Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK — A program that sends millions of dollars in temporary raises and rental assistance to state employees in western North Dakota's Oil Patch continues to rankle some lawmakers who question if all of the payments are necessary and whether the state should instead boost base salaries. "We need to spend some real time addressing this in the next session," House Majority Leader Al Carlson said Monday.
BISMARCK — A voter-approved trust fund that has socked away more than $2.4 billion in North Dakota oil and gas tax revenue since 2011 could balloon to $230 billion by...
BISMARCK — Requests for new buildings on North Dakota's college campuses could face an uphill climb in the upcoming legislative session, after a committee chairman urged lawmakers Wednesday to make fixing existing buildings the top priority. "We should not be approving new buildings just because somebody's got an idea," said Rep.
Purdon says N.Y. prosecutor well-versed on N.D. organized crime, Indian Country issues BISMARCK — President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general is well-informed on the top two issues facing federal authorities in North Dakota: public safety in Indian Country and the growing threat from organized crime associated with the Bakken oil boom, U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon said Monday. The president nominated Loretta Lynch, U.S.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota wind farm proposed in the migration route of an endangered bird has been revived after the developer unsuccessfully sued Xcel Energy for pulling out of...
BISMARCK — North Dakota Democrats were regrouping Wednesday after an Election Day drubbing that saw the party lose all seven statewide contests by double-digit margins and barely put a dent...
BISMARCK – North Dakota voters emphatically rejected a ballot measure Tuesday that would have dedicated millions and potentially billions of dollars in oil tax revenue for conservation projects over the...
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Secretary of State’s office was fielding some comments and complaints Tuesday about Election Day campaigning and voter identification. At one polling site in Grand Forks,...
BISMARCK — The State Historical Society is seeking $3.5 million to stop erosion of the historic Double Ditch Indian Village north of Bismarck, where sinking earth along the Missouri River has already exposed five burial sites. The riverbank has been eroding at an accelerated pace since 2011, when the high-flowing Missouri River washed away the clay streambank that supports the site. Fern Swenson, deputy state historic preservation officer, said a roughly 100-yard stretch of earth has dropped in elevation, or "slumped," about 150 feet back from the river.
BISMARCK — It's the $130-million-a-year question for North Dakotans on Tuesday's ballot, and supporters and opponents have pumped more than $6.5 million into campaigns trying to convince voters to answer the question in their favor. Both sides have accused each other of misleading or illegal campaign ads that have muddied the waters on Measure 5, the constitutional amendment that would put 5 percent of the state's oil extraction tax revenue over the next 25 years into a trust and fund for projects related to water, wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation. Steve Adair, campaign chairm