STAFF BLOG BISON MEDIA BLOG Bison Video Blog: Monday presser recap, UNI preview
Join WDAY sports director Dom Izzo and The Forum's Jeff Kolpack for the Bison Video Blog! Jeff and Dom will recap the Monday morning NDSU Athletics presser and preview this weekend's game against UNI.... Posted on 11/3/14 at 3:20 PM
NDAD INSIGHT NDAD's 20th Escape to the Lake a few weeks away
The 20th Escape to the Lake created by NDAD is set for Sat., June 21, at Nelson Lake Recreation Area near Center, N.D., in Oliver County northwest of Bismarck and Mandan.
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BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH DAKOTA Employer mandate delayed until 2015
Last month the federal government announced a one-year delay in the employer mandate provision in the Affordable Care Act until 2015. The employer mandate requires companies that employ more than 50 f... Posted on 8/5/13 at 12:28 PM
BISMARCK, N.D. – Attorneys representing North Dakota college students soon won’t have to sit on the sidelines during university disciplinary hearings that could lead to suspension or expulsion.
State lawmakers gave final approval Monday to Senate Bill 2150, which gives students at the state’s 11 public colleges and universities the right to be represented – at their own expense – by an attorney or advocate who may “fully participate” in such disciplinary hearings.
The right doesn’t apply to matters involving academic misconduct.
Assistance for human trafficking victims also approved
BISMARCK, N.D. – After being criticized for yanking funding from the bill a week ago, House lawmakers voted Monday to restore $250,000 to legislation designed to shorten wait times for rape victims who need sexual assault examinations.
Lawmakers also gave final approval to a bill with $1.25 million in grant funding for organizations that provide treatment and shelter services for human trafficking victims.
“These victims are the definition of exploited, and we need to get them services,” said Sen. Kelly Armstrong, R-Dickinson.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Senators scratched language from a bill Monday that could have forced the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System to rebid an expensive contract making Sanford Health Plan the insurance carrier for the group’s roughly 66,000 covered lives on July 1.
The Senate unanimously approved amendments to House Bill 1475 but didn’t vote on the amended bill.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- A Fort Yates man is in federal custody after being accused of sexually assaulting a Fort Yates woman, who was later found dead.
Richmond White Eagle, 34, was charged Monday in U.S. District Court of North Dakota with felony sexual abuse of a person physically incapable of declining participation.
He was arrested after federal agents from the FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs responded after a neighbor reported finding Jessie Manley's body outside of a Fort Yates apartment residence called The Complex on Sunday morning.
RURAL KEENE, N.D. — Thousands of acres of scorched earth northwest of Keene are evidence of how quickly an oil well flare fire can damage ranch grass and miles of fence line.
It’s also evidence, at least in this case, how quickly an oil company can step up to mitigate the damage done.
Oil tax debate: Short-term stability vs. long-term revenue loss
BISMARCK, N.D. – House lawmakers voted 57-32 Monday to eliminate price-based oil tax breaks and set a lower tax on oil extraction, sending the last-minute bill to the Senate today where contentious debate is expected to continue.
House Bill 1476, introduced on Friday, would eliminate the so-called large trigger exemption on the oil extraction tax, which supporters say would add predictability to oil tax revenues and the industry’s tax structure.
FARGO, N.D. -- It's now a forgotten footnote to history. On the very day Abraham Lincoln was mortally wounded--April 14, 1865--erstwhile Confederate soldiers were attacked by Indians while defending a fort in Dakota Territory.
The former rebel soldiers, prisoners of war held by the Union, swore an oath of loyalty to the other side in the Civil War and were sent to the Western frontier to relieve a manpower shortage.
BISMARCK, N.D. – House lawmakers voted Friday to cut North Dakota’s individual income tax rates by 10 percent and corporate rates by 5 percent, one day after the Senate killed a bill with 5 percent cuts across the board.
House members voted 59-32 to approve Senate Bill 2349 after an hourlong debate.
Because the House didn’t amend the version that passed the Senate in February, it now goes to Gov. Jack Dalrymple for his signature.
Lawmakers this session had previously rejected several bills that proposed more significant cuts and even elimination of personal income taxes.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- Nolan and Hailey Gentry picked up their dealer and drove toward JCPenney, investigators say.
In the parking lot that January afternoon, the Gentrys and Clinton Fridley allegedly sold an eight-ball of methamphetamine to a buyer for $450 and drove off.
Then came the traffic stop.
The buyer was a setup, a confidential informant wired up and deployed by the Southwest Narcotics Task Force. The Gentrys and Fridley now face felony charges of criminal conspiracy.
BISMARCK, N.D. -Two major pieces of anti-human trafficking legislation passed the North Dakota House of Representatives on Wednesday as the session nears its final days.
Representatives unanimously passed bills to enact a uniform law against trafficking and to allocate $1.25 million for victims.
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Legislature’s recent trend of cutting income taxes may be coming to an end after the Senate on Thursday scrapped a proposal to shrink individual and corporate income tax rates by 5 percent.
Some lawmakers entered the session proposing significant cuts or eliminating personal income taxes, and the Senate’s action Thursday underscored the change in attitude since oil prices collapsed and lowered the state’s revenue forecast for 2015-17.
WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota oil production fell 1.2 percent in February, the first time since 2011 that the state has seen back-to-back drops in monthly oil production.
Low oil prices have prompted operators to postpone bringing new wells online, a trend that’s expected to continue until June, Director of Mineral Resources Lynn Helms said Tuesday.
The state produced an average of just under 1.18 million barrels of oil per day in February, according to preliminary figures. At the end of February, there were a record 900 wells waiting for fracking crews, an increase of 75 from the previous month, Helms estimates.
Production is expected to decline by 1 or 2 percent for the months of March, April and May. But on June 1, a state tax incentive known as the “large trigger” could take effect and contribute to an increase in production.
BISMARCK, N.D. – House lawmakers voted 91-1 Tuesday to enhance the regulation of gathering pipelines, but language that would have required leak-detection technology was stripped from the bill.
House Bill 1358 builds on what lawmakers approved two years ago when the state first decided to begin regulating more than 20,000 miles of gathering pipelines that transport oil, saltwater and other liquids.
KEENE, N.D. – Local officials point to a natural gas flare as the likely cause of a grass fire that scorched about 3,000 acres in McKenzie County this week.
McKenzie County Emergency Manager Karolin Rockvoy and Keene Fire Chief John Rolfsrud both attribute the fire that started about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to a nearby oil well that was flaring.
Citizen group is looking at other options
MANNING, N.D. -- Dunn County commissioners defied a crowd of Oil Patch landowners Wednesday in voting down a 60-percent neighbor-approval requirement for proposed landfills, but citizens say their fight is not over.
The county’s Planning and Zoning Board recommended adding the requirement back into the land code at a meeting in March, but the victory was short-lived.
A proposed special waste oilfield landfill near Manning ignited the debate with surrounding landowners adamantly against it.
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