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ST. ANTHONY, N.D. – Authorities arrested Hollywood actress Shailene Woodley and 26 other protesters at two Dakota Access construction sites in Morton County on Monday, Oct. 10, as pipeline opponents...
ST. ANTHONY, N.D. — 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 — 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 — Wisconsin is sending up to 40 sheriff's deputies to North Dakota to help local authorities responding to protests of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, the Morton County Sheriff's Department said Friday, Oct. 7. Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier requested the additional manpower from the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a national mutual aid agreement that allows for sharing of resources across state lines during emergencies and disasters. Gov. Jack Dalrymple approved the request.
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.
BISMARCK — Despite delays caused by protesters, the North Dakota leg of the four-state Dakota Access Pipeline was 87 percent complete at the end of September, up from 68 percent in August, according to the monthly construction report filed with the state Public Service Commission late Wednesday, Oct. 5.
BISMARCK — Taxable sales and purchases fell to their lowest second-quarter level since 2010 in North Dakota as reduced oil activity and low commodity prices continued to push the key economic indicator to pre-oil boom levels, state Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said Wednesday, Oct. 5.
BISMARCK — An elementary school was on lockdown and authorities were blocking the main road into St. Anthony on Wednesday, Oct. 5, to prevent Dakota Access Pipeline protesters from passing through the small town to get to pipeline construction sites, a Morton County spokeswoman said.
BISMARCK — Dozens of Dakota Access Pipeline opponents briefly turned North Dakota's second gubernatorial debate into a protest rally Monday, erupting into shouts and heckles after the three candidates opined on whether the pipeline was properly permitted and should be completed. About 15 minutes into the hour-long debate sponsored by the North Dakota Newspaper Association, an unidentified woman rose from her seat and started down the aisle toward the Belle Mehus Auditorium stage, leading about 50 protesters in a coordinated chant of "Mni Wiconi! Water is life!"
BISMARCK — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to end North Dakota's membership in a multistate group that develops tests aligned with the Common Core education standards, but the state is withdrawing anyway as it prepares to adopt revised academic standards and testing to match.