Jessica Holdman / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK — Organizers are considering a second fundraising campaign to cover landscaping costs at the new Governor’s Residence after closing their initial building campaign $113,000 short of their goal. When lawmakers decided to OK the construction of the new residence in 2015, they allowed for up to $5 million in spending on the project — $4 million from the Capitol Building Trust Fund and $1 million in private donations.
BISMARCK — Rather than a valued icon of history, Peaceful Valley Ranch in Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s South Unit had become an exhibit of the National Park System's aging infrastructure — a piece of the state's lore North Dakotans would hate to lose. “It’s an iconic building and campus area,” said Park Superintendent Wendy Ross. “People love that old ranch feeling they get when they go into the South Unit.”
MANDAN, N.D. — Brenda Austin was worried when her son, Casey, told her he planned to work in the Bakken oilfield in early 2013. “Don’t worry. I’ll be in a safe spot,” he told her when he left their Mandan home for a job at a Minot-based company that provided on-site water recycling for the industry.
BISMARCK — Kasha Nels made a quick Kmart run Friday, Oct. 19, before picking her kids up from school. They're out of toilet paper. Proximity has made the retailer a convenient stop for Nels when she needs a household item or two. But depending on pressure from lenders, that may not be the case much longer.
MANDAN, N.D.—Mandan Police is reporting one of its officers was involved in a shooting in southeast Mandan on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 9. Deputy Chief Jason Bier said in an email the suspect was taken to a local hospital for treatment and the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave. The incident took place at 3:15 p.m. The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation will be handling the investigation, Bier said.
BISMARCK—North Dakota's largest farm organization has its doubts over passage of a new Farm bill after the elections. "They should get the farm bill done," said North Dakota Farmers Union President Mark Watne. "We're really concerned if they don't get something passed before the election the pressure to get something done goes away."
BISMARCK — State legislators who are volunteer emergency personnel or who work with them think a proposal for free license plates is a nice gesture, but consider the money better spent in other ways. "There probably isn't a bigger unsung hero than the local volunteer EMS provider and firefighter," said Rep. Todd Porter, R-Mandan. Porter is the founder of Metro Area Ambulance, and while he and his employees aren't volunteers, they do work with a lot of them in the surrounding areas.
BISMARCK—When more than 500 human resources professionals were asked if their company had a job opening, hands went up all over a conference room in Bismarck. North Dakota Job Service reports 14,500 online open job postings in the state. Gov. Doug Burgum estimated that number is closer to 30,000 as he wrapped up the Governor's Workforce and Human Resources Conference this week. Filling those jobs requires companies pitching candidates on why they should want to live in their communities in addition to why they should want to work for their company, according to Burgum.
BISMARCK — Within the next year, "cultured" meat — made from animal muscle and fat cells in a lab rather than coming from slaughtered livestock — could hit the market and the beef industry is expressing concern over how that product is marketed to consumers. At its annual meeting in Bismarck last week, the North Dakota Stockmen's Association approved a policy initiative aimed at guarding against deceptive labeling.
BISMARCK — Drought conditions over the past month have been wreaking havoc on corn and soybean crops in central North Dakota. "Earlier in August, I had guys getting concerned about how drought was going to affect their crop yields," said McLean County North Dakota State University Extension Agent Calla Edwards. As harvest grows nearer for late season crops, Edwards said it looks like soybeans and corn are being affected.