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  • North Dakota Legislature Sends Income Tax Bill to Governor

    The North Dakota House seized on a final opportunity this session to pass an income tax bill by approving the last bill still alive by a nearly two-thirds vote. Senate Bill 2349 passed the House on Friday by a 59-32 vote after a nearly hour-long debate.

  • Top N.D. teacher facing trial on student sex charges

    A former North Dakota teacher of the year is due to stand trial on charges alleging he had a sexual relationship with an underage student several years ago. Aaron Knodel, a 36-year-old West Fargo High School teacher who was named the 2014 North Dakota Teacher of the Year before the allegations surfaced, has pleaded not guilty to five counts of corruption of solicitation of a minor, which is a felony.

  • Transportation officials issue oil train safety plan

    An emergency order requiring trains hauling crude oil and other flammable liquids to slow down as they pass through urban areas and a series of other steps to improve the safety were announced Friday by the Department of Transportation. The Obama administration has been under intense pressure from members of Congress as well as state and local officials to ensure the safety of oil trains that traverse the country after leaving the Bakken region of North Dakota.

  • Mark Vinz to Read at VCSU

    Nationally recognized writer Mark Vinz will present an afternoon poetry and prose reading Monday, April 20, in the Student Center Skoal Room on the Valley City State University campus. A reception with light refreshments from 3-4 p.m. will precede a 4-5 p.m. reading and book signing.

  • Insurance Department Recovers $4.4M for North Dakotans

    The department says the money was recovered on behalf of North Dakota residents through its hotline, complaints filed by consumers against insurance companies or agents and investigations it performed. It says that number also includes benefits received through the department's Prescription Connect and State Health Insurance Counseling programs.

  • Revised weather outlook for May

    May temperatures are expected to be in the "normal" range for North Dakota this year. That's if the latest projection issued by the Climate Prediction Center proves to be correct.

  • Truck's burning coal might have sparked I-29 grassfires in N.D.

    Grass fires along a roughly 60-mile stretch of Interstate 29 Wednesday could have been caused by burning pieces of coal falling from a truck's conveyor and onto the road, according to Walsh County Sheriff Ron Jurgens. Jurgens said a vehicle dragging its chains "had nothing to do" with fires along I-29, as had been reported earlier.

  • Opening Our Eyes

    With the Supreme Court due to take up the hotly contested issue of marriage equality later this month, reactions to the phenomenon of same-sex unions have ranged from the thoughtful - National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" began a series on the topic this week by engaging rank-and-file North Dakotans in conversation - to the strange to the truly bizarre. That last distinction belongs to the slew of crackpot California propositions that have sprung up in the past couple of weeks, including a drive to empower ordinary citizens to strike down homosexuals for engaging in behavior deemed biblically abominable.

  • Fire danger persists

    Precipitation so far this month as measured at the Minot International Airport is a scant .05 inches, hardly enough to soak a soda cracker. The meager measurement is just 12 percent of what is considered normal for this time of April.

  • Smoke closes I-29 from Grand Forks to Canadian border

    Limited visibility conditions caused by the smoke from multiple grass fires have forced transportation officials in North Dakota to close Interstate 29 from Grand Forks to the Canadian border. The North Dakota Department of Transportation says the area north of Grand Forks along I-29 is experiencing near-zero visibility conditions.

  • North Dakota House rejects plea to fund rail safety program

    North Dakota's Republican-led House on Tuesday rejected a plea by Democrats to restore funding for a state-run rail safety program intended to supplement federal oversight of burgeoning oil train traffic. The debate came as the House approved the Public Service Commission's two-year, $21.5 million spending bill.

  • Adapting to changes, good and bad, in our climate

    Before there was a California, New England fed itself. Somehow. The soil was lousy, the climate cold and the diet limited .

  • From The Floor House to Your House

    Does your home need an update, or are you ready to build new? The Floor House in Powers Lake has an abundant supply of flooring for all your needs. From carpet, tile, vinyl, hardwood and laminate, they have you covered.

  • Top 4 Employers in North Dakota: Which Companies Have the Most Jobs?

    Though the oil boom brought thousands of new workers to North Dakota this century, allowing some adventurers to triple their previous salaries, most of the state's top employers don't follow the same kind of boom-and-bust cycle as that gushing industry. Instead, the companies who have the most jobs are rooted in health systems and education, industries that are stable and will continue to be needed for as long as people live in North Dakota.

  • North Dakota Legislature headed to session's home ...

    But lawmakers first must find consensus on a host of spending plans and other last-minute measures before the state constitution's 80-day limit is imposed. North Dakota's House and Senate have worked through several contentious measures this session, including expanding places where concealed-carry permit holders can pack heat.

  • 3 North Dakota groups get funding for autism projects

    Three North Dakota organizations will split nearly $15,000 to help people with autism spectrum disorders and their families. The state Department of Human Services' Autism Services Division awarded $14,860 in small community education and training grants to Development Homes Incorporated in Grand Forks, the North Dakota Autism Center in West Fargo and Family Voices of North Dakota in Edgeley.

  • A true fish story

    RIVERDALE The Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery has played an increasingly larger and more important role throughout its history. Construction on the facility began in 1961.

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