RURAL REFLECTIONS Letter to Dave
I love the change of seasons. I am a sucker for introspection and there is no better time to take stock than when one season hands the baton to the next. I will spend the f... Posted on 10/27/12 at 2:05 AM
STAFF BLOG COMPASS POINTS WITH BRAD DOKKEN Marshall County park receives grant for improvements
Florian Park in Marshall County of northwest Minnesota has received a $166,000 grant from the Department of Natural Resources through the agencys Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program.
The DNR this w... Posted on 1/12/12 at 2:43 PM
A small patch of prairie sits largely unnoticed off a desolate road in southwestern South Dakota, tucked amid gently rolling hills and surrounded by dilapidated structures and hundreds of gravesites — many belonging to Native Americans massacred more than a century earlier.
Farmers Myron Hanson and Troy Coons miss the rural North Dakota they used to know. That’s why they’re volunteering their time at the state Capitol this legislative session to advocate for farmers and ranchers who are being significantly affected by the oil boom.
Today is the deadline for American Indians to apply for their share of
the second installment of the Cobell settlement with the federal
government, a $3.4 billion redress of faulty U.S. handling of Indian
lands and money over many years.
One of the country's poorest Native American tribes wants to buy a historically significant piece of land where 300 of their ancestors were killed, but tribal leaders say the nearly $4 million price tag for a property appraised at less than $7,000 is just too much.
After decades of requiring developers to dedicate land for park use, Grand Forks officials are looking at reworking the policy in hopes of spurring city growth. The law requires developers to set aside 8 percent of a residential development for parks or pay 8 percent of the land’s value to the park district.
Steven Johnson has been involved in area agriculture for 40 years. But he’s never seen anything like the current boom in farmland sales and prices.
“It’s very strong,” says Johnson, president of Fargo, N.D.-based Johnson Auction & Realty.
Private landowners are reaping billions of dollars in royalties each year from the boom in natural gas drilling, transforming lives and livelihoods even as the windfall provides only a modest boost to the broader economy.
U.S. government officials said Tuesday they are launching a $1.9 billion Native American land buyback program now that a nearly 17-year lawsuit over more than a century's worth of mismanaged trust royalties is settled.
In what could be a state record for the per-acre value of farmland, an 80-acre parcel in North Dakota’s Walsh County sold for $800,000, or a whopping $10,000 per acre, at public auction Thursday in Grand Forks.
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