Gov. Doug Burgum has reimbursed Xcel Energy for Super Bowl tickets

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) - In a statement released Wednesday, Burgum says that he has reimbursed Xcel Energy $37,000 for the full cost of his Super Bowl Tickets. "I was afforded quality time to engage in constructive conversations with top Xcel executives, expressing my strong desire for Xcel to invest additional capital in their North Dakota markets," said Burgum.

When asked will the Governor's Office create a policy on accepting gifts, Communication's Director Mike Nowatzki said in a statement:

Our general council has been working for months to create an ethics policy for the Governor's Office, which has not had an ethics policy in place in the past to the best of our knowledge.


ORIGINAL STORY (Feb. 8): Gov. Doug Burgum attended this past weekend's Super Bowl, and according to the Associated Press it was paid for by Xcel Energy.

The AP says Mike Nowatzki, a spokesperson for the governor said Burgum and first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum watched from a suite provided at no cost by Xcel Energy. The utility serves more than 90,000 customers in Grand Forks, Fargo and Minot.

Nowatzki went onto say, Burgum used the opportunity to talk to the company about "improving services and infrastructure for North Dakota."

Even though the Super Bowl was in Minnesota, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton still paid $6,000 out of his own pocket to attend the game.

We reached out to Governor Burgum's office Tuesday to ask about the meeting, but were told he didn't have any openings in his schedule and were not provided with a statement when requested either.