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BISMARCK - A national education consultant gives the North Dakota Legislature an A-plus for its work in providing adequate and equitable funding to K-12 public schools. Allan Odden, a partner with Lawrence O. Picus and Associates, which designs school funding systems, told the Legislature's interim Education Funding Committee on Wednesday that the new funding formula adopted by the Legislature is going to have a significant impact. "Whatever tweaks that need to be made or not, you all should feel great," he told the committee.
BISMARCK -- As North Dakota pockets about $485 million over the next two years in wheat sales to Taiwan, Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Wednesday it's largely due to technology and the strong relationship between the United States and Taiwan. "Technology has been key to success in North Dakota agriculture," Dalrymple said Wednesday.
BISMARCK -- As oil industry representatives met here Tuesday to discuss the ever-changing industry, one thing was clear: There will be new regulations over shipping crude oil by train. After the July derailment in Canada of a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota, the crude-by-rail safety inspections by the Obama administration, dubbed the "Bakken blitz," has many in the industry anxious about new federal regulations.
BISMARCK -- The group pushing to start North Dakota's public schools after Labor Day is one step closer to putting the idea up for a statewide vote. Secretary of State Al Jaeger received the group's proposed petition title Monday along with the required 25 sponsoring committee members. Committee members are scattered around the state from Bismarck to Minot, Fargo, Grand Forks and Dickinson. Jaeger and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem have five to seven business days -- until Sept.
BISMARCK -- The State Board of Higher Education narrowed its search Friday to three North Dakotans as candidates for interim chancellor of the University System. After conducting teleconference interviews, the board voted to conduct a second interview with: - Larry Skogen, Bismarck State College president and acting chancellor. - Shane Goettle, a former North Dakota commerce commissioner. - Bruce Furness, former mayor of Fargo. The board will discuss the terms of the interim chancellor's contract before the interviews Sept. 16 or 17.
BISMARCK -- State Sen. Tony Grindberg said Thursday that federal approval to move forward with the Red River Water Supply Project will not likely happen, putting pressure on state and local governments to cover the full expenses. The Fargo Republican, chairman of the Legislature's interim Water Topics Overview Committee, said he has spoken with staff members for U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven about the plan to transfer water from the Missouri River to the Red River Valley. Both staffers, he said, are sure it will not happen.
BISMARCK -- As North Dakota teachers are back in the classroom, they will soon be preparing students for more rigorous national testing standards that take effect in 2015. The College and Career Readiness Standards -- more rigorous than some existing state standards, less rigorous in other areas -- are crafted to provide students around the country with a clear understanding of what they are expected to learn and prepare them for college and a career.
BISMARCK - As Craig Cobb works to turn the small North Dakota town of Leith into an all-white enclave, three other white nationalist groups with similar beliefs are said to be around the state. The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit civil rights organization, maintains a hate map with the names and locations of groups or individuals in each state it considers to be extremist or hate groups. The map shows three groups in North Dakota, in addition to Cobb.
BISMARCK -- Airports around North Dakota's Oil Patch were awarded $27.8 million in grants Thursday by the Board of University and School Lands. The Land Board formally approved the 11 applications to add new passenger terminals, acquire new land to expand runways and parking lots and purchase equipment, among other projects. Minot's airport received the bulk of the funding -- $21.2 million. Bowman received $1.8 million and Dickinson $1.2 million. The airports will first need to secure local or federal funding for their projects to receive the grant money.
BISMARCK -- The group wanting voters to change the state constitution to take a slice of oil taxes and put it toward conservation can start collecting signatures to put it on the November 2014 ballot. Secretary of State Al Jaeger approved the Clean Water, Wildlife and Park Coalition's petition for circulation Thursday. Coalition Chairman Steve Adair said the group is ready to collect the required 26,904 signatures needed to put the issue on the ballot and amend the state constitution.