Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK -- The Bank of North Dakota expects to lose $400 million to $500 million in assets during the current economic downturn, but President Eric Hardmeyer said the state-owned bank will remain on solid footing and proceed with construction of a $17 million financial services center. The bank's assets have more than tripled over the past decade, from just more than $2 billion in 2005 to slightly more than $7.4 billion last year, driven largely by strong energy and agricultural sectors.
BISMARCK -- A Fargo lawmaker is calling for an administrative review of the state Department of Human Services after charges filed against its director and several staffers cast doubts on the licensing process for child care providers, including an "unofficial policy" of letting those with lapsed licenses operate until their renewal paperwork goes through.
BISMARCK – With oil tax revenues falling far short of earlier projections, the North Dakota Board of University and School Lands voted unanimously Thursday to suspend future oil impact grant rounds and put a hold on about $7.4 million in grants for projects that haven’t started yet. “We have a grave challenge in that we have already granted $14 million more than it appears we will be collecting,” Department of Trust Lands Commissioner Lance Gaebe said.
BISMARCK — Two performance audits released Thursday bash how the North Dakota Department of Trust Lands handles oil impact grants and unclaimed property, but the department’s top official disagrees with some of the findings.
BISMARCK—Gasoline and diesel fuel supplies—and potentially prices—will improve for North Dakota and Minnesota consumers with construction of a $12 million project approved Wednesday that will connect two major pipelines near Fargo, officials said. The North Dakota Public Service Commission unanimously granted a permit for the 7.3-mile refined products pipeline in Cass County proposed by San Antonio-based NuStar Pipeline Operating Partnership.
BISMARCK—North Dakota state government websites were inaccessible and state employees lost access to their email for most of the afternoon Wednesday. The problems started around 2 p.m., and Chief Information Officer Mike Ressler said he hoped to have all of the websites and email back online by 8 p.m. "We had a key piece of network equipment that failed," he said. The cause of the failure was believed to be a software configuration error on a piece of hardware in the State Data Center housed in the Capitol tower, Ressler said.
BISMARCK — North Dakota regulators were granted a rare request Wednesday to charge an additional fee to oversee construction of what will be the largest crude oil pipeline out of the state's prolific Bakken oilfield. The state Emergency Commission voted 6-0 to give the Public Service Commission permission to assess an additional $100,000 fee to Dakota Access LLC, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners and developer of the proposed 1,168-mile Dakota Access pipeline.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Transportation is shuttering five of the state’s 28 rest areas, holding 20 vacant jobs open and cutting back on temporary employees, Director Grant Levi said Tuesday as he outlined steps being taken to help balance a $69.2 million revenue shortfall.
BISMARCK — The two Republican members of North Dakota's congressional delegation joined more than 200 of their House and Senate colleagues Tuesday in filing a brief urging a federal appeals court to overturn the Obama administration's new rule aimed at curbing carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer were among 33 senators and 171 House members listed on the amicus brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
BISMARCK – North Dakota Department of Transportation Director Grant Levi outlined steps the agency will take to offset a $69.2 million revenue shortfall on Tuesday, including shuttering five of the state’s 28 rest areas, holding 20 jobs open and cutting back on temporary employees.