Jessica Holdman / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK—Joshua Snyder lives in a dark wood-paneled basement apartment on the west side of Mandan. He doesn't really like it there. He calls the space, made up of a bedroom and a kitchen, his little box. He misses his house. But the rent is cheap — $500 a month — and he can keep his dog — a big malamute, St. Bernard mix named Baxter. It's the best he can do for now. With a felony conviction, options for work and a landlord willing to rent in Bismarck-Mandan are limited.
BISMARCK—Reporting of ammonia and hydrogen sulfide emissions by ranchers has been delayed until May 1 — a momentary concession to producers but likely not long enough for reporting aids to be developed. Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, releases of hazardous substances that meet or exceed a set quantity must be reported within a 24-hour period. Until a recent court decision, most livestock operations had been exempt.
BISMARCK—MDU Resources Group is reporting a $39.5 million tax benefit in the fourth quarter of 2017 from federal tax reform and is expected to return a portion to customers. With the reduction of the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent on Jan. 1, MDU's construction services and materials businesses saw $4.3 million and $41.9 million in tax benefits respectively. The company incurred charges of $6.4 million to its electric and natural gas utility company and $200,000 to its pipeline business, MDU stated in its annual earnings release.
BISMARCK — As low crop prices make it hard for farmers just to break even, farm groups have started talking about mental health in rural America. "We're not just talking about the state of the ag economy; we're talking about the state of individuals involved in the ag economy," said Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union and a resident of Turtle Lake.
BISMARCK — Airbnb use is on the rise in North Dakota. When Richard Duran first started renting out a room in his Cathedral District home last spring, there were only five to eight other Bismarck-Mandan property owners using Airbnb. Now there are 36.
BISMARCK—Confusion abounds over the possibility of hazardous emissions reporting requirements covering air releases from animal waste for livestock producers. A recent court decision voided animal agriculture exemptions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, which means some livestock operations could soon be required to report emissions that meet or exceed 100 pounds of ammonia or hydrogen sulfide within a 24-hour period. But many are unsure how to determine whether the law would apply to their operations.
BISMARCK — As a business graduate of Brown University, Miss America 2018 and Bismarck native Cara Mund saw herself as an attendee of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner. She did not expect to one day find herself as the events speaker. "I think it's great," Mund said of the business environment in her hometown. "I think it's really a booming town and it feels so different now even since leaving for college."
ELGIN, N.D.—When Warren Zenker hauled cattle commercially, he and other drivers might stretch past allowed hours of service to go the last 100 miles and get the animals to their destination. While a new mandate for electronic logging devices doesn't change the number of hours drivers are allowed on the road, the increased enforcement of those rules could have an effect on North Dakota's cattle industry.
BISMARCK — The hopes of North Dakota's coal industry were dashed Monday, Jan. 8, when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission unanimously rejected a proposal that would have propped up the state's main power source. The U.S. Department of Energy proposal, issued last fall, would have compensated power plants for keeping coal on hand.
BISMARCK—In the early stages of fundraising, the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation has collected $2 million in private donations to date, with expectations that the campaign will ramp up in the coming year. "We've been building our national board," said foundation CEO Wally Goulet.