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WILLISTON, N.D.—The use of Target Lodging's workforce lodging in the Bakken oil field is on the rise, a company official said. "We've seen a significant increase in occupancy over the last two quarters. In fact, at several of our lodges we are at or very near full capacity," Troy Schrenk, chief commercial officer for Target Lodging in The Woodlands, Texas, said on Friday, June 8. The last two quarters refers to the fourth quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018, according to Schrenk.
MINOT, N.D.—By the mid-2020s, North Dakota will need additional natural gas transportation systems out of the region, according to the head of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority. "Whether that's an expansion of existing systems or that's a new pipeline built out of the region, the current gas transmission network is not going to be adequate long term," said Justin Kringstad, N.D. Pipeline Authority director. Kringstad, of Bismarck, spoke to members of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce's Energy Committee on May 30.
MINOT, N.D.—Minot Air Force Base and Barksdale AFB in Louisiana will continue to have the B-52 bomber through 2050 but the next generation bomber, the B-21 Raider, will replace the B-1 and B-2 at three existing bomber bases beginning in the mid-2020s, Air Force officials announced this week. Dyess AFB, Texas; Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota; and Whiteman AFB, Missouri, were selected by the Air Force as reasonable alternatives to host the B-21.
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — Minot Air Force Base and its B-52 bombers have a long future ahead, according to top Air Force officials. The Air Force announced Monday its plans for the future of the bomber force in its fiscal year 2019 President's budget request. "If the force structure we have proposed is supported by the Congress, bases that have bombers now will have bombers in the future. They will be B-52s and B-21s," said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson.
NEW TOWN, N.D. — The family of a missing North Dakota woman last seen about three months ago plans to expand the search beyond the Fort Berthold Reservation. Canvassing teams in Dickinson and Bismarck will be the first to begin searches in cities off the reservation for Olivia Lone Bear, a mother of five from New Town who has been missing since late October 2017. Lone Bear's family recently announced in a news release they are seeking canvassing teams in Fargo, Bismarck, Minot, Grand Forks, Stanley, Dickinson, Williston, Parshall and Watford City.
MINOT, N.D.—North Dakota's farm organization leaders offer differing viewpoints on what's ahead for farmers and ranchers in the tax bill passed by Congress and signed by President Trump last month. Daryl Lies, who farms at Douglas and leads the North Dakota Farm Bureau, an organization with 27,000 member families, attended the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual convention this month held in Nashville, Ten. President Donald Trump spoke to the group Monday, Jan 8, about the tax reform package signed into law Dec. 22.
NEW TOWN, N.D. — A $5,000 reward has been added to the $21,000 reward in the search for Olivia Lone Bear, mother of five children, from New Town who has been missing since Oct. 24. The additional $5,000 is being offered through the generosity of the Institute for Trafficked, Exploited and Missing Persons and its founder Patrick Atkinson, according to a news release issued by Lone Bear's family.
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE — President Trump signed authorization for funding that would upgrade key defense capabilities in North Dakota, including the UH-1N helicopters, intercontinental ballistic missiles and B-52 bombers at Minot Air Force Base. On Tuesday, U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp issued statements after the president signed into law the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill includes, according to Hoeven and Heitkamp:
MINOT, N.D.—Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit Minot Air Force Base on Friday. Details of the visit aren't available at this time. When Pence arrives at Minot AFB, he will be visiting the Department of Defense's only dual-wing, nuclear-capable installation. The 5th Bomb Wing has the B-52 bombers. The 91st Missile Wing has Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles in underground facilities in several counties.
PARSHALL, N.D. — The Three Affiliated Tribes, coming on the heels of starting work on a huge drug treatment complex in Bismarck, are making plans to build an assisted living facility in Parshall. Bids for the $7 million to $8 million Parshall project are due in August and construction will start shortly after with completion in late 2018.. A Nelson-Tremain Partnership, Architecture and Design, project, the assisted living facility will be on 9.9 acres and fully financed by the tribes.