FARGO — The boom in the state’s Oil Patch and strong farm prices have given a big boost to personal incomes in North Dakota, putting per capita pay in some places on par with the most famously rich counties in the U.S.
BISMARCK — How much money North Dakota’s oil- and gas-producing counties should get to help pay for all the needs that have come with rapid growth promises to be one of the biggest issues of the 2013 legislative session.
A room in the Dickinson Elks Lodge was filled with discussion and smiles as officials from nine southwest counties broke out of the usual meeting style and broke bread to talk about pressing issues and hear presentations about possible improvements during a meeting Monday night.
Today is tax day. A day where many Americans scramble to get their tax returns filed as the deadline looms.
However, many North Dakotans can breathe a sigh of relief this year as several counties have been granted an extension due to severe weather and flooding throughout the state. The new due date for those counties issued the extension is May 15.
BISMARCK — North Dakota’s oil producing counties shouldn’t be penalized for helping plump up the state treasury, county officials and a few lawmakers said Wednesday in appealing to the Legislature for assistance.
Seven counties and 23 communities in southwestern North Dakota will be participating in a housing study.
The study will be conducted by Hanna:Keelan, a Nebraska-based community research and planning firm, which finished a study of Bowman County’s housing needs early this year.
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