5 things to know today: Arms sales, Trial security, Commission race, Vaccination events, Cemetery bill – InForum
1. Judge upholds Fargo orders regulating door-to-door gun sales
Cass County District Court Judge Stephannie Stiel issued an order affirming City of Fargo ordinances regulating door-to-door gun sales.
The order, which was signed on Thursday, Feb. 3, came in a case brought by the city of Fargo, which sought legal clarification on whether a law passed by the state legislature in early 2021 rescinded city ordinances prohibiting the sale of firearms and ammunition in Fargo. neighborhoods.
State law asserts that no political subdivision, including self-governing cities or counties, may enact rules relating to the purchase, sale, or ownership of firearms and ammunition more restrictive than state law and that all existing ordinances are void.
The law also stated that civil lawsuits could be filed against cities if state law was not followed.
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2. Governor Tim Walz activates National Guard to help with trial security, possible response to protests
Gov. Tim Walz on Friday, Feb. 4, announced he has activated the Minnesota National Guard to assist local law enforcement in securing the federal trial of three former officers involved in the fatal shooting of George Floyd.
The governor issued an executive order after the city of St. Paul requested help with the trial of former Minneapolis police officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. The three face federal civil rights charges stemming from their involvement in Floyd’s 2020 death.
The order also allows members of the National Guard to assist Minneapolis police in the event they request reinforcements in response to protests. A Minneapolis police officer on Wednesday, Feb. 2, fatally shot and killed a man, 22-year-old Amir Locke, as they executed a no-hit search warrant.
Police body camera footage released this week showed Locke asleep on a couch, then waking up and holding a handgun to the ground before the officer fired.
Read more from Forum News Service’s Dana Ferguson
3. Fargo City Commission racetrack increases to 5
Two other candidates entered the race for two vacancies on the Fargo City Commission.
Fargo Human Rights Commission Chairman Matuor Alier and North Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Ves Marinov filed in recent days.
This brings the number of candidates for a four-year term on the commission to five, with the other candidates being Branden Krieger, Ahmed Shiil and Will Thompson.
The seats of Commissioners Tony Gehrig and Dave Piepkorn are up for grabs in the June 14 election. Gehrig announced he would not seek re-election, while Piepkorn made no announcement.
The depot remains open until 4 p.m. on April 11.
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4. Sanford is offering COVID-19 vaccination events from Saturday through March
Sanford Health is hosting COVID-19 vaccination events here every Saturday through March.
Vaccination events are held Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Sanford Southpointe Clinic, 2400 32nd Ave. S. Patients should book an appointment by going to My Sanford Chart or by calling 1-877-701-0779.
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available for ages 5 and up. The second dose of the vaccine should be received 21 days after the first dose. Patients will be asked to wear face masks and follow social distancing guidelines. If you don’t have a face mask, Sanford will provide one.
5. Bill allowing public access to abandoned cemeteries on private land fails in committee
Reaching the graves of loved ones, ancestors or even past pioneers can require sometimes complex and even fruitless negotiations with private landowners, supporters of an abandoned cemetery bill told the Statehouse on Friday. February 4.
But the pleas weren’t enough, as ranching groups acknowledged the good intention of Senate Bill 168, but expressed reservations about opening up the older private cemeteries that reside on their land to the general public. public.
The Senate Local Government Committee sent SB 168, “an act to provide public access to abandoned cemeteries,” to its own legislative demise on Friday, voting to send the bill to the 41st day.
The South Dakota Legislature does not meet for more than 40 days, and “41st day” is Peter’s parlance for defeating a bill.
Read more from Forum News Service’s Christopher Vondracek