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Recently elected Attorney General Drew Wrigley told Forum News Service a report compiled by private firm Planet Technologies concluded that former Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem's deleted account cannot be recovered.
Republican lawmakers recently tapped Minot Sen. David Hogue to lead the Senate and Dickinson Rep. Mike Lefor to lead the House of Representatives. Forum News Service asked the new majority leaders about their guiding principles and plans for the new role.
This year's ornament motif is "Inspire Hope," in connection to first lady Kathryn Burgum's platform to instill hope in people to know that recovery from addiction is possible.
The Bismarck Bucks will seek legislation allowing the Indoor Football League team to opt out of mandatory medical coverage through the state's monopoly workers' compensation program.

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Steve Swiontek, chair of Gate City Bank in Fargo, will again serve as a North Dakota lawmaker after being away since 1984.
Appointed in 1978, VandeWalle has served 44 years on the high court, including 27 as its chief justice — a title he passed to colleague Jon Jensen in 2020. The 89-year-old said recent health challenges have made it difficult for him to continue serving on the court.
The central issue is whether Isaak's conviction for murdering four people at a Mandan business should be erased following his suicide at the State Penitentiary. Justices will rule later.
Democratic-NPL Reps. Karla Rose Hanson and Zac Ista asked North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley in August for an opinion addressing what they viewed as conflicts in state law that put pregnant women and medical providers in danger.
Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer cited concerns about infringement of religious freedom in their votes against enshrining gay marriage rights in federal law.
The state crime lab in Bismarck has been mostly unable to test guns and latent fingerprints due to staffing limitations, said North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley.

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Upon their arrival in Bismarck, the soldiers were greeted by family, friends and fellow Guard members.
Republicans strengthened their supermajority in the North Dakota legislature on Election Day, narrowing an already small Democratic minority. The GOP now holds an 82-12 advantage over Democrats in the House of Representatives and a 43-4 majority in the Senate.
Conservative lawmakers elevated several of their own on Monday to guide the House and Senate into a new era. After a rout of the Democrats on election night, Republicans hold massive majorities in both chambers. 

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