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The need for water in western North Dakota's Bakken region during the oil boom was unprecedented—and research into the impacts of that water use will likely influence future oil development across the nation and the world, according to a North Dakota State University study.
HETTINGER—If left unshorn, a sheep's wool will simply never stop growing, until the animal can no longer move. To prevent the countryside from being littered with indolent, bleating balls of wool, it is necessary to ensure that a new crop of shearers is ready and able to keep North Dakota's sheep population svelte. That's where the Hettinger Research Extension Center comes in, offering instruction to newcomer and veteran sheep producers on the finer points of shearing and grading wool.
Though farming may be among mankind's oldest traditions, that doesn't mean it's easy for beginners to break into the lifestyle. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Roosevelt-Custer Regional Council are sponsoring Farm Beginnings classes starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Fluffy Fields Vineyard in Dickinson. "We're part of a nationwide cohort," said Eden McLeod, interim executive director for the Foundations for Agricultural Rural Resource Management and Sustainability (FARRMS). "We're part of the nationwide Farm Beginnings Collaborative."
Dickinson State University's agriculture and technical studies department showcased the talents of some of its graduating seniors at their annual Opportunities in Agriculture event, which brought together local industry, leadership and education.
Veterans Day saw Dickinson State University's Beck Auditorium packed with men, women and children—a grateful community honoring the sacrifices and service of military personnel. "Military service is a real tradition here in North Dakota," said Dr. Rich Brauhn, master of ceremonies for Saturday's annual Veterans Day ceremony at DSU. "North Dakota has over 46,000 veterans."
The sixth annual Opportunities in Agriculture fair is coming to Dickinson State University Wednesday, showcasing DSU senior projects and featuring speakers from the local ag industry. "Its purpose is multifaceted," said DSU Department of Agricultural and Technical Studies head Chip Poland. "It's part career fair, it's part a place for our seniors to present their senior projects and we have included a keynote speaker that would speak directly to ... students interested in agriculture (about) what are the opportunities and where (they are)."
There's been a bit of rain and snow since the dog days of the drought, yet the Emergency Hay Transportation Assistance Program is still accepting eligible expense submissions for both commercial and personal hay transportation assistance expenses, but the final deadline looms. Applications for the program must be submitted or postmarked by Monday. Livestock producers interested in applying should go to the department's website at www.nd.gov/ndda to fill out and submit an application or to download a paper version.
KILLDEER—Walter Kukla's home in Killdeer is walled with memories—photographs of children and grandchildren, relatives and relations. "I built this house in 1970. The old house we lived in was just a shack, it was just built with a flat roof," Kukla said. "There was eight kids in our family." Kukla is in his 90s now, still living and working on his farm just north of Manning. As a young man, fresh out of high school, Kukla volunteered for the draft and in the fall of 1955 he was shipped off to Korea as a uniformed member of the Army military police.
Dickinson State University will be hosting its annual Veteran's Day ceremony at DSU on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. The ceremony will be held in the Beck Auditorium at Klinefelter Hall and will open with the Advance of Colors by the 816th CO Color Guard. The Prairie Rose Chorus will perform the Star-Spangled Banner. Deacon and veteran Bob Stockert will conduct the invocation and introductory remarks will then be made by retired DSU Vice President Dr. Rich Brauhn, a veteran himself.
Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Industrial Commission's Department of Mineral Resources, spoke Tuesday in support of proposed legislation that would allow states to manage development of oil and gas production on federal land within their borders. "This legislation is a rare opportunity to implement better government instead of bigger government," Helms said of the Secure American Energy Act. "North Dakota urges you to approve and pass this legislation." Helms was one of four witnesses called before the House Committee on Energy and Mineral Resources in Washington.