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BISMARCK — For some living on the economically depressed Turtle Mountain Reservation in north-central North Dakota, it seemed too good to be true. Two people in a motorhome recently pulled into Belcourt, parked next to a convenience store and began handing out free cellphones in exchange for filling out some paperwork. “It’s kind of cold out now, so it’s not as good,” Shannon Ouellette, who manages the One Stop Market, said Thursday. “But when they were here about three weeks ago, there was a constant line of about 20 people out there all day long. I don’t know what the catch is or what’s going on, but they’re getting a lot of people out there.”
BISMARCK – Meeting for the first time Friday, members of Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s newly formed Task Force on Property Tax Reform wasted little time before digging into the state’s plethora of local property taxes, trying to separate them into groups that should be scrapped, bundled, further analyzed or left alone. The task force, comprised of Dalrymple as chairman with nine other voting members and four non-voting members appointed by him, is charged with identifying opportunities to simplify, consolidate or eliminate unnecessary or duplicative taxes.
BISMARCK — The dozen board members who will recommend which projects deserve grants from North Dakota’s new Outdoor Heritage Fund have their work cut out for them after the fund, which is limited to $30 million every two years, received 76 applications totaling nearly $35 million for the first of five grant rounds.
LEITH – The girlfriend of one of two white supremacists charged with terrorizing residents of Leith has filed a restraining order against the man who maintains an unofficial website about the town. Webmaster Greg Bruce said a Grant County sheriff’s deputy served him with the temporary restraining order Wednesday afternoon.
BISMARCK — An Oklahoma-based company could face civil penalties for installing and operating a natural gas pipeline in northwestern North Dakota without the proper state permits, a state utility regulator said Wednesday. Hiland Operating LLC began installing the 6.5-mile-long pipeline in Burke and Divide counties in November 2008 and completed it in March 2009, according to documents filed with the state’s Public Service Commission.
BISMARCK — Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Tuesday his new Task Force on Property Tax Reform will identify “meaningful, long-term savings” for taxpayers, while a top Democratic lawmaker said the problem hasn’t been a lack of good ideas but rather the Republican-controlled Legislature’s lack of openness to them. With several of the task force’s 14 members standing behind him at the Capitol, Dalrymple said the state has made “great progress” in reducing the tax burden on North Dakotans. Lawmakers have provided about $2.4 billion in tax relief since 2009, with roughly $1.5 billion of that coming through reductions in local property taxes, including $856 million for the current biennium.
BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple is forming a task force to study permanent property tax reform in North Dakota. Dalrymple will announce the details of the task force, including its...
BISMARCK – Along with the traditional ice scrapers, emergency kits and snow tires, North Dakotans are increasingly turning to another tool to meet the challenges of winter travel: their smartphones...
MANDAN - Belle Carlsen crouches down at the bottom of the stairs, puts her ponytailed head to the floor and kicks her legs into the air to perform a handstand against the wall. Within seconds, Abby Carlsen is copying her, bracing her body upside-down against the couch. It’s gymnastics time for the Carlsen twins.
BISMARCK — A website designed to improve public access to information about oil spills and releases of other potentially harmful liquids in North Dakota will launch next week, barring any unforeseen issues, a state health official said Friday. The North Dakota Department of Health began developing the website in the wake of a massive oil spill that was discovered Sept. 29 near Tioga but wasn’t publicly disclosed until Oct. 10, and only after a news reporter asked about it.