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Forum News Service, Published April 15 2014

Dalrymple 'coming closer' to decision on special session

GRAND FORKS - North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Tuesday he hadn’t made a decision on whether to call a special session to address infrastructure needs in western North Dakota.

Dalrymple addressed the state’s business leaders Tuesday in Grand Forks as part of the Governor’s Business Forum. In an interview after his speech, Dalrymple said he still needed to talk to “a few” more people before reaching a decision, which he still expects to come this month.

He said he plans to talk to more county officials, as well as legislative leadership.

“We’re coming closer (on a decision),” he said. Dalrymple declined to say whether he’s leaning one way or another.

“I really have to reserve judgment,” he said. “I don’t want to pre-judge the severity of the challenges or lack of severity out there. I do want to hear exactly what they have to say.”

Legislative Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider of Grand Forks, have called for a special session to help western North Dakota communities keep up with the rapid pace of energy development.