Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK — Job Christenson followed his passion for singing and theater from his hometown of Grand Forks to the bright lights of Broadway until a blood clot broke free and silenced his voice. Now, for the first time since that massive stroke four years ago left Christenson doubting if he would ever sing again, the 41-year-old will return to the stage Saturday, Nov. 26, as "A Magical Medora Christmas" makes its 2016 debut at the Avalon Event Center West in Fargo. "I really viewed it as a rebirth and a second chance," he said this week.
BISMARCK — A 79-year-old Watford City woman faces a felony terrorizing charge on claims she threatened the wife and children of the city's mayor, Brent Sanford, now North Dakota's lieutenant governor-elect. Alice E. Olson faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted of the charge filed last month in McKenzie County District Court.
FARGO — Fresh off his decisive Election Day victory, Gov.-elect Doug Burgum announced his transition team chairperson on Wednesday, Nov. 9, and said he won't second-guess departing Gov. Jack Dalrymple on his handling of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Burgum, who cruised to a 57-point win over Democratic state Rep. Marvin Nelson of Rolla, named former Great Plains Software and Microsoft executive Jodi Uecker to lead his transition team.
BISMARCK — State Labor Commissioner Troy Seibel is leaving the appointed position to become chief deputy attorney general when Tom Trenbeath retires at the end of this month after 10 years in the job. Seibel said by phone Wednesday, Nov. 9, that Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem approached him with the job offer. "I definitely was not looking for a new job by any stretch of the imagination. It kind of came along unexpected and was a great opportunity," he said.
FARGO – Fargo tech mogul, real estate developer and millionaire philanthropist Doug Burgum capped his unconventional first run for political office with a convincing win Tuesday to add a new...
BISMARCK — Number crunchers, lawmakers and industry reps working on North Dakota's tax revenue outlook for the next two years took a cautious approach Thursday, scaling back earlier predictions for oil activity and prices to avoid a potential repeat of the state's current budget woes. The assumptions adopted by the Advisory Council on Revenue Forecasting on Thursday will be used to prepare the revenue forecast for the 2017-19 biennium.
BISMARCK — Authorities arrested 18 Dakota Access Pipeline opponents — including clergy — who staged a surprise protest Thursday at the State Capitol, forming a prayer circle in the complex's east entrance and later demonstrating in front of the governor's residence. The Capitol's exterior doors were locked shortly before 4 p.m. as protesters arrived on the grounds. State employees were told they could still leave, and many did.
BISMARCK -- Troopers arrested about a dozen Dakota Access Pipeline opponents who staged a surprise protest inside the building Thursday, Nov. 3. The protesters were arrested as they sat in a prayer circle inside the Capitol's east entrance. They were arrested on suspicion of criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. They were led out of the building as they sang. The Capitol's exterior doors were to be locked shortly before 4 p.m., according to an email from a legislator.
BISMARCK — President Barack Obama's comments about possibly rerouting the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline drew mixed reactions Wednesday, with tribal leaders applauding it and calling for a halt to construction and others warning that prolonging the situation will threaten public safety and put lives in danger.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Emergency Commission voted unanimously Tuesday, Nov. 1, to borrow an additional $4 million from the Bank of North Dakota to cover costs related to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, and Gov. Jack Dalrymple said he hopes it'll be enough to last until December. The money approved Tuesday comes on top of $6 million in borrowing authority approved last month, nearly all of which has been spent, as authorized by Dalrymple's emergency declaration Aug. 19.