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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says no run for North Dakota governor

BISMARCK, N.D. — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Wednesday that she won’t run for North Dakota governor, a setback for Democrats’ hopes of claiming the top office in the Republican-dominated state. Heitkamp said she has ruled out seeking the seat being vacated by Republican Jack Dalrymple, who announced Aug. 24 that he wouldn’t seek re-election because he wanted to spend ...

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ND Democrat Heitkamp backs Obama on Iran nuclear deal

BISMARCK, N.D. — Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced her support Thursday for President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, a politically risky move in a Republican-dominated state where she is weighing a run for governor. The deal now has the backing of 37 senators after Heitkamp and two Democratic colleagues joined the list on Thursday. Their support came one day ...

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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

Dalrymple’s years of service impressive The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, Aug. 30, 2015 Some might argue that Jack Dalrymple became governor with a silver spoon in his mouth. He didn’t have to run for office, becoming governor in 2010 when John Hoeven was elected to the U.S. Senate, and the state was in great financial shape. When he moved up, however, ...

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ND regulator: Industry unlikely to meet flaring target

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s oil industry likely won’t meet a Jan. 1 target set by new self-imposed rules that require reducing the amount of natural gas burned off as a byproduct of oil production, the state’s top energy regulator said Wednesday. Problems with federal permits, land access permission for planned pipelines, stalled processing plants and increased natural gas production ...

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With Dalrymple out, speculation begins on next ND governor

BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s announcement that he won’t seek a second full term sets off a potential scramble to replace him. Here’s a rundown of who’s who among the potential hopefuls on both the Republican and Democratic sides: U.S. SEN. HEIDI HEITKAMP Rumors of a Heitkamp bid for governor were swirling months before Darlymple’s announcement Monday that he ...

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US Sen. Heitkamp says she’s weighing run for governor

BISMARCK, N.D. — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says she will decide “sooner rather than later” on whether she will run for North Dakota governor. Rumors of the North Dakota Democrat’s bid for the state’s highest office were swirling long before Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s announcement Monday that he wouldn’t seek re-election. Heitkamp tells The Associated Press she has an interest in ...

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Work beginning on $30 million highway bypass around Killdeer

KILLDEER, N.D. — Construction is beginning on a $30 million bypass to route truck traffic around the western North Dakota oil patch town of Killdeer. Ground was broken for the project on Tuesday and work was beginning Wednesday on the 4-mile, two-lane project that will move traffic around the west side of the community, connecting state Highways 200 and 22, ...

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