Latest Wayne Stenehjem News

Judge denies North Dakota's federal oil leasing request

Jan. 15, 2022 10:36 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge has denied North Dakota’s request for an order forcing the federal government to hold oil lease sales. The Bureau of Land Management is planning to hold such a sale in the first quarter of 2022 after canceling all sales last year. The Bismarck...

North Dakota police confiscate then return reporter's phone

Jan. 12, 2022 17:42 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota police investigator violated state law by confiscating a local radio journalist's cellphone without a valid warrant and has been forced to return the device, the state's attorney general said Wednesday. Tom Simon, 62, who works for Williston...

Stenehjem: Oil tax distribution with tribes done correctly

Jan. 04, 2022 17:48 PM EST

BISMARCK, N/D/ (AP) — Revenue distributed from an oil-tax agreement between the state and an American Indian tribe that accounts for about a fifth of North Dakota’s oil production is being done correctly, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said in an opinion Tuesday. Stenehjem’s...

Drew Wrigley announces bid for North Dakota attorney general

Dec. 30, 2021 16:05 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Former U.S. attorney and lieutenant governor Drew Wrigley announced Thursday he will run for North Dakota attorney general. The Republican aims to fill the seat held by Wayne Stenehjem, who announced this month that he won't seek reelection next year. ...

Watchdog group questions ethics of energy loans, grants

Dec. 27, 2021 01:04 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State regulators have approved $28 million in grants and $135 million in loans for six energy projects, while a watchdog group has raised concerns about conflicts of interest on the clean energy board that recommended which applicants to fund. The North Dakota...

North Dakota AG Stenehjem won't seek reelection in 2022

Dec. 17, 2021 15:19 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, a Republican who is the longest-serving attorney general in state history, said Friday he will not seek reelection in 2022. Stenehjem, who is 68 years old, said at a news conference he plans to retire to spend...

Attorney general: Gift card scams in full operation

Dec. 13, 2021 12:14 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota consumer protection officials are warning about recent gift card scams that have resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of dollars. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says that at the holiday season especially, it's good to remember that gift...

North Dakotans seeking pot pardons slow to a "dwindle'

Dec. 09, 2021 15:20 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Only a few of the tens of thousands of people who may be eligible have taken advantage of a policy that lets those with low-level marijuana convictions in North Dakota petition have their records wiped clean if they avoid unlawful behavior for five years. ...

Pipeline documents case headed to North Dakota high court

Dec. 01, 2021 15:57 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A legal battle is headed to North Dakota's Supreme Court over access to thousands of documents related to the developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the company that oversaw security during construction. Pipeline developer Energy Transfer and...

Court largely upholds North Dakota law regulating PBMs

Nov. 19, 2021 14:19 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court has largely upheld a North Dakota law aimed at regulating companies that are hired to hold down prescription costs for insurers and employers. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday,...