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REGIONAL ROUNDUP: Seed company eyes Grafton
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A new industry may be moving into Grafton, N.D.

Remington Seeds, a soybean seed processing and packaging company is looking to build a plant on the west end of Grafton, according to the Walsh County Record Herald.

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In August, the Grafton City Council will likely consider a property tax exemption for up to 10 years for Remington, which is looking at a 40-acre tract of land just east of the Marvin Windows and Doors factory on the west end of the city of 4,300.

Remington, founded in 1984 in Remington, Ind., built a new soybean plant in Mapleton, N.D.

If the company builds the 80,000 square foot plant in Grafton, the 8.5 million project likely would employ 10 to 15 people full-time, plus another 10 to 15 on a seasonal basis, according to City Administrator Nick Ziegelman.

Hillsboro eyed by

ag manufacturer

A Canadian farm equipment manufacturer is negotiating with the city of Hillsboro, N.D., to build a factory in the Traill County city.

Degelman Industries, headquartered in Regina, Sask., is seeking property tax incentives to build a distribution facility on the western edge of Hillsboro, according to the Hillsboro Banner.

If approved, the 20,000-square-foot facility could bring 10 to 12 new jobs to the area within five years, according to City Commission President Mark Forseth.

Polaris to house

Karlstad workers

Polaris Industries is purchasing a city-owned building on Main Street in Karlstad, Minn., to house company employees.

The company will take possession of the former group home on Aug. 1through a lease with an option to buy, according to the North Star News. The story in Wednesday’s edition said the agreement is subject to an Aug. 4public hearing.

According to terms of the deal, Polaris will lease the building until next April, when the sale would be completed.

Polaris is a snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle manufacturer based in Medina, Minn., with a major production facility in Roseau, Minn.

Traill Co. mulls

repairs at park

The Traill County Commission is considering whether to repair the historic grandstand and other facilities at Belmont Park, a quaint county-owned park along the Red River about 12 miles east of Buxton, N.D.

The park’s shelter needs new roof shingles, posts, guard rail and steps, according to the Traill County Tribune.

Belmont Park is located at what once was known as Frog Point, a major steamboat landing. The park also was the setting for political rallies in the 1940s that attracted as many as 5,000 spectators, according to Ron Peterson, a former county commissioner who is the park’s caretaker.

No border duty for

Kittson Co. sheriff

The Kittson County Commission has denied a request from Sheriff Kenny Hultgren to work for Operation Stonegarden, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security program that employs off-duty local law enforcement officers to beef up border security.

Kittson County is one of 10 counties along that Canadian border in Minnesota and North Dakota that has participated in the program.

The county sheriff’s deputies and local offices have been part of it. However, the county questions the legality of the sheriff participating in the program, according to an article in Wednesday’s edition of the Kittson County Enterprise.

Weather observer

needed in Warroad

The National Weather Service is searching for a volunteer local weather observer in Warroad, Minn.

According to the Warroad Pioneer, the position was vacated when longtime observer David Landby and his wife, Jane, moved away from the area.

To learn more about the weather service’s Cooperative Observer Program, visit 1.usa.gov/1AkbUXy or contact Mark Ewens at Mark.Ewens@noaa.gov.

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