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With the help of a few more delegates from a handful of states, including North Dakota, Donald Trump  finally gathered enough to clinch the Republican nomination.

And with that news, the official Republican Presidential nominee rolled into Bismarck Thursday.

Inside Energy’s Leigh Paterson has this report.

Trump addressed the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference for nearly an hour, laying out his thoughts on the future of U.S. energy. He  came out strong.

“President Obama has done everything he can to get in the way of American energy for whatever reason. “

Trump protest small, peaceful

May 26, 2016
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Before Donald Trump arrived in Bismarck to speak to the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference, protestors gathered outside the Bismarck Events Center.

Organizers had hoped for 500 to 1000 people – but by noon, only about 50 had gathered.

They had a bullhorn for speeches, and carried signs. Patrick Engelhart of Bismarck had a unique sign, which read: “Trump Hates Knoephla.”

"To me, and I think to a lot of people, Trump is nothing but a joke," Engelhart said. "Especially his policies. So, I fugured that, by making a joke, you can draw attention to it."

Helms: 2017 'getting better' for oil

May 26, 2016
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

North Dakota Mineral Resources director Lynn Helms says the oil industry consensus is – 2017 will be a better year for the industry.

But Helms says it won’t be robust.

"Still less than 50 drilling rigs (in the Bakken)."

Helms says by 2018, the industry will likely start adding drilling rigs back to North Dakota.

"By 2019 and 2020, it should be back to the races."

And that means production will grow.

When it comes to energy, presidential candidate Donald Trump has left a lot to the imagination. But today he’s traveling to Bismarck to address energy industry professionals from all across the country. North Dakota is the second largest oil producing state in the U.S (TK).  There’s many issues troubling the industry right now, from low energy prices to new federal regulations. Inside Energy’s Leigh Paterson reports.

Outside the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, a table is covered in swag. 

“Grab a couple. Take more than one!”

Natural North Dakota: Wolverines

May 25, 2016

AARP to Trump: What is your plan for Social Security?

May 25, 2016
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

When Donald Trump comes to speak to the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, members of AARP North Dakota hope he will talk about his specific plans for Social Security.

AARP state volunteer president Mike Tomasko said this effort is not just targeted at Trump.

"Last fall, AARP launched 'Take A Stand,'" Tomasko told Bismarck reporters. "It's a nationwide campaign to hold every Presidential candidate accountable for laying out specific plans, not just a sound bite that 'I'm for Social Security.'"

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Not a record turnout – but organizers of the 2016 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference say they’re happy.

"We just reached 2500 registrants," North Dakota Petroleum Council president Ron Ness announced at the conference's opening news briefing at the Bismarck Events Center. "We were planning for about 1800 a few months ago."

Ness says he also expects a number of on-site registrations.

"You put that on top of the roughly 4500 general public tickets we've sold for (Donald) Trump, and it's going to be a busy place," Ness said.

Dalrymple: No new buildings for colleges in 2017

May 24, 2016
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Gov. Jack Dalrymple is telling the state’s public colleges and universities not to suggest new buildings in their 2017-2019 budget request – unless it’s an emergency.

In his speech to the University System’s “Envision 2030” conference, Dalrymple said over the past ten years, the state did a lot for building needs on the campuses.

"But the truth of the matter is, the state as a whole does not have cash reserves that we can now give you to build a building," Dalrymple said. "They're not there."

ND Lawmakers to re-open debate on Medicaid expansion

May 23, 2016

The chairman of an interim Legislative committee studying health care says he’s not sure the state will continue Medicaid expansion – at least in its current form.

Wayne Stenehjem says he has a three-point plan to address North Dakota's issues regarding behavioral health and prison reform.


News from NPR

A British museum has been searching for parts of the Lorenz cipher machine, used by the Nazis in World War II to send secret messages.

So when sharp-eyed museum volunteers happened upon what appeared to be a Lorenz teleprinter on eBay, it almost seemed too good to be true.

National Museum of Computing volunteer John Whetter went to Essex to investigate. There, he found "the keyboard being kept, in its original case, on the floor of a shed 'with rubbish all over it'," the BBC reports.

The U.N. Refugee Agency and Italian authorities say they fear at least 700 migrants have died in three separate shipwrecks in the Mediterranean since last Wednesday.

This comes amid a surge of migrants attempting to make the dangerous crossing between Libya and Italy, UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler tells The Two-Way. He adds that search and rescue teams have been able to save 14,000 people making the crossing during the past week.

After a 4-year-old boy slipped into the gorilla enclosure on a crowded day at the Cincinnati Zoo, a security team killed the gorilla to save the child.

This election has brought a bitter primary season: candidates at each other's throats; a Democratic Party in crisis. But it's nothing new.

Eight years ago, the Democratic Party was recovering after a brutal primary between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Now, the party has found itself in a similar place.

This week on For the Record: Lessons learned from the 2008 Democratic primary, with two political operatives who lived through it.

More than 1,000 Libertarians from around the country have converged on a hotel in Orlando, Fla., for a long weekend of politicking, strategizing, and seminars with titles like "How to Abolish Government in Three Easy Steps."

They'll also choose their nominee for president on Sunday. Five men are competing to be the Libertarian standard-bearer, including a software tycoon, a magazine editor, and the former Republican governor of New Mexico.

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Our May Editors' Roundtable ~ Matt Reviews "The Nice Guys"

Our monthly Editors’ Roundtable with news director Dave Thompson and this week’s special guests, Cecile Wehrman editor of the Crosby Journal & Tioga Tribune; and Jack Zaleski, editorial page editor of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. As part of the conversation, we’ll hear a report from Inside Energy’s Leigh Patterson on Donald Trump’s ideas for America’s energy future as presented yesterday in Williston. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “The Nice Guys.”
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