Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK – A November ballot measure aimed at putting the rights of North Dakota crime victims and offenders on equal footing ran into opposition Thursday from advocates for the very victims it seeks to protect.
BISMARCK -– Concerns about a possible repeat of a 2011 landslide in western North Dakota led state utility regulators to approve a route change Wednesday for the $3.7 billion Dakota Access pipeline project. Construction is underway in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois on the 1,168-mile pipeline, which will move Bakken crude to a hub in Patoka, Ill., with a capacity of up to 570,000 barrels per day.
BISMARCK – North Dakota utility regulators gave a Florida company their blessing Wednesday to build a $153 million wind farm near the capital city. The 100-megawatt Oliver III Wind Energy Center will sit about 13 miles northwest of Bismarck and will consist of up to 48 turbines on more than 14,000 acres of land in Morton and Oliver counties, with all but one turbine in Morton County.
BISMARCK – The Ward County Commission on Tuesday appointed a temporary replacement for Sheriff Steven Kukowski, whose suspension by Gov. Jack Dalrymple last week was delayed after county officials raised questions about the process. “The things that were in question were taken of, we believe,” chairman John Fjeldahl said by phone after the meeting in Minot.
BISMARCK – The Ward County Commission on Tuesday will reconsider the status of Sheriff Steven Kukowski after deciding Friday not to follow the governor’s recommendation that he be suspended until a criminal case against him involving an inmate’s death and alleged jail mismanagement is resolved. Commissioners chose not to appoint a fill-in for Kukowski until the governor’s office answered questions about whether the suspension process followed state law, chairman John Fjeldahl said Monday.
BISMARCK – North Dakota Democrats have selected 13 delegates for Bernie Sanders and five delegates for Hillary Clinton to attend the party’s presidential nominating convention next month. The 18 pledged delegates were chosen during the party’s State Delegate Selection Meeting on Saturday in Bismarck, based proportionately on the results of the June 7 statewide presidential preference caucus in which delegates handed Sanders a 253-101 victory, with 40 delegates uncommitted.
BISMARCK – In yet another sign of nervousness about North Dakota's budget situation, the state Emergency Commission on Monday denied rental assistance and temporary raises for state employees affected by energy development, saying it’s time to wean agencies off the program now that the oil boom has cooled off. The Office of Management and Budget asked for about $47,000 from the Energy Development Impact Funding Pool to provide assistance to employees of the state tax department, Historical Society and Game and Fish Department.
WASHBURN, N.D. – State Board of Higher Education members postponed action Friday on contracts and raises for campus presidents to give themselves more time to digest a dismal report on the state’s tax revenues and budget situation and to work on a new policy for evaluating presidents.
WASHBURN, N.D. – Organizers secured land Friday for the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum at Dickinson State University. Now they just need the money. The state Board of Higher Education unanimously approved a 99-year lease in which the library’s foundation agrees to pay the state $1 a year for 27.6 acres now occupied by the DSU rodeo grounds, which are being relocated to south of Dickinson.
BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple has suspended Ward County Sheriff Steven Kukowski until a criminal case against him involving the death of an inmate is resolved, but Kukowski is exploring his options, his attorney said Thursday. Special Prosecutor Seymour Jordan charged Kukowski in February with two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and one misdemeanor count of refusing to perform his public duty related to management of the Ward County Jail.