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The state Agriculture Department is again asking gardeners to donate extra fruits and vegetables to help the hungry in North Dakota.

It’s the Hunger Free North Dakota project.

"We have farmers, we have fruit and vegetable growers out there," said state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. "We have gardeners. We have those with maybe just a window box, or planters pots, that they're just growing a little bit of fruits and vegetables. This is an opportunity for them to get involved."

SBA head visits ND entrepeneurs

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The administrator of the Small Business Administration is in North Dakota for a few days.

"You (North Dakota) have the lowest unemployment rate around," said Maria Contreras-Sweet. "That's very heartening. So we're here to meet with entrepreneurs to see how they're doing, and to find out what you've learned, so we can take those lessons across the country."

Tom Isern Essay: "Good Dog"

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Merrill Piepkorn on Singer Bob Peterman

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Chuck Lura on Coralroot Orchids

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Oil company receives 6-month flaring exemption

Jul 1, 2015

The state Industrial Commission has approved a six month natural gas flaring exemption for an oil company – due to that company’s inability to get some wells connected to a gas gathering pipeline.

It affects several wells in Dunn County.

State mineral resources director Lynn Helms says OneOK – a natural gas processing company – has been unable to get a pipeline easement on a tract of land on the Fort Berthold Reservation.

"It's a very significant pipeline," said Helms. "It would carry 40 million cubic feet a day."

Adams County wind farm moving forward

Jul 1, 2015

A proposed wind farm in Adams County has cleared more regulatory hurdles.

The Public Service Commission has granted MDU an “advanced determination of prudence” and a certificate of “public convenience and necessity” for the Thunder Spirit Wind Farm, to be built near Hettinger. It’s a 107.5 megawatt farm that will use 43 turbines.

Originally, MDU was going to buy the power produced by the wind farm. But the utility decided to actually buy the wind farm itself. The utility says the cost of the power would be about three cents per kilowatt hour.

Members of the North Dakota Public Service Commission say they welcome the US Supreme Court’s decision concerning EPA rules dealing with coal-fired power plants.

The high court says EPA should have taken cost into consideration – when it issued rules dealing with mercury and air toxics.

PSC chairman Julie Fedorchak says it is a step in the right direction.

"It really represents the Supreme Court pulling in the reins on the EPA," said Fedorchak.

Basin Electric welcomes Supreme Court EPA ruling

Jul 1, 2015

Officials with Basin Electric Power Cooperative say they’re happy with the US Supreme Court’s ruling that the federal EPA didn’t properly take into account the costs for utilities to comply with power plant emissions limits.

Basin’s Steve Tomac says while Basin already implemented compliance on the EPA’s mercury emissions rule, this ruling sets a precedent.

Emily Guerin / Prairie Public

Gay marriage supporters filled the Laughing Sun Brewery in downtown Bismarck on Friday to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the country. Prairie Public’s Emily Guerin dropped by and sent this report.


The brewery was packed with smiling, happy people, rainbow flags in one hand and beers in the other. Sarah Stewart was one of them.


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