BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Regulators say the volume of natural gas flared this year in North Dakota reached an unprecedented level. Operators burned off the natural gas associated with oil production due to the lack of plant and pipeline capacity in the state. The volume flared was 527 million cubic feet per day. In October alone, that’s enough to heat 4 million average homes.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A large winter storm coming on the heels of Christmas is expected to bring snow to Nebraska, the Dakotas and Minnesota this week. Andrew Kalin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, says the storm is set to start overnight in the western Dakotas and continue Wednesday into Minnesota. Kalin says it could deliver more than 8 inches of snow to some locations.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has pardoned 18 people and commuted sentences for two others during his two years in office. The Bismarck Tribune reports that data from the state’s Pardon Advisory Board shows the Republican governor has pardoned more people than his predecessor did during six years in office. Burgum supports the First Step Act, a criminal justice reform bill that President Donald Trump signed into law on Friday. It aims to reduce recidivism among federal prisoners.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s national parks remain open during the partial federal government shutdown. Park roads, lookouts, and trails will remain open at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. But emergency and rescue services will be limited. Bodmer Overlook Trail and other trails outside of the fort walls at Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site are accessible, but the fort and visitor center are closed.
BABBITT, Minn. (AP) – The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office says authorities have found the body of a missing woman in a northern Minnesota lake, but rescue workers are still seeking her companion. The sheriff’s office says county rescue squad members located the body of 60-year-old Debbie Senarighi late Monday in White Iron Lake, southeast of Ely, Minnesota. Officials say it appears Senarighi and 60-year-old Kenneth Wildenauer’s snowmobile broke through thin ice as they got close to an island.