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BISMARCK—The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is proposing to delay a rule on methane emissions until January 2019, members of North Dakota's congressional delegation said Wednesday, Oct. 4. "The BLM methane rule imposed unworkable and duplicative requirements on our energy industry," Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said in a statement. "We can address flaring without imposing unnecessary costs and undermining our energy production."
FARGO—An Illinois man is charged in Cass County District Court with insurance fraud after being accused of defrauding Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota of more than $100,000. Sheryar Masud, of St. Charles, Ill., who at one time worked as a chiropractor in Williston, N.D., is charged with one count of insurance fraud. An investigative report filed with the charge that was written by an investigator with the North Dakota Insurance Department fraud unit stated Masud submitted invalid insurance claims between Aug. 14, 2014, and June 3, 2015.
BISMARCK -- Gov. Doug Burgum directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Friday, Oct. 6, in honor of the victims of Sunday’s attack in Las Vegas, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The governor also encouraged North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, according to a news release issued Monday morning. At least 58 people were killed and more than 515 were injured when a gunman opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas Sunday.
BISMARCK -- Two unlicensed contractors have been banned from doing business in North Dakota “for the foreseeable future,” Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office said Monday, Oct. 2. Jeremy Meyer of Fargo, doing business as JM Construction & Design, as well as Cody Fleckenstein of New Salem, doing business as Prefab Plus, LLC, violated consumer fraud and contracting laws. The Consumer Protection division of the attorney general’s office has obtained civil judgments against both contractors.
BISMARCK—The U.S. Forest Service will conduct up to five prescribed burns this fall on the Sheyenne National Grassland southwest of Fargo, the agency said Monday, Oct. 2. The 70,180-acre grassland is located east of Lisbon. The burns will cover about 1,500 acres and will occur north, west and east of McLeod. The Forest Service said fire is "essential to the health and regeneration of prairie habitat and native grasses while discouraging growth of invasive species."
GRAND FORKS — Pheasant hunters in North Dakota can expect to cover more ground this fall. Hammered by a severe winter that affected survival and summer drought conditions that hampered production, pheasant numbers are down. North Dakota's pheasant season opens Saturday, Oct. 7.
BISMARCK—The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline donated $15 million to the state of North Dakota to help pay for the response to the monthslong protests against the project, Gov. Doug Burgum said Thursday, Sept. 28. The donation from Dakota Access LLC was wired to the state-owned Bank of North Dakota Thursday afternoon and will be used to pay down loans taken out by the state Department of Emergency Services.
BISMARCK—Cabinet-level state agencies were directed to work with local and tribal governments, along with law enforcement, to make medication reversing opioid overdoses readily available to first responders, community leaders, opioid users and their families under an executive order signed by Gov. Doug Burgum Tuesday, Sept. 26.
GARRISON, N.D. — Two men were injured in rural McLean County when a McLean County sheriff's deputy's vehicle struck another motorist at the intersection of Highways 37 and 83, six miles east of Garrison on Saturday, Sept. 23. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol:
BISMARCK -- All drivers license offices in North Dakota will be temporarily closed Tuesday, Sept. 26, through Thursday, Sept. 28. The North Dakota Department of Transportation announced the closures last week, saying it will allow employees to get required annual training. One license site in Bismarck will be open 7:30 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, but all others in the state, including in Fargo, will be closed.