Jessica Holdman / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK — It wasn't built as a fertilizer plant but, as of this year, Dakota Gasification Co.'s Great Plains Synfuels Plant is one. Negotiating its new role as regional fertilizer tycoon in its inaugural season was something of a trial by fire — but one the company aims to learn from and improve upon as it takes on the task of supplying farmers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana with the nitrogen source they need.
BISMARCK—A small sphere no bigger than a golf ball but filled with sensors, the Piper is inserted at one end of an underground pipeline. It flows along with whatever liquid the pipeline in carrying — crude oil, brine. Acoustic sensors listen for possible leaks. Pressure, temperature, acceleration, rotation of the Piper are all measured and deposits clogging the pipeline can be identified. It can even create a "pressure profile," allowing companies to determine where best to tie in new lengths of pipe.
BISMARCK—Great River Energy aims for 50 percent of its power to come from renewable sources within the next 12 years. A proposed wind farm in south central North Dakota would be a large component of the Minnesota-based cooperative to get there. The GRE board approved the initiative and announced the new goal Wednesday, June 6, at its annual meeting. "Great River Energy has already met Minnesota's 25 percent renewable energy standard eight years ahead of requirements," Great River Energy President CEO David Saggau said in a statement.
BISMARCK — All of North Dakota's 31,000 registered businesses are being asked about their workforce needs as part of a statewide survey announced Friday, June 1, by the governor and state Workforce Development Council. "Every community we've been in has needed workers," said Gov. Doug Burgum, adding the survey is an effort to develop state policy that could help companies in filling those needs. The survey is being distributed amid 2.6 percent unemployment statewide, a recorded 14,400 open jobs in the state and a tighter jobs market nationwide.
BISMARCK—Workforce recruiting has moved to the forefront in western portions of the state, North Dakota Petroleum Council President Ron Ness said in his opening remarks for the 26th Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck on Tuesday. Job Service North Dakota is on the ground and trying to help out as it participated in four job fairs last week, said Cindy Sanford of the agency's Williston office. During one of the job fairs, a company hired 22 of 40 people who approached their recruiters.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board unanimously suspended the peace officer license of a former Burleigh County sheriff's deputy accused of stealing and selling evidence from local drug cases. Kerry Komrosky's license was suspended pending the outcome of his criminal case in South Central District Court. The former deputy is charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor — possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, two charges of theft of property and possession of drug paraphernalia.
BISMARCK -- Warm weather has sent farmers in the region rushing into the fields. But with so many producers from multiple states all starting operations at the same time, farmers are finding it more difficult to get the fertilizer they need.
BISMARCK—MDU Resources Group Inc. CEO Dave Goodin touted the company's improved economic performance and predictions for continued success during the corporation's annual shareholder meeting in Bismarck on Tuesday, May 8. In the first quarter of 2018, the company had earnings of $41.9 million, or 22 cents per share, compared to first quarter 2017 earnings of $35.5 million.
BISMARCK—Proponents of legalizing recreational marijuana use are about 2,500 signatures away from requirements for a measure to be placed on the November ballot. The measure needs 13,452 valid, qualified signatures to go to a vote, according to the North Dakota Secretary of State's office.
ANAMOOSE, N.D. — Borscht made from homegrown beets, local potato pierogies and pasta sauce made with heirloom tomatoes grace the lunch counter at FARMtastic Heritage Food Hub on Main Street in Anamoose. "The food is just incredible because the ingredients are incredible," said founder Mirek Petrovic. The food hub has been open for about a month, and Petrovic said it's been well received, serving daily lunch specials and baked goods.