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MANDAN – The lack of a long-term federal farm bill is jeopardizing foreign trade offices and programs that have contributed to the best five-year run of agricultural trade in U.S. history and allowed North Dakota to more than double its exports of farm products since 2006, farmers and government officials said here Friday. “Now’s not the time to stop this agricultural-trade freight train. I mean, we are going stronger than we ever have in history, and we need to keep this going,” Michael Scuse, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s under secretary for farm and foreign agricultural services, said during a roundtable discussion in Mandan with U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and representatives of farm-related companies and commodity groups.
BISMARCK – Only four groups have applied for grants from North Dakota’s new Outdoor Heritage Fund since the application period opened a month ago, but the person handling the requests...
BISMARCK – North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm said ThursdayLog in or activate your account if you are a current Dickinson Press subscriber. Not sure if you have an account?...
BISMARCK — Giving county tax directors and top city assessors three years to get fully trained and certified while they continue to put values on people’s property for tax purposes “doesn’t seem right,” a member of a legislative committee said Wednesday. Sen. Dwight Cook, R-Mandan, said during a meeting of the Legislature’s Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations that proper assessments are “at the very heart” of property tax bills.
BISMARCK — North Dakota’s largest processor of natural gas announced plans Tuesday to spend up to $390 million on a new processing plant in McKenzie County, a project the company’s president says will “considerably” reduce the amount of natural gas flared when combined with its other facilities. ONEOK Partners President Terry Spencer said the new Lonesome Creek processing plant 12 miles west of Watford City will process up to 200 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, more than double the capacity of any of the company’s six existing plants operating or under construction in the Williston Basin.
BISMARCK — The prosecutor who charged two white supremacists with terrorizing for approaching residents of Leith with loaded firearms said Tuesday a decision hasn’t been made yet on whether to seek a hate-crime designation for the alleged offenses. The FBI, which investigates hate crimes as civil rights violations, has been consulting with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, FBI spokesman Kyle Loven said.
BISMARCK — Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced Monday he is forming an advisory panel to research the latest technologies available to enhance pipeline safety in North Dakota, saying a major oil...
BISMARCK — North Dakota long ago phased out the practice of storing saltwater from oil production in evaporation ponds, but the environmental effects still linger today and likely will for decades to come without remediation, according to a case study in Bottineau County. The study, published in 1988 and led by Ed Murphy of the North Dakota Geological Survey, focused on a site near Maxbass that had two brine-holding ponds from 1959 through the late 1970s, when they were backfilled and leveled.
BISMARCK — Like lost cellphone calls, most saltwater spills can be traced back to three causes: human error, equipment failure or network problems. A review of incident reports filed with the North Dakota Department of Health since Jan. 1, 2012, found that connection leaks between valves and piping were the most common cause of spills, accounting for nearly 22 percent of 1,085 spills reported through Oct. 29 of this year.
More than 55,000 barrels of saltwater — about 2.3 million gallons — produced by the oil and gas industry have been spilled on North Dakota land in the past 22 months, posing an environmental risk to soil, plants and freshwater resources in dozens of cases, a Forum News Service review of incident reports found. State regulators highlight that most of the saltwater was contained and cleaned up on well sites.