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Audio: Board Of Higher Education President Wants To Review UND Decision To Exclude “North Dakota” Nickname Choice

Audio: Board Of Higher Education President Wants To Review UND Decision To Exclude “North Dakota” Nickname Choice

This morning news broke here on SAB regarding the voting process for establishing a new nickname for the University of North Dakota, and the big news out of that announcement is that UND President Robert Kelley decided to exclude the “North Dakota” or no nickname option from the vote. Shortly after I broke the news,


The North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund Shell Game

During the 2011 legislative session Governor Jack Dalrymple pushed for, and won, the creation of what’s called the Housing Incentive Fund. Essentially private individuals and companies can donate money to the fund which is then used to invest in housing projects in the state which meet certain guidelines. Contributors to the fund can even direct


Let’s Give The North Dakota Oil Industry Some Much Deserved Credit On Flaring

Yesterday at a meeting of the North Dakota Industrial Commission – the regulatory triumvirate which oversees oil and gas development in North Dakota – the oil industry asked that flaring goals created by the state be pushed back. Starting on October 1 of 2016 the oil industry can flare no more than 15 percent of

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Not Every Education Problem Can Be Fixed By Giving Teachers A Raise

A couple of weeks back Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced a proposal to address chronic teacher shortages in the state, and frankly it was a breath of fresh air. Succinctly, Baesler wants to crack open the door to letting people with subject matter expertise – “community experts” is the term being used – but who lack


What Can Heidi Heitkamp’s Iran Vote Tell Us About Her 2016 Intentions?

North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp kicked off a waiting game yesterday when she said, in the wake of Governor Jack Dalrymple’s announced retirement, that she would announce her intentions with regard to running for that office “sooner rather than later.” People I’ve spoken to say that’s probably September. Until then, it’s anyone’s guess as to


Audio: NDGOP Chairman Kelly Armstrong Talks Dalrymple Retirement And 2016 Elections

I interviewed NDGOP Chairman Kelly Armstrong (who is also a state Senator from Dickinson) this morning while hosting the Hot Seat program on WDAY AM970, and we talked about Governor Jack Dalrymple’s decision to step down after his current term is through as well as the 2016 elections generally. I asked Armstrong about the potential


Despite Political Obstruction Pipelines Have Caught Up With Rail In North Dakota

Shipping Bakken crude has become a hot-button political topic. Rail shipments are derided by fear mongering anti-oil activists as “bomb trains” but these same activists have also lined up to oppose pipeline infrastructure. You almost get the idea that they’d rather the oil stay in the ground. Still, there’s no question that pipelines are a


North Dakota State University President Kicks Off New School Year By Lying To Students

Yesterday North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani welcomed a new class of freshman students to his institution with a bald-faced lie. “You are part of a family that is proud of this university, that is proud of you, and is going to welcome you and provide you with an experience over the next four