Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK — A partnership involving a Lutheran synod in North Dakota ran afoul of federal regulations when it brought religion into a federally funded program that supports victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, the U.S. Department of Justice found in a highly critical report finalized this month. The missteps included a guide that urged faith leaders to offer to help victims reconnect with their faith and to "reassure her it is not her fault nor God's will," according to the report released Nov.
BISMARCK—North Dakota's first new license plate in more than 20 years will soon hit the streets. The state Department of Transportation announced that it began issuing the new "Sunrise" license plate on Thursday. Department Director Grant Levi stressed that the new flat plate will be distributed to vehicle owners through the regular license plate renewal process. "There's no need to come in early to get your plate," he said. The current general-issue license plate depicts a prairie scene and is referred to at the DOT as the "buffalo plate" because of the bison featured in the lower
BISMARCK — North Dakota's state-owned bank is launching a $300 million loan program to aid farmers struggling with low commodity prices and below-average crop production. The state Industrial Commission voted Thursday to approve the Bank of North Dakota's new Farm Financial Stability Loan Program, which was developed over several months with input from bankers and borrowers. "It's something that certainly fits within our mission and certainly would be helpful in a very meaningful way to provide some stability, some support to the ag community," bank President and CEO Eric Hardmeyer s
BISMARCK – North Dakota’s first new license plate in more than 20 years will soon hit the streets. The state Department of Transportation announced that it began issuing the new...
BISMARCK — The committee steering the design of a new official residence for North Dakota’s governor reaffirmed its preference for a one-story design over a pair of two-story schemes on...
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Libertarian Party has endorsed candidates for statewide offices and elected a new party chairman, but it still needs a candidate to capture at least 5 percent of the vote in the 2016 governor's race so they don't have to collect signatures to maintain their ballot status. The 50-plus party members who attended the statewide convention Saturday at the Baymont Inn in Mandan endorsed: -- Robert "Jack" Seaman of Fargo for U.S. House -- Robert Marquette of Fargo for U.S.
BISMARCK — Top North Dakota lawmakers from both parties say nearly $100,000 in retention bonuses awarded by Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple to five members of his staff were excessive and...
BISMARCK -- Live horse racing is headed back to Fargo. The state Racing Commission voted unanimously Thursday to schedule three race weekends next summer at the North Dakota Horse Park, which is saddled with debt and was denied hosting races this year. The five-member panel approved 14 race days in all: four Saturday-Sunday weekends at Chippewa Downs in Belcourt followed by three weekends at the Fargo track, with July 9-10 as a weekend off between the meets. The two entities that own the Fargo track, Horse Race North Dakota and the North Dakota Horse Park Foundation, owe roughly $1
BISMARCK — To prevent the spread of zebra mussels and other aquatic nuisance species, the state Game and Fish Department hopes to expand an emergency rule implemented in August that...
BISMARCK – North Dakota high school students are smoking, binge drinking and abusing prescription drugs at lower rates than before, but the percentage using e-cigarettes and attempting or contemplating suicide...