Gov. Doug Burgum’s plan for Roosevelt library gets a boost
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum’s plan to commit public money to a presidential library for Theodore Roosevelt in western North Dakota has received a big push.
Republican Majority Leader Rich Wardner on Thursday introduced legislation that will provide $50 million in interest money from North Dakota’s oil tax savings account to fund operating and maintenance costs of the proposed library in Medora.
The money must be matched by $100 million in private funds to build the facility. Burgum wanted $50 million from state savings to help build it.
The legislation also provides $10 million from the state’s Legacy Fund earnings to digitize presidential documents at Dickinson State University.
Roosevelt was a New York native but he hunted and ranched in what is now North Dakota before moving on to the White House.