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Drought may expand its grip on north-central U.S. this summer

Bismarck - It's June, and already, North and South Dakota are experiencing a severe drought, while portions of Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, and Michigan are experiencing abnormally dry conditions. And according to the forecast, it could get worse.

Op-Ed: Bill would ban wind energy for two years in North Dakota

Bismarck - Worried that North Dakota's growing wind generation industry may be threatening the state's coal-fired power plants, a GOP lawmaker has proposed legislation that would halt all wind generation projects for two years.

N.D. Lawmakers vote 'No' on protecting drivers who hit protesters

North Dakota House Bill 1203, intended to shield motorists from liability if they unintentionally hit a protester on a roadway, injuring or killing them didn't have enough backing by lawmakers, failing to pass.

Accidentally running over protesters OK under new N. Dakota bill

Bismarck - A North Dakota state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would exempt drivers from liability if they accidentally kill or injure a pedestrian, a measure its leading sponsor admits is a response to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests at Standing Rock.

Largest oil spill in North Dakota's history still not cleaned up

Tioga - A Tesoro Corp. pipeline spill in North Dakota in 2013 that leaked 840,000 gallons of oil into a farmer's wheat field is still being cleaned up, and like the Belle Fourche pipeline spill, Tesoro's monitoring equipment failed to detect the leak.

Belle Fourche Pipeline monitoring equipment didn't detect leak

Belfield - The Belle Fourche Pipeline, owned by True Companies of Wyoming did have monitoring equipment that should have detected a leak, but a company spokeswoman says it's not yet clear why the monitoring equipment didn't detect the leak.

141 arrested as police clear Dakota Access protest

Bismarck - Police garbed in riot gear, along with armored vehicles used pepper spray and batons to disperse over 300 protesters and clear out a camp. The protesters, many from the Standing Sioux tribe, were trying to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Duke study: Fracking has poisoned North Dakota's soil and water

Durham - A study of 3,900 fracking waste-water spill sites in North Dakota has revealed that soil and water contamination is widespread and persistent, endangering the health of humans, wildlife and the environment.

In Mississippi, retiring politicians can pocket campaign cash

When it came time for former Mississippi Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck to shutter her campaign committee at the end of 2013, she took with her the $158,342 remaining in the committee account.

Chipotle briefly closing all restaurants to talk food safety

It's been a bumpy year for Chipotle after frustrating outbreaks of E. coli and norovirus, so the company has decided it's time to take a short break and have a meeting with employees to discuss this unpleasant situation.

Op-Ed: Driverless trucks from Mexico to Manitoba: What could go wrong?

Brownsville - Hot on the wheels of Google's second generation of driverless cars, industry heads plan to send driverless big rigs on the road on a planned route from Mexico to Manitoba.

North Dakota oil train derailment and fire is fifth this year

A small town in North Dakota was evacuated Wednesday after a train carrying crude oil derailed and 10 tanker cars burst into flames. This incident has raised concerns and a lot of questions regarding the safety of rail transport of oil across the U.S.

Yet another huge saltwater spill in ND oil patch

Williston - Cleanup began this morning in western North Dakota after nearly three million gallons of brine spilled from a pipeline. The brine, a toxic byproduct of oil and gas production is much saltier than ocean water and may contain petroleum and other residues.

North Dakota extends lowest state unemployment rate to 69 months

Bismarck - While the nation struggles with unemployment, and small new job numbers, one state stands alone in job growth. For more than five years, North Dakota has lead the nation with the lowest rate of unemployment.

Op-Ed: N.D. pipeline leak heightens awareness of environmental disaster

North Dakota has been hit with another pipeline leak. This time over one million gallons of oil drilling saltwater, 10 to 30 times saltier than sea water, leaked from an underground pipeline and ended up in a bay that feeds a lake used for drinking water.

Video: Massive blast causes mushroom cloud as oil train derails

Casselton - A freight train carrying oil derailed near Casselton in North Dakota on Monday. It was then hit by another train, causing a huge explosion and flames up to 100 feet in the air.

Boom in North Dakota responsible for unreported major oil spills

Tioga - A 20,600-barrel spill of crude oil in Tioga, North Dakota, recently went unnoticed for 11-days because of the government shutdown. The largest oil spill in the state, 2,209 barrels of oil were spilled in 300 other unreported spills.

Ad asks Obama to 'do the right thing' on Keystone XL pipeline

Billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer released a television ad on Sunday, calling on President Obama to "do the right thing" on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Drillers burn off $100 million of natural gas each month in ND

Around $100 million of natural gas is burnt into the air each month by oil producers in North Dakota, according to a study scheduled for release today.

North Dakota considering banning all abortions

Fargo - Last week North Dakota lawmakers passed what is considered to be the strictest of abortion laws. Another bill currently in the making looks at banning all abortions.

North Dakota Senate passes six-week abortion ban

Lawmakers in North Dakota on Friday voted to ban abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. If signed into law by the state's governor, this bill will outlaw abortions once a heartbeat is observed.

A minor hockey assoc. in U.S. is raffling off 200 guns for funds

There has been an upsurge in kids joining the Fargo, North Dakota Minor Hockey Assoc. and in need of money to buy more ice-time, officials put on their thinking caps. They announced a solution this week - a raffle.

Op-Ed: North Dakota court upholds use of drone in farmer's arrest

Lakota - A North Dakota district court has just made the first ruling on an arrest made using drone surveillance. The presiding judge ruled that the use of the drones was not improper and had no bearing on the charges.

U.S. Senate candidate says Obama failed to unite country

Heidi Heitkamp, 56, the Democrat hoping to replace longtime incumbent U.S. Senator Kent Conrad, North Dakota, says President Obama has failed to unite the country and he is wrong for opposing the Keystone XL pipeline and wrong on healthcare.

Majority of North Dakota voters reject abolishing property tax

Bismarck - More than three quarters of North Dakota voters rejected an initiative to abolish the state's $800 million property tax Tuesday, according to unofficial numbers from the North Dakota Secretary of State.

Op-Ed: Celebrate New African-Americans For Black History Month

Fargo - It's time to recognize the newest African Americans who are contributing their stories to that of America. Fargo, North Dakota is home to many new immigrants from Africa. These people risked much to come here.

Newspaper editor retires amidst 'all the noise' of commenters

John Irby retired from his position as editor at the Bismarck Tribune on Sept. 9, saying he could not handle the "civil discourse" of anonymous user comments. Irby wrote candidly about his resignation, saying he was sick of being a scapegoat.

Want to purchase a town? Scenic, South Dakota selling for $799k

Scenic - As the global economic collapse continues, the recession seems to have hit some towns harder than others in the United States. A small town, formerly a "cowboy town," in South Dakota is selling for $799,000

Fargo, North Dakota is one of the top cities to retire in

Fargo - Fargo, North Dakota is one of the top U.S. cities to retire in, according to Forbes magazine's list of the best places for retirees.

Three Democrats Announce 'No Re-Election'

In another round of defeat for the Democrats, three more influential party members have announced that they will not be seeking re-election at the end of their terms.
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A bill that would ban wind generation  for two years will be voted on in North Dakota s Legislature.
A bill that would ban wind generation for two years will be voted on in North Dakota's Legislature.
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Site of Belle Fourche Pipeline leak into Ash Coulee Creek.
Site of Belle Fourche Pipeline leak into Ash Coulee Creek.
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Extent of Drought in South Dakota.
Extent of Drought in South Dakota.
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Dakota Access Pipeline being built in Iowa
Dakota Access Pipeline being built in Iowa
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Mushroom cloud from an explosion as an oil train derails in North Dakota.
Mushroom cloud from an explosion as an oil train derails in North Dakota.
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Scene from oil train derailment and blaze in Heimdal  North Dakota on Wednesday  May 6  2015.
Scene from oil train derailment and blaze in Heimdal, North Dakota on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.
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President Barack Obama convenes an Oval Office meeting with his national security team to discuss th...
President Barack Obama convenes an Oval Office meeting with his national security team to discuss the situation in Iraq, June 13, 2014.
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The new Nacelle Tower located on the west lawn of the National Energy Center of Excellence on the BSC campus was dedicated in October 2016 as an aide in training wind technicians.
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File photo: U.S. Democrat Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp  North Dakota  campaigns for Healthcare ov...
File photo: U.S. Democrat Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota, campaigns for Healthcare overhaul in 2009.
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Downtown Fargo, North Dakota, looking east
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Extent of North Dakota drought.
Extent of North Dakota drought.
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Belle Fourche Pipeline spill.
Belle Fourche Pipeline spill.
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