Jessica Holdman / Bismarck Tribune
North Dakota’s governor and first lady have spent their first few days in their new home. Gov. Doug Burgum and first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum’s belongings were moved into the new Governor’s Residence on March 14 and Thursday, according to Tom Job, a project manager for Capital Complex Construction and Maintenance. The couple was not present during the move but acquainted themselves with their new home earlier this week.
BISMARCK—North Dakota native Hal Rosenbluth is helping bring a free healthy living aid to Medicaid recipients in the state. New Ocean Health Solutions, of which Rosenbluth is CEO, is providing the North Dakota Department of Human Services with a mobile phone application, The Voyage, which helps users manage their health. "Our mission is to digitize health and well-being for everyone," Rosenbluth said. "We want to help Americans take health care into their own hands to help reduce the financial burden and improve their lives."
BISMARCK—MDU Resources Group Inc. will ring in, or ring out rather, 70 years as a publicly traded company by ringing the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange this week. Fewer than 100 companies have been on the exchange for the same time period, said CEO Dave Goodin. Some have merged over the years, but a small number who were on the exchange when MDU joined are still listed under the same ticker symbol. "I think it demonstrates the staying power of MDU," Goodin said.
BISMARCK—The Senate is expected to vote within the coming week on legislation aimed at aiding small community banks. The bill, co-authored by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., is meant to roll back some of the paperwork and regulations that have hampered small banks. After the housing crisis and financial collapse of 2008, banking regulations were tightened to prevent a similar disaster. But for smaller banks not involved in the making of the downturn, the regulations made it harder to do business due to the manpower needed for compliance.
BISMARCK—A group seeking to raise the state minimum wage to $15 has submitted a petition for approval, aiming to get on the November ballot. "We have some people in our state who have been left behind in our boom economy," said Bismarck native Scott Nodland, chairman of the petition's sponsoring committee.
BISMARCK — Without rains this spring, North Dakota cattle ranchers could find themselves in another tough year following the 2017 drought. Researchers say the key to making it through another dry year will be planning.
BISMARCK—Joshua Snyder lives in a dark wood-paneled basement apartment on the west side of Mandan. He doesn't really like it there. He calls the space, made up of a bedroom and a kitchen, his little box. He misses his house. But the rent is cheap — $500 a month — and he can keep his dog — a big malamute, St. Bernard mix named Baxter. It's the best he can do for now. With a felony conviction, options for work and a landlord willing to rent in Bismarck-Mandan are limited.
BISMARCK—Reporting of ammonia and hydrogen sulfide emissions by ranchers has been delayed until May 1 — a momentary concession to producers but likely not long enough for reporting aids to be developed. Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, releases of hazardous substances that meet or exceed a set quantity must be reported within a 24-hour period. Until a recent court decision, most livestock operations had been exempt.
BISMARCK—MDU Resources Group is reporting a $39.5 million tax benefit in the fourth quarter of 2017 from federal tax reform and is expected to return a portion to customers. With the reduction of the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent on Jan. 1, MDU's construction services and materials businesses saw $4.3 million and $41.9 million in tax benefits respectively. The company incurred charges of $6.4 million to its electric and natural gas utility company and $200,000 to its pipeline business, MDU stated in its annual earnings release.
BISMARCK — As low crop prices make it hard for farmers just to break even, farm groups have started talking about mental health in rural America. "We're not just talking about the state of the ag economy; we're talking about the state of individuals involved in the ag economy," said Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union and a resident of Turtle Lake.