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BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has approved North Dakota's first statewide restriction on where high-risk sex offenders can live, despite objections from the manager of the state's sex offender program. Burgum signed House Bill 1334 into law Friday, April 14. The new law prohibits offenders deemed a high risk to re-offend from residing within 500 feet of a preschool or K-12 school. The bill passed the House and Senate almost unanimously. The only opposition vote came from Rep. Luke Simons, R-Dickinson, who said such decisions should be left up to local municipalities.
FARGO — Under warm indoor lights, vegetable stalks are already sprouting and spreading leaves at Heart and Soil Farm about 30 miles north of here. Soon these crops will be moved into open fields to soak in the North Dakota sun. "We grow probably 60-plus varieties of different things" — tomatoes, peppers, corn, carrots, lettuce, potatoes, peas, beans, beets and broccoli, said farmer Amber Lockhart.
FARGO — City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn was a no-show at a Thursday, April 13, meeting where the Fargo Human Relations Commission released a controversial report, requested by Piepkorn in October, on the costs and benefits of refugee resettlement. Piepkorn was the only city commissioner not at the City Hall meeting attended by over 100 people. Barry Nelson, a member of the Human Relations Commission, told The Forum he believed Piepkorn was on vacation.
FARGO — North Dakota, Minnesota and other states could be without Amtrak service if a proposal in President Donald Trump's budget becomes reality. The president's budget calls for the elimination of federal funding for Amtrak's "long distance train services, which have long been inefficient and incur the vast majority of Amtrak's operating losses."
FARGO — The construction of an 18-story high-rise means downtown Fargo will soon have a more robust skyline. It also means Prairie Public Broadcasting has a problem. The $98 million high-rise, known as the Block 9 project, is expected to obstruct the radio and TV signal Prairie Public sends from its downtown office building to a transmission tower in the Cass County town of Wheatland, one of several hubs that broadcast the signal across North Dakota, said John Harris, president and CEO of the broadcasting group.
FARGO — The letter showed up one morning at 121 9th St. N. It was addressed to Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Keefe of Fargo, the parents of Pvt. Walter Joseph Keefe, an Army infantryman serving overseas in World War I. The news was the worst possible, one of the many dire messages sent back to the U.S. after it joined WWI—the 100th anniversary of which is commemorated Thursday, April 6. Keefe had been wounded in the fighting at Chateau Thierry, France. He'd been sent to a hospital in the city of Nantes where American Red Cross nurses cared for him.
WAHPETON, N.D. – Narcotics officers searched a home here Friday, March 31, and found 13 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of over $1.1 million – likely one of the largest meth busts in North Dakota history. Agents with the Southeast Multi-County Agency Drug Task Force made the discovery while executing a search warrant at 2104 Second St. N. in Wahpeton, the task force said in a news release Saturday, April 1.
FARGO — North Dakota's on track to have its first statewide restriction on where high-risk sex offenders can live, with lawmakers voting almost unanimously for a bill that would prohibit such offenders from residing within 500 feet of a school. House Bill 1334, which has received little media attention, quietly passed the House in February and the Senate this week. The bill has not yet been sent to Gov. Doug Burgum, who generally does not comment on legislation before it reaches his desk, his spokesman Mike Nowatzki said Thursday, March 30.
FARGO — For nearly 40 years, the federal government has subsidized commercial passenger flights to out-of-the-way towns like Devils Lake, N.D., and Thief River Falls, Minn. Proponents of the program, known as Essential Air Service (EAS), say it supports small airports and helps rural economies stay competitive. But it's often criticized as congressional pork. The EAS program, as it has in years past, landed on the chopping block this month with President Donald Trump's budget blueprint calling for its elimination, which would save about $175 million per year.
FARGO — State investigators have determined no laws or policies were violated in the Cass County Jail's handling of an inmate who died in December after experiencing a medical emergency in her jail cell. An autopsy found that Lisa Marie Howell, 37, of West Fargo died of a heart attack likely associated with alcohol withdrawal, said Steven Engen, director of staff development and facility inspection for the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.