Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK — As North Dakota's various state revenues continue to meet or exceed forecast figures, those close to the numbers say there's reason to smile, but emphasized reality. State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt said Thursday that General Fund revenues from biennium-to-date are 2.1 percent higher than projected, but the forecast from last year was a conservative one. One big positive is surging oil and gas extraction tax revenue — 72 percent over what was forecast for June, according to a report from Legislative Council.
BISMARCK—North Dakota lawmakers seemed largely satisfied after asking questions and hearing answers related to state Auditor Josh Gallion's performance review of the governor's office use of state aircraft in a two-year span. However, some concerns about transparency remain.
BISMARCK -- Crime in North Dakota’s Oil Patch isn’t worse than elsewhere in the state, according to figures released Monday by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. Stenehjem pointed to 19 oil-producing counties where about 28 percent of North Dakota’s population lives, and where he said about 25 percent of the state’s aggravated assaults, drug arrests and homicides took place last year.
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."