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JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Early signs indicate a chance for flooding this spring along the James River, according to Daryl Ritchison, extension meteorologist for North Dakota State University. "We're on pace to set a snow record or match the bad winters of 1996 and 1997 and 2009 through 2011," he said. "Right now we're equal to or within an inch of where we were in 2009." Jerry Bergquist, Stutsman County emergency manager, said Jamestown received about 100 inches of snow in the 1996 to 1997 winter.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Public Service Commission issued a permit that has downsized what had been planned as the largest wind farm in North Dakota. Glacier Ridge Wind Farm had been planned as a 300-megawatt, 88 turbine wind farm in Barnes County. The PSC approved a phase 1 site plan Dec. 7 on a 2-1 vote with Commissioner Randy Christmann dissenting. Any site plan for a second phase of the project would be considered separately by the PSC.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Even as they attempt to sort through all the ramifications of Marsy's Law, prosecutors are sure of one thing, according to Fritz Fremgen, Stutsman County state's attorney. "It means more notices to victims," he said. "The class of victim that will get the level of treatment that previously went to the victims of personal crime will be expanded."
SPIRITWOOD, N.D.—Planning is continuing for construction of a soybean crushing plant at Spiritwood, according to information in a grant application made by North Dakota Soybean Processors to the Agricultural Products Utilization Commission. A copy of the application, which was submitted to APUC in June, was received after an open records request was submitted. According to the application, North Dakota Soybean Processors is a subsidiary of Minnesota Soybean Processors. Minnesota Soybean Processors operates a soybean crushing plant at Brewster, Minn.
JAMESTOWN — Old age took the life of White Cloud, the iconic albino bison that drew visitors to Jamestown over her 20-year life span, died at her owner's ranch Monday. "It was expected it would happen sometime," said Ilana Xinos, director of the National Buffalo Museum, Monday. "It was not expected today." During her time in Jamestown, White Cloud was the most notable member of her species residing in Jamestown, a city that has billed itself as "the Buffalo City" since the 1950s.
BISMARCK—The geology of western North Dakota provides an ideal place to dispose of waste saltwater from oil production, according to Ed Murphy, state geologist for North Dakota. Induced seismic activity, earthquakes brought about by human actions, has made news in Oklahoma recently. Oklahoma documented 907 earthquakes in 2015 with a magnitude of 3 or greater .A website maintained by the state of Oklahoma said, "Seismologists have documented the relationship between wastewater disposal and triggered seismic activity."
FARGO—A state senator wants to see references to the North Dakota State Hospital and its location removed from the North Dakota Constitution. Sen. Tim Mathern, D-Fargo, introduced a resolution to strike the reference during a meeting of the Interim Human Services Committee in July. The committee approved it on Sept. 20. It now goes to the Legislature's regular session in January. If approved there, it would be put to a vote of the people at the next statewide election.
JAMESTOWN -- A Jamestown resident claims a planned law enforcement shooting range adjacent to his property constitutes a nuisance and is preventing him from leasing or selling his land. Rob...
JAMESTOWN -- Plans for a $150 million cellulosic ethanol plant at the Spiritwood Energy Park Association industrial park are underway, according to Thomas Corle, founding partner of New Energy Investors,...
JAMESTOWN -- Stutsman County voters may go to the polls to vote on who will serve as the county sheriff sooner than expected. A committee has formed to organize a...