Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK – With the region’s premieroil industry conference as his backdrop, hopes are high that presidential candidate Donald Trump will offer some substance on his energy policies when he delivers his highly anticipated speech here Thursday. The Republican presumptive nominee is scheduled to speak to more than 7,000 people at about 1 p.m. at the Bismarck Event Center, capping off the three-day Williston Basin Petroleum Conference.
BISMARCK – Police and the college student organizing a protest of Donald Trump’s appearance here Thursday said they expect no problems like the chaos that erupted outside the presidential candidate’s rally Tuesday night in New Mexico. Protesters outside Albuquerque’s convention center knocked down barricades, lit fires and threw rocks and bottles at police, injuring several officers, according to multiple media reports and the police department’s Twitter feed.
BISMARCK – Real estate developer Ernie Graham has weathered booms and busts from Texas oil country to California’s Silicon Valley, and his message to those attending the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference here Tuesday couldn’t have been clearer. Hang in there.
BISMARCK – North Dakota regulators on Tuesday approved the third leg of a pipeline that will provide a link across Lake Sakakawea to the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which is now under construction and will be the largest crude oil pipeline out of the Bakken. During a special meeting, the Public Service Commission voted 3-0 to grant a route permit for Sacagawea Pipeline Co. for a 15-mile, $22.8 million pipeline in McKenzie County.
BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple and other speakers urged those crafting a long-range plan for higher education in North Dakota to hold down costs for students, find efficiencies and continue to partner with the private sector to meet the state’s workforce needs.
BISMARCK – He may be the hottest ticket in town and the main attraction at next week’s Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, but Donald Trump also will attempt to tighten his grip on the GOP nomination while he’s in Bismarck. North Dakota GOP Executive Director Roz Leighton said Trump plans to meet with most of the state’s 28 national convention delegates while he’s here, though details were still being finalized.
BISMARCK – North Dakota’s tax revenues fell $33.4 million short of projections in April, the worst month yet since the state budget office adopted a lower revenue forecast in January to adjust for plunging revenues blamed on depressed oil and farm commodity prices. The Office of Management and Budget reported $214 million in tax revenues and transfers last month, 13.5 percent below what was projected in the January revised forecast.
BISMARCK – Harold Holtz initially put off buying tickets to Donald Trump’s speech next week in Bismarck, but he was among the first in line when a second batch went up for sale Thursday. Peering through his tinted glasses, the 70-year-old retired farmer, rancher and coal miner thumbed through his brown leather wallet and forked over $30 to see the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee for president.
BISMARCK – Xcel Energy officials on Wednesday outlined millions of dollars in options for improving electric service in North Dakota while assuring state regulators that its Fargo system is fundamentally sound despite a recent rash of power outages. Company officials met with the state Public Service Commission for an informal hearing on reliability after Xcel experienced eight outages in Fargo between April 22 and May 13, affecting more than 24,000 customers.
BISMARCK – Between the $100,000 contributions from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and eBay director Robert Kagle, a key sector of North Dakota’s economy is noticeably absent from Fargo businessman Doug Burgum’s campaign finance statements. Disclosures filed last week show no discernable contributions to Burgum from the state’s energy sector, led by its robust oil and coal industries, since he jumped into the governor’s race in mid-January.