State of ND Releases Annual Comprehensive Financial Report Showing Strong Position

BISMARCK, N.D. – The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) today released the 2022 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) for the period from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. “The 2022 North Dakota ACFR shows the state in a strong financial position heading into this fiscal year,” said Office of Management and Budget Director Joe

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Brandon Citizens weigh in loudly at last chance to prevent a costly infrastructure project

In the second story from Brandon in today’s news feed, you can read about a level of community engagement we do not commonly see in Minot. The City of Brandon proposed spending ~$30 million on new lift stations. The public showed up in force, and they weren’t shy with their opinions. They didn’t like the

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City of Minot Settles Lawsuit with 16th Crossing Developer

The City of Minot’s lawsuit with 16th Crossing, owned by Nathan Smith, has been dismissed by agreement of both parties. Smith, along with new owner Stonehaven, LLC, and a new development company, Meritage Communities, are planning a substantial mixed-use development at the 55th Crossing location in southeast Minot to include single-family homes, townhomes, upscale apartments,

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Legislature Debating Whether to Ban or Require Teaching of Divisive Topics

It’s tough making sense of the North Dakota legislature some days. Senate Bill 2247 sets out to ban the teaching of divisive topics in the state’s institutions of higher education. The topics that are defined as ‘divisive’ center around race and sex and privilege and the past. The hearing on the bill brought out thoughtful

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House Passes Thanksgiving Alcohol Sales 

It’s always awkward when you’re asked to bring the beer to Thanksgiving dinner, but you forget you can’t buy it on that particular Thursday. Well if you forget this year, you may have the North Dakota Legislature to thank for saving your skin. The house passed a bill making Thanksgiving Day alcohol off-premise sales legal

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Billings enters the design phase for a downtown street conversion project

Designs for a downtown Billings makeover are underway. A big part of the project includes a traffic conversion from 1-way streets to 2-way streets that are safer for pedestrians and better for commerce. What’s especially interesting is how Billings plans to pay for the improvements; it’s with a Tax Increment Financing District (TIF). Why does

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What is milk? The legislature is attempting to answer the question

If you go to the grocery store these days, you’ll quickly notice the milk section is a lot bigger than it used to be. But it’s not the cows that made it so. There are whole shelves of new products made from soy, almonds, oats, coconuts, and more. And it invites the question, what is

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House Bill 1446 Sets The Stage for A Debate On University Tenure

Tenured University professors have long enjoyed a level of job security far less common in other lines of work. And if House Bill 1446 is approved, it’s a situation that will change. The bill sets forth the terms in which tenured professors can be removed by University Presidents and other delegated administrators. And there’s a

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Stark County’s Pretrial Recovery Program Aids Sobriety in North Dakota

A new criminal justice program in Stark County is proving useful at keeping people out of jail and off drugs and alcohol. It’s called a pretrial recovery program, and for non violent offenders, they can stay out of jail if they agree to drug and alcohol monitoring. The program started early in 2022, and the

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Bismarck-Mandan Rail Bridge preservationists, railroad officials square off at state permit hearing

The fight to save a historic Bismarck rail bridge spilled into a permit hearing on Friday held by the Department of Water Resources. BNSF is seeking a permit to build a new bridge, and a citizens group fighting to save the existing structure is hoping the state agency will provide relief by denying the permit.

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Why Are People in the US Becoming Radicalized?

What makes a person slip from being passionate, but reasonable, to radicalized and unreasonable? It’s a question many across the country are asking because, in the U.S., the rate of radicalization is on the increase, more so than in other developed countries. The answers are still evolving, and they’re coming mostly by looking back and

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Insulin, Price Caps, and Perspectives from the Outside

A U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services study from 2020 found that insulin prices in the U.S. are as much as 10 times higher than in other developed countries. It’s an issue that’s getting the attention of state legislatures across the country, and the solution that’s increasingly adopted — regardless of which party is

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Senate Bill 2199 Related to Transgender Pronoun Usage and Enforcement Fails

A bill to redefine gender in North Dakota law has failed. Senate Bill 2199 proposed to limit gender definitions in state law to either male or female as determined at birth and created a $1,500 penalty for violation of the law. The bill was given a Do Not Pass recommendation in committee following considerable opposing

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Magrum’s Feud with Gov. Burgum puts North Dakota’s economic wellbeing at risk

Senator Jeff Magrum filed several bills earlier this week related to the Summit Carbon pipeline; the bills, largely related to eminent domain and property rights, got more than a little media attention around the state. But Rob Port speculates that it may not be a purely political move. From his perspective, it looks personal. He

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Minot-area water projects get hearing

Minot’s water projects are front and center priorities this legislative session, as they have been for the past several sessions. At stake is state funding for shares of the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project and the Northwest Area Water Supply project. State dollars are needed to keep the projects moving. Thursday, Mayor Tom Ross

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North Dakota legislative budget writers adopt early revenue forecast

How our legislators build the state budget depends a whole bunch on how much money they think they’ll have. How do they that out? They forecast. It’s tricky business because it depends on predicting things like oil prices and sales tax revenues and other factors that tend toward volatility. Nonetheless, the revenue forecast that will

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