Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK — Lighting the North Dakota Capitol Christmas tree involves more lights than a few strings of bulbs. It's 44 windows each on two sides of a 19-story skyscraper. "It's quite an accomplishment," said Tom Job, project manager with the Office of Management and Budget. Job's job involves coordinating with night staff the green- and red-colored window shades and lighted star that make up the tree design. The annual tradition has happened since the 1940s, with a great response, according to Job.
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 - 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 - 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.
BISMARCK - The North Dakota Supreme Court has ruled unanimously to reverse the conviction of a woman found guilty of felony tampering with a public service related to a Dakota Access Pipeline protest. Rebecca Jessee was convicted at a Morton County court trial in January related to protest events at a railroad crossing at Morton County Road 82 on Nov. 15, 2016, west of Mandan.
BISMARCK — No one agrees on much about Measure 3. The initiated statutory measure to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota for people older than 21 is on the November ballot, with smokin' hot arguments rolled within. “I think it’s a great law. I think the law is wonderfully written,” said David Owen, who chairs the Measure 3 sponsoring committee.
MANDAN, N.D.—Mandan police are not releasing the name of a man injured in an officer-involved shooting because they are unsure if he will invoke his Marsy's Law rights. "We're not in touch with him because of the fact we're not doing the investigation, and so, until we know that for sure, we are not going to be (releasing the name) because we don't want to overstep that," Mandan Police Deputy Chief Lori Flaten said Monday, Oct. 15. The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation has opened a probe into the Oct. 9 shooting, of which few details are available.
MANDAN, N.D.—Sherilyn Johnson unloads her arms of lesson materials after walking into Sweet Briar School, the sounds of playing children behind her. Model airplanes and a solar system hang from the ceiling. Maps, artwork and lesson plans cover the walls and boards. A bearded dragon basks in a terrarium. "Our latest addition. Isn't that great?" Johnson said, looking at the tiny reptile that is the subject of a science project.
BISMARCK—Defense and prosecuting attorneys are giving no ground in the case of a licensed addiction counselor charged with hindering Bismarck police in a methadone patient's arrest. Kiki Schatz, who works at Heartview Foundation in Bismarck, is accused of misdemeanor hindering law enforcement for refusing police entry to the treatment center to arrest Brendan Kapfer for allegedly violating a domestic violence protection order. Schatz invoked Part 2 of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which provides confidentiality for patients seeking treatment for addiction.
BISMARCK — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Rep. Kevin Cramer may only meet a few times in debates during the home stretch of North Dakota's U.S. Senate race, but will those meetings matter? The Democrat incumbent and her Republican challenger are set to spar Oct. 5 in a Prairie Public-AARP debate co-moderated by PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff, followed by debates sponsored by the North Dakota Newspaper Association and North Dakota Broadcasters Association later in the month.