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The state’s Emergency Commission has okayed another $4 million in borrowing authority from the Bank of North Dakota – for law enforcement costs due to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

The Commission had earlier approved $6 million.

"This will probably take us to the end of November," said Gov. Jack Dalrymple, the chairman of the Commission. "Then we'll see where we are."

West entrance of the State Capitol vandalized

Nov 1, 2016

The west entrance to the State Capitol in Bismarck was vandalized Monday night.

"There was, it appears to be, used motor oil thrown at the west entrance," said state Office of Management and Budget director Pam Sharp. "It got on the limestone and the doors, and the sidewalk."

Sharp said it happened around 9:30 Monday night. Security camera footage shows two people dressed in black brought the oil. A sign was placed nearby, saying “You Can’t Drink Oil.”

Sharp said at this point, it's hard to determine the extent of damage, and how much clean up will cost.

Weekend DAPL protest at the Capitol peaceful

Oct 31, 2016
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

About 100 demonstrators gathered at the state Capitol in Bismarck Saturday – in a show of solidarity for those protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, near the Standing rock Reservation  south of Mandan.

The protestors at the Capitol were there with a permit in hand, and they were determined to keep it peaceful. The organizer – Kirsten Kelsch of Bismarck – said they had a message to deliver.

Protestors removed from new north camp

Oct 28, 2016
Amy Sisk / Prairie Public/Inside Energy

Law enforcement officers have evicted about 200 Dakota Access Pipeline protestors from an encampment on land owned by the company, about a mile north of the main protest camp.

The officers made 141 arrests. Some protestors threw “Molotov cocktails” and other debris at the officers, but most walked back to the main camp. The officers also removed roadblocks set up by protestors. There were reports officers used rubber bullets and b-bs. Officers say one woman fired three rounds at officers, but no one was hurt. A helicopter hovered overhead.

Negotiations between DAPL protestors and law enforcement are 'at an impasse'

Oct 27, 2016
Amy Sisk / Prairie Public/Inside Energy

Morton County sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said so far, Dakota Access Pipeline protestors have refused to remove roadblocks on a Morton County road, and have refused to leave a new camp north of the original Spirit Camp.

That new camp is on land now owned by the developers of the pipeline. Law enforcement approached the protestors, asking them to return to the main encampment, but protestors refused.

"Basically, we came to a standstill, or impasse," Kirchmeier told reporters. He said he plans to continue his efforts to try and convince the protestors to move.

Morton County Commission chairman Cody Schultz says he’s saddened, frustrated and confused by the statements made by Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault after weekend incidents involving Dakota Access Pipeline protestors.

One hundred twenty seven protestors were arrested in several incidents Saturday and Sunday.

Archambault sent a statement – saying the incidents escalated because of what he called “strong arm tactics and abuses by law enforcement.”

Schultz takes issue with that.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier is asking for help from other states to deal with the continuing Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

Kirchmeier told reporters in Mandan Monday the events of the past weekend – with 127 protestors being arrested – caused him to send out a call to other states for help.

"We've reached a point to where additional manpower is needed to sustain our activities," Kirchmeier said. "And, it's to ensure the safety of everybody involved."

Courtesy Morton County Sheriff's Department

127 people protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline were arrested over the weekend.

Of those , 126 were arrested in major demonstrations Saturday. During those events, pepper spray was used on a group of protestors. Sunday, another group blocked state highway 1806 and county road 134, using hay bales, tree stumps, logs and rocks. 1806 was later opened, but the county road remained blocked Monday morning.

No charges against Amy Goodman for DAPL protest

Oct 17, 2016
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

A public media journalist will no longer face criminal charges stemming from an incident at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest.

Amy Goodman is the host of “Democracy Now.” She was covering the protest south of Mandan over the Labor Day weekend. She followed the protestors onto private land.

Goodman had faced a trespassing charge. Prosecutors dropped that, in favor of a misdemeanor rioting charge. However, a judge threw out that count – and Goodman is free.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

North Dakota’s oil production dropped below one million barrels a day in August.

In his monthly "Director's Cut" briefing, state mineral resources director Lynn Helms says production dropped about 5 percent from July. The August average was 981,000 barrels a day.

"This is the month that we've all been anticipating, but were definitely not looking forward to," Helms told reporters. "It's not great news. But we've all been anticipating it."

Helms said he thinks he knows why the drop in the August report.

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