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JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- Efforts to raise investments in a planned soybean processing plant at Spiritwood are being extended, according to Scott Austin, CEO of Minnesota Soybean Processors.
CARRINGTON, N.D. — A Carrington politician is just the third man in the past 35 years to serve as the North Dakota House majority leader from a rural district, according to lists prepared by the North Dakota Legislative Council staff. Rep. Chet Pollert, R-Carrington, was elected to that post in early November and replaces Al Carlson, a Fargo Republican, who lost his bid for re-election.
JAMESTOWN -- After growing up on a farm near Kensal in the '50s one Stutsman County man used his service in the military to expand his options and see the world. “When I graduated from high school there was not much opportunity, so I joined the service in 1962,” said Vietnam War veteran Bernard Hoggarth. Hoggarth’s career goal was to become a doctor after he went for an airplane ride with Dr. Clarence Martin, a local physician.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- A Jamestown man pleaded guilty Tuesday, Nov. 6, to shooting and killing his ex-wife as she sat in her car in Jamestown. Kevin Michael Hoff, 27, entered the plea in front of Judge Troy LeFevre in Southeast District Court. He was charged with Class AA murder in the death of Nicole Gututala, 25, on May 12. A presentence investigation has been ordered in the case.
SPIRITWOOD, N.D. -- The Cargill Malt plant “went dark” at the end of October, completing a shutdown process announced in April. The company cited a change in the type of malt preferred by brewers as one of the reasons for the closing that cost the plant’s 55 employees their jobs. The malting process steeps barley or other grains in water. The grain then germinates to convert starches to sugars before the malt is dried. The malt can then be fermented into alcoholic products, such as beer.
ALFRED, N.D.—Neil Schott, a farmer near Alfred, said he kept feeling worse as the growing season progressed and his crops matured. "Started having problems this summer," he said. "I went in for a stress test, and that didn't get me off the hook." Not doing well on a stress test resulted in bypass surgery about 5 1/2 weeks ago. The timing of the surgery fell after he had harvested the wheat but before his soybean crop was mature, so he looked to Farm Rescue for some help.
Two Democratic challengers face two Republican incumbents for two seats on the North Dakota Public Service Commission in November. Brian Kroshus was appointed to the PSC in 2017 after Brian Kalk resigned from the commission. As an appointed member, he must run in the next general election cycle. Kroshus is challenged by Casey Buchmann. In the second PSC race, Republican incumbent Randy Christmann is being challenged by Democrat Jeannie Brandt. Buchmann, a Democrat, returned to North Dakota in 2007 after working in Missouri for several years.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — The day after announcing plans to build a cellulosic ethanol plant in the Spiritwood Energy Park Association industrial park, the New Energy Spirit Biomass Refinery submitted a statement of interest to SEPA officials. The planned facility would convert wheat straw and corn stalks, known as corn stover, into low-carbon ethanol. The announced plans call for groundbreaking in the second quarter of 2019 and completion of construction in early 2021.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Even with the expiration of the current farm bill this weekend, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., says an agreement on the new bill is still possible in a reasonable amount of time. "I'm still pushing to get an agreement," he said. "I think it's there to be done, just need to keep pushing on both sides." The House and Senate each passed differing versions of the farm bill in July with a conference committee announced Aug. 1. North Dakota's entire congressional delegation is part of that committee.
SPIRITWOOD, N.D. — Construction of the North Dakota Soybean Processors crushing plant could begin in the first months of 2019, according to Scott Austin, CEO of North Dakota Soybean Processors. Austin said in emails Tuesday that the company is planning to close the equity drive portion of the project before the end of 2018 and would then start construction in the middle of the first quarter of 2019.