Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK — North Dakota officials looking for ways to stunt the rapid growth of the state's prison population found some common ground Monday but disagreed on whether people convicted of low-level drug and property crimes should automatically be sentenced to probation. The proposal was one of four policy options presented by the Council of State Governments Justice Center in its final report — and the only one to end up in a bill draft that will be forwarded to the Legislature to consider next year.
BISMARCK — Months of research and discussion about how to limit the costly growth of North Dakota's prison population will come to a head Monday, Sept. 19, when lawmakers and officials from the criminal justice system gather to hammer out a bill that the group's chairman expects will elicit "some strong opinions."
BISMARCK — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a special use permit Friday to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to use Corps land south of the Cannonball River near Lake Oahe to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. But the Corps didn't act on the tribe's permit request to use the land that supports the main overflow camp north of the river where thousands of self-described "water protectors" have been staying for weeks, leaving that area of the protest camp in limbo.
BISMARCK — Three agencies are investigating whether a North Dakota angel fund ran afoul of state law when it sought investors for real estate projects, a potential violation that lawmakers say underscores the need for major reforms to the angel fund program that rewards investors with lucrative tax credits.
NEW SALEM, N.D. – Authorities upped the ante Wednesday, Sept. 14, in trying to discourage protesters from disrupting work on the Dakota Access Pipeline, pledging to pursue felony reckless endangerment charges against protesters who attach themselves to construction equipment.
BISMARCK – New rules that would require berms to better contain spills from North Dakota oil well sites and impose sweeping regulations for oil and saltwater gathering pipelines were delayed Tuesday, Sept. 13, as state lawmakers questioned whether regulators had overstepped their authority and legislative intent.
BISMARCK — A Dakota Access Pipeline protester who pleaded not guilty Monday to trespassing on pipeline construction sites was driving an SUV with expired tabs owned by the Democratic candidate for U.S. House when he was arrested Friday. Candidate Chase Iron Eyes confirmed that he lent his late 1990s Suburban to longtime friend Cody Charles Hall, 39, of Eagle Butte, S.D., so that Hall could drive someone to the airport in Bismarck from the main protest encampment about 35 miles southeast of Mandan.
BISMARCK – A deputy court clerk in Minot has been reprimanded for a Facebook post that sparked a social media firestorm over her suggestion that American Indians protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline be allowed to “keep their sacred land” and that the government should then “stop all the subsidies and hand outs.”
NORTH OF THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION — It was business as usual but in far greater numbers on Friday, as thousands of American Indians and other opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline waited for a federal judge to issue his decision on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's request for an emergency injunction to halt pipeline construction across the Missouri River.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's Historic Preservation Office plans to look into whether bulldozers clearing a path last Saturday for the Dakota Access Pipeline destroyed burial grounds and other sacred sites identified the day before in a court filing by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, an official said Wednesday. "We're currently evaluating the situation and intend to visit when arrangements are made," Chief Archeologist Paul Picha told Forum News Service.