Forget-Me-Not Day

Sep 24, 2018

Supporting America’s troops has taken different forms throughout the years. The Great War was still in recent memory when various groups spread out throughout Bismarck-Mandan to sell handmade forget-me-nots to honor and support disabled American military veterans in 1937. On this date, the Bismarck Tribune reported that Governor Bill Langer had declared the following day as “Forget-Me-Not Day.”

The men who served as governors of Dakota Territory were a colorful cast of characters. One of them was John Albyne Burbank. President Grant was new to the White House when he appointed Burbank as Dakota’s fourth governor in 1869, along with a caravan of other officials: territorial secretary, chief justice, marshal, internal revenue officers, postmaster and Indian agents, to name a few.


Dakota Territory had a messy few years under Governor Nehemiah Ordway. He was a New Hampshire state legislator who President Hayes appointed as the territorial governor in 1880, after William A. Howard died in office.

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Gov. Doug Burgum continues to talk about expanding North Dakota’s technology sector and his “Mainstreet Initiative.”

But Legislative leaders say they’re waiting for more policy specifics from Burgum.

The Governor outlined those issues in his talk to the Greater North Dakota Chamber’s Policy Summit in Bismarck.  Burgum talked about the state stepping up its game in technology, and discussed how the state needs to attract and keep workers. He said one way to do that is to make the cities more livable.

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A subcommittee of Senate Appropriations will consider an amendment to the Governor’s budget – so Governor Burgum would not be taking a salary.

The Governor’s salary is now $157,000 a year. Burgum has offered to take no pay as Governor.

"Fundamentallym his job is to lead," said Sen. David Hogue (R-Minot), the chairman of the subcommittee studying the Governor’s budget. "To do that, sometimes he has to set an example."

Hogue said he hopes the Legislature will be able to do that without making it "a bigger deal than what it really is."

Burgum state of the state -- more belt tightening, some new initiatives

Jan 4, 2017

In his first State of the State Address, Governor Doug Burgum called on lawmakers to dig-deeper when it comes to finding budget savings and create ways to make government more efficient,

"Gov. (Jack) Dalrymple's proposed budget for 2-17-19 would reduce general fund spending by roughly $1.2 billion," Burgumm said. "That's a great start. But given the revenue uncertainty, we must dig deeper."

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Former North Dakota Governor Ed Schafer said he likes Governor Doug Burgum’s call for a “reinvention” of state government.

But Schafer said he was somewhat disappointed that Burgum is keeping a number of cabinet members from the Hoeven and Dalrymple Administrations.

"If he really wants to re-invent government, and he really wants to change the way North Dakota does business, and takes care of the people, he's going to need fresh ideas and new ways of doing things," Schafer said in an interview.

Burgum hoping to reinvent government

Dec 15, 2016
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New North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum said the state’s budget situation will force state government to change the way it operates.

Burgum met with his cabinet in Bismarck Thursday – and reporters were allowed to be in that meeting as the new Governor laid out his vision. No questions were taken.

Burgum told the cabinet the current budget situation is an opportunity.

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After six years, Jack Dalrymple has ended his time as North Dakota’s Governor. He had been Lieutenant Governor under John Hoeven, and moved into the job after Hoeven was elected to the US Senate. Dalrymple was elected to a full term in 2012.

At the end of 2015, he announced he would not seek re-election.

"It feels right to be doing this," Dalrymple said Wednesday. He told reporters he’s proud of many of his policy initiatives – including funding for both K-12 and higher education, and property tax reform.

Nelson: I won't need to change my campaign strategy

Jun 20, 2016

The Democratic nominee for Governor says Doug Burgum’s winning the Republican nomination in the primary won’t change his campaign strategy.

Burgum – a Fargo businessman – defeated Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem in the June 14th primary.

"He (Burgum) changed himself again," said Rep. Marvin Nelson (D-Rolla). "He is the status quo, mainline-Republican, after he ran against all that."