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BISMARCK—A bill that would allow North Dakotans to carry concealed weapons without a permit is on its way to Gov. Doug Burgum's desk. Senate lawmakers voted 34-13 Tuesday, March 21, to approve the so-called constitutional carry bill. House Bill 1169, which was approved by the House last month, says a person who is not otherwise prevented from having a Class 2 concealed carry license and has had an ID issued by the state Department of Transportation for at least a year may carry a concealed firearm.
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MORTON COUNTY, N.D. – Recent “coordinated physical attacks” along the Dakota Access Pipeline route have posed threats to life, physical safety and the environment, Dakota Access LLC said in court records filed late Monday, March 20. The company filed a sealed motion late Monday to keep most its latest construction status report confidential, citing the recent attacks. The document, which is mostly redacted, did not specify where or when the attacks have occurred. “These coordinated attacks will not stop line-fill operations,” Dakota Access attorneys wrote.
MINOT, N.D. — At North Dakota's first methadone clinic, about 40 percent of clients rely on a state-funded voucher program to help them pay for treatment. "It's serving a huge need," said Mark Schaefer, clinic manager for Community Medical Services in Minot, which opened last August and serves 60 clients. But the substance use disorder voucher program, established by the Legislature in 2015, is set to run out of money as early as next week, according to the Department of Human Services.
MINOT, N.D. — When a drug addict lands in the Ward County Jail, it's not uncommon for loved ones to plead with corrections officers to keep them there. That's because jail may be the only place where the addict is going to detox, said Maj. Bob Barnard of the Ward County Sheriff's Office. "We have a lot of desperate people who are looking for somebody to help somebody that they care about and we're just not adequately addressing it," Barnard said.
MORTON COUNTY, N.D. – Dakota Access LLC expects to introduce oil into the pipeline north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation early next week, the company said in court filings. Dakota Access, a subsidiary of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, said the company anticipates crews will install the pipe under Lake Oahe this week and begin final testing, according to a status update filed in federal court.
MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — Dakota Access LLC expects to introduce oil into the pipeline north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation early next week, the company said in court filings. Dakota Access, a subsidiary of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, said the company anticipates crews will install the pipe under Lake Oahe this week and begin final testing, according to a status update filed in federal court.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum accepted more than $100,000 in campaign contributions from oil company executives last fall, despite comments he made as a candidate that accepting donations from the oil industry would be a conflict of interest. Burgum did not accept contributions from oil company political action committees, but he did receive contributions of up to $25,000 from individual oil industry executives. North Dakota's governor regulates the oil industry as chairman of the state Industrial Commission.
WILLISTON, N.D. — North Dakota oil production rebounded in January with a 4 percent increase, bringing daily production to an average of 980,294 barrels, the Department of Mineral Resources said Wednesday, March 8. The increase of nearly 38,000 barrels per day in January followed a 9 percent slide in December caused by extreme winter weather.
WASHINGTON — Tribal nations are joining the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in a march on Washington, D.C., this week, calling attention to indigenous rights in response to President Trump's approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Thousands are expected to participate in the Native Nations Rise event, including several busloads from North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, said Kandi Mossett, a member of North Dakota's Three Affiliated Tribes and an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network.