*Updates to Municipal Code – Effective August 1st, 2021*
Disclaimer: The following is a brief explanation. This information is NOT to be taken as the law.
There are new laws and changes to existing laws, but you will find mostly wording updates to these sections that, for the most part, don’t change the laws themselves. The changes make the laws easier to interpret or clean up clerical errors. (Please reference the Municipal Code for the actual laws after August 1st, 2021; this is paraphrased for your convenience)
Ordinance 1722 – Chapter 11 – Criminal Money Judgments
Municipal judges will now have the authority to file criminal judgments in district court that include fines/costs and would be handled in the same manner as a civil judgment. The Judge will select cases that fit certain criteria including but not limited to delinquent accounts and order them to be filed with the Clerk of District Court. The City will then attempt to collect the debt.
Ordinance 1723 – Chapter 23 – Motor Vehicles & Bicycles
- If you are issued a citation for Driving Without Liability Insurance, Failure to Register Motor Vehicle, or No Driver’s License in Possession, and you have valid insurance, vehicle registration, or driver’s license, though it was not in your vehicle at the time of the stop, providing proof to the Office of the City Prosecutor within 14 days of the violation may result in the citation being dismissed. Call the City Prosecutor’s Office at 701-456-3210 or stop in at 38 2nd Avenue E. Ste. A., and provide proof.
- North Dakota will now allow your driver’s license to be stored electronically on your smart phone much in the same way proof of insurance can be stored electronically. You must contact the local DMV to purchase an electronic copy.
- Bicycles must stop and yield in the same manner as a motor vehicle when approaching and/or entering an intersection.
- The definition of ‘off-highway vehicle’ now includes motorized vehicles converted to operate on snow.
- It is a Class B Misdemeanor if you are a resident of ND, are employed either temporary or full time in ND, but your motor vehicle is still registered in another state.
- Throwing glass, garbage, etc. onto to a highway is a fine of $500.00.
Ordinance 1724 – Chapter 25 – Theft, MIC/MIP, Marijuana, Tobacco
- If an individual has a prior conviction of Retail Theft/Shoplifting after August 1, 2021, a second or subsequent offense committed within 3 years of the conviction becomes a Class A Misdemeanor and is filed in District Court.
- Minor in Consumption and Minor in Possession are now infractions and for a first offense the individual MAY also be sentenced to complete a drug/alcohol education program. For a second or subsequent offense, the sentence MUST include completion of a drug/alcohol education program.
- Restaurant owners licensed to sell alcoholic beverages may allow individuals under 21 to enter and remain in the bar area until 10:00 pm if they are accompanied by a parent/guardian, and are more than three feet from the bar counter.
- Individuals under age 21 that plead guilty to first offense Possession of Marijuana (less than ½ oz) MAY also be sentenced to complete a drug/alcohol education program. For a second or subsequent offense, the sentence MUST include completion of a drug/alcohol education program.