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North Dakota’s fourth medical marijuana dispensary opens next week.

It’s in Bismarck – and opens Tuesday.

And there are more dispensaries to come.

"We have four additional locations within the state -- Jamestown, Devils Lake, Minot and Dickinson," said Health Department Medical Marijuana division director Jason Wahl. "They have entities who are moving forward in the registration process."

Wahl said the next dispensary to likely open will be Jamestown.

ND Ethics Commission appointed

Aug 8, 2019
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Five members have been appointed to the new state Ethics Commission.

A committee made up of Gov. Doug Burgum, Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner (R-Dickinson) and Senate Minority Leader Joan Heckaman (D-New Rockford) made the appointments.

The committee chose former district judge Ron Goodman of Oakes, tribal college president Cynthia Lindquist of Ft. Totten, former Sanford Health executive Paul Richard of Fargo, former Williston Mayor Ward Koser and former National Guard General David Anderson of Bismarck.

Pipeline expansion plans raises questions

Aug 6, 2019

Operators of the Dakota Access Pipeline are looking at plans to expand pumping capacity of the pipeline in order to move more crude oil through the system. Critics of the plan are looking to express their concerns. Reporter Todd McDonald has details...

Federal Lawsuit Over Mandan Mural

Aug 2, 2019
Bismark Tribune

The city of Mandan will not enforce its law requiring citizens to apply for a permit to paint murals until a federal lawsuit over the matter is settled. The ordinance caused controversy this past spring, when it required the owners of Lonesome Dove bar to remove their mural depicting a cowboy during sunset after their application for a permit was denied three times. Owners, Brian Burbe and August Kersten, filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District of North Dakota against the city of Mandan on July 29th.

ND ACLU hires new advocacy director

Jul 30, 2019

The ACLU of North Dakota has new leadership.

Some big electrical power users in western North Dakota – that are customers of MDU – will see their power bills jump.

Several years ago, those big users signed contracts with the utility for a fixed price on power. But recently, MDU filed for an electric rate increase, and that reopened discussions with those users.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

A Montana construction company has been fined $500 for a violation of North Dakota’s “call before you dig” law.

Energy company Kinder-Morgan filed the complaint against Crawford Construction Company, for work being done in the Bowman area. The complaint alleged Crawford failed to renew a location request prior to the expiration of its original request.

MN Gov Walz: LGA is in community's best interest

Jul 24, 2019

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz held a media call with reporters to give an update on how legislative increases for LGA (local government aid) and CPA (county program aid) will be impacting communities soon.

As a Legislative Interim committee looks at potential alternatives to special assessments, the President of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber and CEO of the Bismarck Mandan Development Association has one.

But Brian Ritter said it will take state action to allow local governments to adopt it.

Ritter said this comes from discussion about how to pay for on-going street and road improvements. He said the proposal is to allow local governments to levy a “street utility tax.”

Supporters of a proposed initiated Constitutional measure to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota have had the measure okayed for circulation.

The wording and format was approved by Secretary of State Al Jaeger.

Because it is a Constitutional measure, supporters need 26,904 valid signatures. And if they want the measure on the June 2020 ballot, they would have to submit signatures by Feb. 10th.