1. San Francisco 49ers select former Bison QB Trey Lance at No. 3 overall in the NFL Draft

Former North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance has a new football home, and it came somewhat as a surprise.

The San Francisco 49ers drafted Lance at No. 3 overall Thursday, April 29, in the first round of the NFL Draft.

"I'm super excited. Blessed. And thankful for everyone who helped me get to this point," Lance said.

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2. Lawmakers put designs on spending North Dakota's $8.4B savings account

The North Dakota House of Representatives meets in the state Capitol on Feb. 11, 2021. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service
The North Dakota House of Representatives meets in the state Capitol on Feb. 11, 2021. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

North Dakota lawmakers have laid out a blueprint for divvying up earnings from the state's $8.4 billion oil tax savings account in future budget cycles.

With the clock running out on the biennial legislative session, both chambers of the state Legislature passed a freshly amended House Bill 1380 on Thursday, April 29, after sorting out several differences on the complicated legislation. The proposal will now go to Gov. Doug Burgum, whose spokesman declined to comment on whether the Republican will sign it.

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3. Catholic Charities North Dakota target of data breach

A law firm representing Catholic Charities North Dakota said Thursday, April 29, the nonprofit's email system had been hacked, possibly resulting in unauthorized access to private health information or sensitive personal information of some clients.

According to a statement issued by the Los Angeles law firm of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, there is no evidence of any attempted misuse of personal information.

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4. North Dakota Indigenous community celebrates passing of Native American education bill

Rep. Ruth Buffalo, D-Fargo, was honored with a quilt on Thursday, April 29, at the North Dakota Heritage Center for her work that helped pass a bill that requires Native American history to be taught in North Dakota schools. Michelle Griffith / The Forum.
Rep. Ruth Buffalo, D-Fargo, was honored with a quilt on Thursday, April 29, at the North Dakota Heritage Center for her work that helped pass a bill that requires Native American history to be taught in North Dakota schools. Michelle Griffith / The Forum.

About 50 people gathered at the North Dakota Heritage Center on Thursday, April 29, to celebrate the implementation of a bill that requires Native American history to be taught in all North Dakota K-12 public and nonpublic schools — a milestone for Indigenous education throughout North Dakota.

Senate Bill 2304 requires elementary and middle school students who are already taught “North Dakota studies" to be taught about the five federally recognized tribal nations in the state during that unit.

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5. Sacred relics to make appearance at Fargo cathedral

According to the Catholic Church, people with a variety of afflictions have experienced healing after attending expositions of sacred relics. Special to The Forum.
According to the Catholic Church, people with a variety of afflictions have experienced healing after attending expositions of sacred relics. Special to The Forum.

A collection of more than 150 religious relics — some of them said to be 2,000 years old — will be the centerpiece of a public event set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, at the Cathedral of St. Mary in downtown Fargo.

The exposition of sacred relics and an educational session that will be part of the event are free and open to the public.

Among items in the Vatican's traveling collection will be relics of St. Joseph, St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska.

Read more from The Forum's Dave Olson