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KILLDEER -- The Killdeer Public School has been dealing with a population boom for a few years, and this time around is no different. The school district is starting the school year with as many students as it had when last year ended, about 450.
To start a two-day tour of western North Dakota oil country, more than 30 legislators stopped at Marathon Oil's Dickinson office to hear from city officials. Terry Kovacevich, head of Marathon's Bakken operations, opened the visit with an update on the company's drilling activity.
Taking the first day of school as a hint, the weather turned to a crisp fall Monday as some southwest North Dakota students walked into the classroom for the first time in months. At Dickinson State University, Monday was a more commemorative start than the actual beginning of classes -- students attended convocation and a welcome picnic, with a few classes taking place later in the afternoon. According to preliminary numbers, new enrollment is up, with 373 new students Monday compared to 281 new students last year, said Marie Moe, executive director of enrollment services and communication
NEW TOWN -- The Three Affiliated Tribes Election Board has certified the candidates eligible to run for the Tribal Business Council. Current Chairman Tex Hall is running for re-election, and faces challengers Damon Williams, Lewis Kenneth Hall, Mark Fox and Randy Phelan. For the Twin Buttes Segment councilman position, current representative Barry Benson is not running again. Cory Spotted Bear, Jeb Fredericks and Margaret Pfeifer will run for the spot. Alfred Smith, Frank Grady, Lawrence Baker and Roger White Owl Sr. will run for Four Bears Segment representative. Current representative V.
Federal environmental crimes detectives now have office space when they're in North Dakota investigating Bakken-related incidents. The workspace is temporary at this point, but there's no end date to the memorandum of understanding, which the Environmental Protection Agency signed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service to share office space in Bismarck, EPA spokeswoman Lisa McClain-Vanderpool said. "It's important to understand these guys are not regulators, they're not inspectors -- they're detectives," North Dakota U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon said. "...
MEDORA -- The population of tiny Fryburg would've exploded with a housing development proposal that was axed Thursday. Developers proposed putting a $12.8 million, 318-room extended-stay hotel at the site of the old Fryburg schoolhouse on Main Street. The Billings County zoning board denied the building application at its meeting. Developers can still go to the full Billings County Commission on Sept. 2 with their plan, and commissioners could override the zoning board's ruling.
Plans for a Stark County fairgrounds remain at a standstill. More than a year ago, the Stark County Fair Association gave the Dickinson State University Foundation $300,000 as startup money...
MANNING — Dunn County moved into long-term damage control mode Wednesday, formally declaring a disaster state from weekend flooding and discussing FEMA assistance. If the Federal Emergency Management Agency gets...
Dickinson-based Steffes Corp. was awarded a patent last week for technology that helps water heaters and other appliances store renewable energy like wind and solar. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded Steffes the patent Aug. 12 for the "GETS Dynamic Dispatch" energy storage system. "The power generation system in the country has a hard time generating just enough energy for the need," said Tom Steffes, product development manager for the company's off-peak heating division. "And anytime the needs aren't in perfect synchronization with generation, you have problems.
MANNING -- The worst flooding in years had Dunn County residents salvaging belongings and pumping out basements Monday. Torrential rains Friday night caused flooding into Saturday, severely damaging at least 16 farmsteads and tearing up enough roads and bridges that the county is looking at FEMA assistance. Dunn County Emergency Manager Denise Brew sent a proposed emergency declaration Sunday to county commissioners, who she expects will approve it at their regularly scheduled Wednesday meeting.