Latest Wayne Stenehjem News

Group begins process to legalize marijuana in North Dakota

Dec. 6, 2019 8:56 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A group that wants to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota has submitted the required paperwork to the secretary of state to begin the approval process. Secretary of State Al Jaeger and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem have up to seven days to review the proposed measure...

AP Exclusive: Officials claim $36K fees after critical audit

Dec. 4, 2019 5:17 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State College of Science's president and two vice presidents are billing the state more than $36,000 in legal fees after a prosecutor declined to pursue criminal charges against them in the wake of a critical audit report, records obtained by The Associated Press show....

AG won’t pursue charges after audit found misspent funds

Dec. 3, 2019 3:10 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s attorney general won’t pursue criminal charges against state library employees after an audit found some misallocated funds. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says in a letter to state Auditor Josh Gallion that the issue did not reach a level of...

North Dakota pardons OK’d under marijuana conviction policy

Nov. 27, 2019 1:40 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s pardon advisory board took a significant step Wednesday in wiping criminal records clean for 26 people with low-level marijuana convictions, a first under a new policy aimed at fixing problems the records have caused for people trying to find jobs and housing....

Few North Dakotans seeking pardons on pot offenses

Nov. 21, 2019 2:40 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Few people have taken advantage of a policy change that lets people with low-level marijuana convictions in North Dakota petition to have their records wiped clean if they avoid unlawful behavior for five years Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, who pushed for the policy change,...

Commerce head hires private lawyer in wake of agency audit

Nov. 6, 2019 4:22 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The head of the North Dakota agency that promotes tourism and economic development has hired an attorney after a critical audit of the agency. Commerce Director Michelle Kommer told the Legislative Audit and Fiscal Review Committee Wednesday that she hired the lawyer in the wake of an...

North Dakota asks South Dakota to help with agency probe

Nov. 5, 2019 1:47 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's top law enforcement officer has tabbed authorities in South Dakota to help investigate an agency that allegedly violated state law on contract bidding. North Dakota Auditor Joshua Gallion released a report last month that said the Department of Commerce violated the law...

North Dakota Gov. Burgum says he'll seek second term

Oct. 24, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Tech executive-turned-governor Doug Burgum announced Thursday that he's seeking a second term, highlighting anew his themes of "reinventing" government and running North Dakota state government like a business. In a video announcement posted on YouTube, the 63-year-old Republican...

Tourist attraction association violated open meetings law

Oct. 24, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's attorney general says a Jamestown tourist attraction violated the state's open meetings law when it failed to post a notice of a special meeting. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the association operating Frontier Village held the meeting in September, notified the...