A man died while working at a landfill in McIntosh County after he drowned in a retention pond. The man, who was 66 years old, was doing chemical testing at the Jahner Landfill pond near Wishek when he fell in and drowned Wednesday afternoon, according to Sheriff’s officials. According to Sheriff Laurie Spitzer, the man was swlf-employed and alone at the time.
Just days before the midterm election, a request from an American India tribe in North Dakota to block the state’s voter ID law has been denied by a federal judge. The Spirit Lake Sioux tribe had requested that the street address requirement be ruled unconstitutional due to difficulties some people living on reservations have satisfying the requirement. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland called the issue concerning but denied the emergency motion because he believed it would cause confusion too close to the election.
Former Vice President Joe Biden was in North Dakota Thursday to help campaign for Senator Heidi Heitkamp in a final state-wide campaign tour before Tuesday’s election. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker will be in Mandan and on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation with Heitkamp on Friday as the next stop on the tour. Heitkamp was at the Jamestown civic center Thursday as part of the campaign tour. She is facing US representative Kevin Cramer in race that could have a large impact on which party controls the Senate.
A man in Alexander was shot in wounded by McKenzie County sheriff’s officers, according to department officials. The sheriff’s department was responding on Wednesday night to a domestic disturbance involving an armed man. Authorities didn’t say what prompted officers to fire their weapons. The man is in stable condition. The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation has been asked to review the shooting.
Defense attorneys in Fargo are aiming to push back hearings and sentences in marijuana-related cases until after the midterm election due to a ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana. North Dakota Measure 3 is a statewide initiative that would amend state law to remove hashish, marijuana, and cannabis from the list of schedule I controlled substances, and would legalize the sale and use of recreational marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia for people 21 or older. The measure would also expunge the records of individuals with convictions for controlled substances that have been legalized.