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FARGO — Supporters of a water supply project for eastern — and now central — North Dakota hope to start construction on the $1 billion project in the next two years. What's still called the Red River Valley Water Supply has evolved into a proposal that could serve 35 municipal and rural water systems in central and eastern North Dakota during periods of prolonged drought.
FARGO—The winter storm that will hamper regional travel is expected to begin here early Sunday—Christmas Day—as sleet or freezing rain. That will coat the area with up to an eighth of an inch of ice that will then be topped by snow and possible blizzard conditions Monday, Dec. 26. "You're going to start out with skating-rink conditions," said Greg Gust, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, on Thursday, Dec. 22, as the storm loomed, still too early for a high level of confidence for precipitation totals.
BISMARCK — The state of North Dakota is suing the federal government to halt a stream protection rule that state officials say usurps their authority to regulate surface coal mining and threatens the industry's viability. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, Dec. 20 in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., is against the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. It seeks to block an Obama administration rule imposed in its final days.
FARGO—North Dakota's population boom, an echo of the oil boom, faded significantly over the past year as the state saw more people leave than enter in search of jobs and opportunities. North Dakota gained 1,117 people in 2016, reaching a record population of 757,952, or a one-year increase of 0.15 percent, according to Census Bureau estimates released Tuesday, Dec. 20.
FARGO -- The Salvation Army’s red kettle holiday fundraising campaign across Minnesota and North Dakota is lagging behind, possibly because frigid weather last week kept people at home. As of Tuesday, Dec. 20, donations in Fargo-Moorhead totaled $328,000 toward a goal of $500,000, said Julie Rivenes, the Salvation Army’s volunteer and public relations manager here.
FARGO — Those who know him well still call David Archambault II Little Dave to distinguish him from his father. But Little Dave, the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, now has a big platform as a leading opponent of the now-stalled Dakota Access Pipeline. Just last week, Archambault participated in a panel discussion in West Hollywood, joined by Jane Fonda and Robert Kennedy, Jr., to talk about opposition to the pipeline, which has become an international news story.
BISMARCK — State higher education officials still hope to find money to replace a "dangerous" science building at North Dakota State University, though it wasn't in the governor's budget. Meeting Wednesday, Dec. 14, the State Board of Higher Education discussed the ramifications of budget recommendations by Gov. Jack Dalrymple, which did not include the $45.9 million estimated to replace Dunbar Hall at NDSU.
FARGO—Republican legislative leaders are a bit more gloomy about North Dakota's revenue prospects than those built into Gov. Jack Dalyrmple's recommendations for the 2017-19 budget. After Dalrymple presented his budget plan last week, the House and Senate majority leaders announced they would not automatically accept the revenue forecast in the budget, but likely would instead craft their own, more cautious prediction in light of slumping oil and farm commodity prices.
FARGO — Gov. Jack Dalrymple said North Dakota finds itself "outgunned" in countering a "social media machine" manipulated by national environmental groups while the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline has "abdicated" its responsibility to defend the controversial project. Dalrymple also said in a meeting Thursday, Dec. 8, the sprawling protest presence near Cannon Ball, N.D., operates outside the control of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and it is difficult for officials to identify a clear leader in the shape-shifting movement.
FARGO — North Dakota's new medical marijuana law will not take effect on Thursday, Dec. 8 — the date specified by law — because officials are grappling with the measure's complexity and sometimes contradictory provisions. "We have not committed to any time frame yet," said Arvy Smith, the deputy director of the North Dakota Department of Health, which is implementing the law passed by voters in the Nov. 8 election.