Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune
NEW TOWN, N.D.—Little information is available two weeks after the body of Olivia Lone Bear was recovered from a submerged truck near New Town. Her funeral was held Aug. 6, and she was laid to rest south of New Town. Her brother, Matthew Lone Bear, said a new tip line has been established with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which took the lead from tribal police in February in investigating Olivia Lone Bear's disappearance. Beyond that, there's nothing new, he said. "We probably won't hear nothing for at least another week and a half," Matthew Lone Bear said.
BISMARCK—North Dakota lawmakers of the interim Energy Development and Transmission Committee heard proposed adjustments Tuesday to the state's oil and gas Gross Production Tax formula. The potential tweaks for oil and gas producing political subdivisions are in the name of "Operation Prairie Dog," the Republican proposal to fund infrastructure improvements in cities, counties and townships outside nine designated oil-producing counties and the "hub cities" of Dickinson, Minot and Williston.
BISMARCK — Separation of powers defined N.D. Legislative Assembly v. Burgum, but the lawsuit may have something else: It's likely unprecedented. The North Dakota Supreme Court's opinion issued in July settled legislative and executive disputes over Gov. Doug Burgum's partial veto authority and provisions on appropriations of the legislative Budget Section. A few other cases have tackled similar constitutional authority in North Dakota, such as opinions from 1935 and 1979 that addressed the governor's veto power, in part. But this one might stand alone in its own way.
BISMARCK—A Mandan woman is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take her case involving a police officer's warrantless entry and elements of "hot pursuit" that have dogged her DUI case.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Democrats on Tuesday, Aug. 7, called on Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to withdraw from a 20-state lawsuit asking a Texas federal judge to declare the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. From the Democratic-NPL Party's headquarters in Bismarck, House Minority Leader Corey Mock, D-Grand Forks, and Senate Assistant Minority Leader John Grabinger, D-Jamestown, described their party's position in asking Stenehjem to withdraw, also submitted in a letter to him.
BISMARCK—In his bid for a recount of his primary votes, Roland Riemers, the Libertarian candidate for secretary of state, challenged North Dakota's election process and questioned why ballots are not a matter of public record. "Why aren't they public records? Why can't we look at them?" he said before the North Dakota Supreme Court on Tuesday, July 31. "Mr. Riemers, I don't think it's unusual that people aren't allowed to rummage through ballots," Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle later told him. "And there's good reason for that."
BISMARCK—Two federal defendants indicted in connection to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests have accepted plea agreements. Both deals with federal prosecutors are similar: Dion Ortiz and James White will each plead guilty to civil disorder, while prosecutors will move to dismiss charges of use of fire to commit a federal felony — similar to related defendants' plea deals.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Democratic legislators expressed concerns and criticism for a Republican proposal released Thursday aimed at infrastructure improvements in communities outside the state's OilPatch. The proposal by Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, and House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, would distribute oil tax revenue to counties, cities and townships outside of oil-producing counties and cities, including Dickinson, Minot and Williston, that already receive similar funding from the state's Gross Production Tax.
BISMARCK—Aaron Dorn just wants his truck back. He was arrested during a Thanksgiving Day protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016 in Mandan and charged with felony reckless endangerment, among other offenses. A state trooper alleged Dorn tried to swerve and ram his vehicle into traffic on Main Street in Mandan.
BISMARCK—A broken valve led to water damaging books Wednesday afternoon, July 18, in the North Dakota Supreme Court Law Library. John Boyle, director of state Facilities Management, said contractors were working on a fan coil replacement project in the state Capitol's judicial wing, when around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, a contractor was shutting off an old valve when it broke and began spraying water on a couple shelves of books, with some volumes from the 1850s and 1880s.