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BISMARCK—Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Friday he will support the Republican Party's nominee for president but stopped short of endorsing—or even mentioning—presumptive nominee Donald Trump. Meanwhile, his main opponent for the GOP nomination for governor, Fargo businessman Doug Burgum, clarified on Friday that he is endorsing Trump but not necessarily his behavior. Burgum released a statement Thursday night declaring his support for Trump, prompting requests for comment from Stenehjem, who issued an emailed statement around noon Friday.
BISMARCK — The State Historical Society is firing back against a contractor who sued the agency for withholding payment for work done on the North Dakota Heritage Center expansion, saying the firm's failure to fix cracks and water leaks has caused damages in excess of $50,000. The state is seeking at least that amount in a counterclaim filed last week as part of its answer to the breach-of-contract lawsuit filed in March by Wahpeton-based Comstock Construction Inc.
BISMARCK — Xcel Energy assured North Dakota regulators Thursday that it's taking steps to improve reliability for Fargo customers after five power outages in the past two weeks and paying out nearly $400,000 in credits to customers for failing to meet performance targets set in 2012. Minneapolis-based Xcel blamed failures in the same underground cable for outages Sunday and Monday that affected about 4,600 Fargo customers, some for nearly two hours.
BISMARCK — State agencies that were forced to shave 4 percent from their budgets in February must find another 6 percent to cut for next biennium, Gov. Jack Dalrymple ordered Wednesday in budget guidelines that call for reductions for the first time since 2002. Dalrymple cited reduced oil drilling activity and a severe shortfall in sales tax revenue as factors behind his request for general fund budgets at 90 percent of what was originally appropriated to agencies for ongoing expenditures in the current two-year cycle.
BISMARCK — The chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party said Wednesday he expects the state's unbound delegates to the GOP national convention will coalesce around presumptive nominee Donald Trump if he secures the delegates needed for the nomination, though some will likely still vote for Ted Cruz despite his suspended campaign. Chairman Kelly Armstrong said his sense was that North Dakota had "a very pro-Cruz delegation, and I don't know how many of those people are the never-Trump people."
BISMARCK – State agencies that were forced to slash 4 percent from their budgets in February must find another 6 percent to cut for next biennium, Gov. Jack Dalrymple said...
BISMARCK – North Dakota teachers will rewrite the state’s math and English standards in the coming months to replace the federally supported and politically charged Common Core standards with a...
BISMARCK — The Democratic candidate for governor called Monday for a full review of North Dakota's oil impact grant program after state auditors found the five-member board that oversees it — currently all Republicans — awarded grants to some recipients who appeared to be ineligible.
BISMARCK — Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Thursday directed the head of the state's Department of Trust Lands to make dozens of changes recommended in recent critical audits, whether the agency agrees with them or not.
BISMARCK – Fargo businessman Doug Burgum’s involvement in angel funds that invested in out-of-state companies while investors reaped North Dakota income tax credits is drawing fire from Attorney General Wayne...