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BISMARCK — Concerns about a possible repeat of a 2011 landslide in western North Dakota led state utility regulators to approve a route change Wednesday for the $3.7 billion Dakota Access pipeline project. Construction is underway in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois on the 1,168-mile pipeline, which will move Bakken crude to a hub in Patoka, Ill., with a capacity of up to 570,000 barrels per day. North Dakota's portion of the pipeline will snake about 350 miles across seven counties and account for $1.4 billion of the cost.
BISMARCK -- Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Tuesday reappointed Microsoft executive Don Morton of Fargo to a second four-year term on the state Board of Higher Education. The governor also picked North Dakota State University senior Nick Evans for a one-year term as the board's student member. Evans will replace University of North Dakota student Brett Johnson, whose term on the eight-member board expires June 30. Both appointments are effective July 1. Morton, the site leader at Microsoft's Fargo campus, has done "an outstanding job," Dalrymple said in a statement.
BISMARCK -- The Ward County Commission on Tuesday appointed a temporary replacement for Sheriff Steven Kukowski, whose suspension by Gov. Jack Dalrymple last week was delayed after county officials raised questions about the process. "The things that were in question were taken of, we believe," chairman John Fjeldahl said by phone after the meeting in Minot. Kukowski will serve his suspension with pay until misdemeanor charges against him related to the death of an inmate and management of the Ward County Jail are resolved, commissioners decided Tuesday.
BISMARCK – North Dakota Democrats have selected 13 delegates for Bernie Sanders and five delegates for Hillary Clinton to attend the party’s presidential nominating convention next month. The 18 pledged delegates were chosen during the party’s State Delegate Selection Meeting on Saturday in Bismarck, based proportionately on the results of the June 7 statewide presidential preference caucus in which delegates handed Sanders a 253-101 victory, with 40 delegates uncommitted.
BISMARCK -- Gov. Jack Dalrymple has suspended Ward County Sheriff Steven Kukowski until a criminal case against him involving the death of an inmate is resolved, but Kukowski is exploring his options, his attorney said Thursday. Special Prosecutor Seymour Jordan charged Kukowski in February with two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and one misdemeanor count of refusing to perform his public duty related to management of the Ward County Jail.
WASHBURN, N.D. -- Organizers secured land Friday for the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum at Dickinson State University. Now they just need the money. The state Board of Higher Education unanimously approved a 99-year lease in which the library's foundation agrees to pay the state $1 a year for 27.6 acres now occupied by the DSU rodeo grounds, which are being relocated to south of Dickinson.
WASHBURN, N.D. -- State Board of Higher Education members postponed action Friday on contracts and raises for campus presidents to give themselves more time to digest a dismal report on the state's tax revenues and budget situation and to work on a new policy for evaluating presidents.
BISMARCK—In their final debate before Tuesday's primary election, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem on Friday attacked Fargo businessman Doug Burgum's claim that he is pro-life, accusing him of asking Gov. Jack Dalrymple to veto an anti-abortion bill, which Burgum denied doing. Conservative talk show host Scott Hennen moderated the hour-long debate on AM 1100 The Flag, taking listeners' questions for the two candidates, one of whom will advance to the November election as the Republican nominee for governor.
BISMARCK—Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has transferred $145,000 from his attorney general's campaign fund to his gubernatorial war chest as he tries to withstand a challenge from Fargo businessman Doug Burgum for the Republican nomination. Voters will decide Tuesday which Republican candidate to send to the November election to face Democrat Marvin Nelson of Rolla and Libertarian candidate Marty Riske of Fargo in the governor's race. Bismarck oilfield consultant Paul Sorum also is seeking the GOP nomination.
BISMARCK—Two Republicans fighting for the GOP nomination for governor said Wednesday they don't agree with Donald Trump's accusations that a federal judge presiding over a lawsuit on Trump University is biased because of his Mexican heritage. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Fargo entrepreneur Doug Burgum distanced themselves from Trump's comments as they close in on Tuesday's primary election that will decide which candidate advances as the GOP nominee and likely favorite in November.