Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK — A Democratic state lawmaker plans to introduce a bill during next month's special session that could delay construction of a new multimillion-dollar governor's residence, saying it "doesn't look too smart" to start the project when the state is struggling financially.
BISMARCK — Rulemakers for the Republican National Convention killed any chance Friday of a last-ditch effort to dump Donald Trump as the party's presidential nominee, confirming what the head of the North Dakota Republican Party saw happening a day earlier. "I feel like it's moving the other way. I think people are rallying behind him," GOP chairman Kelly Armstrong said Thursday by phone from Cleveland, site of the four-day convention that starts Monday. "It's not like 'aw shucks,' kicking dirt."
BISMARCK – After seeing its largest drop ever in April, North Dakota oil production rebounded slightly in May, the Department of Mineral Resources reported Friday. May production increased by half...
BISMARCK — A North Dakota Republican Party official says it's "pure coincidence" that Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem's decision to skip the Republican National Convention has opened the door for Fargo entrepreneur Doug Burgum — who defeated Stenehjem last month for the GOP nomination for governor — to attend as a delegate. North Dakota is sending 28 delegates to the convention next week in Cleveland, where New York businessman Donald Trump hopes to clinch the party's official nomination for president.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health estimates a proposed ballot measure aimed at legalizing medical marijuana would require adding 32 full-time employees and cost $8.7 million to administer in the first biennium — a figure the measure's lead sponsor called "outrageous."
BISMARCK — Gov. Jack Dalrymple took the extraordinary step Wednesday of calling the Legislature into special session to plug a budget gap that's projected to widen to $310 million by the end of this biennium, after already shoring up a more than $1 billion revenue shortfall in February. Dalrymple issued an executive order for lawmakers to convene Aug. 2. Under the state constitution, they must meet for at least the three days to pass a bill, which Dalrymple said his office will introduce to the Legislature's delayed bills committee.
BISMARCK — A Dickinson elementary school principal will take over Wednesday as executive director of North Dakota's teacher licensing board at a time when the state is updating its education standards and collecting data to determine the extent of its teacher shortage. The Education Standards and Practices Board hired Rebecca Pitkin to replace Janet Welk, who will retire in December after 18 years as director.
BISMARCK — North Dakotans may decide in November whether marijuana should be available for medical use, but they won't vote on full legalization of pot after sponsors of that proposed measure failed to muster the necessary signatures by Monday's deadline. More than a dozen supporters of the medical marijuana measure delivered about 17,600 petition signatures to Secretary of State Al Jaeger on Monday afternoon. Jaeger has 35 days to verify at least 13,452 signatures to put the so-called Compassionate Care Act on the Nov. 8 ballot.
BISMARCK — North Dakota cities are wrestling with a steep decline in state aid funding as they craft their budgets for next year, with some experiencing a "double whammy" because of a change in how population is used to calculate the payments. The head of the North Dakota League of Cities said he's concerned the substantial drop in state aid and highway tax revenue could put added pressure on local property taxes.
BISMARCK — In the same room where his shocked opponent conceded the Republican nomination for governor two weeks earlier, Doug Burgum addressed a receptive crowd of GOP faithful Tuesday, sharing his vision for the office and speaking of unity to party diehards whose endorsed candidate he defeated. The 75 to 80 people who showed up at Bismarck Municipal Country Club to hear from the Fargo entrepreneur was a record for the monthly GOP chairman's luncheon, which typically draws anywhere from 15 to 50 people, party chairman Kelly Armstrong said.