BISMARCK - When Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford was elected to the Watford City Council in 2006, his home town was a “typical, small-town North Dakota community,” with a shrinking population. Then in 2010, when Sanford was elected mayor, the Bakken oil boom hit. “We had to come down to Bismarck and visit with the governor, his staff and legislators to work through this challenge,” Sanford said. Among these challenges were infrastructure, education funding and sky-high housing prices.
BISMARCK — When Loretta Boehm stared working at the Capitol Café, they sold cigarettes and cigars at the counter. Egg salad sandwiches were 50 cents. Coffee and candy bars cost a nickel each. “Except for Mounds and Almond Joys. Those were a dime,” Boehm said. Loretta Boehm has been serving up smiles at the Capitol Café in the North Dakota Capitol since 1969. If you’ve picked up a sandwich or a salad in the Capitol in the last 49 years, you’ve likely met her.