In North Dakota, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Rep. Kevin Cramer have signed on as co-sponsors of bills to provide relief to newspapers whose costs have dramatically increased as a result of newsprint tariffs. In addition, 19 members of Congress testified at the International Trade Commission's hearing last month in opposition to the newsprint tariffs. NDNA is a member of the STOPP Coalition, a national group fighting the tariffs.
The NDNA Government Relations Committee will focus on transparency issues when it convenes Friday, July 13 in Bismarck. At the top of the committee's agenda is discussion of a bill draft that would give counties the option of publishing their minutes online rather than in newspapers. There also are several other matters that threaten to chip away at government transparency, said Committee Chairman Tom Monilaws, general manager of the Traill County Tribune in Mayville.
Just as the election campaign enters its final stages, NDNA will host a debate between U.S.Senate candidates Heidi Heitkamp and Kevin Cramer. The debate is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Bismarck Public School's Career Academy at Bismarck State College.
The Canadian government has something in common with North Dakota newspapers -- opposition to tariffs on the sale of Canadian newsprint. The federal tariffs on Canadian paper products have dramatically increased printing costs for U.S. newspapers, with some taking price increases as high as 32 percent.
Paul Erdelt, publisher of The Steele Ozone and Kidder County Press, has been elected president of the North Dakota Newspaper Association. Erdelt was elected Saturday, May 5 at the association’s 132nd annual convention in Bismarck. He succeeds Harvey Brock, publisher of The Dickinson Press.
There'll be some fun at NDNA's annual convention next month in Bismarck, and some games. There also will be some good old fashioned learning about things that can help make your newspaper better and more profitable, along with a bit of politics and some free legal advice.
Without missing a deadline, the staff of the Oakes Times has overcome a fire that destroyed their office, and is now operating in new office space nearby. Fire broke out in the early morning hours of Sunday, Feb. 25 at the Times' Main Street office. By the time firefighters arrived shortly after 1:40 a.m. fire was already into the building's roof and little could be done but to protect neighboring buildings.
Hunter Andes, a Bismarck State College student from Makoti, has been selected by NDNA to attend a reporting fellowship program in Washington, D.C. next month. This is the fifth year that NDNA, with grant funding from the NDNA Education Foundation, has participated in the national fellowship program.