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.