Travis Svihovec / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK — A national retailer’s recent policy changes on ammunition sales and the open carry of weapons in stores is seen as commendable by some in the Bismarck area, while others say any definitive changes in gun violence will come only when guns are kept out of the wrong hands. Walmart officials this week announced their stores would no longer sell handgun ammunition and certain rifle ammunition. The chain also is asking customers not to openly carry weapons in their stores, even in states where the practice is permitted by law.
BISMARCK — Michelle Julson hasn’t been seen since the day 25 years ago when she dropped off her 3-year-old son at his paternal grandfather’s house. The last time anybody saw Roy Hagel was 30 years ago at a bowling tournament in Fargo. The missing person cases of Julson and Hagel are still open at the Bismarck Police Department, despite the time that has passed. And the missing people and their families are still on the mind of Sgt. Mark Gaddis.
FORT YATES, N.D. — One of two people who died after driving into a washed-out section of highway on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation was going south and about to end a shift on a daily mail route. The other was going north and about to start a shift as a nurse. Had floodwaters not swept away that bit of highway, they might have seen each other this Sunday. Both attended the same Mobridge, S.D., church.
NEW ENGLAND, N.D. — A state prison plan that shifts prisoners to county responsibility when the state system is full is in effect for the first time as North Dakota's female prison population has reached capacity. The statewide system for women, including Dakota Women's Rehabilitation and Correctional Center in New England and contract facilities in other locations, has a daily average capacity of 224 inmates. The system reached that number in May, prompting the implementation of the prioritization plan for admissions in June.
BISMARCK — Four area law enforcement agencies are teaming with a federal agency to investigate and arrest fugitives wanted on active federal and state felony warrants, hoping to build on the success of a spring sweep that netted more than 60 arrests in Bismarck-Mandan.
BISMARCK — North Dakota farmers are feeling the crunch of a combination of things this spring, and maybe the hardest part is that they can’t control any of them. “We had a terrible winter, a terrible fall and terrible spring,” said Nancy Johnson, executive director of the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association. “We don’t want to add to that stress.”