A U.S. Senate committee has approved millions in funding for initiatives benefiting North Dakota farmers in 2015. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture negotiated its federal spending plan for the next fiscal year, which passed through the main committee on Wednesday. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., served on the subcommittee, and said its provisions will be “very helpful for our farmers and ranchers.” One of Hoeven’s main provisions includes supporting an acre-for-acre tradeoff in working with farmers to meet new conservation compliance requirements.
Rights to public land across North Dakota continue to be leased off by thousands of acres as the oil boom draws more interest. The Bureau of Land Management auctioned oil and gas leases on federal land, netting $2.9 million in three southwest North Dakota counties. Companies bought leases for 22 parcels of land in northern Billings, northeastern Golden Valley and northwestern Slope counties, said Kristen Lenhardt, a bureau public affairs specialist.
Memorial Day weekend unofficially kicks off summer for North Dakota residents, who will travel long distances to connect with friends and family.
In the wake of an accidental fire at Bogey’s Diner on Saturday, tenants of apartments affected by smoke are trying to stay resilient — but many still need help. “We’re basically homeless right now, and we can’t get back into our apartments,” said Creighton Collier, one of the apartment residents. The Red Cross stopped providing money Wednesday for 10 displaced residents to stay at local hotels.
CROSBY -- About 100 barrels of brine water and 140 barrels of oil were spilled at a well site in Divide County on Monday, according to the North Dakota Department of Health. The spill occurred after a valve on a saltwater disposal well failed at a site operated by Samson Resources Co.
MOTT — In a highly anticipated vote, the Mott-Regent school district’s $14.5 million bond referendum has failed, according to preliminary results. The bond would have allowed for the construction of both elementary and high schools in Mott, but a majority of voters said “no.” “We’ll try again next time,” board member Lucas Graff said. For the referendum and debt increase to pass, a 60 percent majority of voters had to cast their ballots in favor, but almost two thirds of the voters voted against it. To the first measure on the ballot, which would have authorized the district to secure the
The trial for an Arizona man charged with sexually and physically abusing an infant has been delayed until September. A pre-trial hearing for Dan Anderson Pruett originally scheduled for May...
BISMARCK — The race for North Dakota agricultural commissioner — pitting incumbent Republican Doug Goehring against former state Senate Minority Leader Ryan Taylor — is wide open, according to a new statewide poll. Surveying 600 voters, campaign pollster The Mellman Group found Goehring and Taylor tied, each with 36 percent of the vote. Twenty-six percent of those surveyed were undecided.
A fire scorched the inside of a building in downtown Dickinson on Saturday afternoon, damaging businesses and displacing at least five families. The fire began inside Bogey’s Diner a little after 5 p.m., according to witnesses. The diner and apartments above it were extensively burned, Dickinson Fire Chief Bob Sivak said.
To commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which preserved 9.1 million acres of federal land, Theodore Roosevelt National Park is offering a variety of guided hikes to the public, according to a release. The first Wilderness Hike of the season will be offered in the park’s North Unit on Sunday. Hikers will meet at the picnic area in the Juniper Campground at 8 a.m. MDT. Depending on group size and weather, the outings will last from three to six hours, and will cover two to six miles. Other hikes are scheduled for June 15 and Sept.