STAFF BLOG CITY STREET BEAT City leaders, state legislators begin planning for next session
Grand Forks city leaders say they want to be more proactive when it comes to working with state legislators in the 2015 session.
They took the first step Thursday when members of the city's Legislati... Posted on 11/21/13 at 6:44 PM
THE NEW FORTY We may be easy, but we are not cheap.
I have expressed my concerns about the North Dakota oil patch before. My fearhas been, and continues to be, that the North Dakota we know and love is for sale. There is no going back now though - the ... Posted on 9/19/12 at 9:02 PM
THE WEST WING Council Meeting 8-21-2012
The following are the proposed agenda items for Tuesday evening's regular City Council meeting. The agenda and packet can be found on theCity Council web page.
The consent agenda inclu... Posted on 8/21/12 at 6:45 AM
Four counties within the Little Missouri National Grassland have gone to court seeking authority to build roads in areas now managed as roadless and eligible for wilderness. Conservationists say this would imperil a proposal to designate pockets of the grasslands as wilderness areas.
North Dakotans want more investment in infrastructure, especially housing, according to participants in a series of town halls held around the state. North Dakota 2.0 organized meetings in 14 communities to gather residents' ideas on the future of the state.
An infrastructure program is not simply make-work to help the economy. It's both crucial -- every study of the issue points to billions or even trillions of dollars in much-needed repairs -- and doable, given the desperate-for-work labor force and the easy access to both money and materials.
If the administration had more forcefully addressed those “one in six,” “one in 11” and other states’ bridge deficiencies — by the way, dams and other critical infrastructure also remain deficient — it could be pointing today at progress made rather than money lost.
When the book “North Dakota’s oil boom: A history” gets written, an event Monday in Bismarck will feature prominently.
That’s when North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed the biggest road rebuilding and maintenance budget in the history of the state.
This situation, if you’ll forgive me for saying so, has been the Democratic Party’s epic failure. The party believes in the positive uses of government. But if you want the country to share that belief, you have to provide a government that is nimble, tough-minded and effective. That means occasionally standing up to the excessive demands of public employee unions.
A combative President Barack Obama rolled out a long-term jobs program Monday that would exceed $50 billion to rebuild roads, railways and runways, and coupled it with a blunt campaign-season assault on Republicans for causing Americans’ hard economic times.
Growing infrastructure and funding concerns spawning from rampant oil activity, along with the area’s increasing wind energy development, were discussed at a meeting of the Southwest Association of Counties at the Dickinson Elks Lodge, Monday evening.
The lights are going out all over America — literally. Colorado Springs has made headlines with its desperate attempt to save money by turning off a third of its streetlights, but similar things are either happening or being contemplated across the nation, from Philadelphia to Fresno.
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