BISMARCK — The Bismarck City Commission voted unanimously Tuesday, Nov. 28, to participate in the multidistrict litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors, and to be represented by a consortium of law firms — Motley Rice, Ferrer Poirot Wansbrough, Fears Nachawati and McNamee Hosea. In May, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the nation’s leading manufacturer of prescription opioids, to recover damages the state has suffered from opioid addiction.
BISMARCK -- From Almont to Zap, anyone in need of a ride can Uber — if there’s a driver nearby. The ridesharing mobile phone application announced Monday, Oct. 22, it’s expanding statewide, making North Dakota one of the first states for this breadth of service. The amount of time it takes for a driver to get to your location may vary based on where you are in the state, Uber spokeswoman Charity Jackson said.
BISMARCK -- Catholic Bishops of North Dakota released a statement Thursday for "an honest examination and correction" of the immigration situation along the nation's southern border. Signed by bishops David D. Kagan, of the diocese in Bismarck, and John T. Folda, of the diocese in Fargo, the statement called for a balance where government's law and order without regard to impacts upon families as well as avoiding the other end of the spectrum where government employees are vilified for doing their jobs.
ELGIN, N.D. - A 100-mile rummage sale along state Highway 21 through southwest North Dakota will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. “With approximately 100 rummage sales along the 100-mile route, this is the state’s original 100-mile rummage sale event in North Dakota,” said Luann Dart, the event’s coordinator. “What started as a rather simple idea 17 years ago has now grown to an event that attracts visitors from across the state, out of state and Canada.
BISMARCK—Efforts to maintain safe transport of livestock has resulted in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issuing final regulatory guidance regarding the agriculture commodity exemption, including less strict rules when drivers are within 150 air miles of their destination.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved a pipeline conversion project Tuesday, May 29, that will deliver more crude oil to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Hess proposed to convert about 19 miles of gathering pipelines in McKenzie County to transmission lines and add three booster pumps to increase capacity, said Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak.
BISMARCK -- The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission member states voted unanimously to adopt the 2019 slate of officers during their annual business meeting in Oklahoma City, Okla., earlier this month. Gov. Doug Burgum will serve as 2019 chairman, with Richard Simmers, of Ohio, as vice chairman and Charlie Burd, of West Virginia, as second vice chairman. Burgum succeeds the 2018 chairman, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, of Arkansas.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota Tourism is joining an effort to rebrand a five-state region, including Idaho, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming, as The Great American West as part of an international marketing strategy. Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Sheri Grossman said the multistate international promotional cooperative strives to increase international visitation which fuels local economies.
BISMARCK -- Two more North Dakota Native American tribes have filed federal lawsuits against the opioid industry. The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and the Spirit Lake Tribe filed complaints last week in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, where similar lawsuits have been consolidated. The new cases mean that four out of five North Dakota tribal nations have now joined the litigation. The lawsuits against 24 opioid manufacturers and distributors allege devastating public health effects from the opioid epidemic and seek monetary damages.
CANNON BALL, N.D. -- Two federal grants totaling more than $10 million will fund construction of elementary schools on the Standing Rock and Spirit Lake Indian Reservations, according to an announcement made Tuesday, March 13, by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. The money has been awarded to Solen School District and the Oberon School District to construct new elementary schools due to the unacceptable conditions of the current buildings.