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BISMARCK — With their state convention just a week away, North Dakota Republican Party officials remain mum on whether any of the three GOP presidential hopefuls might address the party faithful in Fargo, but Executive Director Roz Leighton said Thursday it will be "well worth the wait." Leighton said the party has "two great keynotes" lined up to speak on the Saturday and Sunday of the convention, which runs April 1-3 at the 5,000-seat Scheels Arena.
BISMARCK — A Ward County prosecutor was arrested for driving under the influence after crashing her pickup into a car and submitting to a breath test that registered her blood-alcohol level at more than twice the legal limit, court documents say. Deputy State's Attorney Kelly Ann Dillon, 50, of Minot, was charged with DUI Monday in Minot Municipal Court. Reached by phone for comment Wednesday, Dillon said, "I have nothing to say," and hung up.
BISMARCK – A Ward County prosecutor was arrested for driving under the influence after crashing her pickup into a car and submitting to a breath test that registered her blood-alcohol level at more than twice the legal limit, court documents say. Deputy State’s Attorney Kelly Ann Dillon, 50, of Minot, was charged with DUI Monday in Minot Municipal Court. Reached by cell phone for comment Wednesday, Dillon said, “I have nothing to say,” and hung up.
BISMARCK – Seventy sections of North Dakota law covering everything from divorces and adoption to fishing and frog licenses will need revisions if the Legislature chooses to apply gender-neutral language to conform to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage, lawmakers were told Tuesday.
BISMARCK -- A day care operator who was charged after a 5-year-old girl under her supervision was found unresponsive in a public swimming pool and died last summer will serve probation but no jail time under a plea agreement accepted Monday. Former KidQuarters operator Heather Tudor pleaded guilty Monday to felony child neglect and a misdemeanor charge of operating a child care facility without a license, McHenry County District Court Clerk Lorraine Myers said.
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BISMARCK – A group frustrated with the North Dakota Legislature’s repeated refusal to raise tobacco taxes will attempt to put the issue to voters in November, announcing a ballot initiative Wednesday that would hike the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1.76. The measure also would increase the excise tax on other tobacco products, including liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes, from 28 percent to 56 percent of the wholesale purchase price.
About state Rep. Marvin Nelson, D-Rolla -- 57 years old -- Independent agricultural consultant -- Elected to House in 2010 and 2014 -- Born in Rugby, grew up on family farm that raised beef and dairy, chickens, hogs, mink, wheat, barley, oats and corn -- Associate's degree in agriculture, bachelor's degree in entomology from NDSU in 1980 -- Wife, Susan, runs the Clothing Connection, a consignment store that her husband built -- Two grown children and two grandchildren, the latest a Leap Day baby born last month
BISMARCK—State Rep. Marvin Nelson of Rolla will launch a bid for governor on Wednesday, becoming the first Democrat to seek statewide office this election cycle. Nelson confirmed Monday that he will make the announcement after Kylie Oversen, the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party chairwoman, told the Grand Forks Herald she anticipated Nelson would launch his run. The time and location of the announcement weren't released.
BISMARCK — A plea agreement has been reached in the case of a day care operator who was charged after a child under her supervision was found unresponsive in a public swimming pool in Velva and later died, her attorney said Monday. Minot attorney Paul Probst, who is representing former KidQuarters operator Heather Tudor, said that under the proposed plea agreement reached with McHenry County State's Attorney Cassey Breyer, Tudor would plead guilty to operating without a license and child neglect and would receive probation but no jail time.