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Convention schedules Below are the tentative schedules for the Republican and Democratic-NPL state conventions. Specific times for all events were not available. Schedules can be found at http://convention.demnpl.com/schedule and http://www.ndgop.org/2016convention/2016convention-agenda/
BISMARCK – North Dakota Democrats trying to rebuild their party and generate enthusiasm here next weekend will have to compete with flying motorcycles and fire jugglers from the Shrine Circus. The circus will be going on next door to the Democratic convention inside the Bismarck Event Center. But the real main attraction will be 200 miles away in Fargo.
BISMARCK – With their state convention just a week away, North Dakota Republican Party officials remain mum on whether any of the three GOP presidential hopefuls might address the party faithful in Fargo, but Executive Director Roz Leighton said Thursday it will be “well worth the wait.” Leighton said the party has “two great keynotes” lined up to speak on the Saturday and Sunday of the convention, which runs April 1-3 at the 5,000-seat Scheels Arena.
BISMARCK – A Ward County prosecutor was arrested for driving under the influence after crashing her pickup into a car and submitting to a breath test that registered her blood-alcohol level at more than twice the legal limit, court documents say. Deputy State’s Attorney Kelly Ann Dillon, 50, of Minot, was charged with DUI Monday in Minot Municipal Court.
BISMARCK – As Democratic state Sen. Joan Heckaman prepares to announce her run for lieutenant governor Wednesday in Grand Forks, the three Republicans seeking their party’s endorsement for governor have yet to choose running mates. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has a “short list of attractive candidates” he’s considering, campaign manager Nate Martindale said, politely declining to disclose any names.
BISMARCK -– More than a decade after legal issues left North Dakota’s horse-betting industry in shambles, online wagering is on track to reach $600 million this year, generating more money for the state and horsemen, the head of the state Racing Commission said Tuesday. “Make no mistake about it, North Dakota has now become an important player in international wagering markets,” Gunner laCour told the Legislature’s interim Judiciary Committee.
BISMARCK – Seventy sections of North Dakota law covering everything from divorces and adoption to fishing and frog licenses will need revisions if the Legislature chooses to apply gender-neutral language to conform to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage, lawmakers were told Tuesday.
BISMARCK – A day care operator who was charged after a 5-year-old girl under her supervision was found unresponsive in a public swimming pool and died last summer will serve probation but no jail time under a plea agreement accepted Monday. Former KidQuarters operator Heather Tudor pleaded guilty Monday to felony child neglect and a misdemeanor charge of operating a child care facility without a license, McHenry County District Court Clerk Lorraine Myers said.
BISMARCK – Despite being awash in the natural resource, North Dakota has nearly 370 communities without natural gas service, and an economic development official told state lawmakers Thursday that extending service is crucial to attracting businesses and growing communities.
BISMARCK – The No. 2 Democrat in the North Dakota Senate said Thursday it’s “a possibility” she will run for lieutenant governor, a day after fellow Democratic state lawmaker Marvin Nelson announced his bid for the governor’s office. “I think that there’ll be an announcement maybe early next week on that,” Assistant Minority Leader Joan Heckaman said in a phone interview. “I won’t confirm right now. I think it needs to come out from the state party.”