“We are devastated to learn of Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s tragic passing today. His record of service to the State of North Dakota and commitment to the constitution was second to none. He had the courage to stand up for us and to protect our liberties in the face of government overreach. We offer our deepest condolences and prayers to his wife Beth, along with his entire family. May God Bless his memory.”
BISMARCK, N.D. (JAN. 21, 2022) – Gov. Doug Burgum announced today that he will deliver his rescheduled 2022 State of the State Address at 10 a.m. Feb. 16 at the Fargo Theatre in Fargo.
The address was initially scheduled for this week but was postponed due to the governor having laryngitis. The venue has changed to the Fargo Theatre due to a scheduling conflict with the previously scheduled venue at North Dakota State University. Additional information about the rescheduled address, including electronic media setup, will be provided in the coming weeks.
The address will also be livestreamed from the Governor’s Office website at www.governor.nd.gov.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced the U.S. Department of Commerce awarded the following three grants totaling $682,500:
- $227,500 to the Souris Basin Planning Council to support Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville, and Ward counties.
- $227,500 to the Lewis and Clark Regional Development Council to support Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Sheridan, and Sioux.
- $227,500 to the North Central Planning Council to support Benson, Cavalier, Eddy, Ramsey, Rolette, and Towner, including the Spirit Lake Nation and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa reservations.
All of the funds will be used to establish an economic development planning framework, process, and strategy to support private capital investment and job creation in the regions.
BISMARCK, N.D. (JAN. 13, 2022) – Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Biden administration did not have authority to impose a vaccine mandate on private businesses with 100 or more employees.
“Today’s ruling reaffirms what we’ve said from the beginning: This misguided vaccine mandate was blatant federal overreach by the Biden administration,” Burgum said. “Vaccines and boosters remain the best defense against COVID-19 severe illness, hospitalization and death and are readily available to all North Dakota residents, and we encourage those who haven’t been vaccinated to consult with their trusted medical provider.”
The Supreme Court upheld 5-4 a separate vaccine mandate on employers who receive funding through federal Medicare or Medicaid programs, affecting an estimated 17 million health care workers. Burgum expressed his disappointment that hospitals and long-term care facilities won’t be allowed to make their own vaccine decisions as private employers.
BISMARCK – Today, Perrie Schafer, Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party (“NDGOP”) issued the following statement in response North Dakota House Majority Leader Chet Pollert’s announcement that he would be retiring at the end of term:
“On behalf of the entire North Dakota Republican Party, I want to extend our deepest gratitude to Representative Chet Pollert for the over two decades of exemplary service he has given to our state in the legislature. As a true conservative leader, Chet has been an important advocate for our agricultural sector while also being a steward of our taxpayers’ money. While we will miss his leadership dearly, we wish him and his family nothing but the very best in this new chapter of their lives.”
NDGOP Chairman Perrie Schafer released the following statement on the passing of state Rep. George Keiser of Bismarck.
“We are saddened to learn of this loss and we offer our prayers and deepest condolences to the Keiser family. Rep. George Keiser was a wonderful leader in the state of North Dakota for many years, and his public service has not gone unnoticed; he will be greatly missed in the halls of the Capitol.”
BISMARCK, N.D. (DEC. 21, 2021) – Gov. Doug Burgum today appointed Brian Kroshus to serve as North Dakota’s next tax commissioner, citing his experience as a business leader and his background in defending the public interest as a member of the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) for approximately five years.
Kroshus was appointed to the PSC by Burgum on Feb. 28, 2017. He was elected by voters in 2018 and then re-elected in 2020. He previously was a division leader and executive team member for Lee Enterprises, including serving as group publisher for Mandan-based Lee Agri-Media, the nation’s largest network of agricultural newspapers across a 15-state region, and as publisher of the Bismarck Tribune from 2005 to 2015.
“With his combination of private sector experience in leading a complex business operation and public sector experience in looking out for the best interests of consumers, Brian Kroshus is well-suited to fairly and effectively administer the tax laws of North Dakota,” Burgum said. “We are deeply grateful for his outstanding service to our citizens as a public service commissioner and look forward to his continued commitment to taxpayers as state tax commissioner.”
Kroshus will begin leading the Office of State Tax Commissioner Jan. 4. The agency currently has budgetary authority for 118 permanent team members and hires about 25 additional team members on a temporary basis for each income tax filing season.
Kroshus will serve out the remaining year of the unexpired four-year term of current Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger, who is resigning effective Jan. 3
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead the highly capable team in the Office of State Tax Commissioner and look forward to serving North Dakota citizens in this new capacity,” Kroshus said. “Treating taxpayers with fairness, transparency and efficiency will be my top priority, understanding that this office and its duties are administered with the people’s money. We’ll also continue to work across state government and with our tribal and private sector partners to create and maintain a stable tax and regulatory environment that will support economic growth and prosperity for all.”
Kroshus, a Fargo native, earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science and economics from North Dakota State University in 1987. He spent 10 years with Forum Communications in Fargo before joining the Bismarck Tribune in 1997. He was promoted to group publisher for Lee Agri-Media in 2004.
Kroshus has served on the board of directors of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce, Bismarck-Mandan Development Association and the United Way, and on the board of trustees for the Bismarck State College Foundation, Sanford Health Foundation and Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation.