HETTINGER — Adams County commissioners unanimously approved permits for the new layout of a $350 million wind farm near Hettinger. Pending approval from the state’s Public Service Commission, wind farm construction in Duck Creek and Holt townships will proceed as planned later this year.
In the early 1800s, an estimated 40 million American bison roamed in the wild. Today, more than 500,000 remain, following decades of hunting by Native Americans and European settlers that edged bison closer to extinction.
MEDORA — Starting in August, Medora residents will pay more per flush. A rise in sewer rates needed to be approved as a condition of a $1.7 million State Revolving Fund loan for a much-needed wastewater treatment facility in the town. The Medora City Council unanimously approved on Tuesday night to increase sewer rates from $2 per month to $3.50 for Medora residents,. High-end commercial rates, meant for businesses like hotels and motels, will bump up from $50 to $65.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Wisconsin woman charged with promoting prostitution in Belfield. Alexus Kawana Scott of Milwaukee did not appear at her pre-trial hearing on June 10, prompting Southwest District Judge William Herauf to authorize a bench warrant. Scott’s July 2 jury trial was cancelled as a result of the no-show.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Public Service Commission unanimously approved permitting construction on a massive wind farm near Hebron on Monday. The 110-megawatt Sunflower Wind project will include 59 wind turbines across 12,700 acres of private land. It will span south of Hebron, west of Glen Ullin and east of Richardton. Access roads, electrical collection systems, an operation and maintenance building, a substation and an interconnection yard where the project will interconnect to a transmission line will also be constructed.
Stark County Sheriff Clarence Tuhy, in what has become an ongoing plea for help, told the Stark County Commission on Tuesday that the need for his officers to conduct security at the courthouse in Dickinson has dramatically impeded his office’s ability to enforce the law. A lack of staff has sometimes left no one to patrol county roads, Tuhy said at the county commissioners meeting. “There’s times when we’ve got three guys tied up in three courtrooms,” he said.
A sprinkler system malfunctioned at the Dickinson Walmart at about 3:50 p.m. Monday, causing employees and customers to evacuate after the fire alarm went off inside. Firefighters cleared the scene for re-entrance after about 30 minutes. An unexplained pressure drop in the sprinkler system caused valves near the store’s main entrance to expel excess water, Dickinson fire marshal Deb Barros said.
Companies with internationally recognizable names like ConocoPhillips and Halliburton aren’t the only ones rushing to the Bakken oil boom. Industrial sites around Dickinson are changing accordingly, drawing the attention of international energy giants. A former truck maintenance depot in east Dickinson is now a major chemicals distribution center for oil and gas companies. Operated by industrial chemicals distributor Univar, the $6.2 million facility officially opened on Monday morning with Sen.
Vicky Steiner, executive director of the North Dakota Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties, predicts that a “watershed legislative session” is coming for western North Dakota. Steiner spoke at the Elks Lodge in Dickinson on Monday night, meeting with members of the Southwest Association of Counties. Steiner, a Republican representing District 37 in the North Dakota House of Representatives, said that recent funding meetings with state legislators, planning for next year’s legislative session, have been “extremely positive.” The Southwest Association of Counties is comprised of coun