Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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MANDAN, N.D. – A judge Monday refused to charge “Democracy Now!” host Amy Goodman with rioting for her coverage of a Sept. 3 clash between Dakota Access Pipeline protesters and private security guards, but the Morton County sheriff’s office said Goodman could still face charges.
BISMARCK — In New York, more than 150 people assembled in a flash mob at a Syracuse shopping mall. In Nevada, a pickup truck plowed through a crowd of mostly American Indian demonstrators in downtown Reno. And in North Dakota, Minnesota and two other states, activists face charges of tampering with valves on five pipelines carrying Canadian crude oil into the United States, leading to several arrests.
BISMARCK — State lawmakers who cut positions from the North Dakota Department of Human Services' budget request last year deserve some of the blame for a recent audit that was highly critical of how the agency licenses and monitors child care providers, members of a legislative committee said Thursday.
BISMARCK — The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says talks continue about relocating the main Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp from federally owned land to tribally owned land near Cannon Ball, N.D., but one camp spokesman says many plan to stay put.
BISMARCK — Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II denies saying that he lost control of the camp where thousands of Dakota Access Pipeline opponents are staying in south-central North Dakota, as Gov. Jack Dalrymple suggested in a radio interview Tuesday. Dalrymple told KFYR radio host Scott Hennen that among the pipeline protesters is a group of about 200 people who "are into a more militant form of agitation" and "provide 100 percent of the problems that we deal with."
BISMARCK – Going against the wishes of three federal agencies, the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline said Tuesday, Oct. 11, it plans to promptly resume construction near Lake Oahe and hopes the feds will assist local authorities dealing with protests of the four-state pipeline.
ST. ANTHONY — A large contingent of law enforcement responded Monday morning, Oct. 10, to protests at two Dakota Access Pipeline construction sites in the St. Anthony area south of Mandan. Authorities were notified about 7:15 a.m. Monday that two protesters had attached themselves to construction equipment about 2 miles southwest of St. Anthony, said Rob Keller, a spokesman for the Morton County Sheriff's Department. The Bureau of Indian Affairs reported about 100 people and 30 vehicles at the construction site.
BISMARCK — Fiery rhetoric such as "Let's get it on" and "I wouldn't trust you as far as I could throw you" isn't typically heard in races for the North Dakota Supreme Court. But Bismarck attorney Robert Bolinske Sr. isn't your typical Supreme Court candidate. "I'm a brawler," he said.
BISMARCK — The California billionaire bankrolling a North Dakota ballot measure aimed at expanding crime victims' rights and adding them to the state constitution has now contributed nearly $2.5 million to the effort, a campaign disclosure statement filed Friday, Oct. 7, shows. Broadcom Corp. co-founder Henry Nicholas had already contributed $488,874 last year to get the measure on the ballot and gave an additional $630,697 from Jan. 1 through May 5.
BISMARCK — A McHenry County social worker avoided jail time but must resign and surrender her social work license after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from a drowning-related investigation that also led to charges against several state Department of Human Services officials. Cheryl Johnson's sentencing last week concluded a far-reaching case that has spurred ongoing efforts to reform how child care facilities are licensed and regulated in North Dakota.