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REGIONAL ROUNDUP: Hallock canola plant to expand

Hallock canola plant to expand

The Northstar Agri Industries canola processing plant in Hallock, Minn., is planning to increase production by 40 percent, add storage capacity and hire a few more workers, according the Kittson County Enterprise.

The newspaper said Wednesday that plant manager Matt Kuzel is worried about where new workers will live. Current workers are already “widely dispersed” and driving long distances to the plant, he said. The expansion project will require housing for about 150, he said.

Feedlot irks some in Norman County

The Sundal Township board in Norman County has voted on a 12-month moratorium on feedlots after residents expressed concerns over a proposed new feedlot, according to the Fertile Journal.

The newspaper said Wednesday that Protein Sources is interested in building two buildings each the size of a football field to house 2,400 sows producing 2,600 piglets a week.

At a meeting last month, resident Margaret Cuellar, wondered if laws on the book offer enough protection.

Several other townships have also discussed moratoriums, including Spring Creek, Strand and Waukon.

Grafton camp says revenues are up

Pipeline workers are helping the Leistikow Park Campground in Grafton, N.D., increase its revenue significantly this year compared to the same period a year ago, according to the Walsh County Record.

The newspaper said Wednesday that revenue was up 322 percent to $25,300. Rain and flooding last year dampened the financials, but even compared to 2012, revenues were still up 67 percent.

Grafton parks director Bill Dahl said there are also more campsites to rent.

Park River schools priorities identified

Consultants have told the Park River Area School District that its top priorities should include increasing programming and staffing, adding more space and improving security, according to the Walsh County Press.

The newspaper said Wednesday that Superintendent Kirk Ham said many issues brought up by FJJ Solutions as part of a state-mandated planning process had come up earlier in other discussions.

FJJ said the district lacks an art curriculum, tech coordinator, elementary councilor and space in the elementary school. Entrances are also not secure and there are safety concerns in the area where children are picked up and dropped off.

Kittson County vets memorial moving along

Kittson County is getting closer to having its own veterans memorial, according to the Kittson County Enterprise.

The newspaper said July 9 that the county has made available land along U.S. Highway 59 in Lake Bronson. The memorial will include the U.S., state and POW/MIA flags, and four black granite monuments inscribed with the names of service members killed while on duty.

The memorial committee continues to raise funds for the project, including selling paving stones at a cost of $50, $100 and $150 depending on size.

Nelson Co. seeks hazard plan input

Nelson County is asking residents for help with its hazard mitigation plan, according to the Lakota American.

The newspaper said Wednesday that county Emergency Management is inviting residents to a public meeting at 7 p.m. July 30 at the Nelson County Courthouse in Lakota, N.D.

Emergency Manager Sharon Young said residents see the effects of flooding, rural fires, tornadoes and hazardous material spills and would be able to offer good input.

Dean-to-be resigns from Crookston HS

Crookston High School Activities Director Don Donarski, who was expected to become full-time dean of students, is resigning, according to the Crookston Daily Times.

The newspaper said Tuesday the dean position hasn’t been full time since it was eliminated by budget cuts a few years ago. Superintendent Chris Bates told the Daily Times he’ll probably recommend a half-time dean after all this.