Committee Raises $500K Required to Start Work on New ND Governor’s Residence

  • Posted on April 5, 2019

BISMARCK – A fundraising committee needed just eight weeks to round up $500,000 in private donations required before construction can start on a new North Dakota governor’s residence to replace the existing 55-year-old home. Jim Poolman, co-chairman of the Friends of the North Dakota Governor’s Residence fundraising committee, said recent donations of $25,000 each from…



$300k Donated to ND Governor’s Residence

  • Posted on April 5, 2019

Fargo-based Nodak Mutual Insurance and Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health will each donate $100,000, while Watford City-based First International Bank and Trust and Mandan-based Touchstone Energy Cooperatives will each contribute $50,000 to the construction effort, committee co-chair Jim Poolman said. “These four corporations that have stepped up to the plate deserve enormous amounts of credits…



Multiple Donations Anticipated for New ND Governor’s Residence

  • Posted on April 5, 2019

BISMARCK – Multiple large private donations are expected to be announced this week for cost of constructing a new North Dakota governor’s residence. Members of the public also will have their opportunity Tuesday to provide suggestions and ideas on how the home of the state’s top elected official should be built. A public input meeting…



Forum Editorial: ND House More than Residence

  • Posted on April 5, 2019

The process initiated by the 2015 Legislature to build a new North Dakota governor’s residence is bearing fruit. Last week, the Capitol Grounds Planning Commission accepted a preliminary layout for the placement of the new house, just north of the 55-year-old house, which will be razed after the new one is ready. Among project challenges…



Co-chairs Appointed to Lead Fundraising Effort for New N.D. Governor’s Residence

  • Posted on April 5, 2019

Bismarck, ND – Mike Nowatzki | An effort to raise $1 million in private donations to help pay for a new $5 million governor’s residence will be led by a high-ranking North Dakota Republican Party official and a Democratic state lawmaker from Fargo. Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley, who chairs the Capitol Grounds Planning Commission, recently appointed…



Plans for New North Dakota Governor’s Residence Move Forward

  • Posted on April 5, 2019

(KFYRTV.com) The planning committee has been named and the architect has been found to build the new governors residence. The committee and architect met Thursday for the first time to discuss the first steps on building the new residence. Friday afternoon the planning process began to raze the current ranch style home. Chris Hawley Architects…



Letter: An Update on N.D.’s New ‘People’s Residence’

  • Posted on April 5, 2019

Regarding the construction of a new North Dakota governor’s residence, let me provide the facts of the matter. For more than 10 years, I have had the privilege of serving on the Capitol Grounds Planning Commission. The present residence was built in 1960, and most of the renovations and updates since have been done with…



Rebuilding the ND Governor’s Residence

  • Posted on April 5, 2019

In 1955 the North Dakota Legislature approved funds for a new residence to be built after the old governor’s mansion required significant work that was not financially viable. In 1959 construction began by Ritterbush Brothers Architects and Engineers. “There was originally another architect involved and his design ran too much money and there was a…



$5 Million Allocated to New Governor’s Residence

  • Posted on April 5, 2019

Bismarck, ND – Nick Smith | Lawmakers paved the way Thursday for the construction of a new governor’s residence by passing a bill that would use dollars from a fund used for Capitol grounds building projects and private donations to construct the new home. The House passed Senate Bill 2304 by a 69-22 vote Thursday,…



Who We Are

The Friends of the Residence is a nonpartisan 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization created in 1986 that strives to create public awareness of the historic and civic importance of the North Dakota Governor’s Residence. We support the ongoing work of maintaining and preserving the governor’s residence through a variety of fundraising efforts.