BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Gov. Doug Burgum wants to exempt military pay and pensions from North Dakota income taxes, arguing in part that retaining veterans could help the state fill thousands of open jobs. Legislators have ignored similar pleas in the past, but supporters say the economic benefits of keeping veterans in the state would more than make up for lost revenue.
BOTTINEAU, N.D. (AP) – Voters in the Bottineau school district have overwhelmingly approved a $7.6 million school upgrade. Nearly 1,000 people voted Wednesday, and unofficial results show 85 percent of them favored a bond issue to fund the project. The district will build a new preschool through second grade addition onto its existing elementary and high school. Officials hope to break ground in the spring and have the project complete by the fall of 2020.
FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) – The Standing Rock Sioux tribe is getting $291,000 from the federal government to expand and improve the All Nations Veterans Cemetery in Fort Yates. The money is through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The agency last year gave the tribe nearly $5 million to build the cemetery. The 8-acre cemetery is expected to serve more than 2,200 tribal veterans and their families.
MINOT, N.D. (AP) – A museum that’s being evicted from the North Dakota State Fairgrounds in Minot will be relocated just outside the city. The Minot Daily News reports that the Ward County Historical Society announced on Tuesday that the Pioneer Village museum will be moved to Burlington, 8 miles west of Minot. The museum must be removed from the fairgrounds after the historical society lost a long-running legal dispute with the State Fair Association in August.
BISMARCKN, N.D (Jamestown Sun) – A federal appeals court affirmed a lower court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a group of Morton County landowners alleging they signed easement contracts along the Dakota Access Pipeline route based on “various misrepresentations”. The plaintiffs alleged other landowners received more money for easements allowing pipeline construction on their land despite being told they received the best price for anyone in Morton County. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit found that the plaintiffs’ complaint lacked specifics about the allegations.