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Published December 28 2012

Appeal filed for probe of North Dakota governor

BISMARCK – An appeal has been filed with the North Dakota Supreme Court calling for a grand jury to look into campaign contributions made to Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

Grand Forks attorney David Thompson said that an appeal was submitted and accepted by the Supreme Court on Thursday.

South Central District Court Judge William Herauf ruled last month that there weren’t enough qualified Dunn County signatures for the petition and denied it. The petition sought a grand jury investigation into whether oil industry campaign contributions to Dalrymple amount to bribery.

Amanda Godfread, communications director for Dalrymple’s campaign, has called the petition politically motivated and baseless.

Thompson says another petition will be filed.