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BISMARCK -- A presidential disaster declaration has been issued for the 10 North Dakota counties and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Reservation affected by spring flooding, Gov. Doug Burgum’s office said Wednesday, July 12. The declaration triggers about $3.25 million of federal assistance as a “preliminary assessment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency,” a news release said. A more thorough inspection from the agency will document and reimburse actual costs.
FARGO -- North Dakota is the best state to start a business, according to new national rankings. Finance website WalletHub released a report last week that tracked 20 key indicators of the success of startups in each of the 50 states to come up with the new rankings.
STEELE COUNTY, N.D.-- Two people were injured and one was taken to the hospital by helicopter after a pickup failed to yield and crashed into a sedan Tuesday evening west of Galesburg, N.D. The Highway Patrol said a Chevrolet Silverado driven by 23-year-old Ryan Ust failed to yield the right of way at an intersection and hit the passenger side of a Chevrolet Malibu driven by 37-year-old Bekka Dahl, who had an 8-year-old boy in the car.
WILLISTON, N.D. — The founder and CEO of Facebook spent Tuesday, July 11, in North Dakota, visiting Williston to learn more about the oil industry and taking a trip to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Mark Zuckerberg wrote a lengthy message on his Facebook page about the visit, encouraging followers to “get out and learn about all perspectives on issues” even while noting that “stopping climate change is one of the most important challenges of our generation.”
BISMARCK — About 76 barrels of oil and more than 3,000 barrels of saltwater were spilled in a contained release after lightning struck a saltwater disposal well site Monday night, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said Tuesday, July 11.
Canadian convenience store giant Alimentation Couche-Tard has agreed to purchase Minnesota-based Holiday Stationstores, in a deal announced Monday, July 10. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Couche-Tard expects the sale to close during the fourth quarter of 2018. Couche-Tard’s agreement with Holiday includes all of the issued and outstanding shares of Holiday Stationstores and certain affiliated companies.
BISMARCK—North Dakota counties will have added almost 900 jail beds by the end of 2017, the North Dakota Association of Counties said this week. The association cited a recent survey showing eight counties plan to complete jail expansion projects this year—some are already complete—totaling $230 million. That will increase county jail capacity by 886 beds, from 1,765 to 2,633.
CANISTOTA, S.D. — Former Circuit Court Judge Tim Bjorkman plans to announce his candidacy for South Dakota's U.S. House of Representatives seat. According to a press release sent early Monday morning, Bjorkman is inviting the public to a program and free supper at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Canistota Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Canistota Public School. Bjorkman, a Kimball native, will attempt to become the first Democrat to serve in that role since Stephanie Herseth Sandlin from 2004 to 2011.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — An American eel — far, far away from its natural home in the North Atlantic Ocean — was found in a southwest Minnesota lake late last month. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fisheries workers conducting a lake survey on Cottonwood Lake about 16 miles southwest of Granite Falls captured a female, 37.4 inch American eel in their trapnet late last month.
BISMARCK—The former head of the Minnesota Department of Transportation will take on the same role in North Dakota, Gov. Doug Burgum announced Friday, July 7. Thomas Sorel, the Minnesota transportation commissioner from 2008 to 2012, has been appointed director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Burgum announced. He succeeds Grant Levi, who retired in May after almost four decades in the department.