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JAMESTOWN, N.D. --Rural telecommunications cooperatives that provide internet service to their customers are waiting for more information on a planned repeal of "net neutrality" laws that have been in place since 2015, according to David Crothers, executive director of the North Dakota Association of Telecommunications Cooperatives. "Everybody paints it as black or white," he said. "For the smaller companies, it comes down to where you exchange data. It's more the subtleties of the rules."
SPIRITWOOD, N.D. — Preparations for the planned North Dakota Soybean Processors crushing plant at Spiritwood are moving forward on several fronts, according to Scott Austin, CEO of Minnesota Soybean Processors, the parent of North Dakota Soybean Processors. Preliminary estimates pegged the cost of the project at $287 million. The plant would process 125,000 bushels of soybeans per day into soy oil, biodiesel and soymeal.
ELLENDALE, N.D.—Officials with NextEra Energy told the North Dakota Public Service Commission at a public hearing here Monday, Nov. 20, that the Foxtail Wind Energy Center is designed to avoid direct impact on areas of archeological, tribal and historical significance. The Foxtail Wind Energy Center is a wind farm made up of about 20,000 acres in western Dickey County located south of Merricourt and north of Forbes. The project will use 75 turbines capable of generating 150 megawatts of electricity.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Maintaining the stalemate of the Cold War put a lot of pressure on the young men who manned the Minuteman Missile installations during the height of the tension between the United States and the Soviet Union in the years after World War II. "It was a situation where both sides of the Cold War had mutually assured destruction," said Warren Tobin, a former captain of the 321st Strategic Missile Wing. "You can't really win a nuclear war. You need to be ready so that the other guy knows you're ready. It works both ways."
BISMARCK—Law changes approved by the North Dakota Legislature earlier this year and taking effect on Jan. 1 could reduce the number of people facing felony charges and help eliminate prison crowding, according to state Sen. John Grabinger, D-Jamestown. Grabinger was a member of the Incarceration Issues Committee that introduced a House bill that changed the penalties for some offenses including drug-related crimes. The bill passed with bipartisan support and was signed into law by Gov. Doug Burgum.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — A Jamestown man participated in a survey that precisely determined the location of the grave of President John F. Kennedy about a month after he was assassinated in 1963. Jerry Brickner, who is currently an engineer with the Stutsman County Road Department, still doesn't know why. Brickner was a 25-year-old member of an Army unit that specialized in making maps. Six soldiers in the unit were tasked with determining the latitude and longitude of the center of Kennedy's grave within half-inch accuracy.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Polly Peterson will take over the reins of the University of Jamestown as president when Robert Badal retires at the end of February. The announcement was made by Jim Unruh, chairman of the university's board of trustees, during a press conference Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at the dedication of Harold Newman Arena. "It was an easy decision," he said. "Polly has an unusual combination of backgrounds that have helped us to this point." Peterson called her appointment as president a "life-long dream."
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Analysis of data from an aerial electromagnetic survey conducted last year could result in a pilot project to transfer river water to the Spiritwood Aquifer in the future, according to Jon Patch, water appropriations director for the State Water Commission.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Holly Miller credits a couple of things helping her get through the evacuation of Key West in the days before Hurricane Irma struck Florida. "Family and high-tech communications are key to this," she said. Miller moved from Jamestown to Key West in July 2015. She and her two children flew from Miami to Boulder, Colo., in the days before the mandatory evacuation. "The decision was easy," she said, "I have kids. When I heard it was a Cat (category) 4 or Cat 5, I said, 'We're leaving.'"
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Smoke from wildfires in Montana and Canada is causing health concerns, according to Chuck Hyatt, manager of data collections for the Division of Air Quality for the North Dakota Department of Health. "The smoke is getting to an unhealthy level," he said. "We are telling people to avoid it as much as possible in their daily activities." Hyatt said the level of smoke posed the greatest danger to the elderly, young children and anyone with a respiratory condition.