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Gov. Doug Burgum has led the first meeting of the interim Tribal Taxation Issues Committee.....

    BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum, emphasizing the need for dialogue with Native American tribes in North Dakota and a commitment to finding workable solutions grounded in respect and understanding, has led the first meeting of the interim Tribal Taxation Issues Committee.

    "We are grateful to the tribal chairmen, legislative leaders and executive branch leaders who are participating in conversations that are important to all people across our state, and to attracting talent and capital to strengthen all of North Dakota's communities," Burgum said in the Capitol's Brynhild Haugland Room on Thursday. "This underscores our commitment to working towards solutions through collaboration and communication."

    The committee's voting members include House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo; Senator Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson; House Minority Leader Corey Mock, D-Grand Forks; Senate Minority Leader Joan Heckaman, D-New Rockford; Rep. Craig Headland, R-Montpelier; and Sen. Dwight Cook, R-Mandan.

    Additional members include Indian Affairs Commission Executive Director Scott Davis, Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger, and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford. The committee is chaired by Burgum. This is the first time an interim committee on tribal relations has included both legislative leadership and the governor.

    The daylong meeting included an overview by Rauschenberger of tribal taxation agreements, followed by presentations and discussion about taxation issues with leaders from each of the four tribal nations headquartered in North Dakota: the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, known as the Three Affiliated Tribes; the Spirit Lake Tribe; the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. Representatives from the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribe were also in attendance.


     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - The new Lewis and Clark Bridge in the western North Dakota oil patch has opened to traffic. The $80 million bridge south of Williston is part of a four-lane expansion project on U.S. Highway 85. The project included more than $340 million of state money invested in the bridge, two bypasses and 60 miles of highway from Watford City to Williston. The bridge was the single largest infrastructure project bid in state history.
     Transportation Director Tom Sorel says the highway is essential to the energy industry. Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford calls the project "a major milestone in the history of North Dakota's transportation system."


     OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A monthly survey of business leaders suggests more economic growth lies ahead for nine Midwest and Plains states. A report released today says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 57.5 in August from 56.1 in July. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says it "points to solid growth for both manufacturing and nonmanufacturing for the rest of 2017."

    The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth in that factor. A score below that suggests decline. The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.


    BISMARCK, N.D. (PNS) - North Dakotans are sitting on a largely untapped resource for better heart health - their workplace habits. More than 80 percent of Americans don't get the 150 minutes of physical activity they need each week to maintain a healthy heart, a number recommended by the American Heart Association.

    Joan Enderle, team lead for the ANCHOR partnership program of the American Heart Association of North Dakota, says a person's environment influences his or her activities, and that there are lots of habits anyone can change to squeeze more activity into the workday.

    "Even if you're glued to the phone for work calls or conference calls, you don't have to be glued to your seat," she points out. "Make a habit to talk and walk. I wear a headset so that I can walk in place while I'm on conference calls."

    Enderle says people can break up the 150 minutes of weekly activity into 10 or 15-minute segments by taking a walk around the building during breaks or lunch time. She also suggests having walking meetings, and says walking outdoors has been proven to boost creativity.

    Exercise also is unlikely to distract employees or slow down their performance. A study in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise found exercise did not affect the performance of people who did low-intensity walking while working, and the researchers concluded an active workplace is "an effective way to reduce the public health threat of sedentary behavior."

    Enderle says she's found the same thing at workplaces around North Dakota.

    "People who take breaks throughout the day and increase physical activity actually are more productive, and come back to their desk refreshed and ready to go, and more productive than just sitting at their desk," she states.

    The American Heart Association has workplace health tips at


   (Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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