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LINTON, N.D. —Leo Kuntz was a lifelong bachelor. He lived alone on the family ranch in Emmons County and tended a large herd of horses whose very existence was his greatest achievement. The horses came to be called Nokotas, a name Leo coined to signify the North Dakota horse, which was named the honorary state equine in 1993. Kuntz scraped by, never spending money on himself, saving every penny to care for a herd of Nokota horses that grew over the years to number more than 200 on his ramshackle ranch.
FARGO—Xcel Energy broke ground on the 150-megawatt Foxtail Wind project in southeastern North Dakota on Thursday, July 9. The project will have the capacity to provide electricity for 80,000 homes. The groundbreaking marked the start of a project that is part of a push by Xcel to grow its wind generation by 1,850 megawatts, which represents a 70-percent expansion of its wind portfolio. Foxtail, which is located near Ellendale, a 144 miles southeast of Fargo, will sprawl over 35,000 acres, 99 percent of which will remain available for farming, according to Xcel.
FARGO—Economic activity edged up in North Dakota in July as the region continued a long expansionary run, but retaliatory trade tariffs threaten to erode farm exports and boost manufacturing costs. Almost two-thirds of firms surveyed for the Mid-America Business Conditions Index reported that recent tariffs or trade restrictions have had, or will have, a negative impact on their company. Similarly, 46.8 percent of supply managers indicated recent tariffs have increased the cost of buying from abroad.
FARGO—Cass County commissioners are debating whether to seek back taxes from rural residents whose applications for a farm-home property tax exemption have been denied. The possible crackdown came up in a discussion at the Cass County Commission meeting on Wednesday, July 18, when commissioners were briefed on the results of an audit of farm-home exemptions, expected to conclude this fall.
WEST FARGO — Farmers will rally at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds on Wednesday, June 27, hours before President Donald Trump will stump for Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., who is trying to unseat Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., in the North Dakota Senate race. The rally, organized by the North Dakota Farmers Union and others, is not billed as a protest, but seeks to draw attention to issues confronting farmers, including trade disputes and a potential decrease in an ethanol production benchmark, which would decrease demand for corn.
CASSELTON, N.D.—Jim and Michael Howe are a father-and-son team whose farm has been in the family for five generations and once was part of the vast Oliver Dalrymple bonanza farm and holdings of the Great Northern Railroad. The Howe family has seen lots of changes over a time span that exceeds a century. Jim's father, George, got into the seed business in 1951 because the cattle industry was faltering, launching Howe Seed Farms.
FARGO—Stacked pallets filled with bags of malt line the back of Drekker Brewing Co. here and a fermenting aroma vaguely reminiscent of baking bread perfumed the brew house. The pleasant smell was a mild distraction as Mark Bjornstad, Drekker's co-founder, explained the crucial role of malt as a key ingredient in brewing beer.
BISMARCK — The State Board of Higher Education has given the green light for North Dakota State University backers to launch fundraising drives for major campus building proposals, including a $60 million agriculture center and a $37.2 million indoor practice facility.
BISMARCK — North Dakota State University is proposing a slate of building projects and renovations, including a $60 million agricultural products development center and a $37.2 million multi-sport indoor practice facility. The projects, all given unanimous support on Tuesday, May 15, by the budget committee of the State Board of Higher Education, will require the approval of the full board and, in some cases, the North Dakota Legislature, to proceed. But Tuesday's recommendations, if adopted, mean private fundraising efforts for the projects can begin.
FARGO—Concealed by his cowboy hat, the three-inch scar on Brady Jandreau's head serves as a reminder of the day his professional rodeo career came to an abrupt end—the day he almost died. Jandreau was thrown from a bronco during a rodeo inside the Fargodome on April 1, 2016. His foot got caught in the stirrup, tethering him to the horse, which stepped on the right side of his head. Jandreau remained conscious throughout the ordeal.