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North Dakota Guard Members Get New Pandemic Orders

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Dozens of North Dakota National Guard members are resuming support for the state’s coronavirus pandemic response. The Guard announced Friday that about 50 of its members are assisting the state Health Department with contact tracing and about 15 others are helping at the state laboratory in Bismarck. The group is expected to remain on active duty…

Fireworks explosion injures one in Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. – One person was injured in an explosion during a fireworks display in southeast Bismarck.  It created a dense cloud of black smoke that could be seen throughout the city. Bismarck Rural Fire Chief Dustin Theurer says fireworks or an explosive ordnance was the “likely” cause of Saturday’s explosion. Authorities didn’t immediately offer other details on what happened or…

BNSF coal train derails near Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. – Around 15 cars of a BNSF coal train derailed south of Bismarck. Bismarck Police, the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department and Bismarck Fire Department were called out around 3:15 p.m. Sunday for the derailment near Hemlock Street. There were no reports of injuries. BNSF spokeswoman Amy Casas says railroad crews were at the scene Sunday evening and an…

National firefighter competition under way in Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – Firefighters from around the nation are in Bismarck Friday and Saturday for the 30th anniversary National Tour of the Firefighter Combat Challenge. Participants in the challenge race against an opponent, simulating the physical demands of firefighting. As part of the event, firefighters have to run up a tower that simulates five floors of stairs. Organizers say the…

Woman accused of leaving children unattended outside bar

BISMARCK, N.D. – A Bismarck woman accused of leaving two small children unattended in a parking lot while she drank at a bar is facing felony charges. Police were called to the Elbow Room shortly before midnight Monday on a report that two children were left alone in a vehicle.  One child, age 6, was seen playing basketball in the parking…

86 year-old woman gets probation in pedestrian’s death

BISMARCK, N.D. – An 86-year-old woman who struck and killed a pedestrian and then left the scene of the crash has been sentenced to two years of probation. Bertha Harper of Bismarck earlier pleaded guilty to negligent homicide and failure to report an accident in the June 2020 death of Amber Rebel. The 33-year-old woman was struck outside a Bismarck…

Motocross Racer Dies After Crash During Race In Jamestown

GoFundMe Set Up To Help Family Of Cody Martin

A motocross racer from Bismarck has died after a crash while racing in Jamestown. Now, you can help support the family. That’s according to a GoFundMe page set up for the family of Cody Martin. The page says he died June 13th from injuries he sustained during a race. The GoFundMe organizer writes, “No matter if it was detailing or…

Bismarck City Commission kills chicken proposal

BISMARCK, N.D. – City leaders in Bismarck have killed a proposal to allow chickens within city limits. The Bismarck City Commission denied a request from the city Planning and Zoning Commission to hold a public hearing on a potential ordinance that would have allowed city residents to keep up to four chickens. Commissioner Steve Marquardt said he was concerned about…

Talks Between Essentia Health & CommonSpirit Health End With No Deal

FARGO, N.D. — Negotiations between Essentia Health and CommonSpirit Health about merging come to an end with no agreement. CommonSpirit owns facilities operating under the CHI brand in North Dakota and Minnesota. The deal would have included CHI Saint Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck and thirteen critical access hospitals in addition to clinics and living communities. The organizations had signed…