Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK – Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley, who recently admitted to an extramarital affair, announced Monday he will not run for governor in 2016. “While Kathleen and I have been heartened...
BISMARCK — North Dakota regulators on Thursday gave oil producers more time next year to meet a major goal for reducing the flaring of natural gas, but in exchange will require them to capture more of the byproduct of drilling by 2020 in additional incremental steps. Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who chairs the three-member Industrial Commission that oversees oil and gas development, said after an industry presentation that "there are some very real reasons" why reaching the gas capture goal of 85 percent by Jan.
BISMARCK — State lawmakers hammered higher education officials Wednesday over a 65 percent increase in student fees at Williston State College, raising concerns about how students are being charged for a new wellness center and threatening to cut funding if things don't improve. Some lawmakers have questioned whether the fee increases were an attempt to circumvent their decision to cap tuition increases at 2.5 percent per year in 2015-17. Sen.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's tax revenues fell more than $40 million short of projections in July and August as the oil industry continued to idle drilling rigs amid low crude prices, prompting state lawmakers Wednesday to warn of the budget effects and suggest an updated revenue forecast may be needed. "This is a real wake-up call, I think," House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, said during a meeting of the Legislature's Budget Section. Overall general fund tax revenues were $41.7 million, or 3.9 percent, lower than projected for July and August.
BISMARCK—Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is "seriously considering" a run for governor next year, he said Monday after the release of a statewide poll that showed him with the highest favorable response among several potential GOP candidates. Stenehjem's comments to Forum News Service were the strongest indication so far of his seriousness about the race since Gov.
BISMARCK — North Dakota had the nation's second-best fiscal health in 2014, with a surplus that penciled out to about $28,400 per taxpayer, according to a study released Monday by a Chicago-based think tank. Truth in Accounting, which advocates for accurate, understandable and transparent financial reporting by government agencies, ranked North Dakota behind only Alaska in fiscal health in its annual "Financial State of the States" report. Wyoming, Utah and South Dakota rounded out the top five. Sheila Weinberg, founder and CEO of Truth in Accounting, said North Dakota's taxpayer
BISMARCK — Activist groups urged North Dakota regulators on Monday to "get tough" with the oil industry and deny its request to relax the goals it helped develop to reduce the flaring of natural gas. "They said they could do it.
BISMARCK – North Dakota had the nation’s second-best fiscal health in 2014, with a surplus that penciled out to about $28,400 per taxpayer, according to a study released Monday by...
BISMARCK — An effort to raise $1 million in private donations to help pay for a new $5 million governor's residence will be led by a high-ranking North Dakota Republican Party official and a Democratic state lawmaker from Fargo. Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley, who chairs the Capitol Grounds Planning Commission, recently appointed first-term Rep.
BISMARCK — The company proposing the biggest crude pipeline yet out of North Dakota's Oil Patch has informed at least one landowner that it is prepared to go to court to obtain right-of-way for the underground pipeline. Robert Ferebee, who raises crops and cattle near Halliday, received a letter dated Aug.