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On Vision West ND's Agenda: Ferries and Drones

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A regional planning organization in western North Dakota is looking at ferry service across Lake Sakakawea.

The ferry would cross the lake in the Twin Buttes area.

Vision West ND is a planning consortium made up of 19 western North Dakota counties, the Three Affiliated Tribes and some other government groups. The consortium's Deb Nelson said the project is now a part of the tribal government’s transportation plan – and she said that will help the proposal fly.

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When Governor Doug Burgum announced he would like to see North Dakota reach an oil production level of two-Million barrels a day it was more of an aspiration than a goal. Reporter Todd McDonald has details…

The family of Olivia Lone Bear of Newtown, North Dakota is now offering a $10,000 reward for information on her disappearance.

The reward was posted on a Facebook page "Searching for Olivia Lone Bear."  The 32-year-old mother of five has been missing since October 24th when she was last seen leaving a bar near New Town in a teal colored Chevrolet Silverado, extended cab pickup with North Dakota license plate 8-3-9 B-R-C.  Family, law enforcement and volunteers have conducted large scale searches for Lone Bear, focused on the Fort Berthold Reservation, including Lake Sakakawea. 

TransCanada Corp. said its Keystone pipeline has leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota.

The company said crews shut down the pipeline this Thursday morning after a drop in pressure was detected resulting from an oil leak that's under investigation. The section of pipe near the Ludden pump station in Marshall County, South Dakota, has been isolated and the company says emergency response procedures were activated.

Wind power still 'hot' in ND

Nov 17, 2017
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North Dakota’s Public Service Commissioners belive there is still a lot of interest in building wind power facilities in North Dakota.

The PSC this week worked on expanding three already-approved wind power projects, and is considering another one.

Commissioner Brian Kroshus said there’s no question it is being driven by the federal production tax credit – which is set to expire soon.

"When we visit with companies, they've indicated the expiring PTCs are playing a part in bringing this wind on line as quickly as they can," Kroshus said.

Oil movement by rail ticked up slightly in Sept.

Nov 17, 2017

Shipments of oil by rail ticked up a little during the month of September.

The oil was shipped to East Coast refineries.

The amount of Bakken crude shipped by rail has been dropping because of pipeline infrastructure – most notably the Dakota Access Pipeline.

North Dakota Pipeline Authority director Justin Kringstad said in September oil companies were dealing with the after affects of hurricanes.

"Hurricane Maria impacted deliveries of oil to the East Coast," Kringstad said. "The PADD 1 refineries are fully geared to handle Bakken crude deliveries by rail."

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In collaboration with Fargo-Cass Public Health, school districts across Cass County will soon be equipped with Narcan, and trained staff members to administer the overdose antidote. Health Officer, Doctor John Baird says there has never been a reported overdose at a school building in the County. But…

       “…Well there are drugs in our community and the schools are part of our community. And so it’s just one more effort that we’re making to try to address the problem.”

ND Department of Mineral Resources

Oil production in September ticked up again.

Production that month went back over 1.1 million barrels a day.

"It's been a year and a half since we saw production over 1.1 million barrels a day," said North Dakota Mineral Resources director Lynn Helms in his monthly "Director's Cut" report. "The last time was March of 2016."

But natural gas production dropped slightly, meaning more gas was flared.

"That hasn't happened since November, 2014," Helms said.

Gate City Bank presents check to Emergency Food Pantry

Nov 15, 2017

Gate City Bank has donated over a million reusable shopping bags since 2007, and the bank marked the occasion by giving back to its community.

Gate City Bank President Steve Swiontek says each bag donated takes 700 plastic shopping bags out of circulation. That means with over a million reusable bags donated, over 700 million plastic bags have been kept from entering the environment.

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A planning consortium that consists of 19 Western North Dakota counties, the Three Affiliated Tribes and various other government and private organizations affected by oil development, has won a 2017 Bush Foundation prize for Community Innovation.

Vision West ND was set up to address the impacts oil development brought to that area. The consortium’s Deb Nelson said the issues ranged from transportation and housing – to day care.

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About a month ago, President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency. He's spent a lot of time talking about the severity of the drug crisis. But he's spent less time outlining the specific steps he'll take to fight it. Today, a White House analysis declared that the true cost of the opioid epidemic in 2015 was more than half a trillion dollars.

The Department of Justice is suing to block AT&T's purchase of Time Warner, legally challenging a $85 billion deal that would give the telecom giant control of a media empire including CNN, Warner Brothers, HBO, and other major media brands.

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen today announced that she will resign from the Federal Reserve Board once her successor, Jerome Powell, is sworn in.

Yellen is the first woman to serve as Fed chair. While her term as Fed chair ends in February, Yellen could have stayed on the board until 2024, serving out her 14-year term as a Fed governor. Instead she'll follow the practice of previous Fed leaders and leave the board once Powell becomes chairman.

After Hurricane Harvey, some Texas residents, politicians and scientists are wondering whether the whole U.S. system for predicting floods is any good.

The storm's deluge flooded parts of southeast Texas that had rarely, or never, been underwater before. Some areas got more than 50 inches of rain in a few days. "When the numbers started coming in it was a little scary," says Matt Zeve, the director of operations for the Harris County Flood Control District, which includes Houston.

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Capital Gallery Anniversary ~ Clean Comedian Kent Rader ~ News Chat ~ Matt's Movie Reviews

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