Kyle Potter is an enterprise reporter at the Forum. He came to Fargo-Moorhead in May 2013 after stints at the Associated Press, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Minnesota Daily.
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Gov. Jack Dalrymple prompted cries of sexism when he named just one woman to a new 14-member task force on property tax reform this month. But a review of Dalrymple’s full track record of appointments to North Dakota’s various commissions and committees shows he’s close to hitting the 50-50 gender split. Of the nearly 400 such appointments Dalrymple has made, four of every 10 were women, according to an analysis by The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former U.S. Sens. Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan left politics with millions of dollars saved up for campaigns that never happened. Their money didn’t just disappear. Together, Dorgan and Conrad used more than $1.4 million of their old campaign cash to support fellow Democrats’ congressional campaigns, transferred another $1 million to the state party and gave tens of thousands to back North Dakota Democrats in statewide and legislative races.
DILWORTH, Minn. — Ashlie Jackson has struggled to find work and feed her two young children. She’s learned what despair feels like and how to ask for help — for her own good but mostly for her sons, 1-year-old Malikai and 8-year-old SeQuoyah. The 27-year-old mother moved home with her mom in October and visited a local food pantry last week — a visit that put spaghetti on the table and her mind momentarily at ease.
FARGO — It may forever be a mystery how 40,000-plus emails were deleted from North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani’s account earlier this year. In an opinion released Friday, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said the North Dakota University System office violated state open records laws by not coming forward with its cache of Bresciani’s deleted emails earlier, but said he can’t determine how and when they were deleted in the first place.
BISMARCK — If there’s one loser amid the state’s huge government spending spree, it’s Job Service North Dakota. The state’s portal for job openings, unemployment insurance and labor market information is one of just a handful of state agencies whose general fund appropriations have dropped in the past decade.
BISMARCK — Put North Dakota’s state spending surge under the microscope, and you’ll find winners and bigger winners. The price of North Dakota’s government has risen by nearly $9 billion since 2001 — $5.1 billion of that in state general fund money. Though the growth has been spread unevenly across the nearly 80 state agencies, virtually all of them are pulling in more money.
BISMARCK — The growth in North Dakota’s economy, fueled by oil in the west and agriculture in the east, has enabled an explosion in state government spending. A little more than a decade ago, North Dakota spent $4,300 per capita of state money on schools, roads, regulators and government officials. Over the next two years, the state will spend on government nearly $15,000 for every North Dakotan, according to an analysis of state budget documents.
BISMARCK – North Dakota’s Insurance Department is asking the state’s health insurance companies for more information about the impact of federal health care reforms across the state. The agency has...
FARGO — Thousands of North Dakotans who buy health insurance on their own will see their current policies canceled or shuffled beginning Jan. 1 as new federal health care regulations...
ARTHUR, N.D. – As the cold weather creeps in each year, Kevin Skunes usually pumps about 2,500 gallons of propane a day into the machine that dries corn and soybeans...