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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.

Farm/Ranch Hotline for DAPL region

Oct 12, 2016

Farmers and ranchers impacted by activities along the proposed route of the Dakota Access Pipeline now have a hotline to call for help.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says some farmers and ranchers in the area have expressed the need for assistance in getting their seasonal work finished before winter arrives. Goehring says that may include hauling grain, livestock or hay. He says farmers can call the hotline to be connected with a volunteer who can make sure they get the assistance they need.

Pipeline protest costs may exceed $6 million

Oct 12, 2016

North Dakota’s Congressional delegation says it will continue to push for federal reimbursement for costs the state has picked up in the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple had asked for at least $6 million, to help pay for extra law enforcement that has been deployed for the protest. But so far, the federal government has not offered any financial help. And Dalrymple said those costs are going up.

Hollywood actress Shailene Woodley has joined the growing number of people arrested while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.


She was arrested Monday for allegedly engaging in a riot and criminal trespass, according to law enforcement in North Dakota’s Morton County. The sheriff’s office says she was on private property at a pipeline construction site with a crowd of more than 100 protesters.


Court Denies Tribe's Pipeline Appeal

Oct 11, 2016

Construction can resume on a controversial stretch of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota after a federal appeals court on Sunday denied the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an injunction.


The tribe sought to halt work within 20 miles of the Missouri River. Tribal officials claim past construction there destroyed burial grounds.


Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said he has increased patrols in southern Morton County, in response to activities of some of the Dakota Access Pipeline protestors.

Kirchmeier told reporters some of the pipeline protestors have – as he put it – “disdained the rule of law.”

"That has resulted in a heightened level of fear and concerns among our residents," Krichmeier said."And those fears are real."

Kirchmeier said some of the residents have been threatened, intimated and terrorized. He said safety remains the top priority.

Another DAPL protest near St. Anthony

Oct 5, 2016
Courtesy Morton County Sheriff's Department

A large contingent of Dakota Access Pipeline protestors blocked North Dakota Highway 6 near St. Anthony Wednesday afternoon.

North Dakota Highway Patrol Lieutenant Tom Iverson was on scene. He said when law enforcement arrived, the protestors were given 10 minutes to clear the highway. He said they agreed, pulling off into ditches on the sides of the road.

Iverson saids some of the protestors were engaging in what he called “intimidation tactics” against law enforcement.

DAPL protestors disrupt Governor's debate

Oct 4, 2016
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Dakota Access Pipeline protestors disrupted a debate in Bismarck Monday night that featured the three candidates for Governor.

The debate – sponsored by the North Dakota Newspaper Association – was held at the Belle Mehus Auditorium. A crowd of protestors – estimated by police at around 150 – gathered outside the auditorium, carrying signs and making speeches. Several then attended the debate, which featured candidates Doug Burgum (R), Marvin Nelson (D) and Marty Riske (Libertarian).

Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said he’s never experienced anything like it.

He’s talking about the Dakota Access Pipeline protest. Kirschmeier says it has taken a lot of manpower -- and hours.

"A lot of times when the Emergency Operations Center is put together, and you call for assistance, it's for a floord, or something of tthat nature," Kirchmeier said. "That only lasts for a certain amount of time. Here, it's the unknown -- how long is it going to last?"

Pipeline Drama Casts Shadow Over Oil Industry

Sep 29, 2016
Amy Sisk



The Obama Administration’s decision to temporarily halt construction on part of the 1,200-mile Dakota Access Pipeline has the oil industry on edge.

It was evident at the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s annual meeting, where the pipeline protests cast a shadow over an industry struggling amid low oil prices.