NORTH DAKOTA

Judge Sends Suit Over Pipeline Back to North Dakota Court

BISMARCK, N.D. – A federal judge has sent back to North Dakota state court a lawsuit alleging the environmental group Greenpeace conspired against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The two sides had agreed to the move, and U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland recently signed off on it. Texas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners maintains Greenpeace and others should be held…

2018 Farm Numbers in the Dakotas Drop From Previous Year

BISMARCK, N.D. – Farms continue to disappear off the Dakotas landscape, especially smaller ones. The federal Agriculture Department reports that total farm numbers in 2018 dropped by 300 in North Dakota and by 400 in South Dakota. North Dakota had 26,100 farms and South Dakota 29,600. That mirrored the national trend. The number of U.S. farms dropped 12,800 from 2017,…

3 Killed in Cass County Crash Identified

TOWER CITY, N.D. – Authorities have identified three people killed in eastern North Dakota in a head-on collision followed by another crash. The Highway Patrol says the driver of a van, 40-year-old Matthew Wipf and two passengers, 43-year-old Kathy Wipf and 46-year-old Dorothy Decker, were killed when a teenager driving an SUV crossed the center line on Cass County Highway…

The Latest: Snowstorm Closes Schools, Grounds Flights

MINNEAPOLIS – The Latest on a major snowstorm hitting the Upper Midwest (all times local): 6:30 a.m. Heavy snow and gusting winds have created blizzard-like conditions across the Upper Midwest, prompting officials to close hundreds of schools, courthouses and businesses, and ground air travel. Even snowplow drivers are having trouble keeping up with conditions Monday . And once the snowstorm…

Farm Bankruptcies on the Rise in Upper Midwest

MINNEAPOLIS – The number of farms filing for bankruptcy is increasing across the Upper Midwest. A new analysis from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis shows 84 farms filed for bankruptcy in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana in the 12 months that ended in June. That’s more than double the number over the same period in 2013…

AFM Cases Reported in U.S., Signs to Look Out For

S.D.-Kids across the United States are coming down with an illness that has Polio like symptoms. While there have been no cases in South Dakota, there’s at least one case reported in North Dakota and several in Iowa and Minnesota. This year there have been 62 cases of AFM or Acute Flaccid Myelitis. It’s a serious condition that affects the…

Opening Statements Today in Savanna Greywind Murder Case

FARGO, N.D. – Opening statements are scheduled Wednesday for a North Dakota man charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the killing of a 22-year-old woman who bled to death when her baby was cut from her womb. William Hoehn (hayn) has admitted to covering up the death of Savanna Greywind, who was eight months pregnant when she was killed…

Worrisome Weed

Aggressive weed found in North Dakota for the first time

An aggressive pigweed species weed that’s strong enough to stop combines and resist many herbicides has been found in North Dakota for the first time. The Agriculture Department says Palmer amaranth has been positively identified in a soybean field in McIntosh County, in the southeast. The aggressive pigweed species has been found in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa in recent years,…

2 tribal energy projects in Dakotas getting federal money

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Two tribal energy infrastructure projects in the Dakotas are among 15 nationwide sharing in nearly $9 million in federal Energy Department funding. The Spirit Lake Sioux tribe in North Dakota is getting $1 million toward a $4.2 million wind turbine project. The Rosebud Sioux tribe in South Dakota is getting about $450,000 for a $900,000 solar…

Farmland Co-op Inc. to merge with Agtegra Cooperative

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – North Dakota-based Farmland Co-op Inc. is merging with the new Agtegra Cooperative. Farmland members voted overwhelmingly in favor of the move last week. The merger takes effect Sept. 1. Farmland has about 100 members. Agtegra CEO Chris Pearson says adding that co-op enables Agtegra to enhance its offerings. South Dakota-based Agtegra was formed by the merger…

Horse Owners Urged to Help Stop Spread of Deadly Disease

ST. PAUL, Min. – Minnesota’s Board of Animal Health is urging horse owners to help stop the spread of a disease that’s been found in neighboring states. The disease more commonly known as EHM has recently been confirmed in both North Dakota and south Dakota. There is no threat to people, but the disease is highly contagious among horses and…

Sentencing Set For Dakota Access Protester In Shooting

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A judge has scheduled a May 31 sentencing for a Denver woman who pleaded guilty in a shooting during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Thirty-eight-year-old Red Fawn Fallis could face up to 15 years in prison. Prosecutors have agreed to recommend no more than seven years. Fallis was accused of firing…

Man Accused Of Trying To Harm Officer Waives Extradition

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A man accused of trying to hit a police officer with his vehicle in North Dakota has waived extradition from South Dakota. Prosecutors say 22-year-old Ulises Villalobos-Alvarado is expected to appear in Burleigh County court early next week. Villalobos-Alvarado is charged with attempted murder and fleeing a peace officer during a probation search. The officer shot…

476 Pounds Of Marijuana Seized In North Dakota Traffic Stop

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) – Stutsman County authorities say they seized 476 pounds of marijuana during a weekend traffic stop on Interstate 94 in southeastern North Dakota. Sheriff Chad Kaiser says that men from Minnesota and Wisconsin were stopped for a traffic violation Sunday and arrested after a search of their vehicle. Bee Thor of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Nhia Lee of…

Tax Law Gives Unexpected Break To Farmers Who Sell To Co-ops

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Key senators and farm groups are trying to fix a provision in the federal tax overhaul that gave an unexpected tax break to farmers who sell their crops to cooperatives instead of other buyers. The provision from Republican Sens. John Thune of South Dakota and John Hoeven of North Dakota surfaced in the final days of the…

Pipeline Protester’s Elderly Exploitation Case Dismissed

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Authorities have dropped a second charge against a Bismarck woman accused of abusing and exploiting her elderly mother during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The Bismarck Tribune reports authorities have dismissed a charge of felony exploitation of a vulnerable adult against Kathleen Bennett. Prosecutor Marina Spahr cited in part the fact that Bennett’s mother…

Ellsworth Official To Oversee Bomb Wing At Minot Base

MINOT, N.D. (AP) – The 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base will undergo a change in leadership this spring. Col. Matthew Brooks will conclude two years as the bomb wing’s commander. The Minot Daily News reports that he’ll be replaced by Col. Bradley Cochran, currently vice commander of the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base in…

Dakota Access Private Security Firm Set For October Trial

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A private security firm hired by the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline will on go trial in the fall for allegedly operating in North Dakota without a license. North Dakota’s Private Investigative and Security Board sued North Carolina-based TigerSwan last June. Court documents show a five-day trial has been scheduled beginning Oct. 8. TigerSwan was…