Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK—Since its inception, total net earnings of North Dakota's Legacy Fund have exceeded $1 billion, according to a report to legislators Thursday. Dave Hunter, executive director and chief investment officer of the state Retirement and Investment Office, presented the report to the Legacy and Budget Stabilization Fund Advisory Board, followed by a consultant's report on an asset allocation and spending study of the Legacy Fund.
BISMARCK—Every executive branch agency has agreed to meet with the Office of Management and Budget and Gov. Doug Burgum's office for strategic reviews in budgeting for the 2019-21 biennium — a new process that began Thursday. OMB director Joe Morrissette said the meetings are voluntary. Agencies will meet with OMB, the governor's office and the state's information technology department in early planning on how to accommodate Burgum's budgetary guidelines of 5 or 10 percent reductions, with a 3 percent contingency.
BISMARCK—Kelly Armstrong is clear about where he stands on federal regulations. "We're better at regulating North Dakota industry in North Dakota than the federal government ever will be," the state's Republican-endorsed U.S. House candidate said. "When we deal with the politics of regulation in North Dakota, they're North Dakota politics, they're not national politics."
BISMARCK — State legislators of the interim Justice Reinvestment Committee heard Thursday that certain potential budget cuts for next biennium would greatly affect the state's judicial system.
BISMARCK—Funding of the Office of Recovery Reinvented came under the microscope Wednesday at a meeting of the interim Health Services Committee. In January by executive order, Gov. Doug Burgum established the office to develop initiatives relating to recovery from addiction, which first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum has made her platform. Burgum donating his governor's salary helps fund the office.
BISMARCK—Linking arms and carrying signs are apparently the known extent of two pipeline protesters' conduct that led to their criminal convictions and joint appeal before the North Dakota Supreme Court. Justices heard arguments Tuesday in the second appeal stemming from criminal cases of the monthslong protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Last fall, Surrogate Judge Thomas Merrick convicted Mary Redway and Alex Simon of misdemeanors from a march in October 2016 near pipeline construction in a pasture off State Highway 1806 in Morton County.
BISMARCK — When Mary Redway returned to North Dakota in February for a prayer walk commemorating the camps that opposed the Dakota Access Pipeline, the experience was moving, she said. "It was really great to be walking with old friends, people we hadn't seen for a year, and to be revisiting sites and to be offering prayers and reflections," she said.
BISMARCK—The jobs outlook in the Oil Patch in western North Dakota is at its highest level in three years. Central North Dakota looks good, too, heading into summer. Released last week, Job Service North Dakota's latest regional reports for job openings in central North Dakota and the Oil Patch region indicate their highest numbers since 2015-16.
BISMARCK—For Mark Zimmerman and other members of Friends of the Rail Bridge, the BNSF Railway bridge straddling the Missouri River is an "iconic image" of Bismarck-Mandan. Hence, the effort to save it. About 67 people interested in the bridge's historic preservation gathered Tuesday night, April 3, for a meeting on the bridge's history, engineering and preservation, said Susan Wefald, who has helped lead the group interest.
BISMARCK—Public access to court records in North Dakota could expand under a proposal to rewrite the state Supreme Court's rules. While clerks of court in many North Dakota counties email requested court records, Justice Jon Jensen said there is no requirement to send court records electronically. "Each district courthouse is a little different about what they will send out and what they'll give you and some of them will charge you," said Jack McDonald, legal counsel for the North Dakota Newspaper Association.