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U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., paid a visit to the Stockmen's Livestock Exchange in Dickinson Thursday to meet with area ranchers and ag business leaders to detail federal assistance efforts to cope with the ongoing drought and what can be done to survive it.
It's been 10 years since the Little Missouri Scenic River Commission (LMSRC) met, but as the drought drinks deep from its flows, Gov. Doug Burgum has sought to bring the commission back to solve troubles facing the waterway. The stated purpose of the commission is to "preserve the Little Missouri River as nearly as possible in its present state, which shall mean that the river will be maintained in a free-flowing natural condition."
KILLDEER—The Dunn County Planning and Zoning Board hashed out their recommended amendments to the Dunn County land development ordinance on Tuesday, establishing requirements for special waste or industrial waste landfills capable of disposing of radioactive materials. "Cutting to the chase, it's the movement and the potential contamination of groundwater that is the single issue that is of concern for anybody who is thinking seriously about ... putting a landfill within Dunn County," said Joel Quanbeck, a planner with Dunn County who led the discussion.
MOTT—Public comment got stormy in Mott Monday night when Gov. Doug Burgum, members of the Legislature and numerous public officials held a town hall to discuss the drought, and spent much of that discussion fielding criticism about the state's weather modification program.
MOTT—It isn't clear how much North Dakota will be able to rely on help from a cash-strapped federal government to assist with the ongoing drought crisis, which poses financial and fire risk the longer it persists. Though most of Monday night's town hall meeting in Mott focused on public reaction to weather modification, discussion did turn to address the road map for how the state is going to deal with the drought if it continues unabated.
RICHARDTON—The sight of a truck ladened with a mountain of hay bales is a welcome sight as it comes down the narrow stretch of North Dakota Highway 8 leading to the Rebel Farm. It takes the better part of an hour for Rodney Rebel and Jerry Christian, a volunteer truck driver with Farm Rescue, to unload the 37 bales of hay, and stack them alongside the others—all destined as feed for Rebel's cows. It isn't going to be enough. "We don't got near enough hay right now," Rebel said. "We only got 500 bales so far. You need about 2,000 to get through winter."
KILLDEER -- What if you could dispose of the radioactive waste from oil wells by taking the sludge out of the tank and separating the solids from liquids, leaving the site with less waste to transport, more oil in the tank and a cost savings for everyone?
It can be hard to say goodbye -- and after 41 years of watching the good people of Dickinson drive off in freshly purchased cars, Brad Fong feels that bittersweet pang.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK—Peaceful Valley Ranch has hosted a lot of history, and the wear and tear of the decades is visible on the ranch buildings that remain. That's about to change, though, as the park takes its first steps toward rehabilitating three structures. "We're just in the planning processes right now," said Eileen Andes, chief of interpretation and public information. "Peaceful Valley Ranch has three historic structures and all are in need of stabilization and rehabilitation."
Driving into the Dakotas saw only long, endless stretches of swaying grasslands as company. I came northwards, heading from Wyoming into the Roughrider State knowing little as to what I might expect, besides the promise of a frosty winter. Well winter is far away yet, and an opportunity presented this erstwhile newcomer to attend the local theater, over in a town called Medora. I'd never heard of the Medora Musical, nor had I ever visited the charming hamlet prior to this past Sunday, yet what I found there would have utterly vanquished even my wildest expectations.