Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK -- People convicted in North Dakota of refusing a warrantless blood draw may have an open door to relief after the state Supreme Court said a federal ruling applies retroactively. Earlier in June, the state Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Supreme Court of the United States opinion in Birchfield v. North Dakota applies retroactively to a case started in 2014, Morel v. State, involving refusal to submit to a chemical test in what began with suspected drunken driving.
BISMARCK—As a vendor and founding board member of BisMarket, Lori Martin sells vegetables, baked goods and canned items at the farmers market in Bismarck. But some of the produce she cans wasn't allowed before passage of North Dakota's Food Freedom Act on cottage food products.
BISMARCK -- One man is dead and another charged in connection to his shooting Thursday night, June 14, in Bismarck. Bismarck Police Officer Pat Renz said 35-year-old Derrick E. Lefthand was taken to a local hospital and died after being shot once in the chest. Aundra Leon Fontenot, 35, of Bismarck, is charged with felony unlawful possession of a firearm in connection to the shooting.
BISMARCK—Chris Vernon has never gardened before, but he likes to work with his hands. "This appealed to me," the former automotive mechanics student said, looking out over the sun-baked bed of the new victory garden at the North Dakota State Penitentiary.
BISMARCK—Data mining, identity thieves, online stalking. These are all concerns in comments received by North Dakota Supreme Court Clerk Penny Miller regarding a proposal to amend Administrative Rule 41, which governs access to the state's court records. In March, the Court Services Administration Committee, chaired by Justice Jon Jensen, proposed remote and electronic access to eliminate the barrier of physical access at a courthouse — though many counties in North Dakota do email court records, despite no requirement to do so.
BISMARCK—Someone as young as 7 may be held criminally responsible in the state of North Dakota. But that could change. A bill unanimously passed out of the state's interim Justice Reinvestment Committee would revise the state's age of criminal responsibility from 7 to 10.
BISMARCK—Zach Roller's a phenomenal golfer. He was on Bismarck Legacy High School's varsity golf team as a freshman. He's bright in chemistry, and his dad, Dean, said a teacher even nominated him for the North Dakota Governor's School. He's been jailed since January in Bismarck, charged with 12 felonies and misdemeanors in a handful of criminal cases since late last year. He's 18. "Zach's a good kid," Dean Roller said. "He's a good kid that has issues."
BISMARCK—North Dakota's State Investment Board voted unanimously Friday, May 25, to maintain its asset allocation of the Legacy Fund, which eclipsed $1 billion in net earnings on March 31. Callan investment consultants presented their report from a study that calculated various asset allocation and spending projections for the fund out to 2038, including oil prices, oil production and spending policy.
BISMARCK—Every executive branch agency has agreed to meet with the Office of Management and Budget and Gov. Doug Burgum's office for strategic reviews in budgeting for the 2019-21 biennium — a new process that began Thursday. OMB director Joe Morrissette said the meetings are voluntary. Agencies will meet with OMB, the governor's office and the state's information technology department in early planning on how to accommodate Burgum's budgetary guidelines of 5 or 10 percent reductions, with a 3 percent contingency.
BISMARCK—Kelly Armstrong is clear about where he stands on federal regulations. "We're better at regulating North Dakota industry in North Dakota than the federal government ever will be," the state's Republican-endorsed U.S. House candidate said. "When we deal with the politics of regulation in North Dakota, they're North Dakota politics, they're not national politics."