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State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says the process of filling two openings on the state Board of Higher Education is changing.....

    BISMARCK, N.D. - State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says the process of filling two openings on the state Board of Higher Education is changing because of the resignation of Greg Stemen, the board's vice chairman.

    Stemen and fellow board member Nick Hacker were both serving four-year terms that ended June 30. However, Stemen resigned September 27th, and Gov. Doug Burgum must appoint someone to serve the time left on Stemen's term. Following that, the governor must choose two members to serve new four-year Board of Higher Education terms, both of which begin July 1st.

    Hacker is eligible to be appointed to a second four-year term. Stemen would also have been eligible, had he not resigned. The person chosen to serve out Stemen's term will be eligible for appointment to a full four-year term once the "short" term ends.

    The application deadline falls at 5 p.m. Nov. 21. The nominating committee will meet soon afterward to choose SBHE candidates to forward to the governor. Board of Higher Education appointments must be confirmed by the North Dakota Senate.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota regulators won't order a company to stop work on an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park so they can study the appropriateness of the site. Meridian Energy Group last spring got state Health Department permission to construct the $800 million Davis Refinery 3 miles from the park. Ground work started in July.

    Environmental groups who fear pollution in the park challenged the site with the Public Service Commission. An administrative law judge recently said the PSC doesn't have jurisdiction over the site because the refinery will be too small to warrant review under state law. The three-member commission voted Wednesday to dismiss the complaint.

    Meridian still faces a legal challenge of its state air quality permit, and it still needs state water and wastewater permits.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Some American Indian leaders are lukewarm over legislation that would allow tribes in North Dakota to collect a state sales tax on their reservations.

    The legislation would require taxation of all tribal and non-tribal owned businesses. Tribal leaders say Indian-owned casinos should be exempt because revenue from them is used for essential services on reservations.

    The state's 5 percent sales tax isn't currently collected on tribal-owned businesses on reservations. The Tribal Taxation Issues Committee, headed by Gov. Doug Burgum, reviewed draft proposal that set up the framework to allow it today.

    The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe had a similar agreement with the state in 2016. But it ended after the state disagreed with the tribe's contention that its casino purchases were not taxable.


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The first significant snow of the season has dumped as much as 17 inches in parts of eastern North Dakota.
     School buses are running 2 hours behind today as drivers deal with the slippery roads. The National Weather Service says the highest snow totals are in Finley at 17 inches, in Hannaford at 16.5 inches and a little more than 14 inches west of Hope. Grand Forks set a record snowfall for the date at 5.7 inches.
     The state Department of Transportation and the North Dakota Highway Patrol issued a "no travel advisory" for parts of eastern North Dakota on Wednesday evening due to snow and ice-covered roads and reduced visibility. The advisory included Jamestown, Valley City, Edgeley, Ellendale, Oakes, Cooperstown, Michigan, Larimore and surrounding areas.


   (Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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