Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK — A rebound in North Dakota's oil tax collections could restore more than $7 million in oil impact grants that were suspended in February, but Land Commissioner Lance Gaebe said he won't recommend a wholesale restart of the program. "The best news is that we can fulfill the obligations we've already made in grants," he told the Board of University and School Lands on Thursday.
BISMARCK — Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says a lawsuit brought by the North Dakota Farm Bureau seeking to overturn the state's anti-corporate farming law is so vague that the state can't properly respond to it, but a lawyer for the plaintiffs says the complaint is specific. The lawsuit filed June 2 in U.S. District Court in Bismarck claims the law passed by North Dakota voters in 1932 is unconstitutional and hurts farmers by limiting their ability to attract investment and secure financing and lowering the value of their farms.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's delegates to the Democratic National Convention awarded 14 votes to Bernie Sanders and seven votes to Hillary Clinton as she clinched the presidential nomination Tuesday, but the state's most prominent Democrat missed the roll-call vote because of a previous commitment, a spokeswoman said. U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a superdelegate who signed a letter in 2013 urging Clinton to run for president and endorsed her last December, still "strongly supports" the former secretary of state for president, according to a statement from Heitkamp's office.
BISMARCK — It wasn't an all-time high, but North Dakota's state-owned flour mill posted a healthy $9.3 million profit in fiscal year 2016 as record shipment volumes helped offset tough wheat market conditions, President and General Manager Vance Taylor said Tuesday. The State Mill and Elevator in Grand Forks reported unaudited profits of $9,336,618 for the year ending June 30, down 44 percent from a record $16.7 million in fiscal year 2015.
BISMARCK — An updated study of housing needs in North Dakota projects the state's population will grow 20 percent by 2029, with the greatest increase coming in low-income households that will drive demand for affordable housing. "There still going to be some pretty significant needs in the low- and very low-income areas," said Jolene Kline, executive director of the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency.
BISMARCK — Gov. Jack Dalrymple hinted Tuesday that a Republican plan to solve a $309.5 million budget shortfall during next week's special legislative session could include a $100 million draw from the state-owned Bank of North Dakota.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Democrats attending the party's national convention in Philadelphia this week are hoping for some excitement to counter the momentum Donald Trump enjoyed from a wild Republican National Convention last week. But the 22 delegates may not be much help to presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton in her historic quest to become the first woman to win a major party's nomination for president.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Transportation has saved about $80 million through lower bids for road projects this year, but the state’s economic slowdown also has produced lower gas tax revenues that demand a “very serious discussion” about how to match federal funding, the agency’s director said Thursday.
BISMARCK — Democratic lawmakers on Thursday will release their plan for balancing the state's budget during a special session next month, hoping majority Republicans will consider the proposal as they ready their own plan crafted by GOP leadership and Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple.
BISMARCK — After receiving an application for the largest individual wind farm permit in state history, North Dakota utility regulators Wednesday warned that the continuing shift to wind power and pending shutdown of the state's oldest coal-fired power plant threaten power grid reliability. Glacier Ridge Wind Farm LLC filed an application last week asking the Public Service Commission for permission to build a 300.15-megawatt wind farm with up to 87 turbines on about 54 square miles of land five miles northeast of Valley City in Barnes County.