Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK - Gov. Doug Burgum testified Wednesday to North Dakota legislators for the first time. Appearing for 30 minutes on Jan. 9 before the House Appropriations Committee's Education and Environment Division, the governor outlined his Legacy Fund proposal to build the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Museum at Medora.
BISMARCK — Aaron Dorn has a new car. He recently bought a 1995 Toyota Avalon. But it's not what he previously had as a traveling antique vendor based out of upstate New York. "Without a truck, I can't really do anything," Dorn said. Dorn forfeited his 2003 Chevrolet Silverado last summer, when a judge ruled his truck was used to commit a crime during a protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016 in Mandan. "That really set me back quite a bit," Dorn said.
BISMARCK - Shoppers lined up with carts at the front doors to Walmart in south Bismarck. Almost time. Others scrolled through their smartphones, while more sat in their running vehicles in the parking lot, reading, smoking or listening to music. It was 11:58 a.m. Sunday — two minutes until they could begin shopping.
BISMARCK - Gov. Doug Burgum plans to again decline his salary on a campaign pledge from 2016. North Dakota lawmakers fretted over how to settle the situation in 2017, as they must appropriate the governor a salary. “That’s the public policy sadness to me, that it’s misdirected intellectual energy,” said Sen. Tim Mathern, D-Fargo, who sat on the conference committee that pondered the governor’s salary in 2017.
BISMARCK - As North Dakota lawmakers convene Thursday, Dec. 3, for session, the traditionally held tribal and judicial addresses also will return — after their cancellation in 2017. Lawmakers of Legislative Management voted to cancel the addresses two years ago, citing security concerns from the ongoing Dakota Access Pipeline protests in southern Morton County. North Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle said he understood the concerns at the time and appreciates the opportunity to share updates and issues from the judiciary.
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.