Gov. Doug Burgum’s plan for Roosevelt library gets a boost

April 11, 2019

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.