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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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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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Legislative leaders: ND shouldn’t tap oil fund principal

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota legislative leaders said Thursday that lawmakers should not tap into the $3.3 billion currently in the state’s oil savings account when they have their first chance to access the money in 2017. The growth of the savings account that has accrued since 2011 and expected to top $4 billion when the Legislature reconvenes in 2017 ...

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Sunday restaurant booze sales begin earlier in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota restaurants can now serve alcohol on Sundays beginning at 11 a.m. instead of noon. North Dakota’s Legislature approved the measure earlier this year. The law went into effect on Saturday. Democratic Rep. Marie Strinden of Grand Forks was the bill’s lead sponsor. She says North Dakota’s restrictions put cities bordering other states at a disadvantage ...

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Hundreds of new laws to take effect in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — Hundreds of new laws are set to take effect in North Dakota, including one that will make it easier to buy alcohol on Sundays and another that will allow concealed-carry permit holders to bring their guns to more places. As of Saturday, when the 309 new laws passed by the 2015 Legislature kick in, posting nude or ...

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ND signs agreement with feds to augment rail inspections

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Public Service Commission has signed an agreement with the Federal Railroad Administration that will allow the state to supplement federal oversight of burgeoning oil train traffic. The PSC says it signed the agreement with the federal agency on Wednesday. The North Dakota Legislature in April approved $523,000 to fund the state-run rail safety pilot program ...

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Peace Garden getting $1M from Canada for improvements

DUNSEITH, N.D. — The governments of Canada and the province of Manitoba are providing more than $1 million for upgrades at the International Peace Garden that straddles the U.S.-Canada border north of the North Dakota city of Dunseith. The aging Errick F. Willis Pavilion will be renovated, the garden’s North Drive will be improved and a wastewater pipeline will be ...

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