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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A group of North Dakota lawmakers want to make it more convenient to cross the Canadian border with a new kind of driver's license. Legislators have introduced a bill that would allow for an optional "enhanced operator's license" in North Dakota. That would include information that would allow American citizens to cross the Canadian border. "The goal would be to make it easier on our citizens who want to go up to Canada and back," said Rep. Marie Strinden, D-Grand Forks, a bill sponsor.
BISMARCK -- November's election saw very little change in North Dakota's political landscape. Voters opposed seven of the eight constitutional measures on the ballot, all of the statewide offices remained in Republican control and Democrats gained one seat in the Legislature. Yet Democrats -- who have been outnumbered in the state Senate since 1992 and in the House since 1984 -- say they still have an important role in the Legislature.
GRAND FORKS -- A bill introduced in the North Dakota Legislature would provide incentives to construct new fertilizer or chemical processing plants in the state. The proposal, Senate Bill 2035, would exempt sales and use taxes for materials used to construct or expand a fertilizer or chemical processing facility.
BISMARCK -- As the Mac Schneider family moved into their temporary Bismarck home last week, another family's portraits hung on the wall. Senate Minority Leader Schneider is one of several northeast North Dakota legislators who is renting a home from people who spend the winter in warmer climates.
GRAND FORKS -- Falling oil prices are on the minds of many in North Dakota, where the industry has brought unprecedented wealth and state revenue. And while government officials and economists anticipate some sort of effects, it remains to be seen how long it might take for prices to rebound. A Moody's Analytics report from October provided by state Sen. Ray Holmberg of Grand Forks said North Dakota "will navigate through lower oil prices gracefully" in the near term.
City officials take no action on potential tweak in state law GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The city of Grand Forks may want the North Dakota Legislature to look at its law on special assessments for funding infrastructure projects. Under current law, a street project that uses special assessments could be stopped if owners of more than 50 percent of the land in the affected area protested the special assessments, City Attorney Howard Swanson said Tuesday morning in a meeting of the City Council Legislative Committee.
GRAND FORKS — The North Dakota Secretary of State’s Office and Grand Forks Democratic lawmakers are drafting separate bills to tweak the state’s voter identification law. The proposed legislation comes...
GRAND FORKS — The first shipments under a new agreement to send agricultural commodities from North Dakota to the West Coast arrived this week. The first test shipment under the...
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- After tough economic times in the 1980s, North Dakota voters wanted to make sure education funding would be spared by future budget constraints. To that end, they agreed in 1994 to create a fund to cushion the state's K-12 education funding using oil extraction tax revenue.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Norway's ambassador to the United States highlighted the importance of education exchanges between the two countries in a visit to Grand Forks Wednesday. Kåre Aas, who became ambassador last year, arrived in Grand Forks Wednesday as part of his first trip to North Dakota. One-third of North Dakota's population is of Norwegian ancestry, the most in the United States. Aas will tour the University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation today, where Norwegian air traffic students are trained under a contract with a company that operates 46 airports in Norway.