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State Auditor Josh Gallion announces his re-election campaign in October, 2019.

If Auditor Gallion’s Zeal Turns Bad Government Actors Into Martyrs What Exactly Is He Accomplishing?

If Auditor Gallion’s Zeal Turns Bad Government Actors Into Martyrs What Exactly Is He Accomplishing?

Despite the criticism he’s inspired, I’m a supporter of North Dakota State Auditor Josh Gallion. His aggressive approach to his job has been a breath of fresh air. During his first term on the job (he announced his re-election campaign some weeks ago), his work has uncovered some real problems in state government. In one

The campus of the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. Special to The Forum

Cass County Prosecutor Won’t Pursue Criminal Charges Over ND School of Science Audit

Earlier this year Auditor Josh Gallion’s office flagged a situation at the North Dakota State School of Science wherein a VP at the school, Tony Grindberg, was involved in negotiating a contract between the university and his wife’s public relations firm. NDSCS President John Richman has claimed that Grindberg’s connection to the firm, Flint Group,

NDSCS President John Richman

University President With a $200,000 Salary Is Getting a Babysitter

We shouldn’t be surprised that the State Board of Higher Education decided to do, well, something in response to the serious and long-standing leadership problems at the North Dakota State School of Science. Despite board President Don Morton preemptively poo-pooing an ugly audit of NDSCS, and a cadre of powerful Fargo-area business interests circling the

The campus of the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. Special to Forum News Service

The Mission of the North Dakota State College of Science Is to Serve Students Not the Chamber of Commerce

I wasn’t a bit surprised to learn that the usual suspects are circling the wagons around embattled North Dakota State College of Science President John Richman. A group of powerful business leaders, not to mention the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce and a Republican state Senator, have sent letters backing Richman to the

Rep. Thomas Beadle, R-Fargo during floor debate Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at the state Capitol in Bismarck. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Lawmaker Sees No Problem Voting for Legislation Limiting Auditor’s Powers Despite Family Connection to Controversial Audit

Watch the floor debates in the North Dakota legislature long enough and you’ll eventually see a lawmaker stand up and ask to be excused from voting on an issue because of a conflict of interest. Sometimes it’s in earnest; sometimes it’s a joke. At one point in this session one wag jokingly asked to be

The campus of the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. Special to Forum News Service

Plain Talk: State Auditor Pushes Back Against NDSCS President’s Suggestion of Lying

“To us it’s very clear.” That’s what state Auditor Josh Gallion said on this episode of Plain Talk when asked about the insinuation, made by North Dakota State School of Science President John Richman at a recent campus forum, that the auditor’s office wasn’t being truthful in a recent report. That report was a bombshell,

North Dakota State College of Science President John Richman and North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani sign a memorandum of agreement to better serve the state's workforce needs Monday, June 18, at NDSU. David Samson / The Forum

Read It: Audit Report Slams “Inappropriate Activities” at North Dakota State College of Science

“A performance audit issued today by the North Dakota Office of the State Auditor shows that North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) has engaged in inappropriate activities surrounding the proposed Career Workforce Academy, is not meeting TrainND Southeast program goals and is overstating program results,” a press release from North Dakota Auditor Josh Gallion

Print Column: Something Seems Fishy in Wahpeton

MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota State College of Science President John Richman has long been desirous of further expanding his campus from Wahpeton, where it is mandated by the state constitution to reside, into Fargo. Many, including this observer, feel the hiring of former state lawmaker and current Fargo City Commission member Tony Grindberg to

The Fargo City Commission discussed and approved a $660,000 property tax exemption for FedEx on July 18, 2016.

Fargo City Commission Needs to Reconsider FedEx Tax Deal

In an editorial published today the Fargo Forum admits that it was wrong for the City of Fargo to hand out a tax exemption to FedEx after the company told the city commission that they’d move even without it. But the paper also claims that there was no intention to use the incentive to lure FedEx

The Fargo City Commission discussed and approved a $660,000 property tax exemption for FedEx on July 18, 2016.

Fargo and FedEx Are Between a Rock and a Hard Place on Property Tax Exemption

Earlier this week I wrote about the City of Fargo giving FedEx a $660,000 property tax exemption (here’s a summary) for a new facility they’re building at the airport there. The commission approved the exemption despite a representative for the company telling city commissioners that the company would build the facility without it. It seems

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