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BISMARCK -- The House Appropriations Committee spent nearly an hour Monday, March 11, questioning leaders at the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University on a bill that would dedicate a portion of Legacy Fund earnings for research at the two schools. The bill, introduced by Sen. Ron Sorvaag, R-Fargo, would transfer 15 percent of Legacy Fund earnings to an economic diversification research fund that would support work by UND and NDSU. The fund would be capped at $45 million. The bill has already passed the Senate with a 43-4 vote.
BISMARCK -- Support for increased research dollars for the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University was high as the presidents of the universities spoke to the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Capitol. Senate Bill 2282, introduced by Sen. Ron Sorvaag, R-Fargo, would transfer 15 percent of Legacy Fund earnings to an economic diversification research fund that would support work by UND and NDSU.
BISMARCK — University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy says he is “excited” about a bill backed by legislative leaders that could bolster research and economic development in North Dakota for years to come. Senate Bill 2282 would transfer 15 percent of Legacy Fund earnings to an economic diversification research fund that would support work by UND and North Dakota State University.
BISMARCK — Combined North Dakota University System and student spending was almost $1.9 billion in fiscal year 2017, creating a total economic impact of $5.3 billion, according to a new report from the North Dakota State University department of agribusiness and applied economics. The report, compiled by two NDSU professors, is similar to studies conducted in reports going back to 1999. The report breaks down the various economic impacts both on a state and local level. It also includes the economic impacts of both direct and secondary expenditures.
MERRIFIELD, N.D. — High winds during Friday morning's thunderstorms caused multiple grain bins to be torn off their foundations in Merrifield, N.D., 9 miles southwest of Grand Forks. Five grain bins, owned by Dan Altepeter, were blown down and rolled into the road and a line of trees Friday morning. The bins had to be moved off of the road to allow vehicles through the area.
It may be the middle of April, but spring just refuses to stick around for southwest North Dakota. The National Weather Service is expecting another round of winter weather beginning Thursday evening and heading into Saturday morning.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- A Southwest District Court judge upheld a petition to seize animals from a Dickinson man on Wednesday, March 21, at the Stark County Courthouse. Stark County Sheriff Deputy Matt Keesler, with the department's civil division, said the department received allegations of neglected animals on March 14. He, accompanied by the state veterinarian and another individual, took photos of the horses owned by Dennis "Rocky" Armbrust on March 15.
DICKINSON, N.D. — While Houston and part of Texas is overflowing with water and flooding, hundreds of thousands of acres in western Montana are engulfed by wildfires. More than 30 large wildfires were burning in the state as of Thursday afternoon, Sept. 7, causing "major concern," said Angela Wells, fire information officer for the Montana Department of Natural Resources. A large wildfire is any fire over 100 acres.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK, N.D.—After battling a wildfire near the Little Missouri National Grassland for the past nine days, firefighters faced two blazes in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park on Tuesday, July 18. The Jones Creek Fire near the north boundary of the South Unit was estimated late Monday to be about 6 to 8 acres, said Eileen Andes, chief of interpretation and public affairs for the park.
BOWMAN, N.D.—Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., spent time speaking with farmers and ranchers in southwest North Dakota Thursday afternoon about challenges they are facing during the ongoing drought. "I feel such an incredible sense of urgency and panic for these families and these ranchers, and they're not getting their answers quickly enough," Heitkamp said at the Bowman Auction Market. "For me, it's getting out here, talking, finding out how we can help."