1. North Dakota panel solidifies draft of new legislative districts
North Dakota leaders tasked with reconfiguring the state's political geography have come to terms on a draft of the state's new legislative districts.
The 14 Republicans and two Democrats on the state redistricting committee, a reflection of the Legislature's GOP supermajority, met Thursday, Sept. 23, to approve a map of 47 districts with roughly equal populations. The full Legislature will consider the proposed district lines at a special session in early November.
2. Judge puts Fargo mayor's term eligibility question on fast track
A Cass County District Court Judge said Thursday, Sept. 23, that she will expedite her review of the question of whether Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney is eligible to run for reelection in June 2022.
Based on a directive from Fargo City Commissioners, the city of Fargo filed a petition with the court in August asking whether city code prevents Mahoney's name from being placed on the June primary ballot for the city election.
The petition essentially reflects a clash of opinion between City Attorney Erik Johnson and Mahoney, as Johnson has expressed more than once his position that Mahoney is not eligible to run again based on city code, while Mahoney maintains that is not the case.
3. Removal of new references to Native Americans in South Dakota's history and civics curriculum surprises group members
This summer, teachers met from around the state to rework South Dakota schoolchildren's learning standards for fine arts classes such as pottery and music and dance.
It was cordial. The group work was fastidious. And the group produced standards that'll eventually go before the Board of Education Standards.
In a lot of ways, the social studies standards revision looked just like the fine arts revision, group members say. Until it didn't.
4. $400 million soybean crushing plant in works for Casselton
A multinational company wants to build a $400 million soybean crushing plant near here, a Department of Commerce official told the Cass County Board of Commissioners.
The plant is planned to go east of the Tharaldson Ethanol plant, Josh Teigen, director of the Commerce department's Economic Development and Finance division, told the County Board on Monday, Sept. 20.
Teigen said a purchase agreement is in place. He declined to name the company involved.
5. Answers still elusive 7 years after NDSU student's death
The father of a college freshman who died seven years ago this week is again making a plea to those responsible to identify themselves because a guilty conscience is a heavy burden to carry.
Greg Bearson, father of 18-year-old Tommy Bearson, told The Forum the only way those involved can overcome guilt is by coming forward and telling everyone what happened.