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Tornado hits South Dakota hospital: 'All are safe and sound'

When the warning sounded shortly before midnight that a tornado could be approaching, the clock turned into a stopwatch for staff members working the night shift at a behavioral health center at a Sioux Falls hospital. "We had 10 minutes to wake up...

 

Indicted political operative appeared in unlikely places

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Paul Erickson, the boyfriend of admitted Russian covert agent Maria Butina accused this week of fraud, has turned up in the unlikeliest of places — from landing a top spot on Pat Buchanan's 1992 presidential campaign to...

 

Woman says ex pressed for baby, didn't know her plan to kill

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota woman convicted of killing her pregnant neighbor by cutting the baby from her womb testified Tuesday that her boyfriend had pressured her to "produce a baby" after figuring out she had lied about being pregnant. Br...

 

Prosecutor: Suspect tied rope around neck of slain woman

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man accused of helping to kill a pregnant woman tightened a rope around her neck after his girlfriend sliced the baby from the victim's womb, a prosecutor said Wednesday, later suggesting the girlfriend couldn't ha...

 

Microsoft to help expand rural broadband in 6 states

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Microsoft announced Thursday it is teaming up with communities in six states to to invest in technology and related jobs in rural and smaller metropolitan areas. Company president Brad Smith launched the TechSpark program...

 

In parched North Dakota, cloud-seeding irks some farmers

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — In the parched northern Plains, where the worst drought in decades has withered crops and forced some ranchers to begin selling off their herds, a cloud-seeding program aimed at making it rain would seem a strange target for...

 

Judge: Redo part of analysis for Dakota Access pipeline

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has handed a lifeline to efforts to block the Dakota Access pipeline, ruling Wednesday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers didn't adequately consider the possible impacts of an oil spill where the pipeline...

 

Lawmakers thrust into debate about mineral rights under lake

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A years-long dispute about who owns the mineral rights under a man-made lake is now being debated in the North Dakota Legislature, with the state's new governor automatically thrust into the controversy. Here's a look at what's...

 

Drone schools look to woo younger pilots for commercial jobs

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Leaders in the unmanned aircraft industry are trying to persuade young people who think drones are cool to consider flying them for a living. Commercial pilots must obtain a Federal Aviation Administration drone license,...

 

Oil field services company sued for harassment of gay worker

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing an oil field services company, alleging a gay worker was harassed at the company's North Dakota location. The lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court claims Wyoming-based...

 

Feds turn to space experts NASA for small-drone traffic plan 

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP, Aug. 28, 2016) – As the unmanned aircraft industry continues to evolve, the United States is depending on its space agency to help manage small drone traffic close to the Earth. NASA is currently entering the second phase of...

 

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