JILL SCHRAMM / Minot Daily News
MINOT, N.D. — The weather modification program in western North Dakota is generating a return on the investment, the director of the state Atmospheric Resource Board told officials Monday, Sept. 9, at an Elmer Jesme Conference of Counties meeting in Minot. "The program in North Dakota has been going on for a long time, and I think, based on the evidence, pretty successfully over time. The benefits to agriculture far outweigh the costs," Darin Langerud said.
ESMOND, N.D. — Because every minute is precious in a medical emergency, the Esmond community knew something needed to be done when its ambulance service almost ceased operating early last spring. Faced with potentially waiting 45 minutes or more for a neighboring town's ambulance, community residents came together with a plan. Now they are nearly ready to launch the Esmond Community Quick Response Unit, staffed with certified emergency medical responders. Eight people have just finished an emergency medical response class.
MINOT, N.D.—State Census Director Kevin Iverson said he expects northwest North Dakota's period of out-migration has run its course, based on demographic and economic indicators.
BISMARCK—Cuts to farm programs, particularly crop insurance, in President Trump's proposed $4.4 trillion budget are getting a cool reception from North Dakota's congressional delegation. U.S. Sens. John Hoeven, R-ND, and Heidi Heitkamp, D-ND, as well as Congressman Kevin Cramer, R-ND, say they will work to preserve funding for farm programs as Congress now begins the task of crafting spending legislation.
MINOT, N.D. — Opponents of weather modification in Ward County plan to take their arguments against the program to the county commission during budget deliberations that are just around the corner. Nathan Smith, a Minot-area farmer, said defiance of a county commission directive to suspend operations warrants the dismissal of Ward County Weather Modification Authority members.
MINOT, N.D.—Ward County farmers unhappy with a weather modification program have persuaded the Ward County Commission to seek a halt to cloud seeding for the rest of the year. The commission voted 4-0 on Tuesday to ask the Atmospheric Resource Board to suspend operations in the county this season. The board flies the skies of its member counties to deliver chemicals meant to inhibit hail and promote rain.