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JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Reports of some wheat fields yielding less than 20 bushels per acre and moisture totals for the year comparable to the drought year of 1988 have prompted Mark Watne, president of North Dakota Farmers Union, to request federal disaster payments for crop and livestock farmers. "There have been great efforts to get hay and forage into the hands of ranchers," Watne said in a press release Thursday. "That won't fix the financial disaster that is looming."
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Jamestown may be far from the waters where sails commonly propel boats across the water, but it is the headquarters of a magazine dedicated to the sport and lifestyle. "We get that all the time," said Karla Sandness, CEO and publisher of Good Old Boat magazine and a Jamestown resident, referring to questions about publishing a sailing magazine in North Dakota. "People ask, 'Why is there a sailboat magazine in Jamestown?'"
A Minnesota electrical cooperative is looking to meet its expansion needs with a new wind energy project in North Dakota, according to Jon Brekke, vice president and chief marketing officer for Great River Energy. "When you compare wind to other new sources of energy, wind is comparable with or without the production tax credit," he said. The production tax credit is a federal incentive program that allows tax breaks for wind energy development. It expires in 2020.
FESSENDEN. N.D.—A casualty of the opening hours of what would become World War II was returned to North Dakota after more than 75 years. Gunner's Mate 1st Class Arthur C. Neuenschwander, 33, died on Dec. 7, 1941, on board the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Saturday, his remains were brought back to his family and the community of Fessenden where he had been raised.
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.