Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK — Legislation that shifted the cost of some social services in North Dakota from counties to the state has lowered property taxes as intended, but some lawmakers expressed reluctance Tuesday about a complete takeover and questioned whether the $150 million price tag is affordable given tumbling state revenues. "I don't know where the money's going to come from, quite honestly," said Rep. Mark Dosch, R-Bismarck. "I think Christmas is over, and I'm not sure if we're realizing that yet or not."
BISMARCK — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler announced Tuesday she will seek a second four-year term. Baesler will vie for the Republican Party's nomination at the GOP state convention April 1-3 in Fargo. Her announcement comes as no surprise, as Baesler said last April that she fully intended to run.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Industrial Commission voted Monday to seize 800 barrels of illegally produced oil in what Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said is believed to...
BISMARCK — Facing mounting criticism over the lowering of fines for oil and saltwater spills, North Dakota regulators were directed Monday to start providing written explanations of what oil companies...
BISMARCK — A lobbyist for the Greater North Dakota Chamber who led the charge against two statewide ballot measures in recent years is making a run for state insurance commissioner. Jon Godfread of Bismarck, vice president of government affairs for the chamber, will announce his candidacy during press conferences Wednesday in Bismarck and Fargo. The 33-year-old said he hadn't considered running until Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm announced in mid-December that he will step down after nine years when he completes his second term this year.
BISMARCK – Fargo businessman Doug Burgum said Thursday he will announce his intentions next week regarding this year’s race for North Dakota governor. Burgum said in a press release that...
BISMARCK — Less than a week before trial, a judge on Wednesday dismissed a charge against the mayor of Leith that stemmed from the burning of an abandoned home previously owned by white supremacist Craig Cobb. Mayor Ryan Schock had been scheduled for a jury trial to start Tuesday in Grant County District Court. He faced up to a year in prison and a $3,000 fine if convicted of the misdemeanor charge of failure to control or report a dangerous fire.
BISMARCK—North Dakota counties have issued about 75 marriage licenses to same-sex couples since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in June, but the ruling has had minimal impact on county offices, state lawmakers were told Tuesday. Donnell Preskey Hushka of the North Dakota Association of Counties said 66 licenses issued to same-sex couples accounted for about 1.3 percent of the 4,797 total marriage licenses issued last year. Cass County led the way with 20, followed by Grand Forks County with 12, Ward County with 11 and Burleigh County with six.
BISMARCK – North Dakota posted a double-digit percentage decrease in taxable sales and purchases for the second straight quarter as depressed oil prices continue to drag on the state’s economy...
BISMARCK — Concerns about verifying where voters live dominated the discussion Tuesday as state lawmakers continue to study whether North Dakota should become the 50th state to adopt voter registration...