Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK – North Dakota’s Blue Book is loaded with history about the Peace Garden State, and the 31st edition pays tribute to those who have chronicled the state’s past. Secretary of State Al Jaeger unveiled the 582-page book at the Capitol and presented a ceremonial copy to Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday, the 126th anniversary of statehood.
BISMARCK – North Dakota high schoolers are smoking, binge drinking and abusing prescription drugs at lower rates than before, but the percentage of students using e-cigarettes and attempting or contemplating suicide is alarming, officials said Monday in releasing new survey results. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler said the results of the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey are “very positive” overall.
BISMARCK – After having their petition rejected last week, supporters of a proposed ballot measure to legalize medical marijuana in North Dakota submitted a revised version Monday with all of the required elements that had been missing, Secretary of State Al Jaeger said.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Board of Dental Examiners did not have the authority to hire a lobbyist to help it fight a controversial bill that would have allowed “advanced practice dental hygienists” to perform certain procedures currently done by dentists, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said in an opinion Thursday.
BISMARCK – The board that manages state-owned trust lands in North Dakota is looking to cash in on a chunk of the capital city, meaning some cows may have to find a different pasture. The Board of University and School Lands, informally known as the Land Board, is considering unloading 585 acres of land that lie east of the Bismarck Expressway between Divide and Main avenues.
BISMARCK – A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the state of North Dakota to pay more than $57,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs to lawyers who represented a Fargo couple who filed one of two lawsuits in June 2014 challenging the state’s gay marriage ban. U.S. Chief District Judge Ralph Erickson awarded the attorneys for Janet Jorgensen and Cynthia Phillips a total of $57,351, less than half of what they requested.
BISMARCK – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler said she is pleased with test scores released Tuesday from the new North Dakota State Assessment showing 46 percent of students proficient in English and 40 percent in math, but added there is a “tremendous amount of work ahead of us.”
BISMARCK – North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger rejected a petition submitted Tuesday by backers of a proposed ballot measure to legalize medical marijuana, saying they have more paperwork to complete before he can review it. “What you’ve given me today, I cannot accept in this format,” Jaeger told Rilie Ray Morgan of Fargo, chairman of the petition’s sponsoring committee.
BISMARCK – The chairman of a group that wants to legalize medical marijuana in North Dakota said they will submit a petition Tuesday to the Secretary of State’s Office for approval so they can start gathering signatures to try to put the measure to voters next year. Rilie Ray Morgan, a financial advisor from Fargo, said he’s optimistic about the measure’s chances, despite state lawmakers snuffing out a similar bill in February.
BISMARCK – North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem will make an official announcement before Thanksgiving about his intentions on running for governor next year, he said Monday. Stenehjem said he is putting together a campaign advisory committee, in addition to the “Stenehjem for Governor Exploratory Committee” he created last month to accept unsolicited campaign contributions from supporters.