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BISMARCK — North Dakota's longest-serving state treasurer won't seek another term in 2020. Treasurer Kelly Schmidt told the Bismarck Tribune on Wednesday, Dec. 10, that she doesn't intend to run for a fifth four-year term. "This is not something I have taken lightly," the Republican said. "I have thought about it. I have prayed about it. I have visited with my family about it. And it's just time for a new chapter. I think we all get to that point that it's time to turn the page, and I feel that it's my time."
BISMARCK -- Fourteen North Dakota lawmakers are attending a national conference in Puerto Rico, one of several, similar events throughout the year that legislative leaders say are necessary to advance policy. The Council of State Governments National Conference began Wednesday, Dec. 4, in San Juan and wraps up Saturday, Dec. 7. No costs were yet available for the trip, as those in attendance will submit vouchers for reimbursement when they return.
BISMARCK — Three official county newspapers serving thousands of readers in western North Dakota will publish their last editions on Friday. The Adams County Record, in Hettinger; the Dunn County Herald, in Killdeer; and The Herald, in New England, are closing, North Dakota Newspaper Association Executive Director Steve Andrist confirmed to the Bismarck Tribune last week. Salem, Ore.-based owner Country Media Inc. informed the association this week of the pending closures, he said.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's Board of Chiropractic Examiners has suspended the license of the man charged in the brutal killings of four people in Mandan last spring, pending the outcome of the case. Chad Trolon Isaak, 45, was operating a chiropractic office in Washburn at the time of his April 4 arrest. He is charged with murder in the April 1 homicides of RJR Maintenance & Management co-owner Robert Fakler and employees Adam Fuehrer and Bill and Lois Cobb, who were married.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's Pardon Advisory Board has recommended to Gov. Doug Burgum the first applicants for pardons for low-level marijuana offenses. The board's unanimous vote to recommend the 26 initial applicants for pardons came Wednesday, Nov. 27, with little discussion. Now the five-person panel wants to better publicize its new policy for relief from minor marijuana convictions.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum's favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. That should be no surprise to anyone familiar with his approach to leadership.
BISMARCK — Supporters of the fledgling Office of Recovery Reinvented say the initiative is making progress on beating addiction. But the office's future isn't certain when Gov. Doug Burgum's tenure eventually ends. Burgum by executive order in January 2018 created the Office of Recovery Reinvented to "promote strategic and innovative efforts to eliminate the shame and stigma associated with the disease of addiction." The office is not an official state agency and receives no state funding, but it is related to first lady Kathryn Burgum's cause of recovery from addiction.
NEW TOWN, N.D. — Federal authorities are still trying to determine how Olivia Lone Bear died, more than a year after her body was found in a submerged truck on the Fort Berthold Reservation. Authorities released new details about the case Wednesday after briefing family members of the mother of five who went missing in 2017. Unsealed search warrants indicate they have not ruled out murder or manslaughter.
BISMARCK — Bonny Senger's motto is "One day at a time." In the year since she lost her fiance, Todd Lasky, in an air ambulance crash northwest of Mandan, she's found peace in daily meditation near the Missouri River and other time spent outside this summer. "I spent a lot of time in my backyard because we were going to get married in my backyard," Senger said. "I found a lot of peace just being outside, and nature makes you feel close to God."
BISMARCK — North Dakota's Ethics Commission on Thursday, Nov. 14, declined to accept a second complaint in as many months as the new board continues to establish itself. The five-person board voted unanimously to "disregard" the complaint, citing a provision of state ethics law and "the lack of substantive jurisdiction" under the voter-approved constitutional amendment that bore the commission and other ethics mandates in 2018.