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BISMARCK — A Bismarck attorney running for the North Dakota Supreme Court has asked for a rehearing after justices upheld disciplinary action taken against him. Robert Bolinske Sr.'s petition for rehearing, dated April 3 and sent to reporters over the weekend, called the state Supreme Court's March 20 decision "disgraceful and intellectually dishonest." Bolinske, who once called himself a "brawler" on the campaign trail, warned he would take his case to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.
DULUTH — The Winnipeg Jets were supposed to fly into Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Saturday, April 14, but had their charter flight diverted to Duluth because of a massive spring snowstorm that converged on the Twin Cities. Air Canada Flight 7017 arrived in Duluth a little after 2 p.m. Saturday and headed back to Winnipeg a little after 4:30 p.m. According to workers with Monaco Air, the team stayed on the plane, waiting in Duluth hoping things would clear up.
CHICAGO — Gas prices are rising with the national average at $2.68 per gallon of regular unleaded, the priciest since July 2015, according GasBuddy's figures Thursday morning, April 12. The crowd-sourced gas price compiler said the sudden surge can be blamed on oil prices surging to nearly $67 per barrel, the highest level since 2014, on fears of military action in Syria and trade conflict with China.
BISMARCK—President Donald Trump has signed into law legislation backed by North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp aimed at cracking down on websites that facilitate sex trafficking. Heitkamp and Republican Sen. John Hoeven announced the president's approval of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act on Wednesday, April 11. Heitkamp was a lead sponsor of the bill and said websites like Backpage.com "will now face punishment for their disgusting role in facilitating this vile trade."
BISMARCK -- Frontier has announced its return of the airline to the Bismarck Airport with flight service to and from Denver International Airport. “We are happy to have Frontier Airlines back in Bismarck as they are a customer favorite,” said Greg Haug, Bismarck Airport director. “Frontier’s service adds another low-cost option for travelers in central and western North Dakota.” Five airlines now serve Bismarck with travel to seven destinations, Haug said.
ST. PAUL — A November pipeline leak in rural South Dakota was nearly double in size than initially estimated.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Follow along as Forum News Service journalists John Hageman, Sam Easter and Rob Port as they report live from the NDGOP convention in Grand Forks, N.D. beginning Saturday morning, April 7 at approximately 7 a.m.
BISMARCK — Entities applying to become medical marijuana growing facilities are "not presumed" to be subject to North Dakota's anti-corporate farming law, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said in an opinion Tuesday, April 3. Although the Legislature did not exempt marijuana from the definition of "farming or ranching," in the state law that largely prohibits corporations and limited liability companies from farming or ranching, Stenehjem said there is "nothing in the medical marijuana law that requires a compassion center to be located on farmland or ranchland."
BISMARCK — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has appointed Fargo's Douglas Nelson as the new state fire marshal, his office said Tuesday, April 3. The fire marshal's office handles arson investigations and is responsible for fire safety inspections of schools, day care facilities, restaurants and public buildings. Nelson's appointment took effect March 19, according to a news release.
BISMARCK—Sen. John Hoeven's top staffer is leaving the North Dakota Republican's office for a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm, according to a Monday, April 2, news release. Ryan Bernstein will join McGuireWoods Consulting as a senior vice president, "assisting clients with matters before Congress, regulatory agencies and the executive branch," according to a news release from the K Street firm. He has overseen Hoeven's Senate staff since 2012 and was previously an advisor to three Republican governors: Jack Dalrymple, Hoeven and Ed Schafer.