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Biden Nominates US Attorney in North Dakota 

Former Senate Minority Leader Tabbed  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Former state Senate Democratic minority leader McLain "Mac" Schneider has been nominated by President Joe Biden for the state's top federal prosecutor job.  He would replace acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer Puhl.  Schneider must be confirmed by the Senate. North Dakota Republican…
September 15, 2022

AG Challenges Abortion Law Stay

North Dakota asks judge to lift stay on abortion trigger law BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota attorney general's office asked a judge Thursday to lift his stay on a trigger law banning abortion, arguing he failed to make the state's lone abortion clinic show a likelihood of winning…
September 9, 2022

Abatement Denied, Fairness Questioned

Council Votes to Deny Abatement Request [email protected]  MINOT – A request for a tax abatement was denied by the Minot city council and fairness was questioned. The Minot city council voted Tuesday to deny a tax refund or abatement requested by HL Development, LLC for two vacant lots located near…
September 9, 2022

Home Sweet Home and Beyond

Council Votes RFP for Home Sweet Home [email protected]otan.com  MINOT – Questions about properties were raised as the council made decisions on how to deal with Home Sweet Home. The Minot city council voted Tuesday to set up a Request For Proposal for the disposal of a property where the building…
September 8, 2022

Term Limit Backer Responds to Win

BISMARCK – North Dakota voters will see term limits on the ballot this November. “We always knew that our committee had complied fully with state law and submitted more than enough signatures to the Secretary of State,” said Jared Hendrix, the North Dakota Term limits Chair. “The State Supreme Court…
September 7, 2022

Court Orders Term Limits on Ballot

ND high court orders term-limits measure on November ballot BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has ordered a ballot measure asking whether voters want term limits on the governor and legislators should be placed on the November ballot.Supporters of the measure asked the high court to compel…
September 7, 2022

Council Votes to Repeal Ban on Pit Bulls

[email protected]  MINOT – The Minot City Council voted Tuesday on the first reading of repealing the ban on Pit Bulls. The motion was presented by Councilwoman Carrie Evans to repeal ordinance 7-34, regulation of Pit Bulls, which prohibits residents from owning animals that are predominantly of breeds known as Pit…
September 7, 2022

Commissioners Frustrated

Weed Problems Continue [email protected]  MINOT – Weeds appear to plague parts of Minot as commissioners of Ward County discussed Tuesday how to deal with a property that is within city limits but not part of the city. An abandoned, weed-filled property just south of Erik Ramstad Middle School has caused…
September 6, 2022

Becker on the Ballot

BISMARCK -- Noth Dakota State Representative Dr. Rick Becker releases the following statement, announcing his candidacy for the United States Senate, after submitting more than double the number of signatures needed to qualify for the ballot: “America is on the precipice of losing everything. Inflation is through the roof, crime…
September 6, 2022

House Dem Drops Race

Ex-Miss America Mund's entry pushes Dem out of ND House race BISMARCK (AP) — Former Miss America Cara Mund's entry into North Dakota's U.S. House race has led the Democratic candidate to drop out, citing pressure from his own party to step aside.Mund entered the race in August as an…
September 6, 2022

Supreme Court Hears Petition Dispute

 Deadline Approaches to Allow Terms Limits Measure on Ballot  [email protected] BISMARCK – The North Dakota Supreme Court heard the case Friday morning involving the rejection of thousands of signatures on petitions submitted to the Secretary of State. The petitions were to allow a term limits measure to be placed on…
September 2, 2022

Differing Tax Views

Minot Legislators React to Governor's Proposed Tax Plan [email protected]   MINOT – Several tax ideas have been presented by Minot legislators and candidates after Governor Doug Burgum presented his tax plan.  The plan proposed by Burgum would shrink the tax rate for higher income earners with a 1.5% flat tax, and…
August 31, 2022

Hoeven Slams Biden Administration

News Release: HOEVEN STATEMENT ON BIDEN STUDENT DEBT CANCELLATION   GRAND FORKS – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after President Biden announced his plan to cancel student debt.    “The Democrats’ reckless spending has caused record-high inflation, and now the Biden administration wants to spend billions more…
August 24, 2022

Cramer Bashes Biden "Stunt"

Sen. Cramer Statement on Biden’s Student Debt Cancelation Announcement  FARGO – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statement after President Joe Biden announced the cancelation of up to $10,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower and up to $20,000 of debt for some borrowers who previously received a Pell grant.…
August 24, 2022

Helping Youth

MINOT – A state law that recently went into effect appears to be causing housing issues for youth in need of shelter. At an Elmer Jesme conference Tuesday inside the Ward County Administration Building, commissioners from several counties across North Dakota discussed how to deal with a new law that…
August 24, 2022

Search Warrant in Term Limits Tussle

MINOT – A search warrant was executed this week at the home of Charles Tuttle, an advocate for the North Dakota Term Limits Committee and general watchdog over agencies and officials of state government. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation conducted the search of Tuttle’s Minot residence.  “They did a Mar-a-Lago…
August 18, 2022

Burgum Seeks Red Tape Reduction

Burgum creates Red Tape Reduction Working Group to reduce burdens, lower costs of regulation   BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum has issued an executive order creating a Red Tape Reduction Working Group to bolster ongoing efforts to identify antiquated, unnecessary and burdensome regulations, rules and policies that could be changed…
August 18, 2022

Minot School Board Reacts to Fargo's No Pledge Decision 

MINOT – A few members of the Minot Public School Board expressed their disagreement with a Fargo School Board’s recent decision. After the Fargo School Board voted 7-2 to remove the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance before its board meetings, four of Minot’s five school board members had something…
August 17, 2022

Fargo Board to Reconsider Pledge Decision

By DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The school board in North Dakota's largest city will reconsider its decision to stop reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at each of its meetings, after the move drew widespread criticism and threats of retaliation from some conservative state lawmakers.Fargo Board of…
August 17, 2022

Marijuana Bound for Voters

BISMARCK —North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger declared that a sufficient number of valid signatures were submitted to place a measure on the November 2022 ballot that would legalize cannabis.   More than 25,000 signatures in support of the legalization petition were submitted earlier this summer. Of those signatures, the…
August 16, 2022

Term Limits Lawsuit Filed

Bismarck – The North Dakota Term Limits Committee has challenged the North Dakota Secretary of State, Alvin Jaeger’s disqualification of tens of thousands of valid signatures from residents seeking a statewide vote on term limits.  The lawsuit states that the number of signatures submitted was sufficient and in November North…
August 16, 2022

Marijuana Makes Ballot

BISMARCK (AP) — Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in North Dakota have succeeded in bringing the matter to a public vote in November.  The group, New Approach North Dakota, submitted more than the required 15,582 valid petition signatures to get a measure on the November general election ballot, Secretary of…
August 15, 2022

Opponents Respond to Becker Run

BISMARCK—Representative Rick Becker, R-District 7, has announced he intends to gather the 1,000 signatures necessary to have his name placed on the November 2022 ballot as an independent candidate. Dr. Becker will compete against Democrat Katrina Christiansen, and incumbent Republican John Hoeven.   At the NDGOP state convention in April, Becker…
August 15, 2022

Becker Announces Senate Run

Bismarck -- Representative Rick Becker, R-District 7, Bismarck, has announced his intention to run as a conservative, small-government Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. He intends to gather the 1,000 signatures necessary to have his name placed on the November ballot as an Independent candidate. Dr. Becker will compete against Democrat…
August 15, 2022

No More Pledge Causes Pushback

North Dakota district no longer reciting pledge at meetings By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press BISMARCK (AP) — The school board in North Dakota's largest city decided to stop reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at their meetings, prompting a Republican lawmaker to vow to push for a voucher program that would…
August 13, 2022

Hoeven Statement on Obama-Era Policy

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, R-N.D., a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after a federal judge reinstated an Obama-era policy to suspend lease sales for coal on federal lands.           “The moratorium on federal coal leases threatens the availability of reliable…
August 12, 2022

Ask Me Anything on Minot Budget

MINOT -- City Manager Harold Stewart is hosting a series of online Ask Me Anything meetings to answer questions and provide information about the proposed 2023 city budget. Two more meetings will be held on the City of Minot’s social media platforms and YouTube channel. The online meetings are scheduled…
August 11, 2022

North Dakota Abortion Clinic Opens at New Minnesota Site

By the Associated Press MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — The operator of North Dakota's only abortion clinic said Wednesday the clinic has opened in its new location in Moorhead, just weeks before it's likely to be forced to close its Fargo location under a statewide abortion ban there.Red River Women's Clinic…
August 10, 2022

Ex-Miss America Mund: Abortion Ruling Prompted US House Run

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Former Miss America Cara Mund said Wednesday that her concern about the erosion of abortion rights prompted her independent bid for the U.S. House in her home state of North Dakota.Mund, who is running against the odds in deeply conservative North…
August 10, 2022

N.D. Senators Statement on Oil and Gas Lawsuit

BISMARCK – U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer and John Hoeven (R-ND) issued the following statements after the D.C. District Court approved North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley’s Motion to Intervene in environmentalist interest groups’ attempt to invalidate all June 2022 Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease sales: Hoeven released this…
August 10, 2022

Landowners seek $275K after ND Law Found not Constitutional

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A landowners group will seek more than $275,000 in lawyers' fees and other costs after North Dakota's Supreme Court found a state law pushed by the energy industry amounted to the unconstitutional taking of private property rights.In a ruling last week,…
August 9, 2022

North Dakota Abortion Clinic Ramps Up Move to Minnesota

By DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — The owner of a North Dakota abortion clinic that faces closure this month was directing traffic and deliveries Friday at its planned new location a few miles away in Minnesota.The Red River Women's Clinic, which has been operating on a busy…
August 8, 2022

Profile: Lt. Governor's Wife

WATFORD CITY -- Sandra Sandford, the wife of Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford, has been very politically involved herself in different conservative non-profit organizations. Her husband has also been involved in politics for many years as the mayor of Watford City, as his grandfather was.   “I don’t even like to use…
August 5, 2022

Legislative Family Spotlight

KILLDEER – Former Representative Kylie Oversen, D-Dis. 42, was in the legislature from 2013 to 2016, and became the youngest chair for the North Dakota Democratic-Nonpartisan League Party in 2015. Her father, Gary Oversen, described what he felt when she decided to run for office.  “Of course, I will always…
July 29, 2022

Process Questioned

MINOT – With the appointment of a new alderman to the Minot City Council came mixed feelings from others who ran, not because of the appointee himself, but about the process that was used to appoint him. After former legislator Roscoe Streyle was appointed to temporarily fill the vacant alderman…
July 28, 2022

Cramer: Quit Gang Governing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, penned an op-ed in The Hill on the importance of creating and passing legislation the way our Founding Fathers intended calling for an end of legislating by gang.  Here is the full context of Cramer’s letter:    Too many bills these days are…
July 26, 2022

Elected Officials’ Families: Terry Jones’ Wife

NEW TOWN -- Rep. Terry Jones, R-Dis. 4, New Town, has been in the North Dakota legislature since 2017. His wife, Kelly Jones, described what she felt when he first decided to run.  “Terry has a tendency to stretch himself pretty thin,” said Jones, “And I was just worried that…
July 22, 2022

Election Defeat to Council Seat

MINOT - Contentious discussion filled the room at the Minot City Council meeting Monday as the council appointed Roscoe Streyle to temporarily fill the vacant alderman seat previously occupied by newly elected Mayor Tom Ross. The council voted four to two in favor of Roscoe Streyle, a banker at United…
July 19, 2022

Elected Officials’ Families: Tim Mathern’s Daughter

FARGO — Senator Tim Mathern, D-Dis.11, has been in the North Dakota Senate since 1987. Reba Mathern-Jacobson, his daughter and mother of three from Fargo, described what she felt when she was in high school, and her father ran for a House seat and lost. “I remember, as a kid,…
July 15, 2022

Elected Officials’ Families: Kevin Cramer’s Wife

NORTH DAKOTA – Senator Kevin Cramer of North Dakota has been politically active for many years, as his wife, Kris Cramer, described. He has been Chair of the North Dakota Republican Party from 1991 to 1993, a member of the North Dakota Public Service Commission from 2003 to 2012, a…
July 8, 2022

Bill Gates and China Concerns

MINOT – Concerns were raised to North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring over billionaire Bill Gates and a China-based company buying farmland in North Dakota. At the Golden K Kiwanis Club meeting Wednesday, Clayton Guffey, president of the Minot Kiwanis Club and Richard Sabol, club member, raised concerns over Fufeng…
July 6, 2022

Government Questioned

MINOT — Much concern over spending and conflicts of interests were raised at both the Minot City Council and Ward County Commissioners meetings Tuesday and Wednesday. At the city council meeting Tuesday, Alderman Paul Pitner asked that the service agency Project BEE be removed from the community contributions for the…
July 6, 2022

Elected Officials Families: Erin Oban’s Husband

BISMARCK — Former Senator and current Rural Development State director Erin Oban, D-Dis 35, was a Senator for four sessions since 2015. Her husband, Chad Oban, described his perspective, saying it was unique, since his own father also served in the legislature. “I was 8 years old the first time…
July 1, 2022

New Mayor Sworn in, Council to Fill Vacancy

Minot — Mayor Tom Ross of Minot was sworn into office Tuesday, and the Minot City Council voted unanimously to temporarily fill his now vacant alderman seat at the July 18 council meeting. They also voted to add that position to the November ballot for the public to elect a…
June 29, 2022

Automatic Recount Out in District 3

MINOT — Every vote cast in an election counts. When it comes to election recounts, even fractions count. That's what the Ward Counting Canvassing Board discovered Monday when they met to certify the results of the June 14 primary election. The closest race, and the one that has received a…
June 27, 2022

Facts of Law: North Dakota After Roe - A Complicated Mess

On Friday, the United States Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning Roe v. Wade. The crux of the decision found no right to abortion contained within the various rights of the U.S. Constitution, effectively returning abortion regulation to the control of the…
June 25, 2022

ND Senators, Governor React to Supreme Court Ruling

Sen. John Hoeven, R-ND, statement on the United States Supreme Court decision in Dobbs Vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization: “The Supreme Court’s decision respects the sanctity of life and rightfully denies that the Constitution provided a right to abortion. The ruling is consistent with my work as Governor of North…
June 24, 2022

Elected Officials’ Families: Oley Larsen’s Wife

MINOT — Former Senator Oley Larsen, R-Dis. 3, was in the North Dakota Senate from 2011 to 2021, before he stepped down. Liz Larsen, his wife, described what she thought when her husband decided to run. “I think the word would be ‘disbelief’ that he wanted to do it, and…
June 24, 2022

Sen. Cramer on Gas Tax Suspension

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, Ranking Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, released the following statement in response to President Biden’s forthcoming request to Congress to suspend the gas tax: “When gas is $5 a gallon, the American people aren’t asking for 18 cents of relief, they…
June 22, 2022

North Dakota Senator Injured

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, has issued the following statement: “While working in the yard over the weekend, I sustained a serious injury to my right hand, which required immediate surgery. I continue to remain in North Dakota, close to medical care, as there is a high risk…
June 22, 2022

Ballot Battle Ahead

MINOT — It will be the most closely watched board meeting ever held at the new County building. And with good reason. In the recent June 14 election unofficial voting results for the Republican representative ticket in District 3 showed incumbent Jeff Hoverson leading challenger Roscoe Streyle by a single…
June 22, 2022

Road Changes for City and County

MINOT — Minot City Council approved the 16th Street NW and 30 Avenue NW intersection to change from a four way stop to a two way stop, with the 16th Street stop signs being removed. During the meeting Monday, Alderman Stephan Podrygula said he had received concerns about this issue…
June 21, 2022

Minot's Changing Council

MINOT — A new mayor is about to move from one seat to another, leaving a vacancy on Minot’s City Council. Alderman Tom Ross emerged the winner in a three-way race for mayor in the recent election, garnering 1,978 votes. Fellow challenger Miranda Schuler finished second with 1,357 votes, and…
June 18, 2022

Congress Passes Legislation to Address Shipping Backlogs

Senator Hoeven Advanced Legislation to Help North Dakota Exporters, Including Ag & Energy Producers, to Access Foreign Markets WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed legislation he sponsored to update federal regulations for the global shipping industry and help American…
June 15, 2022

Burgum Accepts Leiman’s Resignation from Commerce Commissioner Role, Appoints Kessel as Interim

BISMARCK — Governor Doug Burgum today announced that North Dakota Commerce Commissioner James Leiman has resigned from the position effective June 30 but will continue working for Commerce on a part-time basis to drive economic development projects in the state. Burgum has appointed Deputy Commerce Commissioner Shawn Kessel to serve…
June 15, 2022

NDHP, Spirit Lake Tribe Sign Mutual Aid Agreement

BISMARCK — The Spirit Lake Tribe and the North Dakota Highway Patrol signed a mutual aid agreement on Tuesday, June 14. This agreement will enhance law enforcement in the areas of emergency calls, requests for mutual aid and other law enforcement functions on the Spirit Lake Reservation. The agreement does…
June 15, 2022

Minot Election Results

MINOT — The biggest upset of the night was Alderman Tom Ross beating out his opponents Miranda Schuler and Incumbent Shaun Sipma to be the next mayor of Minot. "Now the work begins. We've got exciting times ahead of us. We're going to get people engaged," Ross said. Minot's City…
June 15, 2022

Tom Ross Projected to be New Mayor

MINOT — The City of Minot has a new mayor. The Secretary of State's website is showing Tom Ross has the lead over Miranda Schuler and Incumbent Shaun Sipma. Kim Fundingsland has Ross' initial reaction on being named the new mayor of Minot.
June 14, 2022

Primary Election Underway

MINOT — Poll workers are saying this year's Primary Election is taking in a steady number of voters. Bonnie Domsteen, inspector for the North Dakota State Fair Center polls, said that nothing seems to be different this year as opposed to any other year since 2016, when she first started…
June 14, 2022

Governor, First Lady to Host Sixth Annual Recovery Reinvented on Nov. 10 in Grand Forks

BISMARCK — Governor Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum are inviting the public to join them for Recovery Reinvented, an event dedicated to eliminating the shame and stigma of the disease of addiction, on Nov. 10, 2022, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. The event will be free…
June 14, 2022

Banking Republicans Call on HUD to Immediately Reinstate Work Requirement Study for Taxpayer-Funded Housing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) joined his Senate Banking Committee Republican colleagues in calling on Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia Fudge to immediately reverse HUD’s decision to abruptly end a study on the incentives of work requirements for individuals given taxpayer-funded housing. In 1996, Congress…
June 14, 2022

Military Families Mental Health Services Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND), member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) introduced the bipartisan Military Families Mental Health Services Act to help military families access vital mental health care services. The bipartisan bill waives out-of-pocket costs for military families and veterans on…
June 14, 2022

County Approves Property Funds for Youthworks

MINOT — Ward County Commissioners approved using the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to allow the short-term care and assessment center Youthworks to buy property for its youth to live in. On Monday, Emily Yanish, program manager for Youthworks, told the commissioners that the center has two plans of…
June 13, 2022

Burgum highlights progress, outlines challenges in fourth conference on state-tribal partnerships

Emergency response agreement with Spirit Lake to be signed Tuesday BISMARCK — Governor Doug Burgum today welcomed tribal members and other attendees to the fourth Strengthening Government to Government Partnerships and Relationships Conference, highlighting progress made through collaboration between the state and North Dakota’s tribal nations over the last two…
June 13, 2022

Many Candidates Vying for Fargo City Positions

FARGO — Fargo’s city elections of 2022 are likely to be memorable. First of all, there are seven people, including the incumbent mayor vying for that title and 15 people competing for two city commission seats, including one incumbent. So, there will be at least one change for sure in…
June 8, 2022

Cramer Announces Mobile Office Hours in Stanley, Powers Lake, Tioga

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced today members of his staff will hold mobile office hours in Stanley, Powers Lake, and Tioga on Thursday, June 16. “Since it’s not always possible for people to travel to my in-state offices, these mobile office opportunities help bring the services…
June 8, 2022

Hoeven Cosponsors Iran China Accountability Act

Legislation Would Prevent Taxpayer Dollars from Advancing Iran Nuclear Agreement WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven, R-ND, today cosponsored the Iran China Accountability Act, legislation introduced by Senator Marsha Blackburn that would prohibit taxpayer dollars from advancing a nuclear agreement with Iran while the regime has ties with Communist China…
June 8, 2022

Heated Dispute at City Council

MINOT — Discussion at the Minot City Council became tense as motions were made relating to changing the bylaws for Visit Minot on Monday. The change would allow for 8 out of the 9 Visit Minot board members being elected by the board, as opposed to the previous process in…
June 7, 2022

DNC Funds New North Dakota Democratic-NPL Organizing Director

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Democratic-NPL announced Tuesday that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has granted the state party’s request to fund a new organizing director to focus on early and robust voter engagement. The organizing director will be tasked with getting an early lead on volunteer recruitment, directing community…
June 7, 2022

ND Leadership Breaks Ground on New Soybean Crushing Plant

JAMESTOWN — Gov. Doug Burgum, R-ND, Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, an Sen. John Hoeven, R-ND, joined officials from ADM and Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) at the Spiritwood Energy Park to help break ground Thursday on the Green Bison Soy Processing plant, North Dakota’s first dedicated soybean processing plant, highlighting the…
June 3, 2022

Indian Health Service Awards $57.7 Million to ND Tribes from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, announced the Indian Health Service (IHS) awarded $57,715,390 from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to North Dakota tribes to improve water and sanitation systems. “Tribes know best what their communities need and…
June 2, 2022

Iran China Accountability Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) in introducing the Iran China Accountability Act. This legislation calls attention to Iran’s ties with Communist China by prohibiting the obligation or expenditure of any taxpayer dollars to advance a…
June 2, 2022

Hoeven Announces $6.7 Million in Funding to Support Increased Rail Performance in North Dakota

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven, R-ND, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $6.7 million to the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) to replace 14.5 miles of aging rail on the Red River…
June 2, 2022

Is the Dual Nomination Process Good for North Dakota?

Those who attend party conventions to endorse candidates often believe that they are helping the party decide who will run under the party's banner. Theoretically, candidates endorsed by the party receive support from the party, including access to the RNC Data Center, the party’s nonprofit mailing rates for postage, as…
May 27, 2022

Legislators Raise Concerns Over Governor's Campaign Contributions

BISMARCK — A handful of state legislators held a press conference inside the state capitol building in Bismarck Thursday to voice their concerns about Governor Doug Burgum’s campaign contributions, calling it a possible violation of the North Dakota Constitution. These legislators pointed to the governor's level of financial contributions to…
May 27, 2022

Fatal Motorcycle Crash

STERLING — The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a man died Wednesday evening after losing control of his motorcycle. According to the NDHP, James Michael Lang, 71, was traveling on Highway 10 about a mile and a half west of Sterling when he lost control and crashed around 8:30 p.m.…
May 26, 2022

ND Delegation Leads Effort to Address Impact of Excess Moisture, Help Ensure Affordable Food Supply

WASHINGTON, D.C. — North Dakotan's Congressional Delegation of Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Representative Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.), along with Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) this week led a bipartisan, bicameral effort urging U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to provide support and certainty to producers facing…
May 26, 2022

Hoeven Helps Secure $136.5 Million for Pipestem Dam Project

Work Plan Also Advances Utility Project in Wilton, Recreation Improvements around Lake Sakakawea WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John Hoeven, R-ND, today announced that he helped secure important North Dakota priorities in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 work plan, including $136.5 million to complete the Pipestem…
May 26, 2022

County Prioritizes ARPA Funds

MINOT — Ward County Commissioners sifted through several applications from projects outside of Ward County for funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) on Tuesday. Though the funds in ARPA barely exceed $8.5 million, the amount that the applicants requested added up to roughly $31 million. The commissioners voted…
May 24, 2022

Full House at Movie on Alleged Election Fraud

MINOT — More than 200 people showed up to watch a documentary about possible election fraud at Oak Park Theater Monday night. The movie, 2000 Mules by Dinesh D’Souza, reviewed possible illegal ballot harvesting that may have impacted the outcome of the 2020 U.S. Presidential race as well as the…
May 24, 2022

Burgum, GOP Party Leaders Weigh in on Races

North Dakota has had a significant population increase in the last 10 years, leading to the 2021 legislature drawing new boundaries for legislative districts. This redistricting created a sort of musical chairs as several legislators found themselves residing in a new district or saw significant changes to their old district…
May 23, 2022

Ward County Commissioners Clarify TIF Participation

MINOT — Ward County commissioners clarified a motion regarding their participation in the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for the Big M building downtown in a special commission meeting Friday afternoon. Commissioner Howard “Bucky” Anderson made a motion at the regular commission meeting earlier in the week to grant EPIC an…
May 20, 2022

Senator Reviews Details of Phase One Row Crop Disaster Assistance with Local Producers

FARGO — Senator John Hoeven today held a roundtable discussion with local agriculture producers and commodity groups to review the details for phase one of the Emergency Relief Program (ERP). The program is funded using the $9.25 billion in row crop disaster assistance that Hoeven secured in September. Hoeven was…
May 20, 2022

Congress Passes Legislation to Help Address Baby Formula Shortage

Bill in the Senate to Provide Flexibility in WIC, Help Prevent Future Shortages WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement after the Senate passed the Access to Baby…
May 19, 2022

Senators Introduce, Pass Resolution Honoring National Police Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and John Hoeven (R-ND) joined Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and 82 colleagues in introducing a resolution marking National Police Week and reiterating support for the men and women in law enforcement. It was unanimously adopted by the U.S. Senate last…
May 19, 2022

Senators Demanding FDA Explanation on Failures that Caused Baby Formula Shortages

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) joined Senators Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) in demanding answers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding its inadequate investigation into Abbott Nutrition’s Michigan manufacturing facility and failure to mitigate the nationwide baby formula shortage. The senators…
May 19, 2022

Senators Introduce Access to Baby Formula Act

Senator Pressing FDA to Take Action to Increase Access to Formula, Answer for Current Shortage   WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) joined Agriculture Committee Chair Senator Debbie Stabenow and Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Senator John Boozman in introducing the Access to Baby Formula Act, legislation to help address the…
May 19, 2022

Hoeven Secures Commitment from Space Force Leadership to Continue Advancing Satellite Mission at GFAFB

SDA, LEO Mission to Become Part of Space Force in October WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven, R-N.D., a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, this week secured a commitment from U.S. Space Force Chief John Raymond to continue advancing the Space Development Agency’s (SDA) Space Networking Center at…
May 18, 2022

Senators Urge Biden Administration to Support Taiwan's Inclusion in IPEF

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) today joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in urging the Biden administration to support Taiwan’s inclusion as a partner in the proposed Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF).…
May 18, 2022

Minot Air Force Base Helicopter Replacement, Nuclear Modernization Programs on Track

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven, R-ND, confirmed with Air Force leaders that modernization efforts are on track for nuclear forces based at the Minot Air Force Base. Hoeven outlined the importance of modernization efforts in ensuring the U.S.…
May 18, 2022

Several Vacancies on Local Ballots

It takes a special kind of person to run for office. Running for office requires an interest in and understanding of local government, time to fill the position and the will to deal with the hassle of the campaign process. It's definitely not for everyone. That's why it's not unusual…
May 17, 2022

Crop Disaster Assistance Signup to Begin in Late May, Assistance to Start in June

USDA to Begin Sending Pre-Filled Applications Based on Existing Crop Insurance Data to Producers WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven, ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that signup will begin in May for the $9.25 billion in…
May 16, 2022

$10.9 Million to Construct Medical Facilities in Towner County

BISMARCK — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development approved a loan guarantee of $10,894,000 to Towner County Hospital Authority (TCHA). The funds will be used to construct a 76,000 square foot critical access hospital and nursing home for TCHA in Cando. The…
May 13, 2022

Burgum Congratulates Bismarck on Sesquicentennial, Directs Capitol Lights to Mark 150-year History of City

BISMARCK — Governor Doug Burgum today congratulated the City of Bismarck on its 150-year history and directed the lights of the Capitol to display the number 150 tonight to mark the capital city’s sesquicentennial year, which officially begins Saturday, May 14. “As we join together today and throughout the coming year…
May 13, 2022

Cramer Discusses Shipyard Infrastructure, Workforce Challenges at Joint Seapower Readiness Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee, discussed Navy authorities, workforce development, and funding issues related to the Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Program at a joint Seapower and Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee hearing. Senator Cramer began by asking for recommendations…
May 11, 2022

Hoeven Continues Efforts to Ensure Livestock Indemnity Program Works for Ranchers, Get Disaster Assistance Out to Crop Producers

Disaster Aid Details Expected Later This Month, Payments to be Distributed in June WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee he co-chaired this week, Ranking Member Senator John Hoeven again urged U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to: Ensure the Livestock Indemnity Program…
May 11, 2022

Park District Board Candidates

MINOT — The Minot Park District has five candidates running for three positions. The three incumbents whose terms are up, Perry Olson, Mike Schmitt, and Charles Emery are running again. Olson grew up in Minot, graduated from Minot State University, previously worked for KXMC-TV, and currently works for First International…
May 11, 2022

Burgum Proclaims May 11-17 Police Week in North Dakota, Directs Flags to be Flown at Half-Staff Thursday for Peace Officers Memorial Day

BISMARCK — Governor Doug Burgum has issued a proclamation declaring May 11-17 as Police Week in North Dakota and Thursday, May 12, as Peace Officers Memorial Day. The governor has directed government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff on Thursday, and encourages North Dakotans…
May 10, 2022

Burgum Waives Hours of Service for Commercial Drivers Hauling Agricultural Inputs Due to Shortened Spring Planting Season

BISMARCK — Governor Doug Burgum today signed an executive order granting a waiver of hours of service requirements for drivers of commercial motor vehicles transporting all agricultural inputs, including dry fertilizer, liquid fertilizer, anhydrous ammonia, pesticides and seed, to assist producers in North Dakota who are facing a delayed spring and…
May 10, 2022

District 28 Republicans Announce Joint Campaign

GWINNER — District 28 Republicans have announced their joint campaign; Sebastian Ertelt for State Senate and Josh Loegering and Darcy Meier for State House. 
Josh Loegering and his wife Christine homeschool their six children and farm on Christine’s family homestead. Loegering is active in his community and serves as the…
May 9, 2022

Zachmeier Announces Candidacy for District 33 House

MANDAN — Andy Zachmeier from Mandan has announced he is a candidate for District 33 North Dakota House of Representatives. District 33 covers Mercer County, Oliver County and parts of Morton County and McLean County. Zachmeier has served for 16 years on the Morton County Commission where he is currently…
May 9, 2022

Senator Advances Nuclear Modernization, Sky Range Program

Senator also discusses status of Military Aid to Ukraine, support needed to repel Russia’s Invasion WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven advanced the following North Dakota defense priorities critical to the security of the U.S. and its allies with…
May 5, 2022

Hoeven Presses Ag Secretary to Ensure LIP Reflects Market Rates, Send Disaster Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven this week pressed U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to: Ensure the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) national payment rates reflect actual market rates and covers losses due to eligible diseases. This follows a roundtable discussion that Hoeven held with North Dakota livestock…
May 5, 2022

Burgum Presents Strategic Budget Guidelines for 2023-2025 Biennium

BISMARCK — Governor Doug Burgum presented his strategic budget guidelines for the 2023-2025 biennium, highlighting the need for continued innovation, cost containment and efficiencies in state government as well as additional investment in employee compensation to address a highly competitive workforce environment and the highest inflation in more than 40…
May 5, 2022

District 9 Republicans Endorse Candidates

ROLLA — District 9 Republicans announced today they have endorsed Kent Weston for State Senate and Donna Henderson and Brenda Malo for State House. All three candidates were endorsed at the district convention held on April 6 and are officially launching a joint primary campaign for the June 14 election.…
May 5, 2022

District 39 Conservative Republicans Announce Candidacy

DICKINSON — District 39 Conservative Republicans have announced their candidacy; Andrew Kordonowy for State Senate and Thea Lee and Rep. Mike Schatz for State House. Andrew Kordonowy was raised in rural Billings County, educated in Fryburg, Belfield, Dickinson State University, and the U.S. Army.  He served 5 years active duty…
May 5, 2022

Food Supply Chain Affecting Inmates

County Approves Increase in Food Budget for the Jail MINOT — Ward County Commissioners approved an increase for the county's jail food services on Tuesday, as the supply chain has affected prices. Major Paul Olthoff, from the Ward County Detention Center, explained how the jail’s contract with Summit Food Service…
May 3, 2022

Much Debate at City Council Meeting

MINOT — Much discussion and some disagreement was had at the lengthy Minot City Council meeting on Monday.  City council members and county commissioner had a long discussion on the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) that EPIC requested for the Big M building. However, nothing changed on the matter.  City council then…
May 3, 2022

Cramer Discusses Grand Forks Air Force Base, Cavalier Radar Modernization at SASC Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) discussed the future and importance of Grand Forks Air Force Base and Cavalier Space Force Station at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the posture of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. Senator Cramer began by expressing gratitude to…
May 3, 2022

New Sheriff Coming to Town

Candidates for Bottineau County Sheriff have big shoes to fill For the first time in 24 years, there will be a new sheriff in town. In Bottineau County that is. Sheriff Steve Watson, who was first elected in 1998, is retiring at the end of this year. This November’s election will determine who…
May 2, 2022

North Dakota's Leadership in CCUS Central to Future of Coal Creek, Nation's Energy Security

Senator marks final purchase of Coal Creek by Rainbow Energy, Outlines nearly 15 years of effort to crack the code on CCUS UNDERWOOD — Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today marked the final sale of Coal Creek Station to Rainbow Energy. Hoeven…
May 2, 2022

Senators Help Introduce Resolution to Repeal Biden Administration's Policy to Upend Asylum Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer recently joined Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) in introducing a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Joint Resolution of Disapproval to dissolve a proposed Biden administration rule that would upend the process by which the U.S. government grants asylum claims. Under current law, asylum…
May 2, 2022

Reviews Storm Damage to Livestock Producers & Rural Communities, Working to Get Assistance for Downed Power Lines

MAX — U.S. Senator John Hoeven reviewed the impacts of recent severe weather on North Dakota’s livestock producers, communities and rural utilities yesterday. The senator visited a family-owned ranch near Max to learn firsthand about the damages and met with ranchers, local leaders and a representative from McLean Electric Cooperative…
April 30, 2022

Candidate Challenging Hoeven

DICKINSON — Riley Kuntz, an oil rig worker from Dickinson, has announced he is running on the Republican ticket for U.S. Senate against incumbent and endorsed Republican party candidate Sen. John Hoeven. Kuntz said he has turned in enough signatures to be on the June 14 primary ballot. “I think…
April 29, 2022

Burgum Waives Hours of Service for Carriers, Contractors and Rural Electric Cooperative Workers to Assist with the Restoration of Power

BISMARCK — Governor Doug Burgum today signed an executive order granting a waiver of hours of service requirements can ensure carriers, contractors and rural electric cooperative workers to enter North Dakota to assist with the restoration of power to the affected areas in the state. Utility workers have been working to…
April 29, 2022

Hoeven Urging Army Corps to Address Boat Ramp Maintenance at Lake Sakakawea, Lake Oahe

Senator Discusses Efforts to Improve Lake Access with Omaha District Commander WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, this week met with Col. Mark Himes, Commander of the Army Corps’ Omaha District, to advance repair efforts for boat ramps and…
April 29, 2022

Cramer Urges USDA to Provide Relief for Livestock Producers, Increase Calf Payment Rate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA), urging FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux to provide accurate relief to eligible livestock owners for deaths under the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) following recent winter storms in North Dakota.…
April 29, 2022

Burgum Appoints Interim U.S. Attorney Nick Chase to East Central Judicial District Judgeship

BISMARCK — Governor Doug Burgum has appointed Interim U.S. Attorney Nick Chase of Fargo to a judgeship in the East Central Judicial District. Chase has served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of North Dakota since 2002. As an assistant U.S. attorney, he led the office’s Appellate, White…
April 28, 2022

Hoeven, Heinrich Introduce Chronic Wasting Disease Research and Management Act

Bipartisan Legislation Would Empower State & Tribal Governments to Address & Prevent CWD Outbreaks WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) this week introduced bipartisan legislation to support both the research and management of chronic wasting disease (CWD). The bill would authorize $70 million per year,…
April 28, 2022

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Awards $131K Scholarship Grant to Bismarck State College

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) awarded $131,163 to Bismarck State College (BSC). This funding will provide scholarships for students enrolled in the BSC Nuclear Power Technology and the Instrumentation and Control Technology Programs.
April 28, 2022

Raknerud Announces Candidacy for the Minot City Council

MINOT — Zach Raknerud announced his candidacy to become a member of the Minot City Council. Raknerud has lived in Minot since 2016. He grew up in Northwood, North Dakota. In 2016, he graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. He lives in…
April 28, 2022

Hoeven Working to Advance Cattle Contract Library Implementation, Improve Price Transparency, Market Competition

Senator introduces ND Rancher Shelly Ziesch at Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee this week, U.S. Senator John Hoeven urged Bruce Summers, Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), to implement the cattle contract library pilot program as soon as possible,…
April 27, 2022

Hoeven Continues Working to Keep Title 42 in Place, Secure Border

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, today joined a press conference to outline the growing challenges facing Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials and North Dakota National Guard members that are currently deployed to the southern border. Last week, Hoeven visited…
April 27, 2022

Burgum Urges U.S. Customs and Border Protection to Restore Pre-Pandemic Hours at Border Crossings

BISMARCK — Governor Doug Burgum is urging U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to restore pre-pandemic hours of operation at several ports of entry where hours were reduced in April 2020. In a letter to CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Burgum noted that of…
April 26, 2022

Burgum Declares Statewide Emergency for Flooding, Infrastructure Damage Caused by Weekend Storms; Disaster Declared for April 12-14 Historic Blizzard

BISMARCK — Governor Doug Burgum today declared a statewide emergency for flooding and widespread utility infrastructure damage caused by a severe winter storm last weekend that has left thousands of North Dakotans without electricity. The governor also has declared a disaster for areas impacted by record snowfall during the historic…
April 25, 2022

Darrik Trudell Withdraws Name from Minot City Council Alderman Race

MINOT — Darrik Trudell has withdrawn as a candidate for Minot’s City Council.  Prior to announcing his candidacy, Trudell sought and received the necessary approval from his employer’s Ethics Division.  However, upon further review, the Ethics Division has withdrew that approval due to a potential conflict of interest with his…
April 25, 2022

Longtin Announces Candidacy for Minot Park Board

MINOT — Logan Longtin officially announced his candidacy for one of the three seats on the Minot Park Board up for election on June 14. Longtin said that his inspiration for running stems from his belief that a community’s parks and public spaces reflect the health and vitality of that…
April 25, 2022

Hoeven Marks Completion of New MAFB Firing Range, Secured $27M for Safe Indoor Training Space

MINOT — At a ribbon-cutting ceremony today, Senator John Hoeven helped mark the completion of a new indoor firing range at the Minot Air Force Base. As a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, Hoeven secured $27 million for the range to provide a safe,…
April 22, 2022

Term Limits Tussle

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Term Limits committee submitted petitions with more than 46,000 signatures to get an initiated measure placed on a statewide ballot. The Secretary of State tossed out 29,000 of them, setting the stage for legal wrangling. 31,000 signatures were required to place the term limits issue…
April 22, 2022

Race is on for Minot Public School Board

MINOT — Minot Public Schools have three candidates running for two positions. The terms for board members, Laura Mihalick and Miranda Schuler, are up, but neither will be running again. The three candidates running for those positions are Sabrina Herrmann, Andrew Dittus, and Mitch Kraft. Herrmann, who has a Bachelor's…
April 22, 2022

USDA Awards $2.8M to Improve North Dakota’s Water Infrastructure

BISMARCK — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development awarded the following funding to improve North Dakota’s water infrastructure: $2,800,000 loan to the City of Richardson to complete a city-wide street and storm sewer improvement. The project will consist of milling, patching, and…
April 21, 2022

FAA Awards $405k to UND for UAS Research

BISMARCK — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded two Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) research grants totaling $405,042 to the University of North Dakota. $325,042 to Evaluate UAS Electromagnetic Compatibility. This research will assess the risks, identify drone design…
April 21, 2022

City Hears Presentation on Anne Street Bridge

MINOT — The Minot City Council heard a presentation about the possible reconstruction of Anne Street Bridge on Monday. Lance Meyer, city engineer, said if the project is approved, the bridge would probably be completely redone and is projected to cost $5.4 million. “We could probably try to find a…
April 20, 2022

Council Approves Emergency Declaration for Snowstorm

MINOT — The Minot City Council approved an emergency declaration following the snowstorm this past week. The vote was unanimous. This is just one of the steps in the process to qualify for federal reimbursement. However, it does free up the city's emergency funds to help pay down some of…
April 18, 2022

Minot City Council Candidates

MINOT — The Minot City Council has five candidates running for three positions, as well as three candidates running for the mayoral position. The three incumbents for city council, Mark Jantzer, Lisa Olson, and Paul Pitner, are all running for re-election. Jantzer, who was first elected for city council in…
April 15, 2022

Ward County Commission Candidates

MINOT — The Ward County Commission has four people running for two open positions. One incumbent whose term is up, Commissioner John Fjeldahl, is seeking re-election. The other incumbent whose term is up, Commissioner John Pietsch, is not. Fjeldahl, who graduated from Berthold and went to NDSU for a year,…
April 15, 2022

$800k in Medical Research Funding Awarded to UND, NDSU

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded two grants to the University of North Dakota (UND) and North Dakota State University (NDSU) for medical research totaling to $814,567. UND was awarded $382,717 for allergy, immunology and transplantation…
April 11, 2022

Jeffrey Powell Announces Candidacy for ND Secretary of State

Powell running on Democratic-NPL ticket Grand Forks — Jeffrey Powell of Grand Forks has petitioned the North Dakota Democratic-NPL to endorse him as a candidate for the office of Secretary of State. Powell said, “I am running for Secretary of State, because I want to continue serving the people of North…
April 11, 2022

VanWinkle Announces Candidacy for District 3 House

MINOT — Lori VanWinkle is one of two endorsed Republican candidates running for the House of Representatives in District 3, along with Representative Jeff Hoverson. Currently VanWinkle serves on the District 3 Executive Committee. She is an active participant in the grassroots movement in North Dakota, aiming to preserve Republican…
April 11, 2022

Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act to ensure Medicare patients have full coverage of chiropractic care. As medical professionals have reported seeing more neck and back pain in their patients over…
April 8, 2022

Congress Passes Legislation to Enhance Shadow Wolves, Expand Operation to Northern Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed the House companion to the Shadow Wolves Enhancement Act, legislation introduced in the Senate by Hoeven and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.). This bipartisan, bicameral legislation classifies the Tohono O’odham Shadow Wolves unit as special agents,…
April 8, 2022

Senators Help Introduce Legislation to Extend Title 42 Until 2025

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in introducing legislation to extend the Title 42 authority at the nation’s southern border until February 2025. At present, the Title 42 Public Health Order allows Homeland Security and immigration officials to expeditiously return illegal immigrants…
April 7, 2022

District 23 Republicans Endorse Candidates

WILLISTON — District 23 Republicans have announced endorsements for Todd Beard for State Senate and Scott Dyk and Nico Rios for State House. All three candidates were endorsed via a unanimous vote by local party members at the district convention held on April 5 at the NDSU Extension Center. Todd…
April 6, 2022

District 3 Republican Candidates Endorsed

MINOT — Members of the District 3 Republican Party endorsed three candidates for the state legislature on Monday night. With former Senator Oley Larsen having stepped down, Bob Paulson, previously a representative, was unanimously endorsed with a voice vote for the Senate seat. For the two House of Representatives seats,…
April 5, 2022

EPIC Requests TIF from City and County

MINOT — EPIC Companies testified at both the Minot City Council and Ward County Commission meetings Monday and Tuesday, asking both the city and county, along with the school and park districts, to approve Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for its renovation of the Midwest Federal building (also known as the…
April 5, 2022

County Approves New Snowplow and Mower Roadmap

MINOT — The Ward County Commissioners approved new technology for a snowplow and mower map. Dana Larsen, the highway engineer, described the map as a public showing of where the highway department has mowed and plowed and how long ago it happened. “During bad winters, we get a lot of…
April 5, 2022

Statement on Supreme Court Confirmation Vote for Judge Jackson

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statement regarding the upcoming vote on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Biden’s nominee to serve as an Associate Justice to the United States Supreme Court: “I take my constitutional duty to provide advice and consent on appointments made by the president…
April 4, 2022

Landowner Easement Rights Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer and John Hoeven, introduced the Landowner Easement Rights Act with Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD). This bill will prohibit the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) from entering into a conservation easement with a term of more than 50 years. It…
April 4, 2022

Record Breaking NDGOP Convention

BISMARCK — This weekend's Republican State Convention was the largest GOP convention in state history. After a long delay in counting the credentials, the report stated 2321 delegates were in attendance on Saturday. That was only the beginning of such delays. Perrie Schafer and Gary Emineth were both nominated for…
April 3, 2022

Chairman Survives Challenge

Contentious Moments at Republican Convention BISMARCK — A challenge to Republican party chairman Perrie Schafer came close to succeeding, but in the end the Bismarck man kept his position at the podium. As chairman of the state GOP, Schafer entered the convention hall at the Bismarck Event Center also as…
April 3, 2022

Hoeven Accepts Endorsement

BISMARCK — The rhetoric became contentious at times, but in the end, it was a Senator John Hoeven day at the North Dakota Republican convention in Bismarck. Hoeven, who collected 1,224 delegate votes to Rick Becker’s 1,037, took the stage at 5:00 p.m. and thanked the delegates for their support.…
April 2, 2022

Republicans Vote to Endorse Hoeven

BISMARCK — Delegates at the North Dakota Republican State Convention have chosen to endorse Senator John Hoeven for the U.S. Senate. The vote was 1,224 for Sen. Hoeven and 1,037 for Rick Becker.
April 2, 2022

Governor & First Lady Host Governor's Dinner

BISMARCK — “There has never been a better chance for North Dakota to lead this country. Blessed with communities, with soil, everything between, and energy resources make it imperative to think about the advantages we have in North Dakota,” Governor Burgum said. A sold-out crowd of 375 people attended the…
April 2, 2022

Ready to Retire: “I’ve Accomplished What I Set Out To Do”

BISMARCK — It was 2010 when Oley Larsen, by his own admission a neophyte to the legislative process, threw his hat into the ring to run for 3rd District Senate against a strong incumbent “that I wasn’t supposed to beat.” Now 10 years later, with the nominating convention for District…
April 1, 2022

Burgum Statement on Biden Administration’s Plan to Release 180M Barrels from Strategic Petroleum Reserve

BISMARCK — Governor Doug Burgum released the following statement today after President Joe Biden announced plans to release more than 180 million barrels of oil from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve over the next six months. “Once again, President Biden is relying on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and foreign nations…
March 31, 2022

Senate Passes Ocean Shipping Reform Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate passed the Ocean Shipping Reform Act, legislation which will update federal regulations for the global shipping industry and help American producers export their products internationally. As one of the four lead sponsors of the bipartisan legislation,…
March 31, 2022

Senators React to Biden Administration's Planned Release from Strategic Petroleum Reserve

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer today issued the following statements after President Biden announced a plan to release oil from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve. “The Biden administration has been taking the wrong approach to energy development. In an energy rich nation like ours, consumers should…
March 31, 2022

$51.5 Million in New Funding from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for North Dakota Water Resources Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, announced today the Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) will allocate North Dakota $51,550,000 in funding from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Through his seat on…
March 31, 2022

Livestock Disaster Assistance Payments to Producers Start Next Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin sending livestock disaster assistance payments next week. USDA today released details on phase one of the Emergency Livestock Relief Program (ELRP), which is funded from the $750 million that Hoeven secured in September…
March 31, 2022

Former Police Chief Running for Ward County Commission

MINOT — Jason Olson, of Minot, announced he is running for Ward County Commission. In a statement released today, Olson said he brings his experience in serving the public, hisconservative values, and belief that government has an important but preferably limited role toplay in citizens lives. Olson retired in 2020,…
March 31, 2022

Holle Announces Run for House Seat in District 31

ST. ANTHONY — Dawson Holle announced his candidacy as a Republican for the State House in District 31. He has gathered signatures and was approved for the June primary election ballot on June 14th. “The 2016 Presidential election ignited a spark for me to get involved in politics,” said Holle.…
March 31, 2022

Hoeven: Biden Administration Needs to Enforce the Law, Secure the Southern Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a press conference with his Senate Republican colleagues today, Senator John Hoeven called on the Biden administration to enforce the law and secure the nation’s borders. The senator outlined the ongoing illegal immigration crisis at the southern border and highlighted three key policies that the administration…
March 30, 2022

Senators Asking White House for Update, Clarity on U.S. Lethal Aid Provided to Ukraine

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer joined Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in urging the Biden administration’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Jake Sullivan to clarify the speed, specifics and supply of lethal aid the United States is providing to Ukraine. In the letter, the…
March 29, 2022

Senators Urge Secretary Blinken to End the UNHRC's Commission of Inquiry on the Israeli Palestinian Conflict

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer joined Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), in urging Secretary of State Antony Blinken to prioritize reversing the UN Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) discriminatory and unwarranted treatment of Israel by leading a multinational effort to end the permanent Commission…
March 29, 2022

Hoeven Presses DHS for Plan to Secure Southern Border Should Administration Revoke Title 42

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven joined Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) in pressing Department of Homeland (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to release information regarding the department’s plan to secure the U.S. southern border should the Biden administration rescind Title 42, the policy that allows U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)…
March 28, 2022

Senators Introduce Resolution Supporting Unified Diplomatic Mission in Israel

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) helped introduce a concurrent resolution, led by Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), reaffirming Congress’s position that the United States should be represented by a single diplomatic mission in Jerusalem. The Biden administration has previously stated its intent to create a…
March 28, 2022

Hoeven on President's FY2023 Budget Request

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after President Biden released his $5.8 trillion budget for Fiscal Year 2023: “The Biden administration is taking our nation in the wrong direction, with inflation at a 40-year high and individuals and families facing increased costs for food and energy.…
March 28, 2022

Tracy Potter Appointed to Serve in ND Senate

BISMARCK — Former state Senator Tracy Potter says he’s “ready to serve” in the North Dakota Senate following his appointment by the District 35 Democratic-NPL district committee to fill the Senate vacancy created by the resignation of Senator Erin Oban, D-Dis. 35, Bismarck. Potter will fill out Oban’s term and…
March 28, 2022

Lepp Announces Candidacy for ND Secretary of State

BISMARCK — Marvin Lepp of Bismarck announced he is running for Secretary of State of North Dakota.  Lepp is originally from Lehr and grew up outside of Bismarck. In a statement, he said, "Over the years since I left the ranch, I have worked in multiple industries. Employed by both…
March 28, 2022

Democratic-NPL has its Candidates

MINOT — The North Dakota Democratic-NPL has chosen its candidates. The state convention wrapped on Saturday in Minot. 19 candidates were announced for the North Dakota State Legislature. The Dem-NPL senators and endorsed senate candidates were announced by Senate Minority Leader Joan Heckaman, D-Dis. 23, and the Dem-NPL Representatives and…
March 27, 2022

Democratic-NPL State Convention Concludes

MINOT — More candidates were chosen at the Democratic-NPL State Convention in Minot on Saturday. The day started with speeches from Minority Leaders Sen. Joan Heckaman, D-Dis. 2, New Rockford, and Rep. Josh Boschee, D-Dis. 44, Fargo on the Democratic nominees for the North Dakota State Legislature. The nomination for…
March 26, 2022

The North Dakota Democratic-NPL State Convention

MINOT — The Democratic-NPL State Convention is being held in Minot. Delegates nominated two candidates on Friday afternoon, one for PSC and one for AG Commissioner. Melanie Moniz, from District 4A, was nominated unanimously for PSC. In her nomination speech, she stated that she would take care of the health…
March 25, 2022

Senator Pressing FERC to Provide Certainty to Natural Gas Projects, Help Lower Costs for Consumers & Strengthen U.S. Energy Independence

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced that it would pause implementation and take public comment on two natural gas pipeline certification policy statements the agency issued last month. The senator has been pushing back on the policies, which…
March 24, 2022

Gov. Directs Flags Lowered in Honor of Albright

BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Sunday, March 27, and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, as a mark of respect for former Secretary of State Madeleine…
March 23, 2022

Burgum Announces $15M Available to Offset Cost of Local Workforce Solutions with Regional Impact

BISMARCK — Governor Doug Burgum along with North Dakota Department of Commerce Workforce Director Katie Ralston Howe and Job Service North Dakota Executive Director Pat Bertagnolli today announced that $15 million is available to address the state’s workforce needs through the newly created North Dakota Regional Workforce Impact Program (RWIP). …
March 23, 2022

Hammer Announces Run for PSC

Trygve Hammer, a Velva resident, has announced that he will seek the nomination for Public Service Commissioner at the State Democratic Convention to be held in Minot on March 25-27. “In my life, from my youth, I had a passion for service,” he said. “I believe that right now our…
March 23, 2022

City Council Considering Local Recycling Facility

MINOT — The Minot City Council had a lengthy discussion on Monday about the possibility of a local recycling center in Minot.   Assistant Director of Public Works Jason Sorenson said, "We’ve been in discussions and talks with Closed Loop Partners for the last couple months and talking through some different opportunities.”…
March 22, 2022

Senators Introduce Resolution to Honor Woman in Agriculture

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer today joined Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.), in introducing a bipartisan Senate Resolution calling for Thursday, March 24, 2022, to be designated as “National Women in Agriculture Day.” “There are more than 1,200,000 female agricultural producers in the…
March 22, 2022

ND Senators Join Amicus Brief in Support of Workers Seeking Religious Exemptions from COVID Vaccine Mandates

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and other senators in filing an amicus brief at the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the petition for certiorari in Dr. A. v. Hochul. Health care employees with religious objections to COVID-19 vaccines sued to…
March 21, 2022

Erin Oban Appointed as ND State Director for USDA Rural Development

***Updated March 17, 2022 at 7:22 p.m. to include interview with Erin Oban*** WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Joe Biden appointed Erin Oban Thursday to be North Dakota's U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director. Oban grew up in Ray and received her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education at…
March 17, 2022

Homeless Rest at Ward County Administrative Building

County staff express concerns MINOT — Despite the presence of shelter care programs in Minot, some homeless folks have chosen to reside in the Ward County administrative building during the day, and that has raised concerns from multiple county employees. “People that we have assumed ‘homeless’ have been loitering in…
March 17, 2022

Alan Walter Running Again for Ward County Commission

MINOT — Alan Walter, a former Ward County Commissioner, has announced he is running for a third term in the office, after County Commissioner John Pietsch announced he decided to step down. Having served on the county commission from 2012-2020, Walter says he has the experience to do the job.…
March 17, 2022

Commissioners Vote Down Lease-to-Buy Agreement with Youthworks

Ward County is still open to offering financial assistance to Youthworks MINOT — Ward County Commissioners decided Tuesday to not purchase a new building for housing delinquents and children in need of short-term shelter, resulting in Youthworks having to consider alternative options for continuing their services in Minot. “The current…
March 16, 2022

Senator Calls for Needed Lethal Aid, Increased Sanctions on Russia, Expanded U.S. Energy Production

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following Ukrainian President Zelenskyy’s address to Congress, Senator John Hoeven outlined additional actions the U.S. can take to support Ukraine and counter Russia’s aggression. Specifically, the senator stressed the need to: Provide the necessary lethal aid for Ukraine to defend themselves, as President Zelenskyy’s requested. This includes…
March 16, 2022

Carbon Capture Pipeline: The Taxpayer's Side

The Summit Carbon Solutions (SCS) carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) project, slated to create 2000 miles of pipeline, is projected to cost $4.5 billion. With so much opposition from landowners and environmentalists, some may be surprised at how quickly the project is projected to move forward. Vice President of…
March 16, 2022

Senator Votes to Nullify Mandate Requiring Masks on Planes, Buses, Trains

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven today voted to strike down the federal mask mandate for public transportation, including on planes, buses, and trains. Hoeven joined Senator Rand Paul in introducing the legislation, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolution of Disapproval, which would eliminate the mask mandate for public transportation…
March 15, 2022

Ward County Zoning Ordinance Amendment Approved

Removal of Right-of-Way Dedications MINOT — Ward County Commissioners approved changes to the Ward County Zoning and Ordinance document Tuesday morning to eliminate right-of-way dedications. The changes will go on the ballot in June for Ward County residents to decide whether they will be added to the county’s zoning and…
March 15, 2022

Hoeven, Cramer Press Biden to Continue Using American-made Fuels in Federal Fleet

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) today joined Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in urging President Joe Biden to continue utilizing liquid fuel vehicles in the federal fleet, including U.S. Postal Service (USPS) vehicles. In the letter, the senators warn the Biden administration against pressuring the…
March 14, 2022

ND Delegation: DOT Orders Skywest to Fulfill EAS Contract, Continue Serving Jamestown & Devils Lake

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued an order requiring that SkyWest Airlines continue the level of service required under its Essential Air Service (EAS) contracts, including in Jamestown and Devils Lake,…
March 14, 2022

Hoeven, Cramer Press Attorney General, ATF for Answers on Secret Guidance Targeting Second Amendment Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) recently joined Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) in pressing the U.S. Attorney General and the Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) for answers on the ATF’s use of internal guidance to enforce regulations that…
March 14, 2022

49 Senators Press Administration to Maintain Strong Sanctions, Restrictions on Iran's Nuclear Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven today joined Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in pressing the Biden administration to not weaken sanctions or lessen restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program. The senators…
March 14, 2022

Hoeven: Biden Administration Needs to Change Course, Support Oil, Gas, Coal Production

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a recent press conference with his Senate Republican colleagues, Senator John Hoeven outlined the impact of inflation on American families across all sectors of the economy, and the need to produce more energy in the U.S. in order to combat rising prices. The senator highlighted how…
March 14, 2022

Commissioner John Fjeldahl Seeking Re-election

MINOT — Ward County Commissioner John Fjeldahl has decided to run for his fifth four-year term. “I originally got involved to represent the rural people,” explained Fjeldahl. Born and raised in North Dakota, Fjeldahl graduated from Berthold, spent a year at NDSU, worked construction, got into farming, and eventually started…
March 14, 2022

Looking for a Few Good… Delegates

MINOT — When the North Dakota State Democratic Convention convenes on March 25 in Minot, the hope of Souris Valley Dem-NPL chairman Joey Nesdahl is that all delegate positions from the four Minot Districts, 38, 40, 3, and 5, will be filled. “We still have time to fill the positions,”…
March 14, 2022

Senators Urge Biden to Allow Transfer of Soviet-Era Fighter Aircraft from Poland to Ukraine

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today joined Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) in urging President Biden to allow the transfer of Soviet-era fighter aircraft from Poland to Ukraine. Ukraine has expressed the need for additional air power to help defend itself…
March 10, 2022

Hoeven, Cramer Help Introduce Legislation to Ban Oil, Natural Gas Imports from Iran, Venezuela

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) today joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in introducing the Preempting Misguided Appeasement and Financing of Destabilizing Regimes Act to prohibit the U.S. from importing Iranian and Venezuelan crude oil, petroleum, petroleum products and liquified natural gas. “The Biden administration’s…
March 10, 2022

Burgum: Pandemic Response Shifts Toward Endemic Status as COVID-19 Trends Improve

ND National Guard support for COVID-19 operations to end next week BISMARCK — As COVID-19 trends continue to improve and the second anniversary of the first recorded case in North Dakota approaches, Governor Doug Burgum today announced that the State of North Dakota is preparing for a shift toward an…
March 10, 2022

Hoeven: Russian Energy Ban Important

Senator Urging Biden Administration to Block Russia from Selling Oil Elsewhere, Unlock America’s Domestic Energy Production WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the Biden administration announced that it…
March 8, 2022

U.S. Senate Passes Burial Equity for Guard and Reserves Act

Senator Worked to Secure Support for Legislation with VA Under Secretary During Recent ND Visit WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the Burial Equity for Guard and…
March 8, 2022

Burgum says Ban on Russian Energy Imports is the Right Move

BISMARCK — Governor Doug Burgum today released the following statement after President Joe Biden announced a ban on the import of Russian oil, liquified natural gas, and coal to the United States. “Banning Russian energy imports is the right step for the United States, our allies and the Ukrainian people…
March 8, 2022

Hoeven on Legislation to Reform USPS

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven today helped pass the Postal Reform Act of 2022, legislation to reform the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), help address its financial losses and ensure reliable, high quality mail and parcel service across the nation, including in rural America. “We’ve worked to ensure USPS maintains…
March 8, 2022

Hoeven, Cramer Meet with ND Members of Freedom Convoy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer met with Jim Swartout of Williston and other North Dakotans who are in Washington, D.C. to participate in the Freedom Convoy. “Americans have the right to exercise their constitutionally protected freedoms of speech and assembly,” said Hoeven. “The mandates that have…
March 8, 2022

Carbon Capture Pipeline: The Environmentalists' Side

The carbon capture pipeline that Summit Carbon Solutions plans to build across five Midwest states  seems on its face to be an environmentalist's dream come true. It promises to capture and store millions of tons of carbon dioxide — a major component of greenhouse gases. When it first begins operation,…
March 8, 2022

Data Shows Minot is a Strong Regional Market

MINOT — A national retail consulting group recently shared analytics through geofencing and heat maps on consumer traffic in Minot to help the city recruit retailers and restaurants, revealing it is a strong regional market. The Retail Coach's data showed Minot pulls in a healthy amount of business from throughout…
March 6, 2022

Burgum, Fellow Governors Call on Biden to Unleash U.S. Oil and Gas Production, Restore Energy Independence

BISMARCK — Governor Doug Burgum today joined 24 fellow Republican governors in calling on President Biden to unleash U.S. oil and gas production and restore American energy independence to protect U.S. consumers and help U.S. allies. “As governors, we call on President Biden to reverse his policies and restore America’s…
March 4, 2022

Hoeven Presses FERC to Provide Certainty for Natural Gas Projects, Reverse New Partisan Policies

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven pressed the members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to provide certainty for developers of natural gas infrastructure so that consumers can see lower costs and the U.S. can unlock…
March 4, 2022

Carbon Capture Pipeline: The Farmer's Side of the Story

By all accounts the proposed carbon capture pipeline that Summit Carbon Solutions plans to build through five states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa) will have a positive impact on North Dakota's economy, agriculture, and the environment. It promises to create more than 14,000 construction jobs in the…
March 4, 2022

Commissioner John Pietsch not Seeking Second Term

MINOT — Commissioner John Pietsch announced on Tuesday that he will not be seeking re-election once his term expires this year. “In all fairness to anyone who may be interested in running for Ward County Commissioner, it is with some regret, I will not be running for a second term.…
March 3, 2022

Hoeven, Cramer Introduce American Energy Independence from Russia Act in the Senate

Bicameral Effort Promotes American Energy Dominance to Offset Russian Imports WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) today led Senate colleagues in introducing the American Energy Independence from Russia Act. This bicameral legislation takes immediate action to encourage increased U.S. production, including: Authorizes the construction and…
March 3, 2022

Hoeven, Cramer Support Coach Kennedy, Joins Amicus Brief

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) this week joined Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) and other Senators and Members of the House of Representatives in filing an amicus brief at the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Coach Joe Kennedy in the case of Kennedy v.…
March 3, 2022

Burgum announces Dickinson as site of 2022 Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education

BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum today announced that registration is now open for the sixth annual Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education on June 9 at Dickinson Middle School in Dickinson, N.D. The summit brings together local and national leaders in education to share best practices and engage with educators, administrators,…
March 3, 2022

State Investment Board Votes to Divest of Russian Investments; Exposure Already Reduced by 37%

Land Board investments with Russian exposure also decrease from $28.8M to $9.7M BISMARCK — The State Investment Board (SIB) today voted to divest of investments in Russian entities or securities issued by Russian entities, as board members learned that Russian investment exposure already has been reduced by more than one-third…
March 3, 2022

Carbon Capture Project Comes to North Dakota

CASSELTON — Governor Doug Burgum held a joint press conference today in Casselton with other industry leaders to announce a strategic investment plan for a carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) project. Summit Carbon Solutions of Iowa plans to build a 2000 mile long pipeline with 325 miles of pipeline…
March 2, 2022

Vision Zero Teams Up with Local Businesses

Click It for Coffee to encourage safe driving MINOT — Vision Zero announced during the Ward County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, that it will be partnering with local businesses this year to reduce distractive driving. Vision Zero is a North Dakota Department of Transportation strategy aimed at preventing fatalities and…
March 2, 2022

Burgum Proclaims Day of Prayer for Ukraine; Governor’s Residence to be lit in Ukrainian flag colors

BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum issued a proclamation today declaring March 2, 2022, a day of prayer for the people of Ukraine as they continue to defend against attacks by Russian armed forces. The proclamation notes that many North Dakotans can trace their ancestral roots to Ukraine and that the United…
March 2, 2022

Hoeven, Cramer Help Introduce Legislation to Cut Off Russian Petroleum Imports

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer, joined Senator Roger Marshall (R-Kans.) today in introducing Senate legislation to ban the United States from purchasing Russian oil and remove Russian fuels from American supply chains. The prohibition in the bill would take effect 15 days after enactment and would…
March 1, 2022

Ward County Commissioners Support Ukraine

MINOT — Ward County Commissioner John Pietsch read a resolution of support for Ukraine on behalf of the commissioners on Tuesday morning. “Let it be resolved that the members of the Ward County Commission of North Dakota affirm its unwavering support for the country of Ukraine, the people of Ukraine,…
March 1, 2022

Hoeven Calls on President to Empower Domestic Energy Production, Counter Reliance on Russian Oil & Gas

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On the floor of the U.S. Senate today, Senator John Hoeven called on the Biden administration to reverse its harmful approach to U.S. energy production. The senator stressed the need to empower greater domestic energy production in order to bring down inflation, strengthen the economy, enhance national…
March 1, 2022

Splonskowski Announces Candidacy for Burleigh County Auditor

BISMARCK — Mark Splonskowski announced he is running for Burleigh County Auditor. Splonskowski was hired to work for Burleigh county tax and equalization in 2014 and is still employed there. "It has been a great pleasure working for Burleigh County and with the taxpayers," he said. In 2020 he was…
February 28, 2022

Republicans Select State Delegates 

Becker, Hoeven Speak at Dis. 40 Meeting  MINOT — A total of 35 delegates to the state’s Republican Convention were selected during a District 40 meeting held here Saturday.   Twenty-four delegates were initially presented, followed by 11 additional nominations from the floor to complete the full allotment of convention delegates…
February 28, 2022

Land Board Votes to Appeal Newfield Case but Not Statute of Limitations on Disputed Royalty Payments

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Board of University and School Lands (Land Board) issued the following statement after Thursday’s meeting during which the Land Board voted unanimously to continue to appeal a judge’s ruling in a lawsuit over disputed oil and gas royalty payments owed to the state. The Land…
February 25, 2022

Hoeven: America's Energy Security More Important Than Ever

Senator Outlines Efforts to Bolster Domestic Energy Production, Push Back on Biden Administration’s Harmful Policies GRAND FORKS — During a meeting at the University of North Dakota’s (UND) Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) today, Senator John Hoeven outlined the importance of domestic energy production, both to ensure the nation…
February 25, 2022

Hoeven State on President's Supreme Court Nominee

GRAND FORKS — Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after the President nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. “I believe we need Supreme Court Justices who are committed to upholding the law and that do not try to…
February 25, 2022

Hoeven Statement on Russia's Attack on Ukraine

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement today regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “Russia’s invasion is an unprovoked attack on the Ukrainian people and a warning to all of Europe. The United States must work closely with our allies to…
February 24, 2022

Burgum Statement on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

BISMARCK — Governor Doug Burgum released the following statement today regarding Russia’s military attacks on Ukraine. “We support and pray for the Ukrainian people as they defend themselves against these brazen acts of aggression by Russia and President Putin, which we condemn in the strongest terms possible. The United States…
February 24, 2022

Hoeven, Cramer Call on Treasury to Help Auto Dealerships Handle Inflation, Supply Chain Shortages

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) joined Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) in urging the U.S. Department of the Treasury to use its existing authority to provide temporary and targeted relief to the automobile industry as dealerships struggle with inflation and inventory shortages amidst ongoing supply…
February 23, 2022

Hoeven, Cramer Urge Administration to Increase Liquified Natural Gas Exports, Support European Allies

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) joined Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) in urging the Department of Energy (DOE) to increase liquified natural gas (LNG) exports to European allies. This letter comes in response to a February 2nd letter signed by 10 Democratic senators calling for…
February 23, 2022

SuAnn Olson Announces Candidacy for State Representative

Bismarck — SuAnn Olson, R-Baldwin, announced that she is entering the Republican race for a District 8 House seat. “I am excited to announce that I’m entering the Republican race for a District 8 House seat. I will use my great energy to work for the people of District 8…
February 23, 2022

Hoeven, Cramer Help Introduce Legislation to End Vaccine Mandates for International Truckers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) recently joined Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) in introducing the Terminating Reckless and Unnecessary Checks Known to Erode Regular Shipping (TRUCKERS) Act. This legislation exempts non-U.S. citizen commercial truck drivers from proof of vaccination requirements when temporarily entering the United…
February 22, 2022

Ward County Road, Bridge Repair Projects

Update on right-of-way dedication amendment  MINOT — The Ward County Commissioners approved to bid out micro surfacing, chip seal, and bridge replacement projects estimated at $3 million.  The micro surfacing, a process to eliminate rutting from roadways, would bring maintenance to the following roads County Road 9 between County Road…
February 21, 2022

Ward County ARPA Application Portal in the Works 

Commissioners decline financial firm’s portal services  MINOT — Ward County Commissioners decided to have staff members create an online portal for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) fund applications rather than using services from a financial firm.   The commissioners had considered using the services of CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA).  “They are just…
February 21, 2022

Candidates Highlight Meeting

Dis. 3 Chooses Convention Delegates  MINOT — Senator John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Rick Becker, Bismarck, each spoke to a gathering of District 3 republicans during an organizational meeting here this past weekend.  Hoeven has been serving in the Senate since 2011. Prior to that he had a 10-year run as…
February 21, 2022

Proud of the Road Taken

State of the City MINOT — Most seats were filled as Mayor Shaun Sipma delivered the State of the City address to a luncheon meeting held at the Cognizant building that will house Minot’s second high school. Mayor Sipma pointed to “the collective decisions we have made with purpose, not…
February 18, 2022

Gawrylow Launches Bid for Burleigh County Commission

BISMARCK — Bismarck resident Dustin Gawrylow announced his intention to seek a seat on the Bismarck County Commission. Gawrylow is a political consultant and lobbyist by trade and specializes in Taxpayer Advocacy – having served as the Managing Director of the North Dakota Watchdog Network since 2012, and Executive Director…
February 16, 2022

Souris Valley Dems Schedule Re-Organization Meeting

MINOT — The Dakotan was able to have a recent discussion with Joseph Nesdahl, Chairman of the Souris Valley Dem-NPL. The SVDNPL represents the 4 Legislative Districts, 38, 40, 3 & 5, in Minot. Nesdahl is the Chairman of the group, and also the Chairman of District 3. In our…
February 16, 2022

Tribes Challenge Redistricting 

Issue Headed to Federal Court  MINOT — The recently revised legislative district map is about to be challenged in federal court.  The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Belcourt, and the Spirit Lake Tribe, Devils Lake, maintain the new district boundaries for selecting representatives to the state capitol violates the Voting…
February 16, 2022

Burgum Outlined Efforts to Address Workforce, Grow Economy in State of the State Address

FARGO — Governor Doug Burgum delivered his 2022 State of the State Address Wednesday, highlighting the state’s efforts to address North Dakota’s workforce challenges and grow and diversify the economy. Addressing business leaders, legislators, statewide elected officials, local leaders, students and other audience members at the Fargo Theatre and online,…
February 16, 2022

Group Submits 46,000 Signatures for State Term Limit Measure

Most signatures in North Dakota history for a ballot measure Bismarck — North Dakota Term Limits announced that it has submitted more than 46,000 required signatures to send a term limits measure for governor and state lawmakers to the ballot this November.  North Dakota law requires only 31,164 signatures for…
February 15, 2022

Hoeven, Cramer Join Colleagues Pressing for Release of Keystone XL Pipeline Jobs Loss Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) joined Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) in pressing for U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to release the Keystone XL Pipeline jobs loss report that was due to Congress on February 13, 2022. On his…
February 15, 2022

Hoeven, Cramer Join Resolution Calling for Re-opening of Capitol, Senate Office Buildings

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) joined Senator Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) in introducing a Senate resolution in support of re-opening the U.S. Capitol and Senate office buildings, returning to pre-pandemic accessibility for visitors. For the past two years, the Capitol and Senate office buildings have…
February 15, 2022

Brandon Prichard Running for District 8 House Seat

BISMARCK — Brandon Prichard of Bismarck announced that he is seeking the Republican nomination for State House in District 8. Prichard is a fifth generation North Dakotan who was born and raised in Bismarck. “I’m very excited to jump in the race to represent the community I’ve known my whole…
February 15, 2022

Hoeven Joins Thune, Colleagues in Introducing Resolution to Nullify Head Start Vaccine, Masks Mandates

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven, R-N.D., joined Senator John Thune, R-S.D., in introducing a resolution to nullify a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) interim final rule (IFR) that requires all Head Start staff and volunteers to be fully vaccinated and wear a mask. If enacted, this…
February 14, 2022

Burgum Appoints Sheri Haugen-Hoffart to ND Public Service Commission

BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed Capital Electric Cooperative Inc. board chairwoman Sheri Haugen-Hoffart of Bismarck to an open seat on the three-member North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC), effective immediately. Haugen-Hoffart has served as a human resource officer in the North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner since…
February 11, 2022

Fedorchak Seeking Another Term on PSC

BISMARCK — North Dakota Public Service Commission Chair Julie Fedorchak announced Thursday she running for another six-year term on the commission. Fedorchak says she is committed to advocating both in state and nationally for reliable and affordable utility services during this time of dramatic industry-wide change. “While partisan divides and extremism…
February 10, 2022

Tracy Potter Seeking District 35 Senate Seat

BISMARCK — Former State Senator Tracy Potter announced Thursday he is running for the North Dakota Senate seat in District 35 being vacated by Erin Oban. Potter says the two major issues motivating his campaign are property tax relief for homeowners and protecting the rights of citizens to initiate and…
February 10, 2022

Grant to UND for Pilot Workforce Development Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $500,000 to the University of North Dakota (UND). This funding was made available through the FAA Aviation Workforce Development Grant Program, which Senator John Hoeven, R-N.D., helped create in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, to support workforce development for…
February 9, 2022

Legislation Introduced to Reverse IRS Snooping on Third-Party Payment Platforms

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven joined Senator Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) in introducing the Stop the Nosy Obsession with Online Payments (SNOOP) Act. This legislation would strike the provision included in the Democrats’ American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that requires third-party payment platforms to report gross transaction volumes totaling more…
February 8, 2022

Burgum Appoints Drew Wrigley to Serve as Attorney General

BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum today appointed former U.S. attorney and lieutenant governor Drew Wrigley to serve out the remainder of Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s term after his sudden passing on Jan. 28. The four-year term ends Dec. 31. Wrigley plans to take the oath of office at 9 a.m.…
February 8, 2022

Hoeven Leads Bicameral Effort Supporting Access to Credit for Farmers & Ranchers

WASHINGTON, D.C — Senator John Hoeven, R-N.D., this week led a bicameral effort pressing the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) to continue supporting agriculture producers’ access to credit. In a letter to NCUA Chairman Todd Harper, Hoeven and his colleagues questioned language included in the NCUA’s Draft Strategic Plan that…
February 8, 2022

Becker Announces Run for U.S. Senate Seat

BISMARCK — State Representative Rick Becker, R-Dis. 7, announced he is running for the United States Senate against longtime Senator John Hoeven. He released a statement saying, "Washington, D.C. is a cesspool of corrupt politicians. The only solution to fix this problem is to send passionate, strong conservatives who will…
February 7, 2022

Hoeven Helps Introduce Legislation to Ease Export Shipping Backlogs

Farmers, other exporters need access to shipping containers WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John Hoeven, R-N.D., along with Senators Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., John Thune, R-S.D., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., this week introduced the Ocean Shipping Reform Act in the Senate. This bipartisan legislation would update federal regulations for the global shipping…
February 4, 2022

Minot City Councilman Announces Bid for Mayor

MINOT — Almost exactly two years after announcing his candidacy to run for a position on Minot’s City Council, Alderman Tom Ross has announced his bid to be Minot’s next Mayor.  “As an elected member of Minot’s City Council, it became very clear early on in my first term, a…
February 4, 2022

Ward County ARPA Committee Shares Recommendations

MINOT — The committee created to disburse federal coronavirus relief funds presented their recommendations Tuesday before the Ward County Commissioners.   There is a total of $13.2 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds available for internal and external projects throughout the county. $10 million of which can be used towards various projects…
February 3, 2022

Loegering Announces Candidacy for District 28

LAMOURE COUNTY – Josh Loegering has announced his run for the State House in District 28. Loegering grew up on a farm in central Minnesota, the oldest of nine children. He attended North Dakota State University and obtained a degree in Civil Engineering. Josh and his wife, Christine, have been…
February 2, 2022

A Prescription for Congress in 2023

Although nothing is a sure bet in politics, at this point it seems that the Republicans are well poised to take back both the House and the Senate.  Unfortunately, as is often the case for elections, it will be due more to the poor performance of the Biden administration and…
January 31, 2022

Flags to Remain at Half-Staff through Thursday as Funeral Services Set for Stenehjem

BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to continue flying the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Thursday, Feb. 3, and encourages North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, in honor of Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and his more…
January 30, 2022

Rep. Ertelt Announces Run for State Senate

GWINNER — Rep. Sebastian Ertelt, R-Dis. 26, Gwinner, has announced his run for the State Senate in the newly-redistricted District 28. Ertelt was elected to District 26 in 2016, and reelected in 2020 to another four-year term. He has served all of his three regular sessions on the House Finance…
January 30, 2022

Wayne Stenehjem Passes Away

BISMARCK — Longtime North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has passed away at age 68. Stenehjem was the longest-serving attorney general in North Dakota history, having held the position for 21 years. He was elected as the state’s 29th attorney general in 2000 and was re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2010,…
January 28, 2022

Grassroots Workshop Coming to Fargo

FARGO – A grassroots workshop aimed at providing information to those interested in the political process is scheduled for Feb. 1 in Fargo. It is being sponsored by Fargo Grassroots and is similar to ones held in Bismarck earlier in January.   The workshop is designed to help those new to,…
January 27, 2022

Burgum to Attend NGA Winter Meeting

BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum will attend the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting Friday through Monday in Washington, D.C., as the bipartisan gathering of the nation’s governors takes place in person for the first time in two years. Governors will discuss best practices and collaboration on top policy issues…
January 27, 2022

Hoeven Outlines Phase 4 of Minot's Flood Protection

MINOT — Senator John Hoeven, R-ND, met with local leaders and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials in Minot Wednesday afternoon to go over the permanent flood protection plan for the Souris River Valley. The group toured the site of the project's 4th phase and discussed the next steps in…
January 26, 2022

Ward County Consults with Wealth Advising Firm

WARD COUNTY — Members of the Ward County Commission met with a wealth management team on Monday to discuss American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.  The ARPA fund committee, consulted with representatives from CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA) Wealth Advisors, LLP to prepare options for allocating ARPA funds throughout the county.   CLA…
January 25, 2022

Politics Shape Our World

This has been an eventful week for me, politically speaking.  I announced my retirement from the state legislature at the upcoming completion of my term in December.  It will have been a 10 year stint.  Like many, I viewed the legislative seat not as mine to fight for and keep,…
January 24, 2022

Ward County Prepares ARPA Fund Recommendations 

County seeks to remove abandoned building in Kenmare  WARD COUNTY — Ward County Commissioners have identified a building in Kenmare that they say should be demolished. [Video of the full meeting]  The county is in the process of developing a list of recommendations for spending $13.2 million in American Rescue…
January 21, 2022

Rep. Rick Becker Announces Retirement from the State Legislature

BISMARCK — Representative Rick Becker, R-Dis. 7, Bismarck, announced his retirement from the state legislature at the conclusion of his current term in December.  He has served in the North Dakota House since 2013. Rep. Becker stated, “It has been an honor to serve the people of North Dakota.  I…
January 20, 2022

Hoeven and Cramer Urge HHS to Rescind Mask and Vaccine Mandates on Head Start Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven, R-ND, and Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, joined Senator John Thune, R-SD, in urging U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra to rescind an interim final rule (IFR) that places one-size-fits-all federal mandates on Head Start programs across the nation. Included…
January 20, 2022

Minot Officials Respond to Federal Funding Announcement for Flood Control Project

MINOT — A key phase of the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project has received a major financial boost. Senator John Hoeven, R-ND, announced this week that $61.45 million has been secured to complete funding for Phase 4, also known as the Maple Diversion. “This is great news for Minot…
January 20, 2022

Additional FY2022 Army Corps Funding for ND Water and Sewer Projects

Includes More than $20 Million for Maintenance at Lake Sakakawea and Garrison Dam WASHINGTON, D.C.–Senator John Hoeven, R-ND, announced more than $35 million in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ funding that he worked to secure for water management and sewer projects across North Dakota. This comes in addition to the $437 million and $61.45…
January 19, 2022

Howe Announces Candidacy for ND Secretary of State

North Dakota State Representative Michael Howe, R-Dis. 22, Casselton, announced he is running for Secretary of State of North Dakota.  In his announcement, Howe highlighted his fifth-generation family farming business and his service in the North Dakota House of Representatives since 2017. Current Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced last…
January 19, 2022

$61.45 Million for Permanent Flood Protection in Minot Region

Funding Fulfills Federal Commitment for Souris River Valley Flood Protection Project MINOT–Senator John Hoeven today announced that he worked with Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Shalanda Young to secure $61.45 million in federal funding for permanent flood protection in the Souris River Valley. This funding,…
January 19, 2022

NDYR Pass Two Resolutions at Convention

Two resolutions passed by the North Dakota Young Republicans at their annual convention in Bismarck this past weekend addressed key issues being debated nationally.  The first, a “Resolution Affirming Free Speech with Emphasis on Educational Environments”, introduced by NDYR secretary Rory Somsen, speaks to the fact that college campuses have…
January 18, 2022

ND Young Republicans Gather in Bismarck for Convention

BISMARCK—North Dakota Young Republicans (NDYR) from across the state gathered at Capitol Heights Baptist Church in Bismarck on Saturday, Jan. 15 for their annual convention.   Informal business included a lineup of speakers ranging from state elected Republicans to Young Republican National Federation representatives to Young Republican candidates running in…
January 18, 2022

2022

I have long lamented the state of affairs with the political parties in North Dakota.  The Republican party has become a very big-tent party.  In most of the state, if someone wants to run for office, they realize their only hope for success is to run as a Republican.  They…
January 17, 2022

Supreme Court Blocks Biden Administration's Vaccine Mandate on Private Employers

ND’s Top Politicians Weigh in on Ruling  WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Biden administration did not have authority to impose a vaccine mandate on private businesses with 100 or more employees.   North Dakota’s congressional delegation had joined a bicameral effort, led by Senator Mike Braun (R-Ind.), in…
January 13, 2022

City of Minot Schedules State of the City for Feb.18

MINOT—The fifth annual State of the City, featuring an address from Mayor Shaun Sipma, will be held Feb. 18. The noon luncheon event will take place at the former Cognizant building located at 2000 21st Avenue NW. The building is now owned by the Minot Public School District, and is…
January 13, 2022

Judge Gary Lee Announces Re-Election Bid 

District Judge will seek his fourth term  MINOT—North Central District Court Judge Gary H. Lee has announced he will seek re-election this year for what would be his fourth six-year term.   Judge Lee, a Minot native since the age of three, was first elected as District Judge in 2004 and…
January 13, 2022

ND Catholic Conference Asks UND to “Reject” Gender Inclusion Proposal

Sends letter to parents GRAND FORKS—The North Dakota Catholic Conference sent out a letter to parents on January 10 urging them to “examine the [UND] campus environment” and to discern whether the ideologies and policies practiced there are “conducive or hostile” to the Catholic faith and human rights.  This comes…
January 13, 2022

State Rep. Shannon Roers Jones Declares Mayoral Candidacy 

Current legislator will run for Mayor of Fargo  FARGO—Republican Rep. Shannon Roers Jones, R-Dis. 46, announced today that she will seek election to the office of mayor in her home city.   A Fargo native, Rep. Roers Jones works as an attorney in the family business, Roers Construction. She has served…
January 11, 2022

House Majority Leader Chet Pollert Announces Retirement 

Won’t seek re-election this year  BISMARCK—North Dakota House Majority Leader Chet Pollert, R-Dis. 29, Carrington, today announced he will retire from the legislature when his term expires near the end of this year. Rep. Pollert has served in the House since 1999 and has served as House Majority Leader since…
January 10, 2022

Matt Heilman Throws Hat into Already Crowded Ring 

Announces candidacy for ND House seat in District 7  BISMARCK—Bismarck resident Matt Heilman announced his candidacy today for a seat in the North Dakota House of Representatives in District 7.  In his press release, Heilman wrote, “As an activist, I’ve proven I can work well with others in accomplishing mutual…
January 10, 2022

Grassroots Workshops Aim to Educate Citizens

BISMARCK—More than 70 people attended a grassroots workshop in Bismarck Friday, Jan. 7. These citizens gathered for a day-long workshop to glean wisdom from current and former North Dakota legislators and from others who understand the political process. The goal is to educate people on how they can get involved…
January 7, 2022

Retha Mattern Announces Run for House Seat in District 7

BISMARCK—Bismarck resident Retha Mattern announced her candidacy for the North Dakota State House of Representatives on Thursday, Jan. 6.   According to her press release, Mattern explained, “I feel there is a missing voice in the House, one that represents the needs of residents in District 7 who understand the challenges…
January 7, 2022

Challenges for My Side of the Aisle in Upcoming 2022 Elections 

 Editor’s note—The Dakotan has asked one legislator from either side of the aisle to answer the following question: “What challenges do you foresee on your side of the aisle as we enter a new campaign season in 2022?” What follows is the response we received from Rep. Sebastian Ertelt, R-Dis.…
January 7, 2022

What Challenges Face the Democratic Nonpartisan League in North Dakota? 

Editor’s note—The Dakotan has asked one legislator from either side of the aisle to answer the following question: “What challenges do you foresee on your side of the aisle as we enter a new campaign season in 2022?” What follows is the response we received from Rep. Marvin Nelson, D-Dis. 9, Rolla.   We also…
January 7, 2022

Burgum, Gianforte Stake Friendly Wager on NDSU and Montana State Game

BISMARCK – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte have staked a friendly wager on Saturday’s NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) title game between the Montana State University Bobcats and the North Dakota State University Bison, who are vying for their ninth national title since 2011. The…
January 6, 2022

Minot City Council Approves Preserving Anne Street Bridge 

MINOT—Minot City Council moved to approve preserving the Anne Street Bridge in a 4-3 vote on Monday, Jan. 3,. [mtg agenda]  In the previous council meeting dealing with the flood control project, Alderman Tom Ross stated that he needed “to see something significant” that would convince him to support keeping…
January 6, 2022

Hoeven, Daines Make Friendly Wager on Bison-Bobcat Matchup

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Senator John Hoeven this week agreed to a friendly wager with Montana Senator Steve Daines ahead of the FCS National Championship game in Frisco, Texas, this weekend.   On Saturday, January 8, the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Bison will take on the Montana State University (MSU) Bobcats at Toyota…
January 5, 2022

ND Congressional Delegation Joins Effort to Block Vaccine Mandate on Private Employers

WASHINGTON, D.C.—North Dakota’s Congressional delegation has joined more than 130 U.S. Representatives and more than 40 U.S. Senators in filing an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in an upcoming case considering the Biden administration’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)…
January 3, 2022

Tatanka Wind Farm Not Being Decommissioned

BISMARCK—Last week The Dakotan reported on a new decommissioning plan for the North Dakota side of the Tatanka Wind Farm. On Dec. 29 the Public Service Commission (PSC) accepted that new decommissioning plan for the 61 turbines located in Dickey County. The other 59 turbines of the wind farm are located in South Dakota.   In that previous article, The…
January 3, 2022

ND Regulators Accept New Plan to Decommission Wind Farm 

61 Turbines on ND side of Tatanka Wind Farm slated to come down  BISMARCK—The North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) voted 2-1 earlier this week to accept a revised proposal by Tatanka Wind Power, LLC, to decommission the North Dakota portion of its Tatanka Wind Farm, which straddles the North Dakota/South Dakota border. Sixty-one of the total…
December 31, 2021

Redistricting Could Change Where You Vote in 2022 

Ward County Seeks Approval for MSU Dome and Sawyer City Hall as New Polling Sites  MINOT—Tuesday, Dec. 21, Ward County Commissioners agreed to select the Minot State University (MSU) Dome and Sawyer City Hall as new polling locations for primary and general elections.   The board is awaiting approval from MSU and Sawyer to confirm the new polling locations in 2022. According to the North Dakota Century Code, polling locations must be established by at…
December 27, 2021

Sen. Cramer Christmas Message

BISMARCK–U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND released a Christmas video message: “This Christmas season, as we celebrate the birth of a savior, I’m overwhelmed with emotion. What overwhelms me the most is that we have the creator of the universe who wanted to reconcile with his most favorite creation of all:…
December 25, 2021

Secretary of the Air Force Meets with Task Force 21

North Dakota’s role in U.S. nuclear capabilities at the forefront   MINOT—Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall met today with North Dakota’s senate delegation and members of Task Force 21 (TF-21) after personally reviewing the missions and operations at Minot Air Force Base.  U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-ND, stated in his press release about the discussions, “The servicemembers stationed at the Minot…
December 23, 2021

New Tax Commissioner Appointed

Gov. Burgum Taps PSC Commissioner Brian Kroshus  BISMARCK—Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed Brian Kroshus to serve as North Dakota’s next tax commissioner. Kroshus will serve out the remaining year of the unexpired four-year term of current Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger, who is resigning effective Jan. 3, 2022.  Kroshus has been a member of…
December 22, 2021

Minot Flood Control Project and the Fate of Anne Street Bridge 

MINOT—Monday, Dec. 20, the City Council unanimously agreed to wait two weeks before giving its decision on the MI-6 phase of the flood control project, a decision that could result in either the demolition or remodeling of the historic Anne Street (or Saint Anne’s) Bridge that intersects with the schematics of the project.  In presenting the plans before the City Council, Public Works Director Dan Jonassan introduced the Project Engineer Jerry Bents, who gave a brief overview of the project. …
December 21, 2021

Tioga City Commission Votes to Increase Consultant’s Salary

Tioga—The Tioga City Commission voted 3-2 Monday night to increase Economic Development Committee (EDC) Consultant Dennis Lindahl’s salary from $60,000 to $70,000 per year. The approval occurred after much discussion among the commissioners, and only after the proposed raise was reduced from $20,000 to $10,000 per year. Commissioners voted 2-2…
December 21, 2021

Minot Mayor to Run for Second Term 

Shaun Sipma says second term would be his last  MINOT—Mayor Shaun Sipma announced today he will run for a second and final term as mayor.  In his press release Mayor Sipma stated, “There is a tremendous amount of optimism and growth taking place right now in the Magic City. We have become a much more business friendly…
December 21, 2021

Protesting NDGOP Chairs Explain Reasoning Behind Walkout

BISMARCK—Six of the seven Republican district chairs who recently walked out of the state Republican committee meeting held a press conference in Bismarck this evening to explain their reasoning. The protesting district chairs say they left Saturday’s meeting primarily because they believe the voters of North Dakota are being eliminated…
December 20, 2021

ND Young Republicans Respond to Saturday’s State Party Decisions

“Next generation Republican leaders stifled”   BISMARCK—This past Saturday’s Republican party state committee meeting included plenty of controversy.   One specific controversial item involved the future role for the North Dakota Young Republicans (NDYR) and North Dakota College Republicans (NDCR) at the table among the state committee. According to Daryle Mindeman, state chair of the NDYR, the state committee voted on Saturday to make NDYR…
December 20, 2021

NDGOP Reports on December State Committee Meeting

Responds to walkout protestors BISMARCK—Today, Perrie Schafer, Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party (NDGOP) released the following statement in response to the conclusion of its December State Committee Meeting: “I want to thank the hardworking members of the NDGOP State Committee who took the time before the holidays to…
December 19, 2021

Walkout Protest at State GOP Meeting

Seven district chairs leave what they consider illegitimate proceedings **UPDATE--Sunday, Dec. 19, 9:20 a.m.--NDGOP state party Chairman Perrie Schafer released a report on the state committee meeting on Saturday evening. Read his full statement. BISMARCK—An unprecedented walkout occurred at the North Dakota Republican Party state meeting this morning. Seven district…
December 18, 2021

ND Attorney General Won’t Seek Re-Election in 2022

Wayne Stenehjem announces current term will be his last  BISMARCK—Today, Friday, Dec. 17, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announced he will not seek re-election in 2022. This will likely mark the end of a lifelong period of public service.  By the end of his term, Stenehjem will have served as the state’s Attorney General for 22 years, a tenure longer than his three predecessors combined.…
December 17, 2021

Controversial Amendments Proposed for NDGOP Meeting

Saturday votes could significantly restrict grass roots candidates  BISMARCK—If you’re a North Dakota resident who typically avoids articles about political squabbling, the subject of this article may affect you far more than you realize.  On Saturday, Dec. 18, the North Dakotan Republican party state committee will meet to conduct business that includes a few controversial…
December 17, 2021

Confusion Regarding District 7 Senate Candidate Michelle Axtman

A little investigation and communication clears up misunderstanding BISMARCK—On Dec. 14, the Bismarck Tribune reported that Air Force Officer and Bismarck native Michelle Axtman had announced her candidacy for the District 7 senate seat currently held by Sen. Nicole Poolman, R-Dis. 7, Bismarck, who herself had announced in November she…
December 17, 2021

Pentagon stops implementing vaccine mandate for defense contractors

The department has stopped implementing the vaccine mandate for federal contractors. WASHINGTON—The race to vaccinate defense workers is now at a standstill, after a US district court judge blocked the implementation of the vaccine mandate for federal contractors last week. The Defense Department issued a Dec. 9 memo instructing its…
December 17, 2021

State Senator Rich Wardner Not Seeking Re-election 

BISMARCK—In a press conference during the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 15, Senator Rich Wardner, R-Dis. 37, Dickinson, announced he will not seek re-election in 2022. Wardner explained that he made the decision three years ago that this term would be his last, and that this was a bittersweet day for him.  “I have…
December 16, 2021

Minot Man Serving on Multiple Boards 

MINOT–Last week, The Dakotan released an article on the newly elected chairman, Jim Rostad, on the board of County Commissioners [link here].   Rostad happens to simultaneously be chairman on the school board for Minot Public Schools (MPS) also.   When asked if he thought this might involve too much power being vested in one individual at the local level, he stated that he…
December 16, 2021

Congress Passes 2022 NDAA, Sending Bill to President Biden

The Senate passed the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act on Dec. 15, sending the annual policy bill to President Joe Biden’s desk and ensuring that Congress’ long-standing record of passing an NDAA every year remains unbroken.  “I am pleased that the Senate has voted in an overwhelming, bipartisan fashion to…
December 15, 2021

ND Senator Jason Heitkamp Announces Run for House Seat 

WYNDMERE—North Dakota Senator Jason Heitkamp, R-Dis. 26, Wyndmere, has announced he will seek election to the House of Representatives during this upcoming 2022 campaign season.   Because of the redistricting plan  the legislature approved in November’s special session, Sen. Heitkamp finds himself in a district that will be disappearing. For that reason, he will be running in what will be the…
December 14, 2021

Vaccine Mandate Impacting Head Start

Program being forced to close classrooms over staffing concerns By: Jasahd Stewart  Minot – Minot Head Start is planning to close several classrooms to comply with President Biden’s executive order regarding the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. It is a federally funded program and will need to comply, so any staff members who do not wish to be…
December 10, 2021

Ward County Commissioners Elect New Chairman

MINOT–The Ward County Commissioners elected Jim Rostad as the new chairman of the board Tuesday morning, Dec. 7.  Rostad explained how the duties of being chairman are “not new or shocking” to him, therefore he accepted the position.  “I don’t miss many county meetings. I think I pretty much know what’s going on with the limits of being a county commissioner… I’ve been here for 5 years, so I have a…
December 9, 2021

Moving Forward with the Realignment Project 

What happens next? MINOT–Now that voters have given approval to the Minot Public Schools' (MPS) Realignment Project, what is the next step?  “We’ve got to move on to start taking this schematic design into the final product of getting ready to move dirt and get the ball rolling,” stated MPS Superintendent Mark…
December 8, 2021

All 3 Measures Pass

In Minot's School Bond Election  MINOT—Voters chose to pass all 3 measures in Tuesday's school bond election. Measure 1 regarding the $84.4 million request for a trifold project that would create 2 grades 9-12 high schools from the donated Cognizant building on North Hill and Magic City Campus, as well as an additional middle school from the Central Campus facility passed with…
December 7, 2021

Magrum to Seek Senate Seat 

In announcing his intentions Magrum said, “I’ve served my time in the House. I am on the sponsoring committee for the term limit measure expected to be on next year’s ballot. Moving to the Senate reflects my firm belief in term limits.”
December 6, 2021

Breakdown of Measures for the School Bond Election

Residents in the Minot Public School District still have the opportunity to vote on the current school bond proposals. Early voting is happening at the Ward County Administration building, Friday, Dec. 3 and Monday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Election Day will be at the Minot Municipal Auditorium on Dec. 7 from 7 a.m.to 7 p.m.  The ballot consists of…
December 3, 2021

Judge Expands Injunction Against Vaccine Mandate

Reversal for President Biden  Healthcare workers will no longer be forced to choose between termination or complying with President Biden’s national vaccine mandate for COVID-19. A federal judge in Louisiana issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, or CMS, was the agency that issued the vaccine mandate presented to the court.  “There is no question that mandating…
December 1, 2021

Sean Cleary Throws Hat in District 35 Ring

Republican announces candidacy for seat to be vacated by Senator Erin Oban BISMARCK—Less than two weeks after North Dakota Senator Erin Oban, D-Dis. 35, Bismarck, announced on Nov. 18 she would not seek re-election in 2022, one candidate has already thrown his hat into the ring. Sean Cleary, a Bismarck…
November 29, 2021

Court Halts Vaccine Mandate

Healthcare Workers Impacted  BISMARCK – A district judge Monday issued a preliminary injunction against the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. The ruling stated that “defendants shall immediately cease all implementation or enforcement of the Interim Final Rule with Comment Period as to any Medicare and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers” in…
November 29, 2021

How to Vote in Upcoming Minot Public Schools Bond Election

**UPDATE: This article has been corrected to show that early voting will take place every day from Monday, Nov. 29 through Friday, Dec. 3, as well as Monday, Dec. 6. The information regarding election day, Tuesday, Dec. 7, has not changed. MINOT — Residents of the Minot Public School District…
November 26, 2021

House Passes Huge Spending Bill

ND Legislators Voice Opposition Washington, D.C. – The United States House of Representatives passed a $1.9 trillion spending bill Friday morning. Dubbed social safety net expansion legislation, the bill passed 220-213.  The legislation is a key piece of President Joe Biden’s domestic transformation program. It now goes to the Senate…
November 20, 2021

Senator Erin Oban Announces She Won't Seek Re-Election

BISMARCK — North Dakota Senator Erin Oban, D-Dis. 35, Bismarck, announced Thursday, Nov. 18, she will not seek re-election in 2022 when her current term expires. In a detailed post on her Facebook page, Sen. Oban explained the reasons for her decision. “This is not me quitting or giving up,”…
November 18, 2021

New Hospital Proposed

Boost from State Legislature  RUGBY – It is a start. A significant one too.  Among the dollars allocated during the recent special session of the North Dakota legislature was $1 million “for the purpose of providing a grant for the construction of a new medical center located in the county seat of Pierce…
November 16, 2021

Post-Rally Press Conference Confusion

What really happened inside the Capitol last week? On Monday, Nov. 8, thousands of North Dakotans gathered in front of the Capitol for the We The People Rally. The rally ended with organizer Jared Hendrix asking people to attend the press conference inside. Approximately 300 of the rally goers moved inside to…
November 15, 2021

Anti-Vaccine-Mandate Bill Passes

Bill provides more North Dakotans with exemption options As this week’s legislative special session came to a close, a bill limiting and regulating COVID-vaccine mandates passed both houses of the North Dakota legislature today, Friday, Nov. 12. Now it only needs the governor’s signature to become state law.  What exactly HB 1511 accomplishes…
November 12, 2021

Anti-CRT Bill Passes Legislature

CRT to be prohibited from being taught in public schools On Friday, Nov. 8, The North Dakota Senate passed a bill banning the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in North Dakota public schools. The passage of HB 1508, sponsored by Rep. Jim Kasper (R-Dis. 46, Fargo), occurred this morning, Friday, Nov. 8,…
November 12, 2021

Legislative Redistricting Bill Signed

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum has signed HB 1504, the legislative redistricting bill approved this week during a special legislative session. Redistricting was on the “must do” list for legislators. A new district alignment was necessary due to population growth revealed in the 2020 census.  “The historic process marked the first…
November 12, 2021

Spending Plan Approved

House, Senate Pass Burgum Bill BISMARCK – In his opening address Monday to a special session of the State Legislature, Governor Doug Burgum outlined his proposal for spending nearly $1.2 billion. The money came to the state through the American Rescue Plan Act, a federal response intended for COVID-19 relief.  In an evening session Thursday,…
November 12, 2021

Rep. Hoverson Apologizes to House

6:05 p.m., Nov. 11--As a follow up to an earlier report by The Dakotan, Rep. Jeff Hoverson (R-Dis. 3, Minot) apologized to the entire House of Representatives in this evening's current session. He apologized for his actions "out of the decorum of the body," referring to his very public comment…
November 11, 2021

Anti-Vaccine-Mandate Bill Moves Forward

5:35 p.m., Nov. 11-- HB 1511 has been moved forward by the Joint Technical Corrections Committee. This bill is the only bill moving forward that would offer protection to many North Dakotans from COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Because the JTCC moved HB 1511 forward with a Do Pass recommendation, they gave…
November 11, 2021

"Right To Try" Bill Moves Forward

3:45 p.m., Nov. 11--HB 1514, sponsored by Rep. Bill Tveit (R-Dis. 33, Hazen), was sent forward with a "Do Pass" recommendation to be heard by the full House of Representatives. Among other things, this bill would allow medical providers with prescribing authority to prescribe the drug Ivermectin to treat COVID-19…
November 11, 2021

Senator Poolman Announces She Will Not Seek Re-election

1:40 p.m., Nov. 11--Senator Nicole Poolman (R-Dis.7, Bismarck) just announced on the Senate floor that she will not be seeking re-election. As her reasons she noted the following: 1. She wants to focus more on her job as a teacher at Century High School 2. She wants to be more…
November 11, 2021

Thursday Morning House Actions

11:30 a.m., Nov. 11--The House moved through several bills this morning. All the following were passed and will be heard in the Senate beginning this afternoon: HB 1515 - relating to a one-time income tax credit HCR 3049 - relating to declaring parents as the primary stakeholder over the lives…
November 11, 2021

Joint Committee Hearing Continues on HB 1511 Regarding Vaccine Mandates

11:15 a.m., Nov 11--The Joint Technical Corrections Committee is meeting this morning to continue to hear testimony on some of the bills that remain to be dealt with at the committee level. Numerous amendments have been offered already. There is still much to be debated. Currently Rep. Rick Becker (R-Dis.…
November 11, 2021

New Legislative Map to Governor's Desk

Senate approved redistricting plan on Wednesday BISMARCK – Done deal. Almost. The signature of Governor Doug Burgum is all that is needed for a new legislative map to be adopted in North Dakota.   Meeting in special session Wednesday, the North Dakota Senate passed a redistricting map by a 40-7 margin. The House had approved the bill on…
November 10, 2021

North Dakota to Challenge Vaccine Mandate

Gov. Burgum announced ND is joining 9 other states in lawsuit BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum today joined Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem in announcing that North Dakota has joined nine other states in a lawsuit challenging the Biden administration’s mandate that employers who receive funding through Medicare or Medicaid programs must require their…
November 10, 2021

Tax Bills Moved Forward

4:35 p.m., Nov. 10--Two tax bills were taken up by the Joint Technical Corrections Committee (JTCC) this afternoon. FIrst, SB 2351 which would eliminate state income tax on Social Security income. That measure was moved forward with a Do Pass recommendation to the full houses. The vote was 15-1. There…
November 10, 2021

Minot Students Attend Special Session

Our Redeemer's students see government in action More than 20 high school students from Our Redeemer’s Christian School in Minot attended the North Dakota legislative special session at the Capitol on Wed., Nov. 10. Many of the students who made the road trip are in Christine Fandrich’s government class.  “This is everything we’ve been talking about, so I thought…
November 10, 2021

Senate Narrowly Includes Sub-districts

2:25 p.m., Nov. 10--The North Dakota Senate just completed a vigorous debate about the sub-districting of legislative districts 4 and 9 within the joint redistricting plan. The vote to include the sub-districts only narrowly passed, by a vote of 26-21.
November 10, 2021

Full House Vote to Accept Joint Redistricting Plan

7:05 a.m., Nov. 10--Yesterday afternoon, the ND House of Representatives voted to accept the redistricting plan presented by the Joint Redistricting Committee. See photo below for the complete vote tally. See Minor Revisions to Redistricting Plan for fuller coverage of this issue.
November 10, 2021

Full House Vote on Accepting Sub-Districts

7:00 a.m., Nov. 10--Yesterday afternoon, the ND House of Representatives voted to accept the portion of the re-districting plan that will establish sub-districts. See photo below for the complete vote tally. See Minor Revisions to Redistricting Plan for fuller coverage of this issue.
November 10, 2021

Minor Revisions to Redistricting Plan

Turtle Mountain, Spirit Lake Changes Denied  BISMARCK – The expected perusal through the magnifying glass got underway on opening day of the current legislative special session called by Governor Doug Burgum. While legislators will take up several issues, foremost is the approval of a new legislative alignment due to increased population in…
November 9, 2021

Verbal Shots Fired in House Discussion

3:10 p.m., Nov. 9--The House just passed the joint redistricting plan 73-18. In the process, Rep. Jeff Hoverson (R-Dis. 3, Minot) asked the House Majority Leader Rep. Chet Pollert whether he thought the redistricting process had been fair. Rep. Pollert replied that he did believe so, mentioning all the work…
November 9, 2021

Full House Discussion Likely to Push Back Schedule

2:05 p.m., Nov. 9--The current Full House discussion on re-districting is going to push the schedule back significantly. Sub-districting is a hot-button topic, and from what I have been told by some other legislators, there are other hot-button topics that will come up here for discussion as well. Legislators want…
November 9, 2021

Sub-districts Being Discussed in Full House Chamber

1:45 p.m., Nov. 9--Rep. Terry Jones (R-Dis. 4, New Town) is now arguing against the plan to sub-district districts 4 and 9 in the redistricting plan, HB 1504. He cited an attorney that explained to him that sub-districting based on race according to the Voting Rights Act requires evidence of…
November 9, 2021

More Testimony on Lifesaving Bill

12:00 p.m., Nov. 9--Rep. Tveit, Sen. Janna Myrdahl, Travis Zablotney, and other citizens (many with backgrounds in the medical field) are skillfully fielding questions asked by the Joint Technical Corrections Committee. Not everyone who presents a bill or speaks in support for (or against) a bill is able to do…
November 9, 2021

Under-the-radar consequences of redistricting delayed bill

9:15 a.m., Nov. 9--In the leadup to this morning's meeting of the Joint Technical Corrections Committee who will hear testimony on most of the delayed bills that advanced from the Delayed Bills Committees, Rep. Sebastian Ertelt (R-Dis. 26, Lisbon) dropped the following bombshell on The Dakotan. Rep. Ertelt spoke about…
November 9, 2021

Busy Day for the House Delayed Bills Committee

Only 8 of 20 bills advance to be heard further BISMARCK—The first day of the North Dakota Legislature’s Special Session was jam packed, and perhaps no one had a busier day than the members of the House Delayed Bills Committee. This five-member committee was tasked with hearing approximately 20 bills…
November 8, 2021

We The People Rally

Legislators Acknowledge the Passion of Rally Supporters It began with a warm welcome by Chris Berg, followed by an opening prayer by Pastor Kurt Chaffee, and a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by Blind Joe. Then the crowd of more than 2,000 began to cheer for rally organizer…
November 8, 2021

Hundreds gather in Capitol building

Update: 3:45 p.m., Nov. 8 -- Excitement turned to confusion turned to discontent. An estimated 700 people waited for more than an hour to hear a press conference that had been announced for the main hall of the Capitol for 3 p.m. They waited in vain, because both the place…
November 8, 2021

Capitol Rally

Large turnout for rally on capitol grounds  BISMARCK 1:21 P.M. -- A crowd estimated at 2,500 or more filled the lawn in front of the Capitol Building today. The “We The People” rally got underway at noon with an enthusiastic gathering celebrating the theme of the event – We will not Comply, a reaction…
November 8, 2021

No Election Integrity Bills Advance from House Delayed Bills Committee

1:00 p.m., Nov. 8 -- Neither of Rep. Jeff Magrum's (R-Dis.28, Hazelton) election integrity bills advanced from the House Delayed Bills Committee. There was bipartisan support for killing these bills; neither received a motion from anyone on the committee to advance to the Joint Technical Correction Committee. The reasons given…
November 8, 2021

Interesting Trend in House Delayed Bills Committee

12:30 p.m., Nov. 8 -- So far, nearly every bill that has failed to advance out of the House Delayed Bills Committee has failed because Republican Majority Leader Chet Pollert (R-Dis. 29, Carrington) has voted along with the two democrats on the committee, Rep. Boschee (D-Dis. 44, Fargo) and Rep.…
November 8, 2021

House Committee Advances COVID Vaccination Bill to Entire House

11:50 a.m., Nov. 8 -- The House Delayed Bills Committee has just voted to advance Rep. Bob Paulson's (R-Dis. 3) COVID vaccine discrimination bill to be heard by the Joint Technical Corrections Committee (the next step in the process). Rep. Paulson's bill mirrors the bill passed into law by the…
November 8, 2021

Senate Majority Leader makes opening statement

"Welcome back. This isn't just simple redistricting. We have other things like the American Rescue Plan. We have social freedom issues that have to be dealt with. Our goal is 5 days. Everything has to be done in 5 days. It is possible. Work Saturday? There is that possibility. If…
November 8, 2021

ND House Delayed Bills Committee About to Begin

10:45 a.m., Nov. 8 -- The ND House Delayed Bills Committee is about to convene in the Pioneer Room of the Capitol building. The committee members have their work cut out for them today, since there are approximately 20 bills for them to consider in the next 2+ hours. There…
November 8, 2021

Live Updates Beginning Today

Check back here throughout the duration of the legislative special session to read the latest updates from the session, including on-site coverage of the We The People rally on the Capitol Steps Monday, Nov. 8 at noon.
November 8, 2021

Capitol Steps Rally

**UPDATE: Click Legislative Special Session 2021 to see live updates of the Special Session including on-site coverage of the We The People rally. Huge grassroots rally planned to coincide with first day of special session  Monday, Nov. 8, will bring an uptick in activity around the Capitol building in Bismarck.…
November 4, 2021

Special Session Raises Eyebrows

Representative Dan Ruby Not A Fan of Sub-Districts “I can support the re-districting bill, even though I don’t like everything about it, but I can accept it. But I won’t support it with the sub-districts,” said Representative Dan Ruby (R-Dis. 38, Minot) in a recent interview with The Dakotan. Now…
November 3, 2021

Questions Surround Special Session

When the State Legislature reconvenes November 8 in Bismarck, it will do so without knowing how long the session will last. There’s plenty of speculation among lawmakers, ranging from four days to two weeks or more. What is known is that on Friday Governor Doug Burgum called a Special Session…
October 31, 2021

Legislative Session Uncertainty

Ballots, mandates among items to consider ***UPDATE: After this article was scheduled for publishing, Governor Burgum issued Executive Order 2021-17 calling for a Special Session of the North Dakota Legislature to begin November 8. Keep checking The Dakotan for more updates about the upcoming Special Session. When the state’s legislators…
October 30, 2021

Legislative Leader on Redistricting

Expectations for upcoming session MINOT – North Dakota’s 47 legislative districts are about to get a new look, a realignment made necessary following the latest census. The state’s districts are required to have reasonably equal populations to ensure that all state citizens are equally represented at the capitol. A special…
October 24, 2021

Vanishing Districts

Three voting districts in North Dakota are about to disappear. That is, if proposed redistricting that reconfigures voting alignments meets with the approval of legislators. The matter will be taken up when the state’s legislators return to Bismarck November 8 for a maximum four-day session. Can entire voting districts really…
October 24, 2021

Redistricting Plan Heads to Upcoming Session

ND lawmakers express concerns It has happened before, a reconfiguring of North Dakota’s legislative districts, but there’s always something about shifting political boundaries that draws the ire of legislators on both sides of the isle. The upcoming reconvened session of the ND Legislature, with redistricting foremost on the agenda, is…
October 24, 2021
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