Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK – State Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger plans to return to work Thursday after spending more than a month away from the office to undergo treatment for alcohol addiction, a...
Candidates for North Dakota agriculture commissioner took stances Monday against a conservation fund on the Nov. 4 ballot, but Democrat Ryan Taylor tried to distinguish himself as the candidate who could reunite the farm and conservation communities once the dust settles.
Supporters and opponents of a proposed conservation fund on the Nov. 4 ballot have pumped more than $5 million into the election, campaign finance records show, and each side is criticizing the other’s support from out-of-state donors. Friday was the deadline for filing pre-general election statements with the secretary of state’s office, providing a snapshot of how much has been spent on efforts to pass or defeat Measure 5. The constitutional amendment – perhaps the most hotly contested of the eight measures on the statewide ballot – would establish a conservation fund and trust using 5 percent of the state’s share of oil extraction tax revenue over the next 25 years. If approved, the state budget office estimates the fund and trust would collect an estimated $308 million in the 2½ years, starting Jan. 1.
BISMARCK – A retired newspaper publisher and well-respected member of the North Dakota Legislature is writing his own ending as a lawmaker. “I often say that it’s OK to change...
A Nevada polling firm that made pre-recorded phone calls to North Dakotans on behalf of supporters of a proposed conservation fund has agreed to pay $2,000 to settle a complaint that it violated the state’s “do not call” law.
After an exhaustive investigation, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has failed to locate a dozen guns that came to light as missing from its hunter education program after a scathing audit report in June, Director Terry Steinwand told lawmakers Thursday.
Officials say a $5 million injection of federal funds announced Tuesday will provide training for hundreds of first-responders in how to deal with dangerous incidents on the nation’s railroads, including oil-by-rail mishaps like the fiery derailment that shook Casselton, N.D., in December.
Opponents of Measure 5 will flex their political muscle in North Dakota’s largest cities Wednesday, highlighting the number of state lawmakers, local elected officials and business leaders fighting the Nov. 4 ballot measure that would establish a conservation fund with oil tax revenue.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple rolled out a plan Monday to spend more than $80 million on state parks and conservation efforts as a “sound and balanced” alternative to a November ballot measure that would establish a conservation fund supported by oil tax revenue. “In my opinion, this is a better way to go,” he said. The governor’s plan calls on lawmakers to approve one-time spending of $30.4 million to build new campsites, cabins, roads and trails and convert about 200 acres of state-owned land near the Missouri River Correctional Center south of Bismarck into a day park with public access to the river. He also proposes raising the cap on the new Outdoor Heritage Fund from $30 million this biennium to $50 million in 2015-2017 and adjusting the formula so the fund, which is supported by tax revenue from oil and gas production, reaches its maximum level.
BISMARCK – Ten years ago, North Dakota’s Resources Trust Fund wasn’t much of a resource at all for the water projects it was meant to fund. What a difference an...