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UND research facility purchase questioned by state legislators

February 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

BISMARCK — Lawmakers Wednesday questioned University of North Dakota and state higher education officials on the university’s purchase of a research facility from a university-affiliated foundation last fall.
UND purchased the struggling 5-year-…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

NDSU student leaders voice concerns with lawmakers

November 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

FARGO — North Dakota State University student leaders had the ears of several local lawmakers during a luncheon Thursday.
NDSU student government hosts “Higher Education Day” to give students an opportunity to sit shoulder-to-shoulder with pol…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

State representatives: Legislators have not done enough to help

August 21, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

Saying state legislators have not done enough to ease the strain on western North Dakotans brought on by the oil boom, some community members let two politicians know their feelings during a roundtable discussion Wednesday in Dickinson. Continue Reading

Skarphol says he’s one of the anonymous lawmakers seeking emails

August 15, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK Rep. Bob Skarphol, the state lawmaker who called a hearing this spring to highlight what he called an “effort to discredit” then-Chancellor Hamid Shirvani, is responsible for at least some of the anonymously made open records requests for North Dakota university and college presidents’ emails. Continue Reading

Higher ed measure would give power to legislators, board member says

May 9, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS Although a resolution to replace the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education with a three-member commission might appear to be prompted by recent controversy, board member Grant Shaft said there has been similar legislation every session. Continue Reading

New lawmakers find surprises at Capitol

May 9, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

The public often sees lawmakers fight, debate and disagree. But new Minnesota legislators say people might not be getting the whole picture. Continue Reading

Shirvani accused of misleading legislators

March 27, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK A North Dakota University System staff member says Chancellor Hamid Shirvani presented misleading information to legislators to make two college presidents look bad. Continue Reading

Local legislators eager to dig in

January 15, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

State legislators who represent Douglas County plan to be watchdogs for taxes and agriculture in the new session that began last Tuesday.
“It’s a humbling experience to walk into that chamber, raise my right hand, and to realize that I am here because my fellow citizens sent me here to represent them,” said District 12 Senator Torrey Westrom, R- Elbow Lake. Continue Reading

Bill targets out-of-state speeders: Tioga legislator seeks incentive for Oil Patch workers to slow down

January 15, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK Tioga Rep. Bob Skarphol is tired of seeing the same out-of-state license plates on vehicles driven by new western North Dakota workers. Continue Reading

Local legislators vow to work with other party

January 10, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Legislators who represent part of Douglas County vowed to work with the other party to accomplish goals that will benefit all Minnesotans.
State Representative Jay McNamar, DFL-Elbow Lake for District 12A, began his first term in the Minnesota House, serving the counties of Grant, Wilkin, Big Stone, Stevens, Traverse, and part of Douglas and Pope. Continue Reading