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Medical marijuana initiative crafted in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — Supporters of legalizing medical marijuana in North Dakota are slated to turn in a proposed initiative Tuesday to put the issue on the November 2016 ballot. With voters’ approval, the initiative would make it legal for North Dakota residents to possess up to 3 ounces of marijuana for medical purposes. It says those who qualify could obtain ...

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Green incentives seen as key to lifting U.S. oil export ban

WILLISTON, N.D. – Legislation crawling its way through Congress that would end the U.S. ban on crude oil exports will succeed only if tied to renewable energy incentives, said Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a moderate Democrat working to convince others in her party to support ending the decades-old restrictions. Heitkamp, who represents oil giant North Dakota, said she is convinced her ...

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2 ND electric cooperatives get loans for infrastructure work

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s congressional delegation says $57 million in federal loans have been given to a pair of North Dakota electrical cooperatives for improvements to electrical infrastructure in their service areas. The delegation says the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a loan of $30 million to the North Central Electric Cooperative and a $27 million loan to Burke-Divide ...

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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

Pay raises at City Hall need closer look The Daily News, Wahpeton, Oct. 19, 2015 The city of Wahpeton recently completed a compensation study conducted by Hay Group Inc., of Washington, D.C. The cost of the study was $24,000 and the result is a recommendation for roughly a 40 percent salary increase or $846,000 over the next three years. This ...

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North Dakota and Minnesota face off over coal power in federal appeals court

The states of North Dakota and Minnesota on Wednesday took their legal battle over coal-generated electricity to a federal appeals court in St. Paul and faced tough questions from the three-judge panel. The case pits Minnesota regulators against the state of North Dakota and its utility and coal interests over a 2007 Minnesota law restricting new power generation from coal. ...

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New rule catches Minot day care providers by surprise

MINOT, N.D. — A zoning rule in Minot that quietly slipped into a city ordinance last year has caught some child care providers by surprise, and they worry about its effects on the availability of day care in the city. The city changed its zoning ordinance in July 2014 to require home child-care operations with more than 14 children to ...

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Pride of Dakota Harvest Showcase scheduled in Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. — About 50 North Dakota companies will be showcasing their products during a Pride of Dakota Harvest Showcase in Williston this weekend. State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says products will range from food to books, and it’s a great opportunity for early holiday shopping. The event is Saturday and Sunday at the Raymond Family Community Center. Admission is ...

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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

U-Mary program fills Watford City need The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, Oct. 15, 2015 Watford City recently got some good news when the University of Mary announced plans to offer more college courses there beginning in 2016. The new offerings will include a master of education program for local teachers. This will be added to the classroom business classes they currently ...

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Mortgages 101: taking the best route to your new home

Purchasing a home The time has come to buy a house. Cue the applause. It’s exciting news! All that hard work has paid off.  Though once the excitement dies down, nervousness might take its place.  For those who’ve never purchased a home before, the process can be especially intimidating. The mortgage industry isn’t known for easy to understand rules and ...

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