Foster County Canvassing Board Finds Absentee Ballots Invalid

CARRINGTON, N.D. ( – On July 28th, the Foster County Canvassing Board had reconvened to reconsider the previous decision that was made to count the absentee ballots in the June Primary Election.

Lynelle Lyman-Hoppe, Foster County Recorder, attended the reconvened board to oversee the meeting. The board took a vote on whether or not the ballots would be counted and with Risovi not voting, passed the decision to not count the two unsigned absentee ballots. Not counting the two ballots will allow Donnie Theis, who originally took fifth in voting, to ask for a recount of the ballots.

The Recount Board for Foster County will be meeting on Monday, August 4th.

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NDHP Remembers Only Patrolman To Die In Line Of Duty

LAMOURE, N.D. ( – The North Dakota Highway Patrol is remembering the only patrolman to have died in the line of duty in sixty years.

Patrolman Beryl McLane was killed at the age of 58 in an automobile accident on State Highway 13 near LaMoure, North Dakota while on patrol. McLane’s patrol car was struck head-on by another vehicle driven by a drunk driver in on July 30th, 1954. The driver of the car was charged with manslaughter.

Beryl McLane was a WWI veteran and had served with the NDHP for 13 years. He had previously served the Aberdeen Police Department for 9 years and the Jamestown Police Department.

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Stutsman, Barnes & Richland Counties Working Towards Dispatch Connectivity

JAMESTOWN, N.D. ( – Stutsman County, Barnes County and Richland Counties are continuing work on connectivity between all three Emergency Dispatch Centers.

Stutsman County Emergency Manager Jerry Bergquist stated that in 2012, Richland and Stutsman counties purchased shared 911 equipment. The equipment would allow Stutsman County to share Richland County emergency calls and vice versa.

Barnes County remains on IP equipment to stay connected to both Stutsman and Richland County. Bergquist stated that the future goal with the project will allow each county to support one another.

A meeting held at the North Dakota 911 Association showed that all 22 answering points in the state would be interested in connectivity among every dispatch center in the state. Currently, the tri-county project is on hold until the state tries the connections. Bergquist stated that even if the state project fails, the local project would continue on.

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Heitkamp to Hold Roundtable Discussion on Conservation Compliance

VALLEY CITY, N.D. ( North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp will hold a roundtable discussion with USDA Under Secretary Robert Bonnie, the top official overseeing conservation compliance.

Local farmers and conservationists are invited to discuss the challenges and opportunities for conservation in North Dakota and how the 2014 Farm Bill’s conservation compliance requirements impact farmers.

This discussion will allow top officials to hear the concerns of farmers and to make sure the new rules are implemented in the least burdensome way according to Heitkamp.

As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Heitkamp helped write, negotiate, and pass the 2014 Farm Bill. Some North Dakota producers are facing challenges to meet conservation requirements.

The Roundtable discussion will be held Wednesday, August 6 inside Valley City State University’s Froemke Auditorium, Foss Music Hall starting at 10:15am. The public is welcome to attend.

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