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BISMARCK - What state is the luckiest place on earth, North Dakota or South Dakota? The Myers' Newsletter, a monthly investment publication, published a summer special report on North Dakota and reasons to invest in the state's energy development. But while the newsletter's 19 pages are filled with statistics and photos from the Bakken oil fields, the cover boasts an oil-covered headline of "The luckiest place on earth," and a large photograph of the iconic Mount Rushmore in South Dakota with an oil rig on top of Theodore Roosevelt and headlines about North Dakota millionaires.
WASHBURN -- McLean County commissioners on Tuesday rejected a plan to accept oil industry waste into a landfill previously used for coal ash. Great River Energy, which operates the Coal Creek Station power plant, had requested a permit to upgrade the landfill to accept waste produced during the drilling process. The permit would have allowed Great River Energy to charge oil companies to dispose of drilling-related waste.
MINOT -- North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer said Friday that leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee needed to see what is going on in North Dakota's oil fields. "With a lot of action coming up on the floor, we can try and do for the U.S. what we have done here in North Dakota," he said. That's why Cramer led six Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives on a one-day fact-finding mission Friday from Minot to Tioga, checking out an oil rig, fracking site, the Hess Energy company facility in Tioga and Enbridge Pipeline company station in Berthold.
DUNSEITH -- The International Peace Garden is by its very nature a quiet place. But there have been some big changes at the 2,300-acre botanical garden along the Canadian border. You just may not have heard about them. "When we look at North Dakota, we promote cowboys and Indians and shopping in Fargo and Grand Forks," said Doug Hevenor, the garden's chief executive officer. "But there are so many more things to see and do in the state than just drive down to Medora." An iconic image for the Peace Garden has been the floral clock that greets visitors.
BISMARCK -- More than 600 full-time military technicians in the North Dakota National Guard will lose a total $1.2 million in pay over the next 11 weeks as they are required to take off one day a week due to national spending cuts. The furloughs, which went into effect Monday, are part of the federal budget sequestration, a series of automatic, across-the-board cuts to government agencies, totaling $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years triggered earlier this year by the inability of Congress to compromise on a federal budget.
BISMARCK -- The director of the Department of Human Services said Tuesday the state should be ready Oct. 1 to help more than 20,000 North Dakotans apply for Medicaid when the application process goes online. But Maggie Anderson said officials won't know how many will enroll until the federal mandate requiring everyone to have health care coverage kicks in Jan. 1. The department estimates that 20,547 people are newly eligible for Medicaid. "We have no way to predict how many people will come forward, so we will be as anxious as everyone else to see," Anderson said.
LAKE METIGOSHE -- Katie Kringen and Kelsey Stanley, otherwise known as the Aide sisters around here, say they are in heaven every day they spend on Lake Metigoshe. The sisters grew up on the lake, which boasts 27 miles of jagged shoreline and thick woods in the remote area along the Canadian border just north of Bottineau. They spent winters listening to the distant buzz of a snowmobiles and summer weekends seeing friends and family. The two remember the lake surrounded by many small, family cabins.
BISMARCK -- Nearly 15 years ago at the Thanksgiving dinner table in Jamestown, Richard Melheim and Ruth Melheim Brubakken decided to write a novel about Theodore Roosevelt's time in North Dakota. Now the siblings, Ruth, a retired teacher and presidential historian, and Richard, founder of Faith Inkubators, which emphasizes home-based faith education, and a board member to a film production company, are setting out to turn their novel, "Young Four-Eyes," into a mini-series filmed in North Dakota. "They say most overnight success takes 15 years," Richard Melheim said.
BISMARCK -- The Legacy Fund, a constitutionally created fund that can't be tapped until 2017, may see a larger return on its investments. The 11-member State Investment Board unanimously approved an 18-month transition plan Friday to move the Legacy Fund's investments from short-term bonds to a more diversified, higher-risk portfolio of stocks, bonds and real estate.
BISMARCK -- The Catholic Diocese of Bismarck will have a new centralized foundation and executive director to administer all endowments and funds it receives. The diocese made the announcement Thursday here that the Catholic Foundation for the People of the Diocese of Bismarck will take effect July 1, with Mike Kiedrowski of Dickinson as its executive director. The foundation will take over The Provision For the Future Corporation, the diocese's current fundraising arm, which had more than $10 million at the end of 2012.