Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK – A child grips the steering wheel in a tractor cab, gleefully plowing the dirt field on the video screen in front of her. A space suit designed for...
BISMARCK – State government leaders said they are finalizing comments urging two federal agencies to withdraw a proposed rule that Gov. Jack Dalrymple said would “drastically expand” federal authority over...
A task force created by Gov. Jack Dalrymple to reform and simplify the state’s property tax system unanimously approved a bill draft Wednesday that would purge more than 50 tax levies from North Dakota law.
Groups that crafted an animal cruelty bill approved by the North Dakota Legislature last year are “generally pleased” with how the law is working and aren’t seeking any changes to it, a livestock association spokeswoman said Tuesday.
The North Dakota Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a district judge’s ruling that had blocked a 2011 state law limiting drug-induced abortions from taking effect, saying there wasn’t a sufficient majority of justices in agreement to declare the law unconstitutional.
New standards for conditioning North Dakota crude oil to make it safer for shipment will provide flexibility and could come up for approval next month, the state’s top oil and gas regulator said Monday. Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said the department is looking at setting up standard operating practices for conditioning at well sites, but also flexibility for regional stabilizers that would strip volatile gases from Bakken crude. “We certainly don’t want at this point … to pick a winner or loser in that discussion,” he said.
North Dakota’s Tourism Division director said Monday she plans to seek changes to prevent political campaigns from using the agency’s stock footage, after four sportsmen who took part in a tourism video wound up in a campaign ad promoting a controversial ballot measure. One of the sportsmen, Al Freidig, a Devils Lake real estate agent and avid hunter and fisherman, said he works with a lot of farmers – many of whom oppose Measure 5, the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks amendment – and has privately shared his stance on the measure. “I tell these people that no, I don’t support it, and then all of a sudden this commercial comes out and so it looks like I’m a liar. And some of these people take that very personally,” he said. Tourism director Sara Otte Coleman said the stock footage is meant for use by tourism partners and media outlets. The sportsmen weren’t paid for their participation, she said.
Long after Metal Arts Inc. has filled its last order, the signs and plaques it makes from aluminum and bronze will endure, perhaps nowhere more prominently than inside the North Dakota Capitol in Bismarck.
Backers of a North Dakota ballot measure that would create a conservation fund with oil tax revenue complained Thursday that the American Petroleum Institute’s campaign ads against the measure violate state law.
The federal government has agreed to raise the dollar limits for housing vouchers for low-income families in nine western North Dakota counties facing a housing crunch and higher rental rates as a result of the state’s oil boom. The change was announced Wednesday during U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro ‘s visit to North Dakota at the invitation of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, who has pressed Castro in recent months about how the income limits and fair market rents determined by HUD don’t accurately reflect the state’s soaring rental rates and population growth.