Land Board is making billion-dollar decisions out of the public’s eye

MINOT, N.D. — Recently the North Dakota Land Board, in an existing legal dispute with Newfield Exploration over disputed royalties, asked a McKenzie County district court judge to declare a law unconstitutional about a day after it went into effect.

Yet there was no public discussion of the decision.

There certainly wasn’t a public vote.

A board made up of statewide elected officials kicked off a food fight not just with one of our state’s most important industries but the legislative branch of government as well.

It all happened in the shadows.

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Rob Port is the editor of, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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