Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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North Dakota’s teacher licensing board voted unanimously Tuesday not to take action on the license of the state’s 2014 Teacher of the Year before criminal charges accusing him of having a sexual relationship with a student are resolved. Aaron Knodel was charged Aug. 22 in Cass County District Court with five counts of felony corruption or solicitation of a minor. He’s accused of allegedly engaging in sexual acts with a then 17-year-old student in his West Fargo High School classroom, at his home and in her car, starting in 2008. Knodel has denied the allegations through his attorney. He faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted on all counts.
Despite early delivery delays, North Dakota should have an adequate supply of flu vaccine this season for those who want the protective measure, state health officials said Monday.
BISMARCK – A jury verdict awarding $1 million to the owners of a western North Dakota hunting ranch who claimed that oil drilling turned their pristine landscape into “an industrial...
State agencies are offering bigger hiring bonuses and relying heavily on retention bonuses to stay competitive in North Dakota’s tight job market, with nearly $5 million in extra pay awarded to state employees since July 2007, a human resources official said.
Top Democratic-NPL Party lawmakers called Thursday for an audit of the state’s contracts with Bismarck-based Odney Advertising after reports that the firm emailed “suggested talking points” for state officials to use when responding to questions about Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger’s leave of absence for alcohol treatment.
Claudia Berg, a 33-year employee of the State Historical Society and coordinator of the nearly completed $51.7 million expansion of the North Dakota Heritage Center, was picked Wednesday to lead the agency after current Director Merl Paaverud retires Nov. 14.
Secretary of State Al Jaeger got permission Wednesday to move more money into his budget for overtime and temporary staff as his office continues to experience what he called “unprecedented” demand for services brought on by North Dakota’s thriving economy.
A $3 million grant approved Wednesday from North Dakota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund could mean more than $38 million in incentives for farmers, ranchers and landowners to remove environmentally sensitive land from production, officials said.
A member of the State Historical Board said she’s “challenged to reconcile” how a search committee that was directed to forward three finalists for interviews for director of the State Historical Society ended up advancing only two finalists – both internal candidates – despite more than 40 applicants for the position. The 12-member board is scheduled to interview the two finalists Wednesday. Claudia Berg, coordinator of the nearly-completed $51.7 million expansion of the North Dakota Heritage Center, and Museum Division Director Chris Johnson are in the running to replace current Director Merl Paaverud when he retires in November after 13 years. Emails and meeting minutes obtained by Forum News Service through an open records request demonstrate how some board members intended to hire from within the Historical Society’s walls from the outset.
The largest single appropriation of state funding for the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project was released Monday with a unanimous vote of the State Water Commission. State lawmakers included $100 million in the water commission’s 2013-2015 budget to support the $1.8 billion diversion project, after having previously appropriated $45 million during the 2009 session and $30 million in 2011. Commission members on Monday approved the additional cost-share dollars that will help fund nearly $211 million in diversion program costs budgeted for fiscal year 2015, which begins Oct. 1, Fargo City Administrator Pat Zavoral said.