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A drilling rig is pictured near Lake Sakakawea near New Town, N.D., on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Some fear that uncertainty about who owns the minerals under the lake will deter oil development in the area. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

North Dakota Shouldn’t Be in the Business of Expropriation

North Dakota Shouldn’t Be in the Business of Expropriation

“House approves Missouri River mineral leasing bill estimated to cost $187 million,” reads this headline. That’s more than a little misleading. There is no “cost’ here. What the bill in question does is stop the state from seizing mineral rights which currently belong to private people. Saying there’s a cost to that is like saying you

Tammy and John Sadek, photographed in their home near Rogers, N.D., on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Nick Wagner / The Forum

Video: Senate Approves “Hog House” Changes to Legislation Inspired by Andrew Sadek

I wrote earlier today about a Senate committee making big changes to HB1221, which people are calling “Andrew’s Law,” and this afternoon those amendments were approved on the House floor and the overall bill was passed. The legislation was inspired by Andrew Sadek, and aimed to provide some protections in law for criminal informants. Sadek’s

A gun rights supporter carries his Ruger model SR9 pistol on his hip in Romulus, Michigan April 27, 2014. REUTERS / Rebecca Cook

Video: Legislature Sends Constitutional Carry Bill to Governor Doug Burgum

The state Senate today easily passed HB1169, a “constitutional carry” bill introduced by Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck). The bill essentially allows for any North Dakota citizen to carry concealed unless they are otherwise restricted from possessing/carrying a firearm by law. There were a couple of tweaks made at the behest of law enforcement. For one,

State Senator Merrill Piepkorn, a Democrat from Fargo, speaks against legislation loosening requirements for carrying a concealed carry weapons permit.

State Senate Votes to Loosen Requirements for Carrying Concealed Carry Permits

Under current North Dakota if you are the holder of a valid concealed carry permit but get caught carrying your weapon without your permit on your person you will be cited for a Class A Misdemeanor. Today the state Senate voted to loose that law a bit, passing by a 44-2 margin SB2139, introduced by

State Senator Janne Myrdahl, a Republican from District 10, speaks out on the floor of the state Senate against SB2043.

Video: North Dakota Senate Votes Down Changes to State Law to Reflect Legality of Gay Marriage

Love it or hate it, same sex marriage is legal now in all fifty states thanks to a ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court. But today when the North Dakota State Senate attempted to pass SB2043, modifying state law to reflect that lawful marriage in our state is no longer just between a man and

Republicans Say Anti-Dakota Access Pipeline Ad in Newspapers Wasn’t From Them

Recently a full-page newspaper ad which ran in the Fargo Forum and the Bismarck Tribune on Sunday caused quite a stir. Not so much for the content, which is blatantly anti-law enforcement and anti-pipeline, but because of the group identified as paying for the ad. According to a disclaimer at the bottom of the ad,

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz, R-Tx., delivers the keynote address during the NDGOP convention Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Ted Cruz Campaign Feeling Out Another Visit To North Dakota

The Republican presidential race may end up paying another visit to North Dakota. Rumors are flying in political circles that Ted Cruz and/or Donald Trump may be paying a visit to the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference set to take place in late May in Bismarck. The event is put on by the North Dakota Petroleum


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