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Jeremy Turley

Jeremy Turley is a Bismarck-based reporter for Forum News Service, which provides news coverage to publications owned by Forum Communications Company.

Since joining the news service in 2019, Turley has mostly covered state politics, the oil industry and the COVID-19 pandemic. He grew up in Highland Park, Ill., a northern suburb of Chicago, and graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia with a degree in journalism. Turley speaks English and Spanish. In his free time, Turley enjoys playing disc golf and taking pictures of prairie dogs.

Readers can reach Turley by email at, by phone at 847-770-7014 or on Twitter at @jeremyjturley.

A group of six Sisseton and Wahpeton Sioux children were among the first students at Carlisle Indian Industrial School. Only three of them left the school alive.
“It is remarkable how much damage the virus already managed to impose on his lungs,” Dr. Maria Marchenko said. At two different points, she recalled, the team nearly lost the baby because of falling oxygen levels in his blood. “He was very, very sick.”
The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education could issue a mask requirement for North Dakota’s 11 public colleges and universities, however the board left decisions on masks last year to officials at each institution, and a localized approach is the most likely outcome this time around, university system spokeswoman Billie Jo Lorius said.
Democratic California Attorney General Rob Bonta said a bill passed in North Dakota allows for discrimination against LGBT college students, but supporters of the legislation say it aims to expand free speech on campus and clearly doesn't target students of any particular viewpoint or orientation.
Gov. Doug Burgum and Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced on Tuesday, April 20, that North Dakota will provide vaccines to as many as 4,000 Canadian truck drivers who regularly cross the border on their routes.
Rep. Luke Simons is the first lawmaker to be expelled from the Legislature since North Dakota became a state, according to legislative officials. The next steps are unclear, but it’s likely the local GOP district committee in Dickinson will appoint Simons’ successor. GOP District 36 Chairman John Enderle did not respond to requests for comment.
House Majority Leader Chet Pollert said a plan for deciding how to sort out the embattled lawmaker's case hasn't yet materialized, but booting Simons from the chamber is on the table.
New Town Republican Rep. Terry Jones said Black Americans are "glad their ancestors were brought here as slaves" — a comment one Black social activist called extremely racist.
Under House Bill 1313, someone found to have performed an abortion, unless the procedure is done to save the life of the mother, would be guilty of a Class AA felony, punishable by up to life in prison without parole.
With COVID-19 infection rates rising, some states have put in place mandatory quarantine periods and testing requirements for travelers deemed "high-risk." North Dakotans, South Dakotans and Minnesotans fall in this category for most states that have implemented restrictions due to the high degree of community spread in the upper Midwest.