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WEST FARGO — Farmers, confronting slumping crop prices that don't cover the cost of production and finding themselves pawns in an escalating trade war, rallied hours ahead of an appearance by President Donald Trump to deliver a message. "We need to tell them we need a price that will let us make a living on the farm," Mark Watne, president of the North Dakota Farmers Union, said at a rally of farmers at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds on Wednesday, June 27.
WEST FARGO — Farmers will rally at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds on Wednesday, June 27, hours before President Donald Trump will stump for Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., who is trying to unseat Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., in the North Dakota Senate race. The rally, organized by the North Dakota Farmers Union and others, is not billed as a protest, but seeks to draw attention to issues confronting farmers, including trade disputes and a potential decrease in an ethanol production benchmark, which would decrease demand for corn.
FARGO—Wind farms are hailed as a source of clean, renewable energy. But even wind energy supporters acknowledge that those spinning wind turbine blades impose an environmental cost: dead birds. Consequently, federal wildlife officials are mulling a morbid question involving a large North Dakota wind farm: How many bald eagle deaths do they consider acceptable for a bird that is legally protected and hallowed as a national symbol? Their tentative answer: About one per year, or up to five dead bald eagles over a five-year permit period.
FARGO—Al Jaeger will be armed with a letter of support from the North Dakota Republican Party once he files petition signatures to get on the November ballot to run as an independent for secretary of state, the office he currently holds as a Republican. The North Dakota GOP's executive committee voted unanimously on Saturday, June 16, to give Jaeger the letter of support for his independent candidacy.
FARGO – Will Gardner has made it official: The endorsed Republican candidate in the North Dakota secretary of state race filed notice that he’s withdrawing from the field. Gardner’s official exit, filed Thursday, June 14, according to a Facebook post by Gardner, was expected after he announced he would withdraw shortly after The Forum reported that, in 2006, he had been arrested in connection with a window-peeping incident outside a female dormitory at North Dakota State University.
FARGO — North Dakota Republican leaders reportedly have been informed by Will Gardner that he intends to follow through with his planned withdrawal from the secretary of state race. Gardner, who was the endorsed GOP candidate and the only Republican on the ballot in the secretary of state race in the primary on Tuesday, June 12, came away with 93 percent of the vote.
FARGO -- Will Gardner, the endorsed Republican candidate for secretary of state, drew 93 percent of the vote in unofficial returns in the GOP primary despite withdrawing from the race after news reports surfaced of his arrest years ago for window peeping. Republicans gave write-in candidates 7 percent of the vote in the North Dakota primary Tuesday, June 12, with 396 of 424 precincts reporting in unofficial, incomplete results.
FARGO—Stacked pallets filled with bags of malt line the back of Drekker Brewing Co. here and a fermenting aroma vaguely reminiscent of baking bread perfumed the brew house. The pleasant smell was a mild distraction as Mark Bjornstad, Drekker's co-founder, explained the crucial role of malt as a key ingredient in brewing beer.
BISMARCK — The State Board of Higher Education has given the green light for North Dakota State University backers to launch fundraising drives for major campus building proposals, including a $60 million agriculture center and a $37.2 million indoor practice facility. Both requests, approved unanimously on Wednesday, May 23, still would require approval from North Dakota legislators and, if granted, final authorization from the higher education board before construction can start.
FARGO—John Lohman was 21 years old when his Forum news team won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Fargo's deadly 1957 tornado. He spent 48 years in The Forum newsroom, ultimately reaching the post of associate editor before retiring in 2000. He also filled the role of outdoors editor for many years, a position that enabled him to pursue his love of hunting and fishing.