TIOGA, N.D. -- All but 55 customers of Montana-Dakota Utilities customers in Tioga had their natural gas service restored by 3 p.m. Wednesday after a citywide outage the day before. Tioga is a city of about 1,600 residents in northwestern North Dakota, about 40 miles east of Williston.
BISMARCK -- The severity of the drought lessened considerably during the past week as rain helped to mitigate dry conditions throughout North Dakota, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor. However, nearly the entire state remains abnormally dry, and the severest category, exceptional drought, increased slightly from .39 percent to .41 percent in the northwest corner of the state as compared to last week.
MEDORA, N.D. -- Two fires in Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s South Unit are 90 percent contained, and all trails have reopened. A crew of three continues to monitor the burned areas, but all other firefighting resources have been released, said Eileen Andes, chief of interpretation and public affairs. “We’re just keeping an eye on things to make sure they're really out,” Andes said.
BISMARCK -- Areas of severe and extreme drought expanded this past week as excessive heat depleted soil moisture and further stressed rain-fed crops, pastures and rangelands, according to the United States Drought Monitor. In North Dakota, extreme drought conditions increased from 30 percent to nearly 36 percent of the state during the past week. More than half of North Dakota now lies within an area of severe drought.
BISMARCK -- A lively discussion is expected Thursday morning when a Devils Lake senator’s plan that would make North Dakota like Arizona and decline to move the clock when time shifts to daylight saving time will be heard in a committee.. Republican Sen. Dave Oehlke has introduced a bill that would not only decline the one-hour time shift forward in spring and back in fall, it also would put the entire state on Central time and do away with Mountain time altogether in those southwestern counties where it still remains.
ST. ANTHONY, N.D. — Driving around rural Morton County south of Mandan, there is an air of unease. People look into each other's cars. Private security officers for Dakota Access Pipeline peer down the road with binoculars. Sheriff's deputies drive their cars down paths usually reserved for pickups and tractors. "We just want everything to go back to normal," said Chuck Stevens, an oil field worker who lives in St. Anthony, a town in the center of many of the recent pipeline protests.
BISMARCK – Nearly 20 North Dakota dairy producers will receive some relief from lowpriced milk. In May and June, the price of corn, soybeans and alfalfa was on the rise. At the same time, the price of milk went down as school let out for summer.
HETTINGER, N.D. -- ALLETE Clean Energy has sold a wind farm, located on 10,000 acres near Hettinger, to Montana-Dakota Utilities , after finishing construction on the project in December. Hettinger is in far southwest North Dakota, near the South Dakota border. The 107-megawatt, 43-turbine project sold for $200 million and will generate enough electricity to power about 30,000 homes.