NEW ENGLAND — New England is now southwest North Dakota’s only town that allows its bars to stay open later — all two of them.
The Southwest Water Authority has formally requested $93 million to build more pipelines, increase water treatment capacity in Dickinson and create reservoirs. In late April, Southwest Water Authority CEO Mary Massad asked for money from the North Dakota State Water Commission and Resources Trust Fund. The authority supplies water to more than 56,000 people in communities, farms and companies in southwest North Dakota as well as South Dakota’s Perkins County.
Last year’s Medora Musical hosts are returning for a second consecutive year. Former Bismarck mayor Bill Sorensen and seasoned singer Emily Walter say they are looking forward to getting back to Medora’s 2,900-seat Burning Hills Amphitheatre for another season of performances. “You couldn’t have a better office,” Walter said.
Aviation, energy and government officials are up in arms against the U.S. Air Force’s controversial Powder River Training Complex expansion plan, which, if implemented, would extend into southwestern North Dakota. “I wish I could see them try to get this passed in New York City,” Bowman County Commissioner Pine Abrahamson said. “The reason they’re doing it out here is that there’s not a lot of votes.” The expansion from about 7,000 square miles to more than 28,000 square miles would cover parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.
MEDORA — The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame became so crowded on Saturday night that its executive director, Kevin Holten, had to find a way to appease a line leading out the door. “Be patient,” Holten said.
A cold, icy April delayed the average start of farmers’ fieldwork to May 1, according to the Agriculture Department’s newest crop and weather report. The average start date for the past five years in North Dakota has been April 25, according to department statistics. Seed-killing frost has penetrated the soil as deep as 8 feet down in areas like Emmons County, said state extension soil specialist Dave Franzen. Late starts inevitably affect the size and quality of yields, so farmers are wondering just when dry, warm weather will return.
Paddlefish snagging and spearfishing seasons start Thursday, both expected to gain even more traction as the Bakken oil boom draws more fishing aficionados to the area. Fisheries management section leader Scott Gangl said interest will continue to grow, reflected by subtle, new rule changes this year. According to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, paddlefish snagging rule changes include:
An idea for gravel pit once thought to be buried has been dug up again. The U.S.
A late April snowstorm swirled into southwest North Dakota on Monday morning, leaving two to six inches in Stark County and annoying commuters. The snow caused no major trouble for local law enforcement. A few minor accidents occurred on Interstate 94 and some vehicles slid off the road in Dickinson, said Capt. Dean Franchuk of the Stark County Sheriff’s Office.