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Blue Laws slow Sunday shopping: Lawmaker: Requesting change to aging legislation controversial

August 31, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

Need to pick something up from Walmart around noon Sunday? If so, you won’t be alone as the retailer’s entrances overflow with customers, leaving many to stand outside until the inside doors unlock. Continue Reading

Executive order allows N.D. businesses providing flood-related services to open early on Sundays

June 3, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

An executive order signed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple last week temporarily allows some North Dakota businesses to open before noon Sundays to help with the flood fight. Continue Reading

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Blue laws: North Dakota spent decades waging war over right to shop on Sunday

January 22, 2011 in INFORUM

In January 1981, Chester Reiten, then a Minot state legislator, delivered a fiery speech on the Senate floor. He warned of rising greed, diminished worship, fractured families and “the final nail in the coffin” of rural North Dakota. Continue Reading

Blue laws: 20 years after repeal

January 22, 2011 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO In January 1981, Chester Reiten, then a Minot state legislator, delivered a fiery speech on the senate floor. He warned of rising greed, diminished worship, fractured families, and “the final nail in the coffin” of rural North Dakota. Continue Reading