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.

Read more from Forum News Service's Jeremy Turley

2. Judge puts Fargo mayor's term eligibility question on fast track

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Mayor Dr. Tim Mahoney presides over the Fargo City Commission on Monday, July 26, 2021, in City Hall.
Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Mayor Dr. Tim Mahoney presides over the Fargo City Commission on Monday, July 26, 2021, in City Hall. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

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.

Read more from The Forum's Dave Olson

3. Removal of new references to Native Americans in South Dakota's history and civics curriculum surprises group members

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks on Monday, May 3, 2021, underneath a backdrop of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills, announcing a new recruitment measure to bring seasonal labor to the state for the upcoming tourism year. (Screenshot)
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks on Monday, May 3, 2021, underneath a backdrop of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills, announcing a new recruitment measure to bring seasonal labor to the state for the upcoming tourism year. (Screenshot)

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.

Read more from Forum News Service's Christopher Vondracek

4. $400 million soybean crushing plant in works for Casselton

A multinational company is interested in building a $400 million soybean crushing plant near Casselton, N.D. Infrastructure issues are still being resolved, among them, roads to handle heavy truck traffic and the plant’s need for about 900,000 gallons of water a day. Forum file photo
A multinational company is interested in building a $400 million soybean crushing plant near Casselton, N.D. Infrastructure issues are still being resolved, among them, roads to handle heavy truck traffic and the plant’s need for about 900,000 gallons of water a day. Forum file photo

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.

Read more from The Forum's Helmut Schmidt

5. Answers still elusive 7 years after NDSU student's death

NDSU freshman Tommy Bearson was found dead in a Moorhead RV lot in 2014. Many details about his death are still unknown. File photo / Forum News Service
NDSU freshman Tommy Bearson was found dead in a Moorhead RV lot in 2014. Many details about his death are still unknown. File photo / Forum News Service

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.

Read more from The Forum's Robin Huebner