North Dakota House members have greenlit the plan for a Theodore Roosevelt presidential library, clearing the way for Gov. Doug Burgum’s biggest push this legislative session. The House voted 70–22 on April 24 to authorize a $35 million loan to help pay for operation and maintenance of the library. That money is only available after $100 million is raised in cash or pledged donations. Proponents spoke about the potential tourism impacts and Roosevelt’s legacy when he came to ranch near Medora to recover from his mother’s and wife’s deaths in 1884.
Bismarck (N.Dak.) Tribune, Apr. 24