BISMARCK – People sentenced for property and drug crimes present the greatest opportunity for North Dakota to slow the revolving door at the state’s prisons, researchers told the group guiding the state’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative on Tuesday. Katie Mosehauer, project manager for the Council of State Governments Justice Center, said supervision failures and the lowest-level property and drug offenses “are creating an immense amount of pressure” on the state’s prison system.
Williston State College President Raymond Nadolny is leaving the college earlier than planned. In May, Nadolny announced he would leave his post in June 2017 to spend more time with family but according to a news release he has resigned effective Monday. WSC Vice President of Academic Affairs John Miller will take over as acting president. Nadolny decided to leave early to spend more time with his daughters and family as they relocate, the news release states.
BISMARCK – North Dakota’s largest public employees union endorsed Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem for governor Wednesday in a hotly contested Republican primary race, which challenger Doug Burgum said comes as no surprise. North Dakota United said its members decided to endorse Stenehjem over Burgum based on the two candidates’ responses to questions asked on behalf of members during recent sit-downs.
BISMARCK – A group trying to raise $1 million in private donations to help pay for a new North Dakota governor’s residence is pushing back its timeline by a few months, but co-chairman Jim Poolman remains confident the money will materialize despite the state’s economic downturn.
BISMARCK – The Bank of North Dakota expects to lose $400 million to $500 million in assets during the current economic downturn, but President Eric Hardmeyer said the state-owned bank will remain on solid footing and proceed with construction of a $17 million financial services center. The bank’s assets have more than tripled over the past decade, from just more than $2 billion in 2005 to slightly more than $7.4 billion last year, driven largely by strong energy and agricultural sectors.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Health has suspended work on a state plan that was being developed to comply with the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, after the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked the rules until legal challenges are resolved. North Dakota’s lignite coal industry, congressional delegation and state officials all praised the high court’s 5-4 decision to freeze the rules, which aim to address global warming by curbing carbon dioxide emissions.
BISMARCK – The number of active business registrations in North Dakota climbed to nearly 117,000 last year and is up more than 35 percent since 2011, but filings have begun to level off with the economic slowdown driven by depressed oil and farm commodity prices, Secretary of State Al Jaeger said.
BISMARCK – North Dakota suffered its worst revenue shortfall of the current biennium so far in December, with tax revenues arriving more than $63 million below forecast and further darkening the state’s budget picture as an advisory group prepares to meet Friday to discuss a new forecast. Last month’s shortfall brought the total gap for the first six months of the biennium to $215 million below the forecast that state lawmakers had when they adjourned in late April.
BISMARCK – North Dakota utility regulators set a public hearing Wednesday for a proposed wind farm in Stark County, as the developer behind the project formally applied to build a companion wind farm in bordering Hettinger County.
BISMARCK – In a political climate where so-called “anti-establishment” candidates such Donald Trump and Ben Carson have enjoyed time as the Republican Party’s presidential frontrunners, some political observers in North Dakota say sentiment against the status quo may not necessarily translate to the governor’s race.