North Dakota’s oil and gas regulators say they’ll better explain fine reductions

By   /  January 12, 2016  /  News, North Dakota  /  No Comments

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North Dakota’s top oil and gas regulators say they’re going to start providing written explanations to the public when they reduce fines for spills.

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Dear Williston: You can’t make them love you

By   /  January 12, 2016  /  Commentary, Energy and Environment, Jobs + Growth, North Dakota  /  No Comments

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By Rob Port The Los Angeles Times has a story (with contributions from former Williston Herald reporter Eric Killelea) about how Williston, North Dakota – which branded itself “Boomtown USA” during the Bakken oil boom – is handling the oil slowdown. One question which should have been asked but apparently wasn’t is how city leader now feel about their “boomtown” branding. […]

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North Dakota Watchdog year in review: Accountability for government

By   /  December 31, 2015  /  Accountability, News, North Dakota, State Government  /  No Comments

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North Dakota Watchdog broke several stories in 2015 bringing accountability to the state government.

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North Dakota Watchdog year in review: Protecting free speech

By   /  December 30, 2015  /  First Amendment, Free Speech, News, North Dakota  /  No Comments

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In 2015 North Dakota Watchdog covered several stories protecting free speech.

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Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 20

By   /  December 29, 2015  /  North Dakota  /  No Comments

NO RIGHT TO SPEAK: In North Dakota a Valley City man wanted to address his city commission about possibly firing the local police chief, but city officials say he can't be allowed to speak because of what he might say.

Part 6 of 25 in the series Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015 Now that Christmas is over and the New Year beckons, it’s time for’s annual parade of malfeasance and miscreants. The Scariest People of 2015 is a frightening list indeed, filled with bureaucrats and functionaries who, shall we say, do not share an […]

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West Fargo school assigned students to support raising taxes

By   /  December 15, 2015  /  News, North Dakota  /  No Comments

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A public school in West Fargo made tax hikes an assignment for a group of high school students, telling them to write letters to local lawmakers.

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