Forum staff reports
BISMARCK — Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued an opinion concluding that North Dakota's medical marijuana law, passed overwhelmingly by voters and significantly amended by legislators, retains its initiated measure status. That preserved status means that any further changes to the law would require a two-thirds majority of both legislative chambers if attempted within seven years of the passage of the law in 2016, Stenehjem wrote in an opinion issued Friday, Dec. 8.
VALLEY CITY, N.D.—Mechanical failure forced a pilot to make an emergency landing Saturday, Dec. 2, onto Interstate 94 near here. The North Dakota Highway Patrol reported a 1974 Cessna Cardinal airplane was on its way from Fargo to Bismarck when "total engine failure" struck just after 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The pilot, Jerry Schauer, of Bismarck, safely glided the plane onto I-94 around mile marker 280 westbound before taxiing into the north ditch about 12 miles west of Valley City.
NEW ENGLAND, N.D.—Authorities have identified a driver who died near here Friday, Dec. 1, in a fatal car crash that also seriously injured two passengers.
FARGO—Water use for oil production in the Bakken oilfields increased almost 20-fold from 2008 to 2014, with water consumption climbing from 550 million gallons to 10,200 million gallons per year, according to North Dakota State University researchers. Total annual industrial water use for Bakken oil production during the seven-year period ranged from 0.5 percent to 10 percent of the state's total water consumption, the researchers found.
FARGO—Susan Bala, whose federal conviction on charges she ran an illegal gaming business was ultimately overturned, is now asking a judge for a "certificate of innocence." Bala, founder of Racing Services Inc., spent 523 days in prison before an appeals court overturned her convictions and set her free after recognizing the gambling business in question was legal.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has asked that all U.S. and North Dakota flags in the state be flown at half-staff on Sunday, Oct. 8, in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. The governor's directive is in line with a proclamation issued by President Donald Trump, who designated Oct. 8-14 as Fire Prevention Week.
BOTTINEAU, N.D.—A man was killed 17 miles west of here Friday evening, Oct. 6, when he was ejected from his vehicle. The North Dakota Highway Patrol reported Saturday, Oct. 7, that Jeffrey Shriver, 51, of Bottineau, was eastbound on state Highway 5 from Mohall, N.D., to Bottineau at 8:20 p.m. when his 1998 Chevy Suburban began to enter the south ditch. Shriver overcorrected the vehicle, rolling the Suburban into the south ditch sideways several times.
On Wednesday, September 20, 1 Million Cups will once again take their message of entrepreneurship and collaboration statewide with a coordinated live stream highlighting two living legends in the North Dakota business landscape. Ronald D. Offutt, founder and chairman of RDO Equipment Co. and the R.D. Offutt Company as well as Bill Marcil, Sr., chairman of Forum Communications and former publisher of The Forum will both be honored and will speak at the event.
Ashton Matheny, the boyfriend of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, has provided Forum Communications with photos of his presumed newborn daughter, Haisley Jo. In an email to WDAY-TV reporter Sarah Rudlang, Matheny said that he "would not release any photos of Haisley Jo until she was in his care." Matheny has since posted the photos of Haisley Jo to his own personal Facebook page.
WASHINGTON—Police and military clothing, oil field apparel and accessories made by Dakota Outerwear Company in Minot, N.D., is currently on display at the White House as part of the Trump Administration's Made in America Week. President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and members of Congress welcomed 50 companies, each representing a different state, to the State Dining Room on Monday, July 17, to highlight and applaud their effort and commitment to American made products.