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Josh Swanson, an attorney representing the Wilkinson family, presents his arguements to the justices of the North Dakota Supreme Court in the Wilkinson v. Board of University and School Lands case on Monday at the state Captiol in Bismarck. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Draft Legislation Would Prohibit AG’s Office From Providing Legal Counsel for Boards the AG Sits On

Draft Legislation Would Prohibit AG’s Office From Providing Legal Counsel for Boards the AG Sits On

The State of North Dakota asks a lot from its statewide elected officials. In addition to the duties of their specific elected office, these folks are also asked to sit on a myriad of governing boards. For instance, the powerful Industrial Commission which overseas oil and gas development in the state (among other things) has

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

Why Is the North Dakota Land Board Trying to Cost Taxpayers Billions of Dollars?

For some reason Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office is, on behalf of the North Dakota Board of University and School Lands, still fighting to claim mineral rights under Lake Sakajawea. In case you haven’t been following along, here’s some of the back story. Lake Sakajawea is a man-made lake created when the federal government damned

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

Governor Doug Burgum and the Land Board Need to Get in Control of Their Bureaucrats

There is a land grab being pursued by some North Dakota bureaucrats, an immoral sort of expropriation of valuable private mineral rights, that is now in defiance of not only decency but legislative intent. Our state’s elected leaders serving on the Board of Trust Lands need to step in and restore order. They need to

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