BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has pardoned 18 people and commuted sentences for two others during his two years in office. Data from the state’s Pardon Advisory Board shows the Republican governor has pardoned more people than his predecessor did during six years in office, The Bismarck Tribune reported. Burgum supports the First Step Act, a criminal justice reform bill that President Donald Trump signed into law on Friday. It aims to reduce recidivism among federal prisoners.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s national parks remain open during the partial federal government shutdown. Park roads, lookouts, and trails will remain open at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. But emergency and rescue services will be limited. Bodmer Overlook Trail and other trails outside of the fort walls at Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site are accessible, but the fort and visitor center are closed.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A second Minnesota man has been sentenced for his role in a stock manipulation scheme involving a business in the North Dakota oil patch. A federal judge says 50-year-old Douglas Hoskins must serve two years in prison. He was convicted earlier of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud and securities fraud. Authorities say Hoskins was a friend of Ryan Gilbertson, who earlier this month was sentenced to 12 years in prison for fraud.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota wildlife officials say three deer taken during the 2018 gun season have tested positive for chronic wasting disease. State Game and Fish Department wildlife veterinarian Charlie Bahnson says two of the infected deer were found in unit 3F2 in southwestern North Dakota, along the South Dakota border, and another was found in Divide County. Since 2009, all 14 positive cases were from unit 3F2, which includes parts of Sioux, Grant, Morton, Hettinger and Adams counties.