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BISMARCK — A controversial wind farm proposal is moving after a new developer purchased the project. A spokesperson for NextEra Energy Resources said the company intends for the 70-turbine project to be in Emmons and/or Logan counties "to take advantage of synergies" with the company's Emmons-Logan Wind Energy Center, which is under construction. No exact location has yet been determined for the project, however.
BISMARCK - Proposed administrative rules for North Dakota's disputed cottage foods law are about to enter the oven. The North Dakota State Health Council will review the proposed rules at its meeting on Wednesday, May 15. North Dakota's cottage foods law has been in dispute since mid-2018 when cottage food proponents clashed with state health officials over a rule-making process on the 2017 law that expanded direct-to-consumer sales of home baked and canned items.
BISMARCK -- Debating North Dakota's cottage foods law in the recent legislative session came down to canned green beans and botulism. State lawmakers in 2017 passed sweeping legislation that expanded direct-to-consumer sales of mostly home baked and canned items. A bill meant to clarify legislative intent and definitions in that law failed in the Legislature's final days this year. Now, the state Department of Health is reviving a rule-making process that paused in 2018 after cottage food proponents objected.
BISMARCK — Rep. Bill Tveit, R-Hazen, said Tuesday he'd received 232 emails about Senate Bill 2315, the so-called "trespass bill." By Wednesday, he couldn't even guess. "The number has grown, but I've lost count," Tveit said.
BISMARCK — Landowners and the sculptor of the Enchanted Highway in western North Dakota have settled a dispute involving liability and the lease related to the statuary road's flagship sculpture. In 2017, Seth and Kayla O'Donnell purchased a 28-acre site for an easement to build their house. Included in that acreage was the 5-acre site of "Geese in Flight," the 110-foot tall, 78-ton sculpture off Exit 72 on Interstate 94, at the northern end of the 32-mile Enchanted Highway, a road with several scrap metal sculptures leading to Regent.
Stephanie Hatzenbuhler says calving has been better than expected this year, but it's no picnic. "You have to kind of play along with Mother Nature, what's she's giving you and from past experience, what happens," she said. Hatzenbuhler and her family run Diamond J Angus west of Mandan. Calving has been a lot of work this year. Extreme cold in late January led to increasing checks on cows from every two hours to every hour.
North Dakota House members killed a bill Monday, March 25, for a revolving loan fund aimed as supplementary to "Operation Prairie Dog" for infrastructure projects. The House voted down Senate Bill 2275, which had unanimously passed the Senate, 55-34. Bill carrier Rep. Jeff Delzer, R-Underwood, expressed concern for covering the bill's bond issue of up to $500 million for 30 years. "I don't know how we can sit here and say that we want to commit that kind of cost to future legislatures when we don't know what our options are going to be at that time," Delzer said.
BISMARCK -- Gov. Doug Burgum has signed off on "Operation Prairie Dog." House Bill 1066, now made law, adds new "buckets" to the state funds filled from oil tax revenue, to be distributed throughout North Dakota for city, county, township and airport infrastructure projects. Money would first be available for projects in the summer of 2021, according to Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, who helped develop the bill.
BISMARCK - North Dakota House members approved the so-called "Operation Prairie Dog" on Wednesday, sending the popular proposal to the Senate. House Bill 1066 passed in an 80-12 vote after nearly an hour of floor debate among 15 lawmakers voicing support and opposition, with some fierce comments over the intent of the bill. The bill reached the floor after amendments and work from two House committees.
BISMARCK - North Dakota lawmakers heard passionate and even tearful testimony on Thursday, Feb. 7, in opposition to a bill that would tighten the state's cottage foods law. Sen. Jerry Klein, R-Fessenden, told the Senate Agriculture Committee that Senate Bill 2269 seeks "consistency and conformity" since a rule-making process brought nothing forth after cottage food proponents clashed with the state Department of Health following 2017 legislation that expanded direct sales of mostly home baked and canned items.