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SPIRITWOOD, N.D. — The North Dakota Soybean Processors crushing plant planned for the Spiritwood Energy Park Association industrial park will likely get all the soybeans it needs locally, according to Scott Austin, general manager of Minnesota Soybean Processors, the parent company of the project. "Spiritwood is in the center of where beans (soybeans) are grown," he said, referring to the North Dakota crop. "The three counties closest to the plant provide enough beans to operate the plant."
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Department of Transportation is planning for more growth in rail freight than the national rate. "Our draft rail plan is a roadmap for future planning and investment," said Rebecca Geyer, head of the Planning and Rail Section of the NDDOT. The department is seeking comments from the public and the industry on a plan that outlines safety and infrastructure planning. The draft document runs through 2040, although Geyer said plans are usually updated every five to seven years.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Volunteers from the National Buffalo Museum are giving a 3-week-old bison calf a chance at life, according to Don Williams, president of the museum board and a volunteer feeding Rosebud. The name Rosebud started with Williams calling the calf his "buddy," which was expanded by the staff of the National Buffalo Museum to Rosebud. "She's doing good," he said, after Rosebud had consumed two quarts of warm milk replacer from a bottle Tuesday morning, May 23. "She is fine now."
Construction is expected to start later this month to replace the bridge over Interstate 94 at exit 260, according to Nathan Haaland, assistant district engineer for the Valley City District of the North Dakota Department of Transportation. The bridge, constructed in 1958 and repaired in 1984, was found "structurally deficient" by DOT engineers in 2016. Swingen Construction Co. of Grand Forks was awarded the contract for the project with a $3.7 million bid. Project estimates in January 2016 placed the cost of the construction at $4.6 million.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Farmers in the area will grow an industrial-quality corn specifically designed for the ethanol industry this summer. Corn with the Enogen technology is genetically modified to produce the alpha amylase enzyme that improves efficiency in corn-based ethanol plants, said Marcos Castro, Enogen market manager for Syngenta.
BISMARCK — Two resolutions before the North Dakota Legislature requesting conventions to amend the U.S. Constitution are efforts to enhance state's rights and curb federal overreach, according to the resolution's sponsors. The resolutions on their own have no effect and don't trigger any convention of the states until 34 states have requested a convention on the same topic, according to David Super, a professor of law at Georgetown University who works with the Center on Budget and Policy Priority in Washington, D.C.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Planning the next steps for a soybean crushing plant project at Spiritwood is entering some of the final stages, according to Scott Austin, manager for Minnesota Soybean Processors, the company planning the project. "We're further along than most companies when they make an announcement," he said. "We had a great opportunity to announce it (the planned plant construction) at Fargo at the farm show."
JAMESTOWN, N.D.-- Even after a few days of mild weather, officials are still looking for all the information they can gather about the amount of moisture in the snow and the possibilities of flooding this spring in the Jamestown area, according to Allen Schlag, hydrologist with the National Weather Service at Bismarck. "We take any information we can get our hands on," he said. "It all has an effect on the water levels at some time." Schlag expects the new flood forecasts to reduce the chance of flooding.
BISMARCK — Efforts to create a statewide interoperability radio network fund have generated at least two bills in the North Dakota Legislature. House Bill 1178 allows counties to raise the tax on phone services, including cellphones, from $1.50 to $2 per month with the increase dedicated to funding the statewide interoperability radio network. The current tax is used to fund 911 service and local dispatch centers. Senate Bill 2204 places a surcharge on traffic fines and dedicates the extra money to the planned radio network.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — A change in who receives taxes from wind farms is being called an attack on the wind energy industry by one North Dakota legislator. Senate Bill 2209, as introduced, would take 70 percent of the taxes paid by wind farms and deposit it into the state's general fund. The remaining portion of the taxes would be paid to the local governments where the wind farm is located.