WILLISTON, N.D. – Oilfield crew camps where two homicides and a stabbing have occurred need to beef up security or be forced to shut down, according to Williams County officials. The Williams County Planning and Zoning Commission is now requiring the Capital Lodge and Wanzek camps, both near Tioga, to provide proof of their security procedures, undergo inspections and re-apply for permits to operate in six months.
MITCHELL, S.D. -- Recent rains have bumped about 5 percent of South Dakota out of drought conditions.
FARGO, N.D. -- North Dakota's embattled State Board of Higher Education will soon have a new president. During a special meeting today on the North Dakota State University campus, current board President Duaine Espegard made a motion to elect current Vice President Kirsten Diederich as the next president and board member Terry Hjelmstad as the vice president.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline without the president’s signature.
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Governor names new transportation director BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Wednesday appointed Grant Levi as executive director of the state’s Department of Transportation. Levi had been serving as the interim executive director since November, when he was appointed to temporarily fill the position following the retirement of Francis Ziegler.
BISMARCK, N.D. - Mike Stebbins, a third-generation public employee and supervisor for the Department of Transportation in Underwood, watches semi-trailers fly by him on highways every day. The 57-year-old maintenance man spends his days mowing, fixing signs and plowing snow during the winter, among many other things. He loves his job, particularly plowing snow off roads. “It’s me against Mother Nature,” he said. “I’m trying to keep the roads open so people can go to grandma’s at Christmastime.”
Sufficient rainfall (greater than average in some regions) has many North Dakota pastures set for abundant, rapid forage growth this spring.
DICKINSON, N.D. — For the first time since the 1970s, the Dickinson Public School Board and the Dickinson Education Association have come to an impasse in contract negotiations.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple today appointed Grant Levi as executive director of the state’s Department of Transportation. Levi had been serving as the interim executive director since November 2012, when he was appointed to temporarily fill the position following the retirement of Francis Ziegler.
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Autopsy shows rape suspect died of drug overdose FARGO, N.D. -- Initial autopsy results showed a suspect in a Moorhead rape who died unexpectedly in his home here two weeks before his trial died of an accidental drug overdose, police said Tuesday. Richard Lee Haaland Jr., 46, was found dead in his Fargo home April 16.