Amy Dalrymple / Bismarck Tribune
MANDAN, N.D.—A 50-year-old Mandan man is charged with arson, reckless endangerment and other crimes after police say he allegedly started a fire in a Mandan mobile home and threw sharp objects at police and firefighters who responded. A court affidavit filed Thursday against Ricky Allen Kinsella says the Mandan Fire Department had to approach the residence under cover of ballistic shields to extinguish the fire, which prompted the evacuation of nearby homes.
MANNING, N.D. -- A Montana woman whose remains were found on Labor Day in the Badlands of western North Dakota has been identified. The identity of Darlene Billie, a 55-year-old member of the Choctaw Tribe who lived on the Flathead Indian Reservation, was released by the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, Sept. 19, as the woman discovered on Sept. 3. She had been reported missing in neighboring McKenzie County in November of 2017.
BISMARCK—North Dakota oil and gas regulators are considering changes to the state's oil conditioning order that requires companies to remove the most volatile gases. The rules that took effect in April 2015 aimed to make Bakken crude oil safer for transportation following explosive train derailments. The regulations require companies to test the vapor pressure of crude oil to ensure that it doesn't exceed 13.7 pounds per square inch.
BISMARCK—As North Dakota oil production returns to record levels, a new analysis shows the state has 20 to 60 more years of drilling activity in its future. The state produced an average of nearly 1.27 million barrels of oil per day in July, a new all-time high, according to preliminary figures released Friday, Sept. 14, by the Department of Mineral Resources. July oil production saw a 3.4 percent increase and exceeded the previous record of 1.25 million barrels per day set in May.
BISMARCK — Bismarck political opponents who filed police reports against one another over campaign ads during a hotly contested primary race have reached a compromise and neither will face criminal charges. Burleigh County prosecutors have dismissed a misdemeanor charge of publication of false information in political advertisements against Duane Sand, a Republican who challenged two Republican incumbents for District 47 House.
BISMARCK—North Dakota's land commissioner cautioned Thursday, Aug. 30, that the energy and agriculture industries could see significant delays to obtain easements for state-owned lands under a change in administrative process directed by the Legislature. Commissioner Jodi Smith said the state Department of Trust Lands is working on new administrative rules as directed by lawmakers last session, but finding some unintended consequences.
BISMARCK—New figures from the U.S. Department of Energy show North Dakota as a leading state for wind energy development. North Dakota added 249 megawatts of wind capacity in 2017, ranking eighth in the nation, according to the department's 2017 Wind Technologies Market Report released last week. The state had a total of 2,996 megawatts of wind capacity at the end of 2017, the report said, making North Dakota 11th in the country for the total amount of wind capacity installed.
BISMARCK—The National Weather Service is taking steps to improve weather radar coverage for western North Dakota after a deadly tornado in Watford City raised awareness of gaps in coverage. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has committed to studying whether the Minot radar system can be adjusted to improve coverage in western North Dakota, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Thursday.
BISMARCK—The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior as the tribe continues to challenge oil wells that tribal leaders say were drilled too close to Lake Sakakawea. The tribe is exhausting its appeals after the Bureau of Land Management approved oil wells that are closer to the lake than tribal regulations allow, MHA Chairman Mark Fox said in an interview on Wednesday.
BISMARCK—An analysis of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act shows that individuals are projected to pay more North Dakota state income tax while small businesses and corporations are expected to pay less than they did before the tax reform. Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said individual taxpayers will see mixed results from the federal tax reform that took effect this year, with smaller families likely paying less taxes to the state while larger families see an increase.