Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK – North Dakota’s teacher licensing board is asking a longtime employee to resign after she used the office credit card’s reward points to order nine $100 gift cards and spent one of them on groceries and Pizza Hut.
BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple and U.S. Sen John Hoeven lined up behind Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem this week as the Republicans’ endorsed candidate for governor, dealing a blow to Fargo businessman Doug Burgum, who has contributed to and served as a campaign co-chairman for both Dalrymple and Hoeven in the past. “Not only is he (Stenehjem) the endorsed candidate, but he also has the experience and the qualities necessary to make a good governor,” Dalrymple said Thursday through spokesman Jeff Zent.
BISMARCK – With an unprecedented three Native Americans on the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party’s statewide ticket and at least four running for legislative seats, it may appear the party purposely recruited candidates from the tribes, or that enrolled members were simply more motivated to run. According to Dem-NPL chair Kylie Oversen, "It was a little bit of both."
BISMARCK -- The state of North Dakota will pay $245,000 in attorney’s fees after losing a challenge to an abortion law passed by the Legislature in 2013. The money will go to the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, which provides legal representation to the Red River Women’s Clinic, North Dakota’s only abortion provider. The payment was outlined in a settlement signed Tuesday by attorneys for the clinic and state. A judge still must approve the agreement in U.S. District Court.
BISMARCK – A Democratic lawmaker running for state treasurer wants to eliminate the office if he wins, a proposal that North Dakota voters have twice rejected in the past. State Sen. Tim Mathern of Fargo filed his candidacy Monday, hoping to unseat Republican Kelly Schmidt, who is seeking a fourth term. Libertarian Eric Olson of Fargo also is running for the post.
BISMARCK – Democrats plugged some holes in their statewide and legislative slates at the last minute Monday, while GOP gubernatorial hopeful Doug Burgum filed signatures to get on the June primary ballot after losing the Republican endorsement to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. The Democratic-NPL Party filled slots for state treasurer, insurance commissioner and Public Service Commission just before the 4 p.m. deadline to be placed on the June 14 ballot.
BISMARCK – Conservation groups, labor unions and the National Park Service on Monday slammed a proposed rule that they worry would limit public input on oil and gas matters by defining an “interested party” as a landowner or property manager. “I just can’t fathom why you would want to be known as the North Dakota government body that makes its citizens unwelcome,” Laura Anhalt of Bismarck, a Badlands Conservation Alliance board member, testified during a public hearing held by the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources.
BISMARCK – The State Historical Board is hiring outside attorneys to fight a $1.5 million lawsuit filed by a Wahpeton contractor who claims the state improperly withheld payments for work done on the $51.7 million expansion of the North Dakota Heritage Center. Board members voted unanimously Friday to retain Ron McLean and Peter Zuger of Serkland Law Firm in Fargo to represent the State Historical Society in the breach-of-contract lawsuit filed by Comstock Construction Inc. last month in Burleigh County District Court.
BISMARCK – State Rep. Roscoe Streyle was surprised when he heard Wednesday that Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Burgum had tapped Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford as his choice for lieutenant governor. After all, it was less than three weeks earlier that Streyle had received an email from Sanford saying he was “all in” for Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and that they “can’t let people get enamored with Burgum's star power without addressing the policy inconsistencies.”
BISMARCK – The contractor that oversaw a nearly $52 million expansion of the North Dakota Heritage Center is suing the State Historical Society for almost $1.5 million, claiming it improperly withheld payment and continues to do so despite the project being completed more than a year ago. Wahpeton-based Comstock Construction Inc. filed the lawsuit last month in Burleigh County District Court in Bismarck.