BISMARCK — Tyler Axness and Todd Reisenauer, Democratic candidates for the North Dakota Public Service Commission, say too many state agencies investigate oil and gas pipeline spills, causing a “bureaucratic disaster.” They would like to consolidate state oversight over oil spills to the PSC to eliminate confusion. “The current system defies common sense,” said Axness, D-Fargo. The PSC currently has general jurisdiction over pipeline utilities engaged in the transportation of gas, oil, coal and water, according to the North Dakota Century Code. The federal government and five state agencie
MARMARTH — For at least 15 years, the Marmarth Bible Church sat abandoned after its pastor unexpectedly left town. Marmarth fostered an agricultural boom in the early 20th century, established near the transcontinental railroad line. But with a current population of about 142 people, the church’s patrons moved on to Marmarth’s St. Mary’s Catholic Church. That is until a retired Denver pastor came upon the church last June, sightseeing in the Midwest after the death of his wife. “I saw this little church and it was just vacant, and it just really broke my heart,” Rev.
By Mike Hricik firstname.lastname@example.org MEDORA — Former Mount Rushmore National Park superintendent Gerard Baker gave the trail bridging Theodore Roosevelt’s North and South Units the name “Maah Daah Hey” in 1999.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced Thursday that the sign-up periods for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and the Transition Incentives Program will begin on Monday. The voluntary conservation reserve program operates through a number of initiatives, including the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement program.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., is requesting more federal support for farmers who cannot plant crops because of bad weather. Heitkamp wrote a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking that he take prevented planting losses into account in a new safety net program created by the 2014 Farm Bill. U.S. Sen. John Thune joined Heitkamp in writing the letter, along with U.S.
MEDORA — It’s that time again. Starting tonight, Medora will come alive as its famous tourist draw of a musical begins at 7:30 p.m., continuing nightly through Sept. 6. More than 30 businesses and attractions will re-open, staffed by hundreds of paid seasonal employees, year-round workers and rotating volunteers. Existing businesses have also swelled with seasonal staff members to meet the summer influx of tens of thousands of tourists. Only about 131 permanent residents live in Medora, according to 2012 U.S. Census Bureau data.
MEDORA — A little more than a month into my move to North Dakota to work for The Dickinson Press, I had still never been deep inside Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s South Unit.
BOWMAN — Voters will pick between four candidates — two of them incumbents — as their Bowman City commissioner during the primary election on Tuesday. The commission passes city ordinances and adopt resolutions in accordance with state laws. The two open positions are city police commissioner, for which incumbent Grace Rea will be running again, and street commissioner.
NEW ENGLAND — New England residents will vote for a new mayor on June 10, with incumbent Marty Opdahl facing off against city council member Allen Schmidt. Opdahl, who first took office in June 2010, has overseen New England while its population increased by hundreds during the Bakken oil boom era.
MEDORA — Medora City Council members unanimously approved moving forward with an environmental report that would pave the way for a new $7.9 million wastewater treatment facility. Despite not having funding completely secured yet, Medora city engineer Mike Njos recommended that council approve a contract for the report.