North Dakota voters who lack a driver’s license or official state identification are urged to line up some valid form of identification before heading to the polls on November 8th. Voters shouldn’t wait until the last minute to resolve identification documentation.
Voters, who lack official identification forms, including a driver’s license or state identification card, still can vote by giving a sworn statement, or affidavit, at the polls. The affidavit option was enabled by a recent federal court ruling in a case challenging North Dakota’s voter identification law.
Those who fill out an affidavit to provide voter identification attest that they meet all the qualifying requirements, including state residency, U.S. citizenship, being 18 or older and living in their precinct for at least 30 days. Although affidavits are an acceptable form of identification because of the court ruling, they are time-consuming for election officials, who must verify the information after the election. The county auditor will send a notice to the voter within 14 days after the election. It is important that you respond to that notice. If proof of eligibility to vote is not determined, the county auditor will notify the state’s attorney who will assist in the investigation of eligibility to vote in this election.
Elderly voters who live in a nursing home can present a long term care certificate, paperwork that long term care centers are good about providing.
College students can vote absentee in hometowns or in their college precincts using an affidavit, if necessary.
North Dakota voters can go online to update their voter identification or get answers to other voting questions at the North Dakota Secretary of State’s website at vote.nd.gov or call 701-352-2851 for more information.
The 18th Annual Unity Medical Center Foundation Harvest Auction is set for tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 29 at Marketplace on 8th in Grafton. It’s the organizations largest fundraiser of the year. Saturday evening’s events includes several silent auctions, games of chance and a live auction with Scott Schuster as Auctioneer.
Admission for the event is $100 per couple which includes cash giveaway tickets for four $250 drawings and one for $1,000. A wide variety of items will be part of the live and silent auctions.
The foundation has set a goal to raise $40,000 proceeds will go for the purchase of a portable x-ray machine a blood bank refrigerator and an infra-red vein finder. The best part is that tickets are still available. For tickets the number to call is 701-352-9372. Tickets will also be available at the door, the event starts Saturday, Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Martketplace on 8th in Grafton.
The preliminary hearing for a Grafton woman facing two Class AA felonies involving delivery of meth is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 2nd, in North East District Court. Coral Marie Fleming was arrested at her home in Grafton on Oct. fourth on nine drug related charges including delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, within 100 feet of a school. Class AA felonies carry a maximum penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Fleming also faces one count of possession of meth, a Class C felony, four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia a Class C felony, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia marijuana both Class B misdemeanors.
According to court documents, on two separate occasions, Fleming sold methamphetamine to an undercover police informant. The Grand Forks Narcotics task force conducted a search of her home and found approximately 15 grams of a white crystal-like substance presumed to be methamphetamine along with several items of drug paraphernalia. At That time Fleming was placed under arrest. At a bond hearing Oct. 5, Judge Richard M. Geiger set bail at $25,000.
BISMARCK, N.D. – On Monday, Gov. Jack Dalrymple appointed Grand Forks-based state's attorney Jason McCarthy to the Northeast Central Judicial District Court bench.
McCarthy replaces Debbie Kleven who resigned in August.
Since 2013, McCarthy has served as chief deputy state's attorney for the Grand Forks County States Attorney's office. He supervises attorneys assigned to the office's criminal division and manages the division's caseload. A state's attorney for 13 years, his duties also include the prosecution of felony and misdemeanor cases, with a specialty in the prosecution of domestic violence, crimes against children and sexual assaults.
McCarthy is a member of the State Bar Association of North Dakota and remains active in his community. He serves on the Agassiz Enterprises Disabled Persons Board of Directors, and is a volunteer instructor for Grand Forks Public Schools' Junior Achievement program.
The Northeast Central Judicial District serves Grand Forks and Nelson counties. McCarthy is expected to begin serving December 1.
The City of Grafton and Walsh County Job Development Authority are holding a community forum Thursday, Oct. 27, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Walsh County Courthouse. The purpose of the forum is to gather public opinion and ideas regarding redevelopment of unused and underutilized buildings and property on the campus of the Life Skills and Transition Center (LSTC).
The community forum is designed to gather the public’s perspectives as it relates to future use of the LSTC. Praxis Strategy Group and the Red River Region Council have been hired as advisors with the specific task of working with a local task force that will advocate for and implement the strategy.
The Life Skills and Transition Center is a state-operated, comprehensive support agency serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The 102nd annual Walsh County Fairs opens its doors to the public today. Activities include the judging of open class exhibits from 8 a.m. until noon. Horse show performance classes will be judged in the main arena from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
The commercial booth area in the Chris Midgarden Arena open at 9;00 a.m. in the Chris Midgarden Arena (CMA).
In the Main Arena the Livestock Market Class show runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the Horse show speed events will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The kid and Adult tractor pull will be held in the Chris Midgarden Arena from 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Livestock Breeding classes will be judged in the Main Arena from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
The Rabbit and Poultry Show will be held in the Chris Midgarden Arena beginning at 5 p.m., door prizes will be awarded during the show.
Mutton Busting in the Main Arena runs from 7p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Commedian Bob Larson will wrap things up with his performance in the Chris Midgarden Arena from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the doors close for the night at 10 p.m.
The city of Grafton received good news Wednesday regarding funding for its long-awaited flood risk reduction project. Mayor Chris West along with city administrator Nick Ziegelmann and KLJ engineer John Markusen met with the state water commission regarding state funding for the project.
West said that some loose ends and permitting needs to get completed. That will be followed by the land acquisition for the project. He said hopes for bidding on the project to begin in December and in a best case scenario construction beginning in the spring and summer of 2017.
The Grafton Park Board held its regular monthly meeting Wednesday. Blue Line Club president Dave Hills presented the board with a preliminary architectural drawing outlining plans for expansion of the Centennial Center Lobby. The plans include extending the existing structure 10 feet the length of the building to the south and 20 feet to the east. The plan would also replace the roof and have it slope to the south. The bulk of the project would be paid for by the Blue Line Club. Grafton Parks and Rec would contribute approximately $44,000 to the project . That money would come from a loan from the Grafton City Council’s Economic Development Committee. The EDC recently agreed to extend that loan which was part of the original Centennial Center roof project completed five years ago. The Blue Line Club plan would remove the current concession stand from the middle of the lobby and move to the east side of the building. Grafton Parks and Rec Director Bill Dahl said Parks and Rec would cover the cost of updating the bathrooms on the west side of the Centennial Center lobby. The expansion project would begin construction in the summer of 2017.
The Fargo VA Health Care System has awarded a lease at a new site for its Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Grafton.
The approximately 3,000 square foot space, located at 1215 11th Street West is expected to be ready for Occupancy by April 2017. The Contract with Construction Managers, Inc. is a 10-year lease.
The clinic will feature on-site primary care as well as a variety of services through its telemedicine program. The additional space will allow for expansion of services offered at the clinic, which are as yet to be determined.
In a release earlier this week, Lavonnge Liversage, Fargo VA Health Care System Director said Grafton is the fastest growing clinic with a 30 percent increase in Veterans from a year ago. The current Grafton Clinic is housed on the campus of the Life Skills and transition Center.
On Monday, Grafton’s city council approved the sale of 1.83 acres of city property for the new clinic. The land was sold for $10,000 per acre.
Environmental activists linked to the group “Climate Direct Action” had a hand in shutting down five oil pipelines across Montana North Dakota and Minnesota Tuesday.
According to climate direct actions facebook page, who slogan is “Shut it down now” the group conducted the actions to show solidarity with the group protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline near Mandan. Each of the pipelines that were tampered with yesterday deliver tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada.
The Pembina County Sheriff's Department, with assistance from the Cavalier County Sheriff's Department, took three people into custody at the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline site near Walhalla. They're accused of attempting to to shut off emergency valves to stop the flow of oil. As a precaution, the pipeline was shutdown for more than 7 hours.
Two Enbridge Energy lines near Clearbrook in Northwest Minnesota were also tampered with. Company spokesman Michael Barnes says the actions were "dangerous and reckless."
Oil pipeline sites in Montana and Washington State were also tampered with by the protesters.