Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK — Sponsors of a proposed ballot measure aimed at full legalization of marijuana in North Dakota and a separate measure to legalize medical marijuana are looking for a lift from "4/20" events planned in several cities Wednesday, the unofficial "National Weed Day."
BISMARCK – Still bruised from two critical audits in February, the state Department of Trust Lands took another clubbing Tuesday in a broader performance audit that found employees crossed ethical lines by accepting free meals and drinks from investment firms managing state assets. The state auditor’s office also uncovered trusts assigned to the wrong tracts of land, resulting in mineral royalty payments and investment income going to the wrong trusts.
BISMARCK -- Mild spring weather has set road construction in motion earlier than usual in North Dakota, and more money will be spent on highways and bridges than last year despite recent budget cuts to the state Department of Transportation. The department has $680 million in work planned for this construction season, up from $615 million last year, spokeswoman Jamie Olson said Monday. While the orange cones won't be as widespread as in 2013 and 2014, which each saw about $820 million in work, "It's still a pretty big construction program," she said.
BISMARCK — North Dakota’s mining and oil extraction sector saw a $2 billion dip in taxable sales and purchases in 2015 as depressed crude oil and farm commodity prices brought the state’s economic boom to a grinding halt, according to figures released Tuesday. Taxable sales and purchases, a key indicator of economic health, totaled $22.9 billion in 2015, down from a record high of $28.2 billion in 2014 and the lowest total since $19.7 billion in 2011.
BISMARCK – Democrats plugged some holes in their statewide and legislative slates at the last minute Monday, while GOP gubernatorial hopeful Doug Burgum filed signatures to get on the June primary ballot after losing the Republican endorsement to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. The Democratic-NPL Party filled slots for state treasurer, insurance commissioner and Public Service Commission just before the 4 p.m. deadline to be placed on the June 14 ballot.
BISMARCK — Conservation groups, labor unions and the National Park Service on Monday slammed a proposed rule that they worry would limit public input on oil and gas matters by defining an "interested party" as a landowner or property manager. "I just can't fathom why you would want to be known as the North Dakota government body that makes its citizens unwelcome," Laura Anhalt of Bismarck, a Badlands Conservation Alliance board member, testified during a public hearing held by the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources.
BISMARCK – North Dakota Democrats plugged some holes in their statewide slate of candidates at the last minute Monday, while Republican gubernatorial hopeful Doug Burgum filed the petition signatures he needed to run in the June primary after losing the GOP endorsement to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
BISMARCK – Conservation groups, labor unions and the National Park Service on Monday slammed a proposed rule that they worry would limit public input on oil and gas matters by defining an “interested party” as a landowner or property manager.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party and its newly endorsed candidate for U.S. House are denying allegations he had an extramarital affair. Chase Iron Eyes, a Fort Yates attorney and American Indian activist who received the party's endorsement Saturday, said he also doesn't know how a picture he took of himself naked ended up posted online with the allegations. "This is a smear campaign," he said in a phone interview Tuesday.
BISMARCK — Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Tuesday rejected a request from Democrats to call lawmakers back to Bismarck to undo $50 million in recent budget cuts, saying it's unnecessary and the budget plan for the coming year is "just fine." Democrats sent a letter to Dalrymple last week asking him to call a special session so lawmakers could take a more strategic approach to budget cuts made in February and prompted by a projected $1.07 billion revenue shortfall brought on by low crude oil and farm commodity prices.