Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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Requests for new buildings on North Dakota’s college campuses could face an uphill climb in the upcoming legislative session, after a committee chairman urged lawmakers Wednesday to make fixing existing buildings the top priority.
President Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general is well-informed on the top two issues facing federal authorities in North Dakota: public safety in Indian Country and the growing threat from organized crime associated with the Bakken oil boom, U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon said Monday. The president nominated Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, on Saturday to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced in September he was stepping down. If confirmed, Lynch would be the first African American woman to hold the nation’s top law enforcement position. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a statement saying Lynch will receive “a very fair, but thorough, vetting.” As a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee since January, Purdon said he’s had a seat right next to Lynch, the committee’s chairwoman. Holder appointed Lynch to the committee in 2010 and named her chairwoman last year.
A North Dakota wind farm proposed in the migration route of an endangered bird has been revived after the developer unsuccessfully sued Xcel Energy for pulling out of the project in 2011.
North Dakota Democrats were regrouping Wednesday after an Election Day drubbing that saw the party lose all seven statewide contests by double-digit margins and barely put a dent in Republicans’ legislative supermajority.
The North Dakota Libertarian Party won’t have to gather signatures to secure a spot on the 2016 statewide ballot after one of its candidates captured more than 5 percent of the vote in the race for secretary of state Tuesday.
BISMARCK – North Dakota voters emphatically rejected a ballot measure Tuesday that would have dedicated millions and potentially billions of dollars in oil tax revenue for conservation projects over the...
A ballot measure brought by Republican lawmakers that would ban future attempts by North Dakota voters to inject spending mandates into the state constitution was being decided at the polls Tuesday. Measure 4 also would require that initiated measures estimated to have a “significant fiscal impact” be voted on at general elections, as opposed to June elections, which typically draw fewer voters. With 379 of 427 precincts reporting, 56.7 percent of the votes opposed Measure 4 and 43.3 percent were in favor. Complete results were not available at press time.
The North Dakota Secretary of State’s office was fielding some comments and complaints Tuesday about Election Day campaigning and voter identification. At one polling site in Grand Forks, a couple of University of North Dakota students were sent to get a student ID certification showing their current address. One student said he’d lived in Grand Forks for four years but his student ID certificate still showed his home address as Minot, the Grand Forks Herald reported. Deputy Secretary of State Jim Silrum said he hadn’t heard any complaints about college students being turned away from the polls. He said students have the right to update their address on their driver’s license and with their university to have it reflected on their student ID certificate.
The State Historical Society is seeking $3.5 million to stop erosion of the historic Double Ditch Indian Village north of Bismarck, where sinking earth along the Missouri River has already exposed five burial sites. The riverbank has been eroding at an accelerated pace since 2011, when the high-flowing Missouri River washed away the clay streambank that supports the site. Fern Swenson, deputy state historic preservation officer, said a roughly 100-yard stretch of earth has dropped in elevation, or “slumped,” about 150 feet back from the river. The state has worked with the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation to relocate the exposed remains.
BISMARCK – It’s the $130-million-a-year question for North Dakotans on Tuesday’s ballot, and supporters and opponents have pumped more than $6.5 million into campaigns trying to convince voters to answer...