Minnesota utilities would be obligated to transition to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040 to step up the fight against climate change under a bill speeding through the Legislature. The bill was slated for a final vote on the Senate floor Thursday night after passing the House 70-60 last w…
The South Dakota Senate has sanctioned a member who was accused of harassing a legislative aide. Republican Sen. Julie Frye-Mueller is among a right-wing group of lawmakers who have challenged the GOP establishment. She allegedly harassed the aide because she had vaccinated her young child. …
A bill to give women lawmakers automatic committee leadership positions in the North Dakota House of Representatives has died.
A coal-supporting North Dakota lawmaker has introduced a bill aimed at giving counties and local residents more information and say about planned wind projects before they proceed, a move the state agriculture commissioner says could have broad negative impacts.
North Dakota lawmakers have revved up another effort to target thefts of vehicle anti-pollution devices that contain precious metals.
Doctors would face a felony charge for implanting reproductive material into unconsenting patients under a bill the North Dakota House of Representatives passed Thursday.
New COVID-19 cases in North Dakota are relatively stable, and most counties remain at low risk of coronavirus transmission.
Two Williston police officers involved in the nonfatal shooting of a suspect in December have been cleared of any wrongdoing and returned to active duty.
North Dakota Reps. Mike Schatz and Karla Rose Hanson don't have much in common when it comes to politics.
Country music standouts Brad Paisley and Joe Nichols have been added to the grandstand lineup for the 2023 North Dakota State Fair.
A woman in prison after pleading guilty to neglect in the death of her 3-week-old baby will get a new trial. A district court judge has vacated the sentence of 27-year-old Cassandra Black Elk, who pleaded guilty in May to felony child neglect. In a ruling on Tuesday, District Court Judge Daniel Borgen agreed with her claim that she received improper advice from her attorney when he told her to plead guilty. An autopsy found no evidence of abuse on neglect in the baby girl's death in February 2022 in Bismarck.
Seven people including two Bismarck residents have applied for two positions on North Dakota's Board of Higher Education.
The Jamestown School District has disciplined "a handful" of middle school and high school students who directed racist taunts toward members of the Bismarck High School boys basketball team during a game in Jamestown on Tuesday night.
The U.S. says it is tracking a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that has been spotted over U.S. airspace for a couple days. The Pentagon decided not to shoot it down due to risks of harm for people on the ground. A senior defense official says the U.S. has “very high confidence” it is a Chinese high-altitude balloon, and says it was flying over sensitive sites to collect information. One of the places the balloon was spotted was Montana, which is home to one of the nation’s three nuclear missile silo fields at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information.
Transparency issues brought to light in the wake of late Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s death are the subject of bills that would disclose the owners of state-leased property and extend requirements for retaining government emails.
Legislation that would have created a statewide paid family leave program in North Dakota has met a quick death after failing to win over Republican lawmakers.
A bill that aimed to stem prescription drug prices for North Dakota's public employees has perished despite heavy support from advocates for older adults.
North Dakota lawmakers have introduced a bill that would change state oil tax policy, removing a requirement for producers to pay higher taxes when oil prices reach high levels.
Gov. Doug Burgum on Thursday urged the National Park Service director to preserve the wild horses in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, in a phone call he said was "very positive."
Authorities have identified a Minnesota man who died in a snowmobile crash in central North Dakota's Wells County.
The U.S. Air Force is telling North Dakota leaders it believes a Chinese company’s plan to build a wet corn milling plant near the Grand Forks Air Force Base poses a national security threat. The Fufeng Group’s proposed $700 million project had been touted as an economic boon. Now opponents say the location 12 miles from the Air Force base creates the potential for espionage. The military isn't specifying what kind of security threat it's worried about, but Grand Forks Mayor Brandon Bochenski says he'll ask the City Council to deny building permits for the project and to refuse to connect it to public infrastructure. Fufeng officials are declining to comment.
A Mandan man was sentenced to 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to shooting another man during a game that included loaded weapons.
The South Dakota Senate has censured and reinstated a Republican senator who was suspended last week. Republican Sen. Julie Frye-Mueller was accused of harassing a legislative aide during an exchange about childhood vaccinations and breastfeeding. The Republican-controlled Senate overwhelmingly approved a report from an investigative committee that concluded Frye-Mueller had harassed a staff member of the Legislative Research Council. The aide filed a complaint last week detailing how Frye-Mueller told the aide her child could die from vaccinations and graphically discussed breastfeeding while her husband was in the room. Frye-Mueller and her husband have denied much of the aide’s complaint. But Senate lawmakers made it clear they believed the aide.
Four public hearings have been set for a pipeline that would transport carbon dioxide emissions from Midwestern ethanol plants to North Dakota for permanent underground storage.
Public defense across the West suffers deep-rooted, decades-old problems. States have two solutions to consider: dole out more cash or shrink the criminal justice system.
Cities and counties around North Dakota are on the verge of catching a break after a tough start to the winter snow season.
Gov. Doug Burgum on Wednesday named a new information technology chief for North Dakota's state government.
Two University of Mary senior nursing students from Bismarck used some of their newly learned skills to help a 70-year-old woman who lost consciousness on a flight from Florida to the capital city.
Judges or elected officials in many counties nationwide have full oversight over public defense, a structure that can pressure public defenders to avoid making motions that may agitate a judge.