In the aftermath of a report suggesting the city of Minot needs a more coordinated approach to economic development, city officials are debating what actions can be taken to boost the city’s brand. The Minot Daily News reports that International Economic Development Council President and CEO Jeffrey Finkle recently met with the Minot City Council about unifying the city’s economic development efforts. Topics discussed include the Minot Area Development Corp, downtown activities, and tourism.
Six Native Americans who filled a lawsuit challenging North Dakota’s voter identification law will be allowed to cast their ballots. The Bismarck Tribune reports that U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland signed an order Friday adopting the agreement, following his decision to deny an emergency motion by the Spirit Lake tribe requesting a block of the voter ID law. The law requires voters to show ID with a residential street address. Opponents of the law say it discriminates against Native Americans, as they say street addresses are not always accessible on reservations.
A group of landowners from the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation is suing a crude oil company for trespassing. The group is seeking compensation for a pipeline that crosses their land. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the former Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation chairman Tex Hall recently announced a federal lawsuit against Andeavor, formerly known as Tesoro. Hall says a pipeline that transports crude oil to the Marathon Petroleum Mandan Refinery crosses 64 acres within the reservation.
An inmate who escaped from a Bismarck prison Friday night was arrested the next day. The North Dakota Highway Patrol was notified that Devin Duane Wiedrich, who was incarcerated for possession of meth, burglary, violation of a protection order, and driving under suspension, walked away from the Missouri River Correctional Center just before 9p.m Friday. He was taken into custody shortly after 7a.m. Saturday. He is being held at Burleigh Morton County Detention Center on an additional Escape charge.
Asbestos, lead paint and black mold abatement work has started on the future Jamestown Rural Fire Department building. The work is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 25. The building was purchased to be remodeled into training areas, meeting rooms and offices for the JRFD. A 7,000-square-foot addition for vehicles and emergency response gear will also be built on the property. The new buildings, which are almost twice the size of the current JRFD building, could be operational by early winter 2019.