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North Dakota Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, was re-elected by his colleagues to chair the Legislative Management Committee on Tuesday. Legislative Management leads the Legislature during the interim sessions. The...
North Dakota voters will get the chance to weigh in next year on whether the state should tap a rarely used fund for education purposes.
North Dakota legislators agreed to cap tuition increases at 2.5 percent Tuesday morning as part of this year’s higher education budget bill. The House passed the bill, which includes more...
North Dakota lawmakers are attempting to finish the legislative session Tuesday in order to save three days for a potential special session, staying at the Capitol well into the night Monday. The state's constitution requires at least three days to act on a bill, according to Legislative Council Director Jim Smith. The Legislature can only be in session for 80 days every two years, but that limit could be stretched if the governor calls lawmakers back into session instead of legislators themselves. The 80th day of the session would be Friday.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota House passed a higher education funding bill Monday night with a 2.5 percent cap on tuition increases. House Bill 1003 includes almost $903 million in general fund spending. The legislation bars the State Board of Higher Education from increasing tuition rates by more than 2.5 percent in each of the next two academic years unless the board receives prior approval from the Legislature's budget section. The budget also includes $241 million in general funds for UND and $160 million for North Dakota State University.
North Dakota could make more use out of a ballooning fund that has rarely been used under a bill passed by the state Senate Monday. The Foundation Aid Stabilization fund was created in 1994 to cushion education funding but has only been tapped once. It's funded by oil extraction tax revenues, and has grown significantly since the onset of the Bakken oil boom. "It is expected to grow to over $750 million by the end of this biennium, and this well over the amount that is needed to cover any shortfalls we would experience in foundation aid," said Sen.
North Dakota lawmakers are pushing to finish the legislative session Tuesday in order to save three days for a potential special session. The state’s constitution requires at least three days...
Grand Forks International Airport officials are encouraging residents to use their local airport as Delta Air Lines adds larger aircraft to the market. In a letter to the editor sent to the Herald, Grand Forks Regional Airport Authority Chairman Karl Bollingberg asks readers to "resist the temptation to fly from other markets" because that will mean more seats there and not locally.
The ownership but not the day-to-day operations at the Southgate Casino Bar and Grill is expected to change in the coming weeks. The North Dakota Association for the Disabled is in the process of purchasing the Southgate property at 2525 S. Washington St., according to the organization's CEO Don Santer. The business would be leased to a company called DBLD, and current Southgate owner Bob Montgomery would manage the bar and restaurant. Montgomery said Thursday that there are still some details being worked out, such as the liquor license transfer.
Malala Khan wants to empower women with technology. The UND student is using her training as an electrical engineering major to develop a product—perhaps a smartphone app—aimed at "crowd security,"...