HETTINGER — With only a month before school starts, Hettinger’s school district is without a superintendent. After two years in the position, Hettinger Public Schools Superintendent Adam Hill resigned from his position at a school board meeting on Wednesday night. In a phone interview, Hill said school board members were unwilling to give him a raise. He felt his salary lagged behind other superintendents in the region.
The rush of men to North Dakota caused by Bakken oil development has been less impactful than comparable booms in Alaska and Colorado, according to a new Pew Research Center report. Still, because a majority of oil workers are male, North Dakota now lags behind only Alaska in concentration of men. About 51 percent of the North Dakota’s residents are men, while 49 percent are female.
Far less people visited and spent money at North Dakota’s national parks in 2013, according to a new National Park Service report. About 572,475 people visited national parks in 2013, down from 669,242 in 2012.
Vast swaths of common, yellow-flowered sweet clover are springing up along southwest North Dakota roadsides and ranges, thanks to early spring rains. Despite its simple beauty, sweet clover saps up precious water because of deep roots. It can also become a menace to ranchers as it encroaches on more palatable forage sources, Dickinson Research Extension Center range scientist Llewellyn Manske said. A biennial plant, which reaches maturity after two years, sweet clover needs 36 pounds of water to produce one pound of dry matter, Manske said. “That is sucking out the water that could be prod
MINOT — Military personnel and their families will be honored next week during the 10th annual Beef Industry Military Appreciation Day at the North Dakota State Fair. Volunteers will offer free beef meals from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDT on Tuesday near the Commercial II Exhibit Building on the state fairgrounds. The day will also include children’s activities, face painting, roping lessons and door prize drawings. Those with a military ID may be admitted to free carnival rides from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
DUNN CENTER — The boom is here to stay. The North Dakota Industrial Commission projects that oil development in the Bakken will last at least five generations — with production lasting through 2100 and beyond. Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, spoke about the state’s biggest industry at the sixth annual Bakken Rocks CookFest here on Thursday afternoon. “Your grandchildren’s children will be sitting in these chairs,” Helms said at the informational session. The commission also predicts that oil development will stay level through 2025, hovering slight
KILLDEER -- A 31-year-old Killdeer woman has been missing since Saturday afternoon, leading her husband and family members on a desperate search. Laine Craine Officer was last seen at her Killdeer home at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office. She is a brunette, described as 5 feet, 1 inches tall and weighs between 100 and 115 pounds.
The season of the mosquito is well upon us. Despite its ubiquity as an unofficial cultural touchstone of North Dakota life, the pesky — and sometimes deadly — insect still harbors some mystery.
NEW ENGLAND — Water in New England doesn’t flow.
FRYBURG — Companies specializing in housing for oil and gas workers plan to build a $12.8 million extended-stay hotel where the former Fryburg elementary school stands. The building would be updated and expanded to build the hotel, dubbed the Morgan Lodge, according to preliminary plans.