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BISMARCK — New Song Church in Bismarck is launching a recovery ministry this fall, aiming to provide a safe place for people recovering from addictions and other struggles. The Celebrate Recovery community ministry starts Sept. 8, geared for anyone with a "hurt, habit or hang-up." "It doesn't matter what your hurt is, your habit or your hang-up, the steps to healing and wholeness are really the same," said Jill Becker, a member of the leadership team.
DUNSEITH, N.D.—Cuts to North Dakota's state budget are affecting the International Peace Garden, prompting the tourist attraction that straddles the U.S.-Canadian border to launch new fundraising efforts. As declining revenues required North Dakota to cut budgets by 10 percent this funding cycle, that means about $48,000 less in operating grants for the International Peace Garden this year. In addition, there was no one-time funding available from the state this biennium to upgrade aging buildings or tackle other capital projects.
BISMARCK—Gov. Doug Burgum is holding a series of meetings with North Dakota Native American leaders to introduce a new framework for state and tribal governments to work together. Burgum and members of his Cabinet traveled to a meeting of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council on Tuesday, the third such meeting with a tribal government in recent weeks.
BISMARCK — Controversy over cloud seeding is intensifying in western North Dakota as farmers and ranchers coping with extreme drought question whether the program that's supposed to increase rainfall could be making their problems worse. Residents of Hettinger County — one of the areas hardest hit by drought this summer— are circulating a petition that seeks to end the weather modification program statewide. "Our fight is just to return to natural weather again," said Jamie Kouba, a farmer from Regent.
BISMARCK — The contractor that damaged a natural gas pipeline in western North Dakota last week has a history of striking pipelines, including hitting 20 utility lines last summer during a project in Iowa. Carstensen Contracting of Pipestone, Minn., was installing a water pipeline near Watford City Thursday, July 27, when it damaged a natural gas liquids pipeline owned by Oneok. No one was hurt, but the damage caused the release of an estimated 3,000 barrels, or 126,000 gallons, of natural gas liquids.
KILLDEER, N.D.—Several members of the public say they want more information about a mobile oilfield waste treatment plant that's proposed for the Bakken. The North Dakota Department of Health will hold a public hearing this week on White Wing Limited's application for a radioactive materials license. The hearing is Thursday night at the Dunn County Highway Department, 300 Central Ave S. in Killdeer. The business proposes to process, filter and separate oilfield waste that contains naturally occurring radioactive material.
VAN HOOK TOWNSHIP, N.D. — Residents of a popular recreation and camping area on Lake Sakakawea are sandwiched this summer between two oil sites, with an active drilling rig on one end and a large sound barrier wall protecting a new site on the other. But the manager of Van Hook Park near New Town in northwest North Dakota said oil development around the park is "better than expected" as developer Slawson Exploration works to minimize impacts.
MANDAREE, N.D. — North Dakota's Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation has the ear of the Trump administration, with a second federal official visiting Fort Berthold on Wednesday and pledging to support tribal energy development. William Bradford, director of the Energy Department's Office of Indian Energy, told attendees of the MHA Energy Symposium that tribes, not the federal government, should oversee energy development on their lands.
MANDAREE, N.D. — A Department of Interior official visited the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation Tuesday, July 25, outlining his goals for improving economic development of Indian Country. Gavin Clarkson, deputy assistant secretary of Indian Affairs for policy and economic development, told attendees of the MHA Energy Symposium how he wants to change federal policies to empower tribes economically.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold public hearings starting Monday, July 24, on the largest pipeline proposed in the state since the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Commissioner Julie Fedorchak said she hasn't heard of opposition to the project proposed by Cenex Pipeline LLC, but the commission has notified local law enforcement about the hearings. "We want to make sure we're prepared for any type of protest," Fedorchak said.