Today is Election Day. In Jamestown ballots will be cast at the Civic Center between 7 am and 7 pm. The race for North Dakota’s Senate seat between incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp and her challenger, US Representative Kevin Cramer has dominated headlines, but North Dakota voters will also be deciding on the legalization of marijuana in the state, a sweeping ethics overhaul measure, an open seat in Congress, and other local measures.
The Standing Rock Sioux is challenging new conclusions by the Army Corps of Engineers that the Dakota Access oil pipeline does not pose a significant environmental threat to American Indian tribes in the region. The Corps finished more than a year of additional study in August. The study was ordered by a federal judge last year. Standing Rock wants a federal judge to reject the findings, arguing that the Corps didn’t adequately consider information that undermines the agency’s conclusions.
A former Burleigh County sheriff’s deputy has pleaded guilty to felony theft and misdemeanor drug possession. Kerry Komrosky is accused of stealing evidence from drug cases. A misdemeanor theft count against Komrosky was dismissed. The plea is a conditional plea, which allows him to appeal an order denying suppression of evidence and withdraw his plea if the appeal is successful.
An unidentified person was killed after being struck by a train on railroad tracks in downtown Moorhead, according to Moorhead Police Capt. Deric Swenson. Swenson said the collision happened late Monday afternoon. The identity of the person killed was not immediately released. Several downtown crossing were blocked for more than an hour following the collision because the train stopped after hitting the person.
Early voting in North Dakota is up from previous years. 144,774 votes, including ballots cast at the polls, absentee votes, and vote-by mail ballots, were tallied by Monday afternoon, according to Secretary of State Al Jaeger. The totals surpass both previous presidential election years, which typically see higher voter turnout than in midterm elections. 134,805 early votes were cast in the 2016 election.