Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem needs to own these legal failures


MINOT, N.D. — I’m going to begin this column with some convoluted back story.

Stay with me, because the point this leads to is an important one.

This week, after years of litigation that reached the state Supreme Court, a district court judge in McKenzie County sided with the state’s oil and gas industry against the State of North Dakota (operating through the Board of University and School Lands, also known as the Land Board) in a dispute over royalties.

Newfield Exploration, the plaintiff in the case, won a take-nothing judgment, with Judge Robin Schmidt awarding the State of North Dakota no damages (click the link to read the opinion).

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