

Burgum Urges U.S. Customs and Border Protection to Restore Pre-Pandemic Hours at Border Crossings

BISMARCK — Governor Doug Burgum is urging U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to restore pre-pandemic hours of operation at several ports of entry where hours were reduced in April 2020. In a letter to CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Burgum noted that of…
April 26, 2022

Term Limits Tussle

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Term Limits committee submitted petitions with more than 46,000 signatures to get an initiated measure placed on a statewide ballot. The Secretary of State tossed out 29,000 of them, setting the stage for legal wrangling. 31,000 signatures were required to place the term limits issue…
April 22, 2022

NDHP Ramping Up Enforcement Efforts for 4/20

Drug-impaired driving has become an increasing danger on North Dakota roadways. In recent years, several states have passed laws allowing marijuana use on a recreational or medical basis, but it is illegal to use marijuana and then drive. On Wednesday, April 20, 2022, there will likely be an increase in…
April 18, 2022

State Capitol, other State Facilities in Bismarck Area Closing at 12:30 p.m. Today Due to Blizzard Conditions

BISMARCK — Governor Doug Burgum has directed the Capitol and other state facilities in the Bismarck area to close at 12:30 p.m. today due to blizzard conditions. “Team member safety is our top priority. We also have a duty and responsibility to continue serving the public," said Burgum. "We’re grateful…
April 12, 2022

NWS Warns of Crippling Blizzard

BISMARCK — It's the real deal, no escaping this one. A spring storm that is poised to tear into North Dakota has the potential to bury the record book under a massive dump of snow. Add to it plunging temperatures and winds up to 60 miles per hour, and you…
April 11, 2022

Jeffrey Powell Announces Candidacy for ND Secretary of State

Powell running on Democratic-NPL ticket Grand Forks — Jeffrey Powell of Grand Forks has petitioned the North Dakota Democratic-NPL to endorse him as a candidate for the office of Secretary of State. Powell said, “I am running for Secretary of State, because I want to continue serving the people of North…
April 11, 2022

State Parks Artists

State Parks Seek Artist in Residency Applicants The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department and the North Dakota Council on the Arts are accepting applications for the Artist in Residency program. The Artist in Residency program offers artists the opportunity to stay and work in unique environments where they’ll draw…
April 11, 2022

North Dakota Agencies Meet to Coordinate Whole-of-Government Response to Potential Cyber Incident

BISMARCK — Representatives from several state agencies including the Governor’s Office, North Dakota Information Technology (NDIT) and the Department of Emergency Services gathered today to review the framework for responding to a potential major cybersecurity incident. While the war in Ukraine raised concerns about a potential major cyberattack on the United…
April 8, 2022

North Dakota Stockmen’s Association Fills Brand Inspection, Recording Positions

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) has made three recent hirings in its brand inspection and brand recording programs, NDSA Brand Board Chairman Shane Anderson, a rancher from Towner, N.D., announced this week. Clint Hecker of Arnegard, N.D., was hired as the NDSA’s at-large deputy brand inspector. His…
April 4, 2022

Record Breaking NDGOP Convention

BISMARCK — This weekend's Republican State Convention was the largest GOP convention in state history. After a long delay in counting the credentials, the report stated 2321 delegates were in attendance on Saturday. That was only the beginning of such delays. Perrie Schafer and Gary Emineth were both nominated for…
April 3, 2022

Chairman Survives Challenge

Contentious Moments at Republican Convention BISMARCK — A challenge to Republican party chairman Perrie Schafer came close to succeeding, but in the end the Bismarck man kept his position at the podium. As chairman of the state GOP, Schafer entered the convention hall at the Bismarck Event Center also as…
April 3, 2022

Hoeven Accepts Endorsement

BISMARCK — The rhetoric became contentious at times, but in the end, it was a Senator John Hoeven day at the North Dakota Republican convention in Bismarck. Hoeven, who collected 1,224 delegate votes to Rick Becker’s 1,037, took the stage at 5:00 p.m. and thanked the delegates for their support.…
April 2, 2022

Republicans Vote to Endorse Hoeven

BISMARCK — Delegates at the North Dakota Republican State Convention have chosen to endorse Senator John Hoeven for the U.S. Senate. The vote was 1,224 for Sen. Hoeven and 1,037 for Rick Becker.
April 2, 2022

Governor & First Lady Host Governor's Dinner

BISMARCK — “There has never been a better chance for North Dakota to lead this country. Blessed with communities, with soil, everything between, and energy resources make it imperative to think about the advantages we have in North Dakota,” Governor Burgum said. A sold-out crowd of 375 people attended the…
April 2, 2022

Ready to Retire: “I’ve Accomplished What I Set Out To Do”

BISMARCK — It was 2010 when Oley Larsen, by his own admission a neophyte to the legislative process, threw his hat into the ring to run for 3rd District Senate against a strong incumbent “that I wasn’t supposed to beat.” Now 10 years later, with the nominating convention for District…
April 1, 2022

Pembina Gorge Foundation Awarded $2.2M Grant for Improvements at Frost Fire Park

BISMARCK — Governor Doug Burgum today announced that the Pembina Gorge Foundation has been awarded a nearly $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) for a snowmaking infrastructure improvement and expansion project at Frost Fire Park. Burgum sent the EDA a letter last June in support of…
March 31, 2022

Game and Fish Briefs

Second Consecutive Record Count of Bighorn Sheep The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s 2021 bighorn sheep survey, completed by recounting lambs in March, revealed a record 335 bighorn sheep in western North Dakota, up 4% from 2020 and 15% above the five-year average. The count surpassed the previous record…
March 28, 2022

Tracy Potter Appointed to Serve in ND Senate

BISMARCK — Former state Senator Tracy Potter says he’s “ready to serve” in the North Dakota Senate following his appointment by the District 35 Democratic-NPL district committee to fill the Senate vacancy created by the resignation of Senator Erin Oban, D-Dis. 35, Bismarck. Potter will fill out Oban’s term and…
March 28, 2022

Lepp Announces Candidacy for ND Secretary of State

BISMARCK — Marvin Lepp of Bismarck announced he is running for Secretary of State of North Dakota.  Lepp is originally from Lehr and grew up outside of Bismarck. In a statement, he said, "Over the years since I left the ranch, I have worked in multiple industries. Employed by both…
March 28, 2022

Democratic-NPL has its Candidates

MINOT — The North Dakota Democratic-NPL has chosen its candidates. The state convention wrapped on Saturday in Minot. 19 candidates were announced for the North Dakota State Legislature. The Dem-NPL senators and endorsed senate candidates were announced by Senate Minority Leader Joan Heckaman, D-Dis. 23, and the Dem-NPL Representatives and…
March 27, 2022

Democratic-NPL State Convention Concludes

MINOT — More candidates were chosen at the Democratic-NPL State Convention in Minot on Saturday. The day started with speeches from Minority Leaders Sen. Joan Heckaman, D-Dis. 2, New Rockford, and Rep. Josh Boschee, D-Dis. 44, Fargo on the Democratic nominees for the North Dakota State Legislature. The nomination for…
March 26, 2022

The North Dakota Democratic-NPL State Convention

MINOT — The Democratic-NPL State Convention is being held in Minot. Delegates nominated two candidates on Friday afternoon, one for PSC and one for AG Commissioner. Melanie Moniz, from District 4A, was nominated unanimously for PSC. In her nomination speech, she stated that she would take care of the health…
March 25, 2022

ND Delegation, Gov. on Appointment of New TRNP Superintendent

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer, Congressman Kelly Armstrong, and Governor Doug Burgum today issued the following statements after the National Park Service announced the appointment of Angie Richman as Superintendent of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP). “We are working to advance important priorities at the…
March 23, 2022

Gov. Directs Flags Lowered in Honor of Albright

BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Sunday, March 27, and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, as a mark of respect for former Secretary of State Madeleine…
March 23, 2022

Hammer Announces Run for PSC

Trygve Hammer, a Velva resident, has announced that he will seek the nomination for Public Service Commissioner at the State Democratic Convention to be held in Minot on March 25-27. “In my life, from my youth, I had a passion for service,” he said. “I believe that right now our…
March 23, 2022

Game and Fish Briefs

Elk, Moose, Bighorn Sheep Apps Due Elk, moose and bighorn sheep applications must be submitted online before midnight, March 23. Applicants can apply by visiting My Account at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. Elk, moose and bighorn sheep lottery licenses are issued as once-in-a-lifetime licenses in North Dakota.…
March 21, 2022

Erin Oban Appointed as ND State Director for USDA Rural Development

***Updated March 17, 2022 at 7:22 p.m. to include interview with Erin Oban*** WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Joe Biden appointed Erin Oban Thursday to be North Dakota's U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director. Oban grew up in Ray and received her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education at…
March 17, 2022

Western Governors University, North Dakota Community Colleges Formalize Partnership

Governor announced partnership during 2022 State of the State Address; will allow seamless transfer into WGU’s online degree programs BISMARCK — Western Governors University (WGU) and the five community colleges within the North Dakota University System have signed a memorandum of understanding that will provide their graduates and staff with…
March 17, 2022

Carbon Capture Pipeline: The Taxpayer's Side

The Summit Carbon Solutions (SCS) carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) project, slated to create 2000 miles of pipeline, is projected to cost $4.5 billion. With so much opposition from landowners and environmentalists, some may be surprised at how quickly the project is projected to move forward. Vice President of…
March 16, 2022

Game and Fish Brief

Grant Application to Assist R3 Efforts Wildlife, shooting, fraternal, and nonprofit civic organizations can submit an application for the Encouraging Tomorrow’s Hunters program, a North Dakota Game and Fish Department grant program developed to assist in the recruitment, retention and reactivation of hunters. The program supports projects and events that provide…
March 14, 2022

Burgum: Pandemic Response Shifts Toward Endemic Status as COVID-19 Trends Improve

ND National Guard support for COVID-19 operations to end next week BISMARCK — As COVID-19 trends continue to improve and the second anniversary of the first recorded case in North Dakota approaches, Governor Doug Burgum today announced that the State of North Dakota is preparing for a shift toward an…
March 10, 2022

Carbon Capture Pipeline: The Environmentalists' Side

The carbon capture pipeline that Summit Carbon Solutions plans to build across five Midwest states  seems on its face to be an environmentalist's dream come true. It promises to capture and store millions of tons of carbon dioxide — a major component of greenhouse gases. When it first begins operation,…
March 8, 2022

Game and Fish Briefs

Game and Fish Offers Wildlife Food Plot Seed The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is offering free seed for the 2022 growing season to landowners interested in planting wildlife food plots for pheasants. Department private land section leader Kevin Kading said rather than a traditional corn or sunflower food…
March 7, 2022

Chronic Wasting Disease Expands

More Deer Hunting Units Closed BISMARCK — Three deer hunting units have been added to the growing list of units where baiting is prohibited. Baiting restrictions now apply to most of the western half of the state and unit 2B in eastern North Dakota. Chronic wasting disease is a fatal…
March 6, 2022

Carbon Capture Pipeline: The Farmer's Side of the Story

By all accounts the proposed carbon capture pipeline that Summit Carbon Solutions plans to build through five states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa) will have a positive impact on North Dakota's economy, agriculture, and the environment. It promises to create more than 14,000 construction jobs in the…
March 4, 2022

Carbon Capture Project Comes to North Dakota

CASSELTON — Governor Doug Burgum held a joint press conference today in Casselton with other industry leaders to announce a strategic investment plan for a carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) project. Summit Carbon Solutions of Iowa plans to build a 2000 mile long pipeline with 325 miles of pipeline…
March 2, 2022

Missouri Runoff Declines Again

Impact on Lake Sakakawea RIVERDALE — The latest projected runoff for the Missouri River Basin is less than what was forecast one month ago. Expectations are that the impact will be felt all along North Dakota’s sprawling Lake Sakakawea. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department issued a statement to…
March 2, 2022

State Investment Board to Hold Special Meeting to Discuss Legacy Fund Investments in Russia

BISMARCK — Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, who chairs the State Investment Board (SIB) on behalf of Gov. Doug Burgum, has called a special meeting of the SIB to discuss Legacy Fund investments in Russia in light of the country’s continuing attacks on Ukraine. “North Dakota stands with the freedom-loving people…
February 28, 2022

Republicans Select State Delegates 

Becker, Hoeven Speak at Dis. 40 Meeting  MINOT — A total of 35 delegates to the state’s Republican Convention were selected during a District 40 meeting held here Saturday.   Twenty-four delegates were initially presented, followed by 11 additional nominations from the floor to complete the full allotment of convention delegates…
February 28, 2022

Game and Fish Brief

CWD Test Results  With most chronic wasting disease testing completed, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department reports 26 deer tested positive during the 2021 hunting season.  Fourteen were from hunting unit 3F2, eight from unit 3A1, and one was found in unit 3B1. Single positive deer were also found…
February 23, 2022

NDGF Spring Turkey Draw 

Spring Turkey Drawing Held, Licenses Remain  The 2022 spring wild turkey lottery has been held and 642 licenses remain in seven units. Remaining licenses are issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning 8 a.m. Central Time on March 16.  Hunters are allowed two licenses for the spring season.  Licenses remain…
February 18, 2022

Tribes Challenge Redistricting 

Issue Headed to Federal Court  MINOT — The recently revised legislative district map is about to be challenged in federal court.  The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Belcourt, and the Spirit Lake Tribe, Devils Lake, maintain the new district boundaries for selecting representatives to the state capitol violates the Voting…
February 16, 2022

Burgum Outlined Efforts to Address Workforce, Grow Economy in State of the State Address

FARGO — Governor Doug Burgum delivered his 2022 State of the State Address Wednesday, highlighting the state’s efforts to address North Dakota’s workforce challenges and grow and diversify the economy. Addressing business leaders, legislators, statewide elected officials, local leaders, students and other audience members at the Fargo Theatre and online,…
February 16, 2022

Game and Fish Briefs

Spring Light Goose Conservation Order  North Dakota’s spring light goose conservation order opens Feb. 19 and continues through May 15.  Residents must have a 2021-22 (valid through March 31) or 2022-23 (required April 1) combination license, or a small game, and general game and habitat license. Resident youth under age…
February 14, 2022

Border Blockade Continues at Pembina/Emerson

Now that the U.S./Canada border at Pembina, North Dakota and Emerson, Manitoba has been blockaded a week, motorists have no choice but to cross the border at alternative ports of entry. If Canadians are coming into North Dakota from eastern Manitoba or vice versa, they are urged to cross at…
February 14, 2022

Burgum Appoints Sheri Haugen-Hoffart to ND Public Service Commission

BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed Capital Electric Cooperative Inc. board chairwoman Sheri Haugen-Hoffart of Bismarck to an open seat on the three-member North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC), effective immediately. Haugen-Hoffart has served as a human resource officer in the North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner since…
February 11, 2022

Fedorchak Seeking Another Term on PSC

BISMARCK — North Dakota Public Service Commission Chair Julie Fedorchak announced Thursday she running for another six-year term on the commission. Fedorchak says she is committed to advocating both in state and nationally for reliable and affordable utility services during this time of dramatic industry-wide change. “While partisan divides and extremism…
February 10, 2022

Freedom Convoy Blocks Port of Entry North of Pembina

PEMBINA — A protest that started last week in Canada’s national capital city Ottawa, is now directly impacting commerce in North Dakota. Multiple social media sources reported Thursday the port of entry at Emerson, Manitoba, and Pembina had been blockaded to southbound traffic at 11 p.m., Wednesday night. By 7…
February 10, 2022

Tracy Potter Seeking District 35 Senate Seat

BISMARCK — Former State Senator Tracy Potter announced Thursday he is running for the North Dakota Senate seat in District 35 being vacated by Erin Oban. Potter says the two major issues motivating his campaign are property tax relief for homeowners and protecting the rights of citizens to initiate and…
February 10, 2022

Game and Fish Briefs

Electronic Posting System for Private Land Available  Landowners interested in posting private land electronically for the 2022-23 hunting season can log into My Account on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. The deadline for landowners to digitally post land is July 1, which is necessary to produce…
February 7, 2022

Becker Announces Run for U.S. Senate Seat

BISMARCK — State Representative Rick Becker, R-Dis. 7, announced he is running for the United States Senate against longtime Senator John Hoeven. He released a statement saying, "Washington, D.C. is a cesspool of corrupt politicians. The only solution to fix this problem is to send passionate, strong conservatives who will…
February 7, 2022

NDDoH Offering Emergency Recruitment Program

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is offering an Emergency Recruitment Program to encourage individuals to pursue careers working in skilled nursing facilities as a Temporary Nurse Aide and Certified Nurse Aide. The program will run through May 30, 2022, or the approval of 100 applicants—whichever comes first. The…
February 6, 2022

Burgum Extends Hours of Service Waiver for Propane Haulers for an Additional 30 Days

BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum signed an executive order Friday extending for 30 days a waiver of hours of service requirements for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting propane. Since the original 30-day waiver was issued Jan. 4, North Dakota has continued to face extremely low inventories of propane as a…
February 4, 2022

Winter Wildlife Woes

Struggle to Survive in North Dakota  BISMARCK — This winter has had its ups and downs with a mixture of somewhat pleasant days bracketed by stretches of sub-zero temperatures, snow, and wicked winds – pretty much a routine winter for North Dakota. But for wildlife it is much more serious…
February 2, 2022

Loegering Announces Candidacy for District 28

LAMOURE COUNTY – Josh Loegering has announced his run for the State House in District 28. Loegering grew up on a farm in central Minnesota, the oldest of nine children. He attended North Dakota State University and obtained a degree in Civil Engineering. Josh and his wife, Christine, have been…
February 2, 2022

High Wind Warning 

Gusts to 60 mph Expected  BISMARCK — Strong winds are expected to sweep across North Dakota later today and persist throughout the nighttime hours.  The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for the entire state effective from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday. Forecasters say northwest…
January 31, 2022

Game and Fish Brief

Watchable Wildlife Checkoff on State Tax Form  North Dakotans interested in supporting wildlife conservation programs are reminded to look for the Watchable Wildlife checkoff on the state tax form.  The state income tax form gives wildlife enthusiasts an opportunity to support nongame wildlife like songbirds and birds of prey, while…
January 31, 2022

Flags to Remain at Half-Staff through Thursday as Funeral Services Set for Stenehjem

BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to continue flying the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Thursday, Feb. 3, and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, in honor of Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and his more…
January 30, 2022

Rep. Ertelt Announces Run for State Senate

GWINNER — Rep. Sebastian Ertelt, R-Dis. 26, Gwinner, has announced his run for the State Senate in the newly-redistricted District 28. Ertelt was elected to District 26 in 2016, and reelected in 2020 to another four-year term. He has served all of his three regular sessions on the House Finance…
January 30, 2022

Burgum Appoints New Executive Director of Job Service North Dakota

BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum announced he has appointed Pat Bertagnolli of Watford City to serve as executive director of Job Service North Dakota, effective Feb. 21, citing his extensive background in workforce recruitment, his experience in both the public and private sectors and his service on the state’s Workforce…
January 28, 2022

Williston Attracts Massive Project

$1.9 Billion Data Center Underway  WILLISTON — What is expected to rank as perhaps the most extensive project of its kind in the world is under construction just west of here.  Governor Doug Burgum made the official announcement this week during a press conference held at the Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative…
January 27, 2022

State Emergency Measures to Address Milk Distribution

BISMARCK — Governor Doug Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring announced emergency measures designed to ease a shortage of truck drivers in the milk distribution industry that has affected schools, businesses, and other customers. Burgum signed an executive order waiving hours of service requirements for 30 days for truck drivers…
January 27, 2022

NDHP Promotes Trooper

MINOT — The North Dakota Highway Patrol has promoted Trooper Joshua Gudvangen to Sergeant. Gudvangen joined the NDHP after receiving an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts degree from Bismarck State College in 2014. He attended the Highway Patrol Academy, graduating in October 2015. Trooper Gudvangen was stationed in Stanley…
January 24, 2022

Game and Fish Briefs

View Wildlife From a Distance in Winter  Wildlife managers urge outdoor enthusiasts to consider where they recreate during North Dakota’s leanest months to spare already stressed animals that are simply trying to survive the snow and cold.  This advice is especially true this winter as wildlife habitat and available food…
January 24, 2022

Take Your Chances

Latest 3-month Weather Outlook  Expect more of the same, more or less. That’s the conclusion reached by the Climate Prediction Center in their latest 3-month weather outlook for North Dakota.  So far this winter, North Dakota residents have experienced winter in many forms – freezing rain, heavy snow, bitter cold,…
January 20, 2022

Game and Fish Brief

Spring Turkey Season Set  The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is offering 7,647 wild turkey licenses for the 2022 spring hunting season, 635 more than last year.  Ten of the 22 hunting units have more spring licenses than last year, one has fewer licenses, and 10 remain the same.…
January 19, 2022

NDYR Pass Two Resolutions at Convention

Two resolutions passed by the North Dakota Young Republicans at their annual convention in Bismarck this past weekend addressed key issues being debated nationally.  The first, a “Resolution Affirming Free Speech with Emphasis on Educational Environments”, introduced by NDYR secretary Rory Somsen, speaks to the fact that college campuses have…
January 18, 2022

ND Young Republicans Gather in Bismarck for Convention

BISMARCK—North Dakota Young Republicans (NDYR) from across the state gathered at Capitol Heights Baptist Church in Bismarck on Saturday, Jan. 15 for their annual convention.   Informal business included a lineup of speakers ranging from state elected Republicans to Young Republican National Federation representatives to Young Republican candidates running in…
January 18, 2022

Game and Fish Briefs

Remove Gear from Wildlife Management Areas  Tree stands, blinds, steps, and other personal items such as cameras, must be removed from all wildlife management areas by Jan. 31. Items not removed by Jan. 31 are considered abandoned property and are subject to removal and confiscation by the North Dakota Game…
January 14, 2022

Wintry Conditions on the Way

**UPDATE—The NWS has updated their forecast slides as of 3:38 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 13. The Winter Storm Warning has been extended to the counties of Renville, Ward, Sheridan, Kidder, and Logan. Please see below for the most recent forecast. BISMARCK—The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Warning…
January 13, 2022

Hanson to Lead North Dakota Homeland Security Division

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (DES) director, today announced Darin Hanson will serve as the state’s director of Homeland Security. In that role, he will provide vision, leadership and direction to a Homeland Security team of about 60 employees. The agency’s mission is to provide…
January 11, 2022

House Majority Leader Chet Pollert Announces Retirement 

Won’t seek re-election this year  BISMARCK—North Dakota House Majority Leader Chet Pollert, R-Dis. 29, Carrington, today announced he will retire from the legislature when his term expires near the end of this year. Rep. Pollert has served in the House since 1999 and has served as House Majority Leader since…
January 10, 2022

Matt Heilman Throws Hat into Already Crowded Ring 

Announces candidacy for ND House seat in District 7  BISMARCK—Bismarck resident Matt Heilman announced his candidacy today for a seat in the North Dakota House of Representatives in District 7.  In his press release, Heilman wrote, “As an activist, I’ve proven I can work well with others in accomplishing mutual…
January 10, 2022

Game and Fish Brief

Hunter Education Classes  If you were born after 1961, are 12 years or older, you must take a certified hunter education course before you can get a firearm or bowhunting license in North Dakota.  “In some of our communities, especially our smaller communities, there's only one course a year, so…
January 10, 2022

Grassroots Workshops Aim to Educate Citizens

BISMARCK—More than 70 people attended a grassroots workshop in Bismarck Friday, Jan. 7. These citizens gathered for a day-long workshop to glean wisdom from current and former North Dakota legislators and from others who understand the political process. The goal is to educate people on how they can get involved…
January 7, 2022

Retha Mattern Announces Run for House Seat in District 7

BISMARCK—Bismarck resident Retha Mattern announced her candidacy for the North Dakota State House of Representatives on Thursday, Jan. 6.   According to her press release, Mattern explained, “I feel there is a missing voice in the House, one that represents the needs of residents in District 7 who understand the challenges…
January 7, 2022

Highs Were Really Lows

Warmer weather expected  That it has been cold the last several days is an understatement, even by North Dakota standards. According to the National Weather Service, four major cities in the states posted unusually cold daytime high temperatures on Thursday.  Minot’s daytime high Thursday was minus 12 degrees, tied for…
January 7, 2022

Early Projections for Lake Sakakawea 

Snowpack Developing in Drainage  RIVERDALE–Lake Sakakawea experienced one of its lowest runoff totals in history in 2021, leading to declining water levels. The current level of Sakakawea is 1,828 feet, about 10 feet lower than a year ago.   Due to the low level in 2021 several boat ramps along the…
January 5, 2022

The Volunteer Spirit

Contributing to a state park’s success  Volunteers have long played an important role in campgrounds and parks across the United States, and North Dakota is no different.   Campground hosts have volunteered at ND Parks and Recreation Department State Parks for several years says Fort Stevenson State Park Manager Chad Trautman.  …
January 5, 2022

Dangerously Cold Weather Returns

UPDATE: 9:00 a.m., Jan. 5--The National Weather Service has updated their forecast briefing again. See below for the most recent forecast graphics. For more details, see weather.gov/bis. UPDATE: 3:30 p.m., Jan. 4--The National Weather Service has updated their forecast charts. See below for the most recent forecast graphics. For more…
January 4, 2022

Snowpack Needed in Region

Welcome Boost for Spring Moisture  There’s plenty of value to that snow on the ground. While no one enjoys shoveling it, or getting a vehicle stuck in it, it does have its importance. Namely, a source of soil moisture next spring.  Sure, it’s somewhat annoying to have to store all…
January 3, 2022

Game and Fish Briefs

Winter Anglers Reminded to Clean Up Ice  Winter anglers must clean up the ice after fishing. This not only applies to trash, but fish as well.  It is illegal to leave fish, including minnows used for bait, behind on the ice. According to state fishing regulations, when a fish is…
January 3, 2022

Tatanka Wind Farm Not Being Decommissioned

BISMARCK—Last week The Dakotan reported on a new decommissioning plan for the North Dakota side of the Tatanka Wind Farm. On Dec. 29 the Public Service Commission (PSC) accepted that new decommissioning plan for the 61 turbines located in Dickey County. The other 59 turbines of the wind farm are located in South Dakota.   In that previous article, The…
January 3, 2022

ND Regulators Accept New Plan to Decommission Wind Farm 

61 Turbines on ND side of Tatanka Wind Farm slated to come down  BISMARCK—The North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) voted 2-1 earlier this week to accept a revised proposal by Tatanka Wind Power, LLC, to decommission the North Dakota portion of its Tatanka Wind Farm, which straddles the North Dakota/South Dakota border. Sixty-one of the total…
December 31, 2021

Producers Forced to Make Tough Decisions in 2021

North Dakota Ranchers' Resilience Tested ST. ANTHONY—The prevailing task at the Ellingson ranch this summer, as with most ranches across the state and nation, was water and combatting the drought. The Ellingson crew laid five new miles of pipeline, installed 13 new tanks and renovated an abandoned well to keep…
December 31, 2021

Pilots for Christ

Flying for a cause  MADDOCK – When the wide hanger door opens, the sunlight transforms four murky silhouettes into brightly painted airplanes. John Rice, Maddock, a pilot, makes a quick inspection of one of his favorite aircraft. Rice is an active member of Pilots for Christ.  “What we do is, we fly people around that need…
December 29, 2021

New Year's Holiday Enforcement

The North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) says it is stepping up enforcement efforts during the New Year’s holiday weekend. The NDHP is one of 12 state police agencies that together comprise the Western States Traffic Safety Coalition (WSTSC). These state police agencies include Arizona Department of Public Safety, California Highway…
December 28, 2021

NDHP Urges Public to Stay Off Secondary Roads

**Update, 4:40p.m., Dec. 27, according to https://travel.dot.nd.gov/, I-29 and I-94 are now open.** The North Dakota Highway Patrol is urging motorists to stay off secondary roads and be patient for the reopening of I-29 and I-94. Several motorists are using secondary roads for travel which has resulted in resources being used…
December 27, 2021

Dig Out Day 

Freezing Rain, Heavy Snow, and Sub-zero Cold  If your idea of a winter wonderland is ice, snow, and frigid cold temperatures then this one is for you. The Minot region, and most of the state, experienced it all during the long Christmas weekend.  While people were digging out from heavy snowfall…
December 27, 2021

Sen. Cramer Christmas Message

BISMARCK–U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND released a Christmas video message: “This Christmas season, as we celebrate the birth of a savior, I’m overwhelmed with emotion. What overwhelms me the most is that we have the creator of the universe who wanted to reconcile with his most favorite creation of all:…
December 25, 2021

Secretary of the Air Force Meets with Task Force 21

North Dakota’s role in U.S. nuclear capabilities at the forefront   MINOT—Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall met today with North Dakota’s senate delegation and members of Task Force 21 (TF-21) after personally reviewing the missions and operations at Minot Air Force Base.  U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-ND, stated in his press release about the discussions, “The servicemembers stationed at the Minot…
December 23, 2021

New Tax Commissioner Appointed

Gov. Burgum Taps PSC Commissioner Brian Kroshus  BISMARCK—Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed Brian Kroshus to serve as North Dakota’s next tax commissioner. Kroshus will serve out the remaining year of the unexpired four-year term of current Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger, who is resigning effective Jan. 3, 2022.  Kroshus has been a member of…
December 22, 2021

Game and Fish Briefs

Wes Erdle Named Game and Fish Employee of the Year  Wes Erdle, fisheries development project manager for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck, received the agency’s Director’s Award for professional excellence at the department’s annual staff meeting in December.  Jeb Williams, Game and Fish director, said Erdle…
December 21, 2021

Protesting NDGOP Chairs Explain Reasoning Behind Walkout

BISMARCK—Six of the seven Republican district chairs who recently walked out of the state Republican committee meeting held a press conference in Bismarck this evening to explain their reasoning. The protesting district chairs say they left Saturday’s meeting primarily because they believe the voters of North Dakota are being eliminated…
December 20, 2021

ND Young Republicans Respond to Saturday’s State Party Decisions

“Next generation Republican leaders stifled”   BISMARCK—This past Saturday’s Republican party state committee meeting included plenty of controversy.   One specific controversial item involved the future role for the North Dakota Young Republicans (NDYR) and North Dakota College Republicans (NDCR) at the table among the state committee. According to Daryle Mindeman, state chair of the NDYR, the state committee voted on Saturday to make NDYR…
December 20, 2021

NDGOP Reports on December State Committee Meeting

Responds to walkout protestors BISMARCK—Today, Perrie Schafer, Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party (NDGOP) released the following statement in response to the conclusion of its December State Committee Meeting: “I want to thank the hardworking members of the NDGOP State Committee who took the time before the holidays to…
December 19, 2021

Walkout Protest at State GOP Meeting

Seven district chairs leave what they consider illegitimate proceedings **UPDATE--Sunday, Dec. 19, 9:20 a.m.--NDGOP state party Chairman Perrie Schafer released a report on the state committee meeting on Saturday evening. Read his full statement. BISMARCK—An unprecedented walkout occurred at the North Dakota Republican Party state meeting this morning. Seven district…
December 18, 2021

Christmas Bird Counts Underway

Annual Event for ND Birders  UPPER SOURIS NWR—Binoculars in one hand and a coverage map in the other, several avid birders began their Christmas Bird Count shortly after first light Friday.   The annual events are conducted throughout the United States, including all across North Dakota, under the auspices of the Audubon Society.…
December 17, 2021

ND Attorney General Won’t Seek Re-Election in 2022

Wayne Stenehjem announces current term will be his last  BISMARCK—Today, Friday, Dec. 17, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announced he will not seek re-election in 2022. This will likely mark the end of a lifelong period of public service.  By the end of his term, Stenehjem will have served as the state’s Attorney General for 22 years, a tenure longer than his three predecessors combined.…
December 17, 2021

Controversial Amendments Proposed for NDGOP Meeting

Saturday votes could significantly restrict grass roots candidates  BISMARCK—If you’re a North Dakota resident who typically avoids articles about political squabbling, the subject of this article may affect you far more than you realize.  On Saturday, Dec. 18, the North Dakotan Republican party state committee will meet to conduct business that includes a few controversial…
December 17, 2021

Confusion Regarding District 7 Senate Candidate Michelle Axtman

A little investigation and communication clears up misunderstanding BISMARCK—On Dec. 14, the Bismarck Tribune reported that Air Force Officer and Bismarck native Michelle Axtman had announced her candidacy for the District 7 senate seat currently held by Sen. Nicole Poolman, R-Dis. 7, Bismarck, who herself had announced in November she…
December 17, 2021

NDHP Promotes Trooper 

North Dakota Highway Patrol has promoted Sgt. Derek Arndt to Lieutenant.   Arndt joined the North Dakota Highway Patrol in 2007, after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from North Dakota State University in 2006.   After graduating from the Highway Patrol Academy in June 2007, Arndt was stationed in Bismarck…
December 16, 2021

Dickinson Man Dies in Traffic Accident

Morton County Sheriff’s Deputies and North Dakota Highway Patrol Troopers were called to investigate a semi-truck that ran off the road on I-94 near milepost 145 shortly before 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15.   Once on the scene, law enforcement found the driver of the truck behind the wheel, unresponsive with no pulse. Emergency crews performed CPR and life saving…
December 16, 2021

State Senator Rich Wardner Not Seeking Re-election 

BISMARCK—In a press conference during the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 15, Senator Rich Wardner, R-Dis. 37, Dickinson, announced he will not seek re-election in 2022. Wardner explained that he made the decision three years ago that this term would be his last, and that this was a bittersweet day for him.  “I have…
December 16, 2021

North Dakota Firefighters Museum

GARRISON—Back in 2005, Garrison fireman Mike Matteson visited a museum for firefighters in Colorado and thought of building a similar one in North Dakota. He asked his chief, Donald Huettl, if something like that would work. Huettl agreed it would, and that was the beginning of the North Dakota Firefighters Museum.   Tragically, Huettl passed away from a heart attack on January 22, 2005, and never got…
December 15, 2021

North Dakota State Fair Recognized for Excellence 

MINOT—The North Dakota State Fair (NDSF) earned international and regional recognition at industry conferences. At the 131st annual International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) convention, fairs from around the world submit entries. This year NDSF received six IAFE Awards of Excellence. Each category being judged at the IAFE convention focuses…
December 15, 2021

ND Senator Jason Heitkamp Announces Run for House Seat 

WYNDMERE—North Dakota Senator Jason Heitkamp, R-Dis. 26, Wyndmere, has announced he will seek election to the House of Representatives during this upcoming 2022 campaign season.   Because of the redistricting plan  the legislature approved in November’s special session, Sen. Heitkamp finds himself in a district that will be disappearing. For that reason, he will be running in what will be the…
December 14, 2021

Game and Fish Briefs

Free Ice Fishing Weekend  North Dakota’s free ice fishing weekend is Dec. 25-26.  Resident anglers may fish that weekend without a license. All other winter fishing regulations apply.  Fishing regulations and information on fishing waters is available on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website.  Winter Fishing Regulations  Anglers are…
December 13, 2021

ND Petroleum Council's Christmas Gala

Talked Benefits of ND Resources BISMARCK—The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) hosted its annual Christmas Gala this year at Bismarck State College’s National Energy Center of Excellence Dec. 8. President Ron Ness, board members, political officials, and many business members of the nation’s oil and gas industry attended. “We have…
December 11, 2021

Bass Bandits Select 2022 Tourneys 

Innovations Announced  BISMARCK – Less is more. Although the Badlands Bass Bandits will be cutting their tournament series from nine to six for 2022, it is hoped to increase participation in the circuit and also allow for a major event.  For the first time ever, the state will host an open bass fishing tournament that…
December 9, 2021

Game and Fish Briefs

Tentative 2022 Season Opening Dates  The North Dakota Game and Fish Department annually provides its best estimate for opening dates to help hunters prepare for hunting seasons.  Dates become official when approved by governor’s proclamation.  Tentative opening dates for 2022 include:  Spring Turkey  April 9  Dove  September 1  Deer and…
December 8, 2021

Garrison Fire Department Continues Tradition

Firefighters serve meatballs at Dickens Village Festival GARRISON—The Garrison volunteer city and rural fire departments (GFD) do more than deal with fires and emergencies.   For more than four decades, the fire department has centered its major fundraising around a secret buffalo Swedish meatball recipe, first created for the annual February Buffalo Feed and Dance. “We’ve been blessed through the years with guys…
December 7, 2021

Pride of Dakota Sets New Record 

Thousands shop local   Bismarck—Shoppers of local and North Dakota-made products broke records this past weekend at the Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase in the Bismarck Events Center, Dec. 3-5.    Pride of Dakota Specialist Katie Huizenga said that Friday night’s shopper turnout of more than 4,600 was the highest turnout of any Pride of Dakota showcase in history. The final weekend tally showed 14,400 people passed through…
December 6, 2021

Audubon Returned to Winter Level

More repairs ahead for Snake Creek Pumping Plant COLEHARBOR – Following a late fall season of very low water, Lake Audubon has returned to its winter operating level.   Unlike its big sister, Lake Sakakawea on the west side of the U.S. Highway 83 embankment, Lake Audubon’s water levels are carefully regulated – 1,847 feet in the summer and 1,845 feet in the winter. By comparison, fluctuations of 10-20…
December 3, 2021

Winter Storm Warning

Blowing snow will make travel more difficult on Sunday **UPDATE, 9:13 a.m., Dec. 5 - The biggest hazard today is strong winds accompanied by blowing snow. Travel will be affected due to reduced visibility. See below for the most recent forecast graphics. **UPDATE, 9:40 p.m., Dec. 4 - A band…
December 3, 2021

Lake Sakakawea’s Decline

Low water levels cause for concern  RIVERDALE – The water level in Lake Sakakawea mirrors the drought conditions present throughout the Missouri River Basin this year. Another season of below average runoff in 2022 could exasperate the situation even further.   In many places along the state’s largest body of water, vast expanses of mud…
December 2, 2021

Sean Cleary Throws Hat in District 35 Ring

Republican announces candidacy for seat to be vacated by Senator Erin Oban BISMARCK—Less than two weeks after North Dakota Senator Erin Oban, D-Dis. 35, Bismarck, announced on Nov. 18 she would not seek re-election in 2022, one candidate has already thrown his hat into the ring. Sean Cleary, a Bismarck…
November 29, 2021

Game and Fish Briefs

Fishing Tournaments Require 30-Day Notice  Organizers planning fishing tournaments, including ice fishing contests this winter, must submit an application along with fishing tournament regulations to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department at least 30 days prior to the start of the event.  The 30-day advance notice allows for review…
November 29, 2021

Drought Likely to Persist Through Winter

BISMARCK – Expect colder than average temperatures, perhaps more snow than usual, and little change in drought conditions across the state this winter. That’s the gist of the latest Drought Briefing issued by the Bismarck office of the National Weather Service.  The NWS cites ongoing La Nina conditions have a major influence on…
November 26, 2021

Deer Kill Widespread

Baiting Ban Expansion Possible BOTTINEAU – The precise effect of an outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease in the state this year remains unclear, but there is little doubt that it was substantial. The disease, known commonly as EHD, resulted in the deaths of many white-tailed deer over much of North Dakota, primarily the western half.  “There was pretty dramatic mortality in the state,” said…
November 24, 2021

Multi-State CMS Lawsuit Awaits Ruling

A Missouri judge is considering a lawsuit asking for an injunction against a federal rule requiring most hospital and clinic workers be vaccinated against COVID-19.  Attorneys General of 10 states, including North Dakota, sued the Biden Administration on November 10th, less than a week after the federal government announced a…
November 24, 2021

Corps Completes Repairs at Lake Audubon

Boat Ramp, Release Tunnel Fixed  COLEHARBOR – Fishermen and water enthusiasts will be greeted with a much improved boat ramp on Lake Audubon next spring. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took advantage of a fall drawdown of the popular lake to remove cracked and broken sections of the Totten Trail boat ramp and replace…
November 23, 2021

House Passes Huge Spending Bill

ND Legislators Voice Opposition Washington, D.C. – The United States House of Representatives passed a $1.9 trillion spending bill Friday morning. Dubbed social safety net expansion legislation, the bill passed 220-213.  The legislation is a key piece of President Joe Biden’s domestic transformation program. It now goes to the Senate…
November 20, 2021

Senator Erin Oban Announces She Won't Seek Re-Election

BISMARCK — North Dakota Senator Erin Oban, D-Dis. 35, Bismarck, announced Thursday, Nov. 18, she will not seek re-election in 2022 when her current term expires. In a detailed post on her Facebook page, Sen. Oban explained the reasons for her decision. “This is not me quitting or giving up,”…
November 18, 2021

New Programs and Challenges for NDGF

Jeb Williams highlights topics facing Game and Fish MINOT – The implementation of electronic posting, and the response to it, was among the many topics discussed by Jeb Williams, North Dakota Game and Fish Department director, during his appearance before Minot’s Golden K Kiwanis on Wednesday.  Williams, who was appointed to the director’s position…
November 18, 2021

Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger Resigns

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum today thanked Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger for his service to the State of North Dakota after Rauschenberger notified the governor of his intention to resign his position effective Jan. 3, 2022. “We are deeply grateful to Ryan for his dedicated and effective service to the citizens…
November 16, 2021

Post-Rally Press Conference Confusion

What really happened inside the Capitol last week? On Monday, Nov. 8, thousands of North Dakotans gathered in front of the Capitol for the We The People Rally. The rally ended with organizer Jared Hendrix asking people to attend the press conference inside. Approximately 300 of the rally goers moved inside to…
November 15, 2021

Anti-Vaccine-Mandate Bill Passes

Bill provides more North Dakotans with exemption options As this week’s legislative special session came to a close, a bill limiting and regulating COVID-vaccine mandates passed both houses of the North Dakota legislature today, Friday, Nov. 12. Now it only needs the governor’s signature to become state law.  What exactly HB 1511 accomplishes…
November 12, 2021

Anti-CRT Bill Passes Legislature

CRT to be prohibited from being taught in public schools On Friday, Nov. 8, The North Dakota Senate passed a bill banning the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in North Dakota public schools. The passage of HB 1508, sponsored by Rep. Jim Kasper (R-Dis. 46, Fargo), occurred this morning, Friday, Nov. 8,…
November 12, 2021

Legislative Redistricting Bill Signed

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum has signed HB 1504, the legislative redistricting bill approved this week during a special legislative session. Redistricting was on the “must do” list for legislators. A new district alignment was necessary due to population growth revealed in the 2020 census.  “The historic process marked the first…
November 12, 2021

Spending Plan Approved

House, Senate Pass Burgum Bill BISMARCK – In his opening address Monday to a special session of the State Legislature, Governor Doug Burgum outlined his proposal for spending nearly $1.2 billion. The money came to the state through the American Rescue Plan Act, a federal response intended for COVID-19 relief.  In an evening session Thursday,…
November 12, 2021

Rep. Hoverson Apologizes to House

6:05 p.m., Nov. 11--As a follow up to an earlier report by The Dakotan, Rep. Jeff Hoverson (R-Dis. 3, Minot) apologized to the entire House of Representatives in this evening's current session. He apologized for his actions "out of the decorum of the body," referring to his very public comment…
November 11, 2021

Anti-Vaccine-Mandate Bill Moves Forward

5:35 p.m., Nov. 11-- HB 1511 has been moved forward by the Joint Technical Corrections Committee. This bill is the only bill moving forward that would offer protection to many North Dakotans from COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Because the JTCC moved HB 1511 forward with a Do Pass recommendation, they gave…
November 11, 2021

"Right To Try" Bill Moves Forward

3:45 p.m., Nov. 11--HB 1514, sponsored by Rep. Bill Tveit (R-Dis. 33, Hazen), was sent forward with a "Do Pass" recommendation to be heard by the full House of Representatives. Among other things, this bill would allow medical providers with prescribing authority to prescribe the drug Ivermectin to treat COVID-19…
November 11, 2021

Senator Poolman Announces She Will Not Seek Re-election

1:40 p.m., Nov. 11--Senator Nicole Poolman (R-Dis.7, Bismarck) just announced on the Senate floor that she will not be seeking re-election. As her reasons she noted the following: 1. She wants to focus more on her job as a teacher at Century High School 2. She wants to be more…
November 11, 2021

Thursday Morning House Actions

11:30 a.m., Nov. 11--The House moved through several bills this morning. All the following were passed and will be heard in the Senate beginning this afternoon: HB 1515 - relating to a one-time income tax credit HCR 3049 - relating to declaring parents as the primary stakeholder over the lives…
November 11, 2021

Joint Committee Hearing Continues on HB 1511 Regarding Vaccine Mandates

11:15 a.m., Nov 11--The Joint Technical Corrections Committee is meeting this morning to continue to hear testimony on some of the bills that remain to be dealt with at the committee level. Numerous amendments have been offered already. There is still much to be debated. Currently Rep. Rick Becker (R-Dis.…
November 11, 2021

New Legislative Map to Governor's Desk

Senate approved redistricting plan on Wednesday BISMARCK – Done deal. Almost. The signature of Governor Doug Burgum is all that is needed for a new legislative map to be adopted in North Dakota.   Meeting in special session Wednesday, the North Dakota Senate passed a redistricting map by a 40-7 margin. The House had approved the bill on…
November 10, 2021

North Dakota to Challenge Vaccine Mandate

Gov. Burgum announced ND is joining 9 other states in lawsuit BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum today joined Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem in announcing that North Dakota has joined nine other states in a lawsuit challenging the Biden administration’s mandate that employers who receive funding through Medicare or Medicaid programs must require their…
November 10, 2021

Tax Bills Moved Forward

4:35 p.m., Nov. 10--Two tax bills were taken up by the Joint Technical Corrections Committee (JTCC) this afternoon. FIrst, SB 2351 which would eliminate state income tax on Social Security income. That measure was moved forward with a Do Pass recommendation to the full houses. The vote was 15-1. There…
November 10, 2021

Salmon Spawn Completed

Fisheries crews completed their annual salmon spawning operation on the Missouri River System, collecting more than 1.8 million eggs. North Dakota Game and Fish Department Missouri River System fisheries biologist Russ Kinzler said crews collected enough eggs to stock 400,000 smolts planned for Lake Sakakawea in 2022. The majority of…
November 10, 2021

Dot’s Pretzels Purchased by Hershey

Part of $1.2 billion deal VELVA – A product developed by Dorothy Henke in her home kitchen more than 10 years ago is now part of a $1.2-billion acquisition by food giant Hershey. Another pretzel maker, Pretzels Inc., is included in the deal.  Dot’s Pretzel’s made a meteoric rise on the snack market, eventually growing…
November 10, 2021

Senate Narrowly Includes Sub-districts

2:25 p.m., Nov. 10--The North Dakota Senate just completed a vigorous debate about the sub-districting of legislative districts 4 and 9 within the joint redistricting plan. The vote to include the sub-districts only narrowly passed, by a vote of 26-21.
November 10, 2021

Full House Vote to Accept Joint Redistricting Plan

7:05 a.m., Nov. 10--Yesterday afternoon, the ND House of Representatives voted to accept the redistricting plan presented by the Joint Redistricting Committee. See photo below for the complete vote tally. See Minor Revisions to Redistricting Plan for fuller coverage of this issue.
November 10, 2021

Full House Vote on Accepting Sub-Districts

7:00 a.m., Nov. 10--Yesterday afternoon, the ND House of Representatives voted to accept the portion of the re-districting plan that will establish sub-districts. See photo below for the complete vote tally. See Minor Revisions to Redistricting Plan for fuller coverage of this issue.
November 10, 2021

"An Idea Guy"

Dick Messerly Nearly 30 years ago, Dick Messerly stood at Fort Stevenson State Park’s de Trobriand Bay Marina and looked out at a vast expanse of heavy vegetation.   It should have been a vast expanse of water with boats moored along dock slips. However, it was 1992 in the midst…
November 9, 2021

Minor Revisions to Redistricting Plan

Turtle Mountain, Spirit Lake Changes Denied  BISMARCK – The expected perusal through the magnifying glass got underway on opening day of the current legislative special session called by Governor Doug Burgum. While legislators will take up several issues, foremost is the approval of a new legislative alignment due to increased population in…
November 9, 2021

Verbal Shots Fired in House Discussion

3:10 p.m., Nov. 9--The House just passed the joint redistricting plan 73-18. In the process, Rep. Jeff Hoverson (R-Dis. 3, Minot) asked the House Majority Leader Rep. Chet Pollert whether he thought the redistricting process had been fair. Rep. Pollert replied that he did believe so, mentioning all the work…
November 9, 2021

Full House Discussion Likely to Push Back Schedule

2:05 p.m., Nov. 9--The current Full House discussion on re-districting is going to push the schedule back significantly. Sub-districting is a hot-button topic, and from what I have been told by some other legislators, there are other hot-button topics that will come up here for discussion as well. Legislators want…
November 9, 2021

Sub-districts Being Discussed in Full House Chamber

1:45 p.m., Nov. 9--Rep. Terry Jones (R-Dis. 4, New Town) is now arguing against the plan to sub-district districts 4 and 9 in the redistricting plan, HB 1504. He cited an attorney that explained to him that sub-districting based on race according to the Voting Rights Act requires evidence of…
November 9, 2021

More Testimony on Lifesaving Bill

12:00 p.m., Nov. 9--Rep. Tveit, Sen. Janna Myrdahl, Travis Zablotney, and other citizens (many with backgrounds in the medical field) are skillfully fielding questions asked by the Joint Technical Corrections Committee. Not everyone who presents a bill or speaks in support for (or against) a bill is able to do…
November 9, 2021

Under-the-radar consequences of redistricting delayed bill

9:15 a.m., Nov. 9--In the leadup to this morning's meeting of the Joint Technical Corrections Committee who will hear testimony on most of the delayed bills that advanced from the Delayed Bills Committees, Rep. Sebastian Ertelt (R-Dis. 26, Lisbon) dropped the following bombshell on The Dakotan. Rep. Ertelt spoke about…
November 9, 2021

Busy Day for the House Delayed Bills Committee

Only 8 of 20 bills advance to be heard further BISMARCK—The first day of the North Dakota Legislature’s Special Session was jam packed, and perhaps no one had a busier day than the members of the House Delayed Bills Committee. This five-member committee was tasked with hearing approximately 20 bills…
November 8, 2021

We The People Rally

Legislators Acknowledge the Passion of Rally Supporters It began with a warm welcome by Chris Berg, followed by an opening prayer by Pastor Kurt Chaffee, and a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by Blind Joe. Then the crowd of more than 2,000 began to cheer for rally organizer…
November 8, 2021

Hundreds gather in Capitol building

Update: 3:45 p.m., Nov. 8 -- Excitement turned to confusion turned to discontent. An estimated 700 people waited for more than an hour to hear a press conference that had been announced for the main hall of the Capitol for 3 p.m. They waited in vain, because both the place…
November 8, 2021

Capitol Rally

Large turnout for rally on capitol grounds  BISMARCK 1:21 P.M. -- A crowd estimated at 2,500 or more filled the lawn in front of the Capitol Building today. The “We The People” rally got underway at noon with an enthusiastic gathering celebrating the theme of the event – We will not Comply, a reaction…
November 8, 2021

No Election Integrity Bills Advance from House Delayed Bills Committee

1:00 p.m., Nov. 8 -- Neither of Rep. Jeff Magrum's (R-Dis.28, Hazelton) election integrity bills advanced from the House Delayed Bills Committee. There was bipartisan support for killing these bills; neither received a motion from anyone on the committee to advance to the Joint Technical Correction Committee. The reasons given…
November 8, 2021

Interesting Trend in House Delayed Bills Committee

12:30 p.m., Nov. 8 -- So far, nearly every bill that has failed to advance out of the House Delayed Bills Committee has failed because Republican Majority Leader Chet Pollert (R-Dis. 29, Carrington) has voted along with the two democrats on the committee, Rep. Boschee (D-Dis. 44, Fargo) and Rep.…
November 8, 2021

House Committee Advances COVID Vaccination Bill to Entire House

11:50 a.m., Nov. 8 -- The House Delayed Bills Committee has just voted to advance Rep. Bob Paulson's (R-Dis. 3) COVID vaccine discrimination bill to be heard by the Joint Technical Corrections Committee (the next step in the process). Rep. Paulson's bill mirrors the bill passed into law by the…
November 8, 2021

Senate Majority Leader makes opening statement

"Welcome back. This isn't just simple redistricting. We have other things like the American Rescue Plan. We have social freedom issues that have to be dealt with. Our goal is 5 days. Everything has to be done in 5 days. It is possible. Work Saturday? There is that possibility. If…
November 8, 2021

ND House Delayed Bills Committee About to Begin

10:45 a.m., Nov. 8 -- The ND House Delayed Bills Committee is about to convene in the Pioneer Room of the Capitol building. The committee members have their work cut out for them today, since there are approximately 20 bills for them to consider in the next 2+ hours. There…
November 8, 2021

State of the State Address

10:35 a.m. Nov. 8 -- Gov. Doug Burgum just delivered his State of the State Address to the ND legislature. He briefly mentioned re-districting and then spent the rest of his address talking about the financial state of the state, including current investment fund balances and his desires for spending…
November 8, 2021

Live Updates Beginning Today

Check back here throughout the duration of the legislative special session to read the latest updates from the session, including on-site coverage of the We The People rally on the Capitol Steps Monday, Nov. 8 at noon.
November 8, 2021

Cackle in the Air

The lure of pheasant hunting  A big and colorful bird bursts from heavy cover, startling even the most seasoned hunter. It’s the moment that every pheasant hunter hopes for, but then is really never quite prepared.  With a leap into the air and a rapid beat of its wings, the rooster pheasant sometimes emits a familiar cackle,…
November 6, 2021

Fall Mule Deer Survey Completed

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s fall mule deer survey indicated the drought had a big influence on fawn production.  Biologists counted 2,163 mule deer in the aerial survey in October. The ratio of 60 fawns per 100 does was significantly lower than last year (82/100) and the long-term…
November 5, 2021

Capitol Steps Rally

**UPDATE: Click Legislative Special Session 2021 to see live updates of the Special Session including on-site coverage of the We The People rally. Huge grassroots rally planned to coincide with first day of special session  Monday, Nov. 8, will bring an uptick in activity around the Capitol building in Bismarck.…
November 4, 2021

La Nina Winter Ahead

Greatest impact in new year Enjoy the seasonal fall weather now and prepare for some unusually cold winter conditions in the months ahead. That’s the gist of a Winter Weather Briefing held by the National Weather Service in Bismarck.  While long-range weather forecasting always comes with myriad unknowns, what is known is that La…
November 4, 2021

Shortages Evident Throughout the State

Supply slow for many consumer goods The supply shortage for a variety of goods is becoming increasingly evident in Minot and throughout the state. More and more shoppers are dealing with the frustration of not being able to find what they are looking for. Retailers too are dealing with the same issues—it’s just darn tough to get products they want to put…
November 3, 2021

Special Session Raises Eyebrows

Representative Dan Ruby Not A Fan of Sub-Districts “I can support the re-districting bill, even though I don’t like everything about it, but I can accept it. But I won’t support it with the sub-districts,” said Representative Dan Ruby (R-Dis. 38, Minot) in a recent interview with The Dakotan. Now…
November 3, 2021

Questions Surround Special Session

When the State Legislature reconvenes November 8 in Bismarck, it will do so without knowing how long the session will last. There’s plenty of speculation among lawmakers, ranging from four days to two weeks or more. What is known is that on Friday Governor Doug Burgum called a Special Session…
October 31, 2021

Legislative Session Uncertainty

Ballots, mandates among items to consider ***UPDATE: After this article was scheduled for publishing, Governor Burgum issued Executive Order 2021-17 calling for a Special Session of the North Dakota Legislature to begin November 8. Keep checking The Dakotan for more updates about the upcoming Special Session. When the state’s legislators…
October 30, 2021

Minot Job Corps Employee Fired for Declining COVID Injection

Jewell Hamilton, Minot resident, had her writ of mandamus against Governor Doug Burgum denied by the North Dakota Supreme Court (NDSC) earlier this month. According to Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute, a writ of mandamus is “an order from a court to an inferior government official ordering the government…
October 28, 2021

Fatal Disease Strikes North Dakota Deer

Whitetail Deaths Widespread It is a sad sight that has become all too common throughout western North Dakota, even spreading east of U.S. Highway 83 and the Missouri River. Dead deer. Lots of them. Most are found lying in water where, in the final stages of life, they were trying…
October 27, 2021

Heating Prices to Soar

Big increases coming for propane and natural gas This one hurts, standing out at a time when inflation is striking from all directions. Add this to the increased cost of gasoline, groceries, automobiles, and just about anything money can buy. A big hike in heating prices, natural gas and propane,…
October 26, 2021

Legislative Leader on Redistricting

Expectations for upcoming session MINOT – North Dakota’s 47 legislative districts are about to get a new look, a realignment made necessary following the latest census. The state’s districts are required to have reasonably equal populations to ensure that all state citizens are equally represented at the capitol. A special…
October 24, 2021

Vanishing Districts

Three voting districts in North Dakota are about to disappear. That is, if proposed redistricting that reconfigures voting alignments meets with the approval of legislators. The matter will be taken up when the state’s legislators return to Bismarck November 8 for a maximum four-day session. Can entire voting districts really…
October 24, 2021

Redistricting Plan Heads to Upcoming Session

ND lawmakers express concerns It has happened before, a reconfiguring of North Dakota’s legislative districts, but there’s always something about shifting political boundaries that draws the ire of legislators on both sides of the isle. The upcoming reconvened session of the ND Legislature, with redistricting foremost on the agenda, is…
October 24, 2021

Time Change or Time for a Change?

North Dakotans are weary of falling back and springing forward As the year descends deeper into autumn, some North Dakotans face the first Sunday in November with trepidation: the end of Daylight Saving Time for the year. This means it’s time to change the clocks again (fall back one hour…
October 24, 2021
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