Caroline Grueskin / Bismarck Tribune
GARSKE, N.D. — The oldest Jewish pioneer cemetery in North Dakota has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The recognition adds prominence to the rural Sons of Jacob cemetery, the last reminder of the Jewish homesteading community in Garske, which is about 20 miles from Devils Lake.
BISMARCK—For the first time since the former U.S. marshal was charged with spying on young women in Bismarck dressing rooms, Michael Rivera spoke up in court. "I'm so sorry," Rivera blurted loudly, spinning his chair momentarily to face the victims and their families who packed a Bismarck courtroom for his sentencing on Tuesday afternoon. Turning back to the judge, he continued: "For many, many weeks now, I have asked myself, what if these events occurred to your sister, daughter, wife, your mother. How would that make you feel?"
BISMARCK — Rob Keller knows how to plan for danger. Formerly the public information officer with the North Dakota National Guard, he embedded with combat units on two missions to Iraq after 2001. There, he planned for soldiers to write dispatches from the military bases and reporters from major media organizations to embed. Most recently, he was the PIO for Morton County during the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. "I'm used to doing all types of planning, military planning. It's our nature to do planning and pre-execution checks," he said.
BISMARCK—The five federally recognized tribes in North Dakota want a say in who becomes the next U.S. attorney for the state. A resolution passed at a United Tribes meeting on Friday asks that the tribes be included in the "selection, interview and decision-making process" for this and all future selections for the top prosecutor job. The letter was sent to senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp.
A 22-year-old Fort Yates woman was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for pouring scalding water on a child. Federal prosecutors say Shayla Left Hand caused third-degree burns on the 4-year-old boy, because he messed his pants. Five days later, law enforcement entered her residence and found the child, who was airlifted to a burn unit in Minnesota for treatment. The child also suffered malnutrition and physical abuse.
CANNON BALL, N.D.—The wife of Robert Fool Bear, the former Cannon Ball district chairman convicted of child sexual abuse last month, faces criminal charges tied to his case. Rhonda Krein Fool Bear has been charged with failing to report child sexual abuse and making false statements in court. If convicted, she could face up to 5.5 years in prison.
MANDAN, N.D. — Elianna Vazquez strode confidently into the Bismarck-Mandan Food Co-op on a Sunday afternoon earlier this month. She was dressed in a tank top that showed off her toned arms and sparkly earrings that highlighted her blue eyes. Running a couple minutes late, a few black curls stuck to her face.
BISMARCK — About two weeks after a massive snowstorm hit Bismarck in December, Brandon Matties lost his car to the police. His broken-down 1994 Chevy Blazer was parked outside his home on East Rosser Avenue, a major arterial route. Matties thought he could get the car fixed and moved after his next McDonald's paycheck, but, as plows tried to widen city streets, police gave him 24 hours. With no money to tow the car, he left it.
BISMARCK—A federal judge dismissed the civil suit filed by Dakota Access against the Standing Rock tribal chairman and four other defendants. In an order filed Thursday, U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland said the company failed to show that the federal court had jurisdiction over the case. Hovland said, however, the company can pursue damages in state court.
BISMARCK — A longtime federal prosecutor in the Bismarck U.S. Attorney's Office has put his name in for the top job. Criminal Chief Clare Hochhalter formally applied Monday, May 9, for the U.S. attorney position in North Dakota, a job also sought by former U.S. Attorney and former Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley.