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DICKINSON, N.D.—The North Dakota Department of Health received mixed comments at a public hearing Wednesday night about a proposed oil refinery that would be built on the fringes of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The majority of public comments veered negative, with a number of residents of the Belfield area and citizens from as far away as Bismarck and Grand Forks voicing concerns about the long-term air quality impacts that the proposed refinery would have as well as the damage it could cause to the views, wildlife and overall health of the park.
Though the snow glitters with ice, Kyle Kline crosses it in near silence. Cutting a narrow path through the snow, he moves steadily across the windswept grassland, snow drifts at times swallowing his legs up to the knee. The morning sun is high—he's been hunting coyotes for a few hours now, and so far, has nothing to show for it but a single wasted bullet. Hunting is a patient sport, but the anticipation is high—something has to come through at this stand.
DICKINSON, N.D. — As this year's farm bill continues to take shape, the question of what impact it will have on area farmers looms large. A presentation at this year's Diversity, Direction and Dollars agriculture forum in Dickinson on Jan. 4 by Bradley Lubben, Extension assistant professor and policy specialist for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, suggested that any proposed legislation will be tasked with doing a lot with little money.
DICKINSON, N.D.—Once again, the Coyote Classic is coming to Dickinson, marking the 16th year of the two-day coyote hunting tournament, which will award cash and prizes to the team who can bag the most coyotes. "There's a lot of strategy (involved), that's why people like to do it," said Terri Thiel, executive director of the Dickinson Convention and Visitors Bureau. "It's a challenge. There's a lot of walking, and it's cold, cold, cold."
BISMARCK—North Dakota's Department of Mineral Resources believes 2018 will be a lot like 2017 when it comes to North Dakota energy. That isn't a bad thing, because 2017 ended on a high note with increased oil production toward the end of the year.
MEDORA, N.D. — During discussions last week with Meridian Energy Inc. about the proposed Davis Refinery in Billings County, North Dakota Public Service Commission officials said they want the refinery subject to its siting requirements, even though the refinery does not need to do so at its current estimated output.
DICKINSON, N.D. — The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation has welcomed three new members to its Board of Trustees, including the wife of direct descendant Theodore Roosevelt V, to lend their expertise and vision to the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library project. "While I don't speak for my family members, I can say that as the mother of three of Theodore Roosevelt's great-great-great-grandchildren, I am passionate about preserving the president's wonderful legacy," Serena Torrey Roosevelt said in an email interview.
DICKINSON, N.D.—The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation Board voted unanimously to empower its leadership to look into alternative sites for the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library, in light of a new, large donor. Wally Goulet, the foundation's CEO, described the situation as a "friendly takeover" during an online board meeting. "When you have a donor of the potential size that we have, I liken it to a friendly takeover in the corporate world," he said. "They get to at least call some shots on (possible locations)."
DICKINSON, N.D. — The need for water in western North Dakota's Bakken region during the oil boom was unprecedented—and research into the impacts of that water use will likely influence future oil development across the nation and the world, according to a North Dakota State University study.
DICKINSON, N.D. — The Bakken oil boom provided a huge influx of money to North Dakota, but the cost of that success was absorbed by so-called "Hub Cities," whose request for more aid is under scrutiny. The problem is the need for more state funds critical to the cities to be able to pay off the debts for the boom.