Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK — Despite Gov. Doug Burgum issuing guidelines to North Dakota executive agencies for budget reductions, the state's judicial branch has requested a slight increase for the 2019-21 biennium. In its budget request submitted to the state Office of Management and Budget in early November, the judiciary asked for a 2.9 percent increase from 2017-19 in general fund revenue, or more than $2.9 million.
BISMARCK - A teenager charged as an adult in a Burleigh County murder conspiracy case has been remanded to juvenile court in a rare legal decision. John Holmberg Wilson, 16, was charged as an adult in October with felony conspiracy to commit murder. He is one of three teenagers accused of planning to beat and kill a man with a bat on July 28 at the MacLean Bottoms south of Bismarck; however, Wilson was apparently the only defendant charged as an adult.
ARNEGARD, N.D. — In 10 minutes, Arnegard Police Officer Travis Bateman went from a speeding traffic stop to delivering a baby girl. "It was quick," he said. At 5:56 p.m. Nov. 19, Bateman received the call for the baby crowning in a car pulled over on McKenzie County Road 30 about 6 miles south of Arnegard. And at 6:06 p.m., after two minutes on scene, he delivered Samantha Hoover’s daughter, Everly, in the front passenger seat of Hoover’s sister-in-law’s car, with a 911 dispatcher giving instructions by phone.
BISMARCK - Two caskets with an urn between them lay before hundreds of emergency responders come to pay their respects to three souls who shared their line of duty.
BISMARCK - Bonny Senger wasn't looking for a relationship when she met Todd Lasky. It was 13 months to the day after her boyfriend, 42-year-old Mike Petersen, died in a hiking accident in the Montana Rockies when she met the handsome Bismarck Air Medical pilot on July 4 in Mandan while out with friends. "We were not looking for a relationship, and it just happened," Senger said. "It was magic. It was a perfect relationship."
BISMARCK - Thirty-nine North Dakota ambulance services have signed up to be involved in the procession as part of Monday’s memorial for the lives lost in the Bismarck Air Medical plane crash. Kelly Dollinger expects that number to only increase. “You’re not going to keep them away,” the state president of the North Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association said. "This is an EMS family."
BISMARCK — A public memorial is set to honor the pilot, paramedic and nurse killed Sunday night, Nov. 18, in an air ambulance crash northwest of Mandan. The Rev. Greg Carr, lead chaplain of Crisis Care Chaplaincy, said the memorial is set for 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at the Bismarck Event Center in Bismarck. The memorial will be open to the public as well as area firefighters, medical responders and police, Carr said.
MANDAN, N.D. - Three people died Sunday night when a Bismarck Air Medical plane crashed northwest of Mandan. According to a release from CHI St. Alexius Health, the plane, which was flying to Williston to assist in a patient transport, went down prior to arrival. A Bismarck Air Medical pilot and paramedic, along with a CHI St. Alexius Health registered nurse, were on board. There were no survivors.
BISMARCK - If there’s a point in time when North Dakota Republicans began their rise to total control of statewide elected seats, it’s the 1992 election of Ed Schafer for governor. It’s a moment Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer referenced in his election night victory speech over Democrat Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, going back in time to when Democrats held every statewide seat but for auditor and two Public Service Commission spots.
BISMARCK - North Dakota lawmakers of the interim Judiciary Committee have no recommendations for Marsy’s Law after a study brought about last session. State voters overwhelmingly approved Marsy’s Law as an initiated measure in the 2016 general election, planting crime victim rights in the state Constitution.