Blake Nicholson / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK — The number of motor vehicle crashes and fatalities in North Dakota in 2018 continued a downward trend that began about five years ago, according to data released Monday , Nov. 18, by the state Department of Transportation. Fewer crashes in the oil patch might be one reason.
HARVEY, N.D. — With piles of documents scattered across her dining room table detailing her struggles after she was scammed out of her life savings by Jamaican criminals, 90-year-old Edna Schmeets looks at her lap, twists her fingers in anguish and begins to cry. She struggles to talk through the tears, to tell what it’s been like since it began with a phone call from a smooth-talking stranger eight years ago telling her she’d won $19 million in a lottery. “That was a long gall dang time ago,” she whispers. And later: “It just keeps dragging on and dragging on.”
BISMARCK — Two environmental groups who believe North Dakota regulators should have waded into the dispute over the site of an $800 million oil refinery planned near Theodore Roosevelt National Park are appealing a judge’s decision to the contrary. It’s the second dispute over the planned Davis Refinery to reach the North Dakota Supreme Court. The state Public Service Commission last year declined to review whether the refinery could be built just 3 miles from the park in the western Badlands, concluding the facility will be too small to warrant review under state law.
BISMARCK — A Bismarck man whose invention in 1964 revolutionized walleye fishing is being inducted into the North Dakota Fishing Hall of Fame. The bottom bouncer today is a staple of most anglers’ tackle boxes, for fishing lakes or rivers with weedy or rocky bottoms that can cause a lot of lost tackle and frustration. They have the late Bob Meter to thank. Half a century ago, his own frustration led to the creation of what has become a classic piece of tackle.
BISMARCK — A charitable trust set up to dole out hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal government’s Obama-era discrimination settlement with American Indian farmers has formally honored the main plaintiffs in the case. The Native American Agriculture Fund board of trustees and staff presented eagle feathers to George and Marilyn Keepseagle, Porter Holder and Claryca Mandan. The ceremony was in conjunction with a board business meeting in Bismarck on Thursday.
BISMARCK — American Indian tribes suing to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline have won a partial victory in a dispute over government documents, though it’s unclear how useful the information might be to them as they prepare another demand for more environmental study of the project. The federal judge in Washington, D.C., who is overseeing the years-long lawsuit also has set a late-summer deadline for final tribal arguments, though the case won’t be resolved for months afterward.