BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division reported Tuesday an oil spill that occurred last month in Burke County is now estimated to be larger than initially reported. About 400 barrels, or 16,800 gallons, of oil spilled on Feb. 21 at a well about 4 miles north of Flaxton, or 2½ miles south of the Canadian border, according to an incident report filed Tuesday.
MINOT, N.D. — A Minot man is dead after a single-vehicle rollover crash on an icy highway in Ward County Sunday, March 4. Kenneth Forsman, 62, has died as a result of the crash, which occurred at 9:13 p.m.,16 miles south of Minot on Highway 23, according to a report from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
BISMARCK -- State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is encouraging North Dakotans to apply for two openings on the State Board of Higher Education. The positions carry four-year terms that start July 1, which is when the terms of incumbent board members Kevin Melicher and Mike Ness end. Eight voting members make up the Board of Higher Education, which governs the North Dakota University System's 11 public colleges and universities.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Department of Health is accepting requests for proposals for a laboratory to conduct compliance testing for its medical marijuana program. The proposals will be accepted until 3 p.m. April 19. The selected laboratory will be responsible for conducting tests of marijuana and usable marijuana.
BISMARCK -- U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., will stay in Bismarck this week with family as his adult son remains hospitalized. “While Isaac is improving, he remains in critical condition in a Bismarck hospital," the third-term congressman said in a statement Monday. "Therefore, I will not travel to Washington, D.C., for votes today and tomorrow. Instead, I am remaining in Bismarck with Isaac and the rest of my family.”
FORTUNA, N.D. -- The North Dakota Department of Health is responding to a pipeline leak that spilled about 200 barrels, or 8,400 gallons, of produced water in Divide County. USG Bakken Midstream reported the spill that was discovered Sunday, Feb. 25, about 3 miles north of Fortuna in far northwest North Dakota. It occured at an above-ground portion of the pipeline, said Bill Suess, spill investigation program manager for the Department of Health.
STANLEY, N.D. -- The burned body thought to be a man reported missing at 9 a.m. Wednesday has been recovered, according to a statement released Friday by Mountrail County Sheriff Ken Halvorson. A 911 call was received by the sheriff's office reporting a burned GMC pickup located southeast of Stanley in northwest North Dakota. The man's body was found inside the vehicle and transported to the North Dakota Forensic Examiner's Office for autopsy and positive identification.
BISMARCK — North Dakota has awarded a contract to BioTrackTHC to implement a medical marijuana tracking system that includes overseeing seed-to-sale inventory as well as registration. "The Division of Medical Marijuana is committed to implementing a well regulated program," said Jason Wahl, director of the Medical Marijuana Division. "Implementation of the information management system will assist in ensuring state laws are followed and allow the division to effectively monitor the operations of manufacturing facilities and dispensaries."
BISMARCK -- The total number of flu cases in North Dakota has declined for the second week in a row. There were 673 reported cases of influenza in the week ending Feb. 10, compared to 748 the week prior, according to the North Dakota Department of Health's weekly flu snapshot.
BISMARCK -- South Central District Judge James Hill has denied a lower bond to the 22-year-old man accused of trying to run over a Bismarck police officer who was later found in South Dakota with wounds from being shot at by police. Ulises Villalobos-Alvarado appeared via interactive television Tuesday in Burleigh County District Court, accompanied by appointed counsel Bobbi Weiler, who asked Hill to reduce her client's $500,000 cash bond to $10,000.