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The Trump administration forged a last second deal on Monday in establishing a trilateral pact with Mexico and Canada. The new agreement replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). The principal beneficiaries of the trade deal are labor unions, U.S. dairy farmers, U.S. drug manufacturers, and companies that provide automation for manufacturers, according to the Foundation for Economic Education.
Instead of enjoying the warmth of the firehouse, the Dickinson Fire Department kicked off their night by suiting up and running ladder drills in the frigid air at the South Dickinson Fire Training Center on Thursday. "The dynamics of Dickinson are changing," Fire Chief Robert Sivak said.
Palmer amaranth, the herbicide-resistant species of pigweed known for devastating crops across the South and Midwest, has been found in North Dakota for the first time. Laboratory analysis confirmed Monday that a plant found in a row-crop field in McIntosh County in South-central North Dakota is Palmer amaranth.
Businessmen Ed Dick and Pat Knipp plan to open Dickinson's first indoor gun range aimed at "empowering citizens, professionals, and military by offering a fully equipped and state-of-the-art" training facility. Current plans have the range's anticipated construction expected to begin in 2019, but before that the duo will host a public information meeting on Thursday, October 11, at the Dickinson Eagles Club. Residents are invited to listen to development and operation plans, participate in a question-and-answer forum and enter a raffle for a chance to win prizes.
Stark County Weed Control has slowly turned the tides on what was once a losing battle. According to information presented during a meeting of the Stark County Weed Control Board on Wednesday morning, Stark County has shown "massive improvement" in eradicating noxious weeds. The weed problems reached a peak a year ago, as weeds were found spread throughout the county. Landowners, farmers and ranchers attended a contentious Weed Control Board meeting and voiced concerns. The public outcry resulted in many changes.
Disasters often occur with very few signs of warning or time to prepare. Emergency service agencies across North Dakota are actively coordinating with FEMA on a project aimed at raising awareness and providing best practices in preparation against disaster. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, stated in a message published online that National Preparedness Month is "an opportunity for us to remind our families, friends, and communities to get ready for disasters and emergencies before they strike. Thinking ahead can save lives.''
If you ask someone where White Butte, North Dakota, is you'll probably get three different answers. The state houses three separate summits known colloquially by the moniker "White Butte," but only one stands as the highest point in the state. Six miles from the town of Amidon, she rises to an altitude of 3,507 feet above sea-level, her chalky white color contrasting against the blood red clay and golden wheat fields surrounding it.
A San Diego-based real estate agent will have to wait a while longer to find out if his proposed drug addiction and recovery center will receive permission to operate in Beach. Residents of Beach attended a city meeting Friday night and listened to the conceptual proposal of DESCO Behavioral Health Systems LLC to renovate the old hospital into a volunteer-admission drug rehabilitation center, catering to patients from eight nearby states.
Dickinson Police Chief Dustin Dassinger outlined concerns his department had with what Measure 3 and the legalization of recreational marijuana means for law enforcement and public safety. Dassinger expressed his department's support of the democratic will of the people to vote as they see fit, but shared legal concerns and challenges the measure would impart on law enforcement personnel across the state.
Incidents involving vicious and unrestrained animals in Dickinson have risen comparative to previous years and was the subject of discussion during the city commissioners meeting on Tuesday. According to the Dickinson Police blotter, officers and animal control personnel responded to over 70 calls for service relating to animals roaming the streets of Dickinson over the previous 30 days. The calls ranged from friendly orphans and stray to animal attacks which included residents being bitten or chased by animals.