Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK — In a political climate where so-called “anti-establishment” candidates such as Donald Trump and Ben Carson have enjoyed time as the Republican Party’s presidential frontrunners, some political observers in...
BISMARCK — After a steep rise that forced North Dakota to provide more help to the state medical examiner, the number of autopsies performed in North Dakota fell last year...
BISMARCK — With falling oil prices dimming the state's budget outlook, North Dakota lawmakers are taking their first in-depth look at whether the state should change or eliminate some tax incentives that have saved millions of dollars for businesses and investors. Industry representatives and lobbyists lined up Wednesday at the Capitol to justify to the Legislature's interim Political Subdivision Taxation Committee why the incentives should continue and how they have benefited the state through increased economic activity, jobs and lower utility rates.
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.