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NORTH DAKOTA FILES CASE CHALLENGING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S CANCELLATION OF OIL & GAS LEASING IN NORTH DAKOTA

July 8, 2021

Late yesterday afternoon, North Dakota sued the Federal government, including the Department of Interior and the Bureau of Land Management, because BLM has unlawfully cancelled the regularly scheduled auctions of oil & gas leases of public mineral rights in North Dakota that BLM is required by federal law to hold.  


PROTECT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION FROM SCAMMERS

June 29, 2021

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is warning all North Dakota residents about another new twist to an old scam. 


ANNUAL CRIME REPORT RELEASED

June 9, 2021

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem today released the annual Crime Report detailing crime statistics for 2020. The report is compiled from information reported by local law enforcement agencies across the state.


COURT ALLOWS DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE TO CONTINUE TO OPERATE

May 21, 2021

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem welcomed Judge Boasberg’s Order today denying the effort to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline from continuing to operate pending completion of a court-ordered Environmental Impact Statement on a short portion of the pipeline where it crosses under the Missouri River.


EXEMPTION FOR ATTORNEY WORK PRODUCT

May 13, 2021

The City of Minot violated the open records law when it did not conduct a review of records before claiming they were exempt as attorney work product. The city must conduct the review and release any records that do not have statutory protections.


TOPICS DISCUSSED AT A SPECIAL MEETING

May 12, 2021

The city of Surrey violated the law when the Mayor began a special meeting by reading a prepared statement that was not included on the meeting notice. The city’s posted meeting notice also failed to state the location of the meeting.


SCHOOL BOARD NOTICE REQUIREMENTS

May 12, 2021

The Hope-Page School Board violated the open meetings laws when it failed to post notice of a meeting of its SICC committee. The School Board was not required to post notice of a meeting of the Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page Cooperative Committee, however, because the Cooperative Committee is a different public entity, responsible for providing notices of its meetings.


NORTH DAKOTA PEACE OFFICER MEMORIAL SERVICE – May 13, 2021

May 12, 2021

National Police Week and North Dakota’s sixty-five fallen peace officers will be remembered and honored during public events in local communities across the state, and at the state capitol in Bismarck.


GRAND FORKS COVID-19 EXPERT PANEL

April 16, 2021

The Covid-19 Expert Panel created by the Mayor of Grand Forks was not subject to the open meetings laws because it was not created by the city council nor had it been delegated authority by the governing body.


MEETING HELD IN LOCKED BUILDING

February 24, 2021

The Steele County Commission did not violate the law when it held a meeting in the locked courthouse building, because it provided contact information in the notice and on all the courthouse access doors for the public to call to gain access to attend the meeting.