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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—When Rep. Kevin Cramer announced his Senate bid in February, he said President Donald Trump told him he would campaign for him in North Dakota more than Cramer would. North Dakota's Republican congressman was an early supporter of Trump, and remains so today. Meanwhile, Democratic incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp has cultivated her own relationship with the White House. Late last month, she stood next to Trump at a bill signing for bank deregulation as the lone Democrat in the room. Cramer also attended.
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—When Rep. Kevin Cramer gave remarks at the North Dakota Newspaper Association's U.S. House debate earlier this month, he described his and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's voting records as diverse. He wasn't kidding. The Democratic incumbent and her Republican challenger in North Dakota's Senate race have come down on different sides of many issues in their time in Congress since 2013—many of them high profile in the past year and with various elements tied to North Dakota driving their votes.
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—Since its inception, total net earnings of North Dakota's Legacy Fund have exceeded $1 billion, according to a report to legislators Thursday. Dave Hunter, executive director and chief investment officer of the state Retirement and Investment Office, presented the report to the Legacy and Budget Stabilization Fund Advisory Board, followed by a consultant's report on an asset allocation and spending study of the Legacy Fund.