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The president of the Lignite Energy Council says the new EPA Clean Power Plan doesn’t take into account the efforts already made by individual states to cut back on carbon emissions.

Jason Bohrer told the Legislature’s interim Energy Development and Transmission Committee the EPA seems to have based a lot of its goals using older, East Coast coal fired power plants. And he says North Dakota’s lignite plants are different.

Vogel registers exploratory committee for Governor

Nov 24, 2015

Former North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Sarah Vogel has registered an “exploratory committee” with the Secretary of State, as she considers running for the Democratic nomination for Governor.

Vogel says the committee actually came to her.

"They're all people I know, some for years," Vogel said. "They've formed a committee. So what do you do then? And they want to give me money. Really, the only way one can do it appropriately, is to have a registered committee."

As Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem throws his hat into the ring for the Republican nomination for Governor, the already-annoucned candidate for the nomination says he will be able to show the differences between himself and Stenehjem.

Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck) says he's the "most conservative" of the candidates running for Governor. He says one difference is private sector experience.

The big 2011 Missouri River flood caused riverbank erosion – and that affected the Double Ditch Indian Village, north of Bismarck.

The site is an important one for the Mandan Indians, in terms of trade on the Missouri.

"The following year -- 2012 -- we noticed the beginning of the slumping," said Fern Swenson with the State Historical Society of North Dakota. "At that point, we knew we needed to contact some people and seek some funding, in order for us to be able to stabilize this very important site.

55 eighth grade girls from Bismarck’s three middle schools have been chosen to be part of a new “Stepping into STEM” program.

“STEM” stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

"We're looking at some of these exciting opportunities for these young women and women in industry who are entering some of our non-traditional career fields for women," said Bismarck Public Schools career advisor Laura Henkelman.

Brian Beehler is the assistant principal of the Bismarck Public Schools’ Career and Tech Center. He says industry wants more women in STEM-related jobs.

PSC okays site plan for Rolette wind farm

Nov 19, 2015
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The Public Service Commission has approved the siting plan for a new 100 megawatt wind farm to be located in Rolette County.

The Rolette Wind Energy Project is to be built south of the city of Rolette. It would use no more than 59 wind turbines.

The PSC held a second formal hearing on the wind farm – because of concerns about bald eagles in the area. That issue arose after a dead eagle was found beneath a turbine in the Bison wind farm in Mercer County.

Everyone knows North Dakota is an oil state. But it’s the state’s coal industry that’s feeling the heat from the federal Clean Power Plan, which targets carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Under the final version of the plan, North Dakota will have to cut its emissions by 45 percent – more any other state except Montana.

So it’s not surprising many North Dakotans feel they are being singled out for harsh treatment.

Kroshus running for GOP nod as state auditor

Nov 17, 2015
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

There will be a race for the GOP nomination for state auditor.

Former Bismarck Tribune publisher Brian Kroshus (craw-shush) has announced he wants the job. Kroshus is a Fargo native and a graduate of NDSU.  At a Bismarck news conference, Kroshus said the state auditor’s job has a lot of facets.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The state Health Department is holding a series of meetings on the EPA’s new Clean Power Plan.

That plan would require North Dakota to reduce carbon emissions 45 percent by 2030. And experts believe that could lead to coal mines closing – and some coal-fired power plants shutting down.

Dave Glatt of the state Health Department’s Environmental Division says the state is working on this issue on a number of fronts.


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