Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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A Mandan man was sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison Monday for his role in a drug conspiracy that prosecutors say trucked into North Dakota more than 33 pounds of methamphetamine that was linked to the overdose deaths of two people. Joseph Thomas Senger, 53, and a dozen others were charged by indictment about a year ago in U.S. District Court in Bismarck with conspiracy to distribute drugs resulting in serious bodily injury or death.
The North Dakota attorney general’s office informed Game and Fish Department Director Terry Steinwand on Wednesday that one of his employees may face a civil suit to recover state funds improperly paid to department employees and at least one nonprofit organization.
Private insurance coverage has increased by more than 10 percent in North Dakota since before passage of the federal Affordable Care Act, an Insurance Department official reported Wednesday in the first such measure of the controversial law’s impact. Deputy Insurance Commissioner Rebecca Ternes said the department recently asked the state’s four largest insurance carriers for their overall enrollment numbers as of July 1, 2009, and July 1, 2014, to try to gauge whether the number of insured had increased since the year before Congress passed the health care reform law.
The ball is now in the North Dakota Legislature’s court to fix what a consultant identified as major gaps in behavioral health services, including a "crisis" in the western part of the state, where population growth has more people seeking treatment from providers struggling to find workers.
North Dakota’s top education official wants to copy a Montana program that weaves the history and culture of American Indian tribes into classroom instruction, and the first step was an Indian Education Summit held Tuesday in Bismarck.
When organizers approached the Leith City Council last spring about a 105th anniversary celebration for the small town beleaguered by white supremacist Craig Cobb, council members wanted one assurance.
A record high deposit of $112 million will be made into North Dakota’s Legacy Fund this month, pushing the rainy day fund’s balance past $2.2 billion, State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt announced Thursday.
A new report on state governments’ rainy day funds ranked North Dakota as the second most tax-volatile state in the nation, but the analysis didn’t consider the state’s more than $2 billion Legacy Fund from oil and gas tax revenues.
Eighteen firearms are still missing after a critical audit of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department found the agency hadn’t properly inventoried guns used in its hunter education program for at least eight years, department Director Terry Steinwand told lawmakers Wednesday.
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said he plans to request more funding and personnel to help tackle the ongoing rise of drug trafficking, prostitution and violent crimes in North Dakota, especially in western oil-producing counties that saw a 23 percent spike in aggravated assault reports last year.