RICHARDTON — Darla Kuhn, a dietary supervisor at Richardton Health Center, said her nursing residents and fellow employees form “one big family,” unlike any other in her life. But, she said, the health center’s facilities are in dire need of an overhaul, something that residents are excited about. Health care and state officials broke ground on Monday morning at the site of Richardton’s new $6.2 million nursing home and health care center.
U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell apologized on Friday for last year’s Pautre Fire, and pledged to expedite the claims process for ranchers and others who used the land. U.S. Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., hosted Tidwell as part of a round-table discussion with grazing associations and other state officials in downtown Dickinson.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., decried U.S. Army Corps of Engineers attempts to charge for Lake Sakakawea water during a visit to Dickinson on Friday afternoon. Heitkamp met with leaders of the Southwest Water Authority, which provides water to about 56,000 residents in and around southwest North Dakota. Last week, the U.S. Senate sent the Water Resources Reform and Development Act to President Barack Obama, with a provision presented by Heitkamp barring the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will award $6 million to universities and cooperative state extension services to develop online decision tools and other materials for 2014 farm bill programs. New tools will help farmers and ranchers determine what participation in programs established by the bill will mean for their businesses, according to the release. The USDA will also award $3 million to state cooperative extension services to conduct public education outreach meetings on the farm bill.
The number of farms and ranches in North Dakota declined in 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The state lost 200 farms and ranches, putting the total at 30,800, according to a press release. Farms and ranches with less than $100,000 in agricultural sales also dropped by 1,200 from 2012 while operations with more than $100,000 were up by 1,000. Farm and ranch land stayed steady at 39.3 million acres. The average size of operation, at 1,276 acres, was up 8 acres from last year.
By Mike Hricik email@example.com State officials say 2014 could be North Dakota’s biggest year for roadwork. This summer brings one of the state’s largest construction seasons in its history, spurred by a massive influx of oil and gas industrial traffic.
BISMARCK — A New Salem man was ejected from his vehicle after it struck a guardrail Thursday morning in Bismarck, according to North Dakota Highway Patrol. Vernon Jacobson, 68, was...
DUNN CENTER — Built around one of western North Dakota’s first major lakes, a storied wildlife refuge is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.
After graduating from college, some immediately go on to take entry-level jobs. Others settle into post-graduate malaise, weary and anxious about the future. But five South Dakota State University fraternity brothers are going straight from graduation to the journey of a lifetime — cycling across all 48 states in the mainland U.S.
In his first run for office of any kind, Fargo’s Jack Seaman is seeking to break up what he sees as an ineffective, two-party gridlock in Congress. Seaman will appear as a Libertarian candidate on June 10’s primary election ballot, alongside Republican incumbent Kevin Cramer and Democratic challenger George Sinner, who are both also running unopposed. The Libertarian party, the third largest in the country, prides itself on “maximum