The North Dakota Attorney General's office has filed a motion asking
a judge to strike down Walsh County's Equal Parenting Initiative.
The motion was filed Wednesday in Northeast District Court in Grafton.
The motion was written by Assistant AG Doug Bahr. It says in part that
Walsh County's equal parenting initiative is invalid. The argument is that a home
rule charter, including Walsh County's, does not have authority to regulate industry
or activity regulated by North Dakota law or by the rules of a state agency. The
motion says Walsh County can't enact the equal parenting initiative because matters
of domestic relations, including child custody, visitation, and support, have been
regulated by state law for years.
The North Dakota AG's motion also says the state has the right to intervene
in this matter. The author of the equal parenting initiative, Mitch Sanderson, asked
the court enforce the initiative. The state AG's office argues if the court declares the
equal parenting initative legal and enforceable, it'd preempt state law.
Sanderson last year circulated petitions to get the question of equal parenting
rights on Walsh County's ballot. Walsh County voters last November approved it and
the Walsh County Commission adopted it in December. Since then, Sanderson asked
the court to enforce the equal parenting initiative and that's when the North Dakota
Attorney General's Office decided to intervene, to ask the judge to strike that initiative
Farm Rescue has announced it's accepting applications to help farmers
plant their spring crops.
President and Founder Bill Gross says Farm Rescue helps farmers who've
been seriously injured or have experienced a significan natural disaster plant their
crops or harvest them.
Gross says interested parties can go to the website farm rescue dot org,
download an application, fill it out, and submit it. Farm Rescue's board of directors
will review the applications, which are handled confidentially. Gross tells KXPO
(KNDK/Maverick 105) a farm family applying for help to plant this spring's crop
must have had experienced a major injury or illness or natural disaster. They're
eligible for free planting assistance this spring.
Gross says the number of applications is not limited. He says his
group of volunteers will see how the season's going. They intend to help as
many worthy cases as possible. Last year they helped 41. It depends on the
weather and the pace.
Gross says, to clarify, the applications to help plant the crop are separate
from the applications that'll be taken later this summer to harvest it. He says
usually it's not the same farmer that's helped. Some need help planting, others
need help harvesting before they can recover and resume operations.
Gross expects to help anywhere from 30 to 50 farm families plant their
crops this spring in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota.
For more information, go to the website farmrescue.dot.org.
Or call (701)252-2017.
The Grafton School Board this week set the date for the upcoming
school board election. It'll be June eleventh. Polls will be at Central Middle
School and will be open from eleven-am to seven-pm that day.
Two Grafton School Board members are up for election: Greg Feltman
and Barry Kingsbury.
The June Grafton School Board meeting will be held that evening.
The Grafton School Board has also approved going paperless.
The board will begin using electronic meeting agendas when the new school
year starts in July.
And the Grafton School Board has also recognized the Grafton
Education Association as the appropriate negotiating unit for the next
People interested in visiting state parks in North Dakota later this year can start making plans.
The Parks and Recreation Department says state parks begin taking reservations Tuesday. Parks open May 17th, and officials say the 95-day reservation window enables visitors to ensure they have a campsite when they arrive.
Reservations can be made 24 hours a day with the exception of the first day, when they open at 7 a.m.
Campsite reservations may be made for May 17th through September 2nd, except at Fort Ransom State Park, which will have reserved sites available through September 29th. Stays are limited to 14 consecutive days unless otherwise noted.
Visitors to Icelandic State Park will need to use a detour to reach the campground due to ongoing work at Lake Renwick Dam.
If you're a light goose hunter who plans on hunting during North Dakota's
spring season, get your hunting license online at the North Dakota Game and Fish
The light goose hunting season starts February 16th and ends May fifth.
North Dakota residents can hunt during the spring season by having last
fall's 2012-2013 bird license. Otherwise hunters will have to buy either a 2013-2014
combination license or a small game and general game and habitat license.
Nonresidents will have to have a 2013 spring light goose season license.
The spring goose season does not count against the 14-day fall hunting season
A federal duck stamp is not required either for North Dakota residents or
The City of Grafton is reminding people that since this snow has
fallen, it's important for residents to clean snow away from the fire hydrants.
The hydrant they clean snow away from just might save THEIR lives during
Also, remember to be very careful removing snow. Make sure to
protect the curb stops, water shutoff valves, and electrical transformers.