UPDATED 11:33 P.M. The Towner, N.D., Democrat, the party's leader in the state Senate this year, is serving his third term in District 7. He's also a rancher, and he's known as as a writer of the syndicated column "Cowboy Logic."
I believe the special session is an opportune time to do two things regarding energy development impacts. First, I believe we should immediately add $50 million to the Oil and Gas Impact Fund to help the counties and communities impacted by oil development.
Second, the state should create a 'Lasting Harvest' commission to address the long term needs of energy-impact areas.
Our state has changed. It’s growing. That means we need better roads, housing and infrastructure. We have more children in our communities and more students who want to take advantage of our schools and colleges.
But the response of the state’s Republican legislative leaders is to complain about the budget required for that growth, then make ideologically selective cuts and give state revenues to political friends.
The Democratic-NPL Party state convention in Fargo is slated for the last weekend in March – one week after Republicans meet in Grand Forks to endorse their nominee between declared candidates Gov. John Hoeven and Paul Sorum, a Fargo architect and business consultant.
Cowboy storyteller Ryan Taylor, the bluegrass band the North River Ramblers and short stories around the campfire by UND’s Virgil Benoit all will be a part of the fourth annual Art & Heritage Festival on Saturday in Walhalla, N.D.
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