Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK – Grand Forks resident Georgia Smith has seen Donald Trump twice in person in recent months, proudly showing off the cell phone picture she took with him in Phoenix in December. But that didn’t stop the 56-year-old event planner from showing up at 5 a.m. to be first in line for Trump’s 1 p.m. address today at the Bismarck Event Center.
BISMARCK — Police and the college student organizing a protest of Donald Trump's appearance here Thursday said they expect no problems like the chaos that erupted outside the presidential candidate's rally Tuesday night in New Mexico. Protesters outside Albuquerque's convention center knocked down barricades, lit fires and threw rocks and bottles at police, injuring several officers, according to multiple media reports and the police department's Twitter feed.
BISMARCK — Real estate developer Ernie Graham has weathered booms and busts from Texas oil country to California’s Silicon Valley, and his message to those attending the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference here Tuesday couldn’t have been clearer. Hang in there. “Don’t bail on the Bakken. Stay here. Keep working your assets. Things will get better. … You will survive. And we are, I believe, about halfway through this down cycle,” Graham said during a panel discussion on when is the right time to invest again in western North Dakota’s oil patch.
BISMARCK -- Gov. Jack Dalrymple and other speakers urged those crafting a long-range plan for higher education in North Dakota to hold down costs for students, find efficiencies and continue to partner with the private sector to meet the state's workforce needs. About 150 higher education officials, business leaders, lawmakers and other stakeholders gathered at the Capitol for a daylong workshop on the Envision 2030 initiative, which aims to chart a path forward for the North Dakota University System when the current "NDUS Edge" strategic plan expires in 2020.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota's tax revenues fell $33.4 million short of projections in April, the worst month yet since the state budget office adopted a lower revenue forecast in January to adjust for plunging revenues blamed on depressed oil and farm commodity prices. The Office of Management and Budget reported $214 million in tax revenues and transfers last month, 13.5 percent below what was projected in the January revised forecast.
BISMARCK — He may be the hottest ticket in town and the main attraction at next week’s Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, but Donald Trump also will attempt to tighten his grip on the GOP nomination while he’s in Bismarck. North Dakota GOP Executive Director Roz Leighton said Trump plans to meet with most of the state’s 28 national convention delegates while he’s here, though details were still being finalized.
BISMARCK—Harold Holtz initially put off buying tickets to Donald Trump's speech next week in Bismarck, but he was among the first in line when a second batch went up for sale Thursday. Peering through his tinted glasses, the 70-year-old retired farmer, rancher and coal miner thumbed through his brown leather wallet and forked over $30 to see the Republican Party's presumptive nominee for president. "I like him all the way. He's a business person. He says what has to be said. He don't pander around for votes. He says it like it is," Holtz said.
BISMARCK -- Xcel Energy officials on Wednesday outlined millions of dollars in options for improving electric service in North Dakota while assuring state regulators that its Fargo system is fundamentally sound despite a recent rash of power outages. Company officials met with the state Public Service Commission for an informal hearing on reliability after Xcel experienced eight outages in Fargo between April 22 and May 13, affecting more than 24,000 customers.
BISMARCK -- A western North Dakota prosecutor who sponsored Marsy's Law has since withdrawn his support for the proposed ballot measure aimed at expanding crime victims' rights and adding them to the state constitution, saying North Dakota already has effective protections for victims. Stark County State's Attorney Tom Henning was one of 29 members on the measure's sponsoring committee when the petition was approved for circulation in December.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota's candidates for governor had mixed responses this week when asked for their feelings about Marsy's Law, a constitutional amendment that could be headed for the Nov. 8 ballot after sponsors turned in more than 44,000 signatures, or about 17,350 more than what's required.