Professional paleontologists from the N.D. Geological Survey are leading groups of amateurs on a week-long fossil dig in the Pembina Gorge in the state's northeast corner. It's one of four digs open to the public throughout the state. On Saturday, the first day, the amateurs found the bones of a mosasaur, a large marine reptile.
When Dick and Judith Johnson opened Frost Fire Ski and Snowboard Area on Christmas Day in 1976, they were convinced the picturesque setting — on the west slope of the scenic Pembina River Gorge — provided an opportunity for small business success.
For 62 horse riders from the surrounding area, this holiday weekend was the time to gather for the Walhalla Ridge Riders Saddle Club two-day fall trail ride near North Dakota’s Pembina Gorge.
Kim Johnson, president of the club, said this is the 23rd year for the event that has attracted riders from South Dakota, the Twin Cities and many parts of the Red River Valley.
The Pembina Gorge and the Tetrault Woods State Forest are areas of great natural beauty and are important resources to the state of North Dakota and the region. Recognition of these special qualities and the environmental sensitivity of the area have been important elements in the planning for construction of TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline. In fact, it was recognition of this sensitivity that prompted TransCanada, the State Forest Service and others to call for use of horizontal drilling to install the pipeline in this area rather than traditional open trenching.
One-time federal spending can boost the quality of life without unduly inflating government. The Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Greenway has served that purpose. Bike trails elsewhere in eastern North Dakota, especially the Pembina Gorge, would do the same.
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