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NDSU Professor Who Pulled Rail Delays Study Works As Consultant For BNSF

NDSU Professor Who Pulled Rail Delays Study Works As Consultant For BNSF

The mystery of the pulled NDSU study into the economic impacts of rail delays on agriculture persists. Last week we learned that North Dakota State University had pulled study detailing revenue losses to farmers because of rail delays just “days” after it was issued. Yet, despite the study being pulled, politicians such as Senator Heidi


North Dakota Parents Upset Their Kid Was Forced To Stand For The Pledge Of Allegiance

According to the Minot Daily News, parents of a 6-year-old at Edwin Loe Elementary School in Newtown, North Dakota, on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation are upset that their child isn’t being allowed to sit during the Pledge of Allegiance: “It’s pretty much an ongoing thing,” said Jesse Adams, who said his son was allowed


ND Governor Jack Dalrymple: Common Core Is Opposed By “The Far Right And The Far Left”

North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple seemed to send a shot across the bow of lawmakers thinking about taking on the controversial Common Core standards at a meeting of state education leaders. “There are detractors out there, mostly from the far right and the far left, who are trying to turn this into a ‘bogeyman,” said

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp

Why Didn’t NDSU Let Heidi Heitkamp Know The Study She’d Requested Was Withdrawn?

Earlier today I wrote about North Dakota State University withdrawing a study concerning the economic impacts of rail delays on the agriculture industry which had been requested by Senator Heidi Heitkamp. It just hit the news today, but according to this update from Grand Forks Herald reporter Brandi Jewett NDSU pulled the study “in May


NDSU Pulls Inaccurate Study Requested By Heidi Heitkamp

Back in May, Senator Heidi Heitkamp released a study from North Dakota State University claiming that rail delays had caused farmers to lose $66 million in revenue with the potential for another $95 million in losses if delays aren’t fixed. That poured fuel on the fire of controversies surrounding oil-by-rail shipments. The dramatic uptick oil


The EPA’s Power Plant Regulations Could Mean Shortages For North Dakota

Back in June I wrote a story for Watchdog about the potential impact of EPA regulations on North Dakota. At the time, Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk said the impact “could be catastrophic.” That’s not hyperbole. North Dakota is caught between the pincers of rising demand for power, driven by a booming economy and expanding


North Dakota Republicans Deeply Divided Over Tax Relief – Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND Last week Rep. Scott Louser, a Republican from Minot, announced here on SAB that he would be introducing legislation to take the personal income tax rate for all state tax brackets down to zero. “North Dakota revenue projections have been cautious in recent history and just this week, projections in oil revenue


On Television: Ryan Rauschenberger Deserves A Chance To Explain Himself

In August of 2006 Democrat state Rep. Merle Boucher announced that he was seeking treatment for alcohol addiction. Boucher was on the ballot that year in District 9, though facing no opponent. Boucher got treatment and stayed on the ballot. He was re-elected and served in the state House through 2011. In 2010, he represented


Astrup Calls For Rauschenberger’s Resignation, NDGOP Compares Alcoholism To Breast Cancer

Today was a day for putting feet in mouth for Democrats and Republicans alike, it seems. Last week after I broke the news here on SAB that Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger has been struggling with alcohol addiction, something that came to light after he loaned his car to an apparently drunk driver, Rauschenberger announced a leave