AG upholds open records complaint against DPI over Common Core emails

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  North Dakota  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of the Department of Public Instruction

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has ruled that a spokesman for the Department of Public Instruction broke open records laws when he failed to turn over all emails sent from an anonymous account.

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University officials claim closed meeting was really public

By   /  August 14, 2014  /  News, North Dakota  /  No Comments

CLOSED OPEN MEETING: North Dakota University System Chancellor Larry Skogen has claimed that the State Board of Higher Education never meant to keep from the public a discussion made during a board meeting after the public had been asked to leave the room, but comments from a recording of that discussion tell a different story.

By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau
BISMARCK, N.D. — Is a public meeting still a public meeting if the government officials running the meeting ask the public to leave?
That’s the question Watchdog.org asked Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem in an open meetings complaint filed against the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education.
But now, the president [...]

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New Mexico moves up to No. 5 in U.S. oil reserves

By   /  August 12, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, North Dakota  /  No Comments

UP TO NO. 5: An annual study shows New Mexico increased its oil reserves 11.4  percent in the space of one year. Photo by Rob Nikolewski.

An annual study shows New Mexico increased its oil reserves 11.4 percent in the space of one year, placing it fifth in the entire country.

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Economic development director fired for alleged double-dipping on travel expenses

By   /  August 12, 2014  /  News, North Dakota  /  No Comments

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By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau
WALHALLA, N.D. — After intervention from the Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office, city leaders in Walhalla are talking about why long-time economic development director Kathy Stremick was fired.
Previously, City Council members and City Attorney Lawrence DuBois refused to comment on Stremick’s termination during an Aug. 4 city meeting. The [...]

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Walhalla leaders mum on termination of economic development director

By   /  August 11, 2014  /  North Dakota  /  No Comments

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By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau
WALHALLA, N.D. — The economic development director for the City of Walhalla has been fired, but officials aren’t telling the public why.
According to the minutes of an Aug. 4 special meeting of the Walhalla City Council, city leaders voted to terminate Kathy Stremick’s employment with the city, acting on [...]

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North Dakota AG unconcerned about contributions from controversial GOP group

By   /  August 7, 2014  /  North Dakota  /  No Comments

DELETED PHOTOS: Reports released by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem's office indicate that an unnamed law enforcement officer mislead a citizen when he told her photos she had taken of a search warrant raid were illegal.

The Republican State Leadership Committee has made headlines recently due to a leaked memo shining a light on the group’s controversial fundraising. But despite taking more than half of his re-election campaign contributions from the group this cycle, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he doesn’t know anything about the controversy

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