Lauren Donovan / Bismarck Tribune
LEITH, N.D. — It has been four years since this Grant County village of about 20 people was briefly and ingloriously home to a white nationalist. However, recent events in Charlottesville, Va., brought it all back again like a movie rerun with a worse ending.
HEBRON, N.D. — A red and white flag symbolizing the fight to keep black Americans as slaves hangs in front of a small house in Hebron. The flag of the Confederacy is an anomaly in this pretty, predominantly white populated town, where the old Stars and Stripes flutters in front of homes and businesses up and down the streets. The Confederate flag, the Civil War monuments and all they stand for grabbed national attention when a young woman was killed Aug. 12 protesting against a white supremacists' rally in Charlottesville, Va.
HETTINGER COUNTY, N.D. — Aryn Hansen could see her coffee cup as half full or half empty, and, after opening a new coffeehouse on Mott's Main Street during one of the driest springs on record, she remains optimistic. However, during what should be a bustling harvest season, this young businesswoman notices the customers she doesn't have — the wives of the custom combine crews who might have stopped at the Tilted Tulip for a specialty coffee and fresh muffin after the crews hit the fields.
COLEHARBOR, N.D. — Steve Knorr is absolutely sure he'll get 24 inches of water on his crops this year. It's expensive water, but, in an area under extreme drought, he can look out over brilliant fields of green into a cash-flow scenario at the other end. "Without it, I wouldn't have a crop," he said. Knorr draws that precious water from a pump station on the McClusky Canal into a network of underground pipes and 37 pivot systems that sprinkle fresh water across his nearly 4,000 acres between Coleharbor and Turtle Lake.
Duane DeKrey, who directs the Garrison Diversion Unit, is becoming increasingly frustrated by the fact that it's only now that the full promise of the McClusky Canal project is being realized as agricultural producers are being allowed to tap into its potential. The canal was built in the late '60s and early '70s with federal funds as a compromise to provide irrigation for up to 1 million acres to make up for the acreage flooded by construction of Garrison Dam, the structure that impounds the Missouri River and created both lakes.
BISMARCK — After reviewing about 38,700 emails of North Dakota Oil and Gas Division employees that were on their way to a permanent cyber dump grounds, a Bismarck attorney is calling for a policy to protect important information for the public.
GLEN ULLIN, N.D. — Any trace of the dead mouse that turned up in Glen Ullin's water storage tank Monday has been eradicated and the town's drinking water declared safe to drink. Greg Wavra, drinking water program manager for the North Dakota Department of Health, said a boil order was lifted early Friday afternoon, after water samples were declared satisfactory by the state lab. "We took care of that little mouse completely," Wavra said.
GLEN ULLIN, N.D. -- One little mouse caused an uproar in the town of Glen Ullin Monday after it was found dead and floating in one of the town's main water supply tanks. Its appearance has led to a boil order for the community of 870 that's likely to be in effect until at least Wednesday. Meanwhile, people can use water to flush toilets and shower. Tap water for consumption, even teeth brushing, should be heated to a rolling boil for at least one minute. Bottled water is a safe alternative.
BISMARCK—Until the sheriff came to town, oil companies poured toxic saltwater into open pits to evaporate. Starting in 1981, the newly created Oil and Gas Division started regulating reclamation and, within two years, those pits were condemned. They were covered over, but they didn't go away. Call it saltwater, brine or production water, by any name it's a fluid byproduct of oil wells 10 times saltier than ocean water. Today, about 1 million barrels of it are pumped to the surface daily, though protocol now requires it to be trucked or piped to deep injection wells.
BISMARCK—Sage grouse are being airlifted into southwestern North Dakota with high hopes that this native bird can be saved here. The operation airlift started last week, and it may be another week until the North Dakota Game and Fish Department crew is able to capture enough wild birds in Wyoming to meet its goal of 40 females and 20 males. The once plentiful bird has declined to near extinction in this state and the ongoing project to transplant them and hopefully reinvigorate the population has an air of desperation.