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North Dakota Using $16.6M to Cover Spring Flooding Costs

The North Dakota Emergency Commission approved the spending Thursday.

BISMARCK, N.D.–North Dakota will use $16.6 million in federal funds and state loans to cover damages from widespread spring flooding. The North Dakota Emergency Commission, headed by Republican Gov. Doug Burgum, approved the spending Thursday. Burgum requested federal help this spring in dealing with flooding that damaged homes, public infrastructure, hundreds of roads and thousands of acres of farmland in…

Minnesota Senate GOP Unveils Insulin Affordability Bill

Leaders have discussed a special session on insulin this fall.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Minnesota Senate Republicans want to require drug makers to provide free insulin to qualifying residents who can’t afford the high cost of the life-saving medication. Senate GOP leaders unveiled the plan Thursday, a week ahead of when House Democrats plan to announce their own proposal. The clock ran out on the 2019 session before the two chambers could…

LIVE: Pet Connection: Meet Stella

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Just like the iconic scene with Marlon Brando in “Streetcar Named Desire,” Stella could make you holler her name to the heavens — and that’s because people tend to shriek with delight every time they see her. She is a sweet and incredibly calm little mixed-breed puppy who came in to the Diamond in the Ruff animal rescue from a…

Grand Forks Man Given 40 Years for Child Sex Abuse

The abuse took place from February until July 2018.

GRAND FORKS, N.D.–A Grand Forks man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl. Judge John Thelen went along with the state’s sentencing recommendation for Jeffrey Krogstad, citing concerns that the 53-year-old sex offender would reoffend if given the opportunity. Jurors found Krogstad guilty of gross sexual imposition after a three-day trial in April…

Governor Walz Launches the Missing and Murdered Indigenious Women Task Force

The MMIW Task Force draws attention to the disproportionate rates of murder and violence experienced by indigenous women and girls.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan launched the first meeting of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Task Force on Thursday. The meeting launched with a ceremonial bill signing with advocates, tribal representatives, law enforcement, and elected officials. The MMIW Task Force draws attention to the disproportionate rates of murder and violence experienced by indigenous…

Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash Identified

Gary Dukart was traveling from Bismarck to Hazen when he struck an animal and lost control of his motorcycle.

CENTER, N.D.–The North Dakota Highway Patrol identified the man who was killed after striking an animal on his motorcycle on Highway 200-A. Gary Dukart was traveling from Bismarck to Hazen when he struck an animal and lost control of his motorcycle. Dukart was thrown from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation. Categories:…

Man Fatally Shot After Leaving Church with Daughter

The homicide Wednesday night is the sixth fatal shooting in St. Paul this month.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Minnesota police say a man who was leaving a Bible study with his young daughter and father was fatally shot outside his church in St. Paul. The homicide Wednesday night is the sixth fatal shooting in St. Paul this month. Police don’t believe the latest shooting outside St. Albans Church of God in Christ was random. The victim’s…

Court Suspends 2 Key Permits for Planned PolyMet Copper Mine

The appeals court stayed PolyMet's permit to mine and dam safety permit on Wednesday.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–The Minnesota Court of Appeals has handed environmental groups a victory by putting two key permits for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine on hold ahead of a hearing next month. The appeals court stayed PolyMet’s permit to mine and dam safety permit on Wednesday, saying the Department of Natural Resources failed to adequately consider two important developments that…

Bismarck Man Sentenced to Time Served in Fatal Shooting

Fontenot agreed to plead guilty to reckless endangerment and illegally possessing a gun as a felon.

BISMARCK, N.D.–A Bismarck man who fatally shot another man after they argued over a debt has been sentenced to time served behind bars in a plea agreement with prosecutors. But, Aundra Fontenot won’t be released until he’s served more time on a federal drug crime. The 36-year-old defendant was charged with manslaughter in the June 2018 death of Derrick Left…

ND Has 72 Percent Rate of Car Seat Misuse, Experts Give Safety Tips

All kids younger than 13 should be in the back seat

FARGO, N.D. — The rate of misusing car seats in North Dakota has improved over the past nine years, but it’s still very high at 72 percent. One of the common things parents get wrong is the tightness of harnesses. See the video for demonstrations. “You want the harness to be at or below the child’s shoulders, and you want…