1. More signatures now required to get measures on North Dakota ballot
With the arrival of new population figures, petitioners will face a higher signature requirement to get initiated measures on the ballot.
Census takers counted 779,094 people in North Dakota during last year's national head count, up from 672,591 in 2010. The nearly 16% increase will now be reflected in the signature threshold for getting a measure on the ballot over the next decade, Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced on Monday, May, 3.
2. In ways large and small, actions by the 2021 Legislature touched North Dakotans
The 2021 North Dakota Legislature acted on hundreds of bills, including major appropriations and controversial social issues, but also many proposals that didn’t get much attention.
So, what did the 67th Legislative Assembly do to you?
3. Fargo police plan to begin wearing body cameras in August
Fargo police officers could begin wearing body cameras as early as Aug. 2 after city commissioners unanimously approved purchasing the equipment on Monday, May 3.
Police Chief David Zibolski said a 14-member police department committee led by Deputy Chief Joe Anderson researched and looked at products from four vendors before deciding to work with Axon Co. of Scottsdale, Ariz., for the cameras and related technology.
The purchase will also include new tasers for officers, Zibolski said.
4. Air National Guard in Fargo to get 16 new Reaper aircraft capable of hunting, killing terrorists
After 14 years of carrying out nonstop missions around the world, the 119th Wing of the North Dakota Air National Guard based out of Hector International Airport is expected to get 16 new unmanned aircraft called Reapers and a new operations center.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., recently helped secure $108 million in federal funds to buy the 16 MQ-9 Reapers, which are known as Block 5 models. The 119th Wing, also known as the Happy Hooligans, currently flies a slightly older version, the Block 9 model.
5. Columnist discovers she digs driving excavator on Demo Day
Move over, Mike Mulligan! Forum columnist Tammy Swift tried her hand at operating a skid steer, a remote-control skid steer and an excavator during a recent North Dakota Construction Leadership Council Demo Day to learn about construction careers. And you know what? She didn't hate it.