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 -- Another horse was euthanized last week after contracting a rare neurologic disease caused by equine herpes. A Stutsman County horse in south-central North Dakota became noticeably ill on Friday and was euthanized the following day, according to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. Lab results confirming equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy, or EHM, came back Tuesday, May 15.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- Weeks before her trial date, a Watford City woman accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from three organizations has been ordered to pay almost $250,000 in restitution.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Peace Officers Memorial ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, near the Peace Officers Memorial on the east side of the state Capitol’s Judicial Wing. Gov. Doug Burgum directed government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff on Tuesday and encouraged North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day.
BISMARCK -- A journalist arrested last year while covering the Dakota Access Pipeline protest is expected to have at least one criminal charge dismissed while a judge considers a defense motion to also dismiss a trespassing charge. Morton County prosecutors filed a motion Thursday, May 10, to dismiss a charge of engaging in a riot against journalist Jenni Monet. Monet also is charged with trespassing, but defense attorneys argue that charge should be dismissed as well.
BISMARCK -- An Elgin man is charged in connection to multiple structure fires last winter, including a totaled John Deere dealership. John Iszler, 25, is charged with three felony counts of endangering by fire or explosion and one of criminal mischief. Court documents say he told Grant County Sheriff John Foss he lit fires in Elgin and around rural Grant County, including three grass fires from April 18-25.
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.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Department of Health has announced new income levels for children who receive special health services. Income levels have increased based on changes in the federal poverty levels, according to a news release. Effective Tuesday, a family of four will be able to earn up to $46,435 annually, or $3,870 monthly per household, and still meet income eligibility requirements.
BISMARCK -- A man who pleaded guilty to setting fires in September in Bismarck was sentenced to 25 years in prison last week. South Central District Judge Bruce Haskell handed down consecutive sentences of 10 years each for two counts of felony arson and five years for felony theft for Greg Leingang, 41, of Bismarck, with about seven months of credit for time served — also concurrent with one year for misdemeanor criminal mischief and five years for felony burglary in two other cases.