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MDU natural gas customers and Otter Tail Power Company electric customers will see some reductions in their monthly bills, starting March first.

That’s because the investor-owned utilities have started factoring in the effects of the corporate tax cut passed by Congress and signed by President Trump. Both utilities were granted interim rate increases while their main rate cases were pending before the Public Service Commission.

City of Minot

Minot officials say ground will be broken at the end of March for the first three phases of Minot’s flood control project.

This will include a levee system from the US 83 bypass on the west side of Minot up to the 2nd Avenue Southwest Souris River crossing, near the Moose Lodge. That's about 2 miles of levee. In addition, a half-mile long section of floodwall will be built from Broadway to 3rd Street Northeast.

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Work is continuing on plans for the Red River Valley Water Supply Project.

That project will bring Missouri River Water to the Red River Valley and other areas of Central and Eastern North Dakota in times of drought.

It has a more than $1 billion price tag. And Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney said that price tag can be a bit scary – especially for smaller communities along the route.

"Everyone wants to have drought protection in our state," Mahoney said in an interview. "But it's an investment."

Students to talk 'Envision 2030'

Feb 23, 2018
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The North Dakota Student Association will be holding a discussion on the North Dakota University System’s “Envision 2030” strategic planning process during the Association’s meeting tonight (Friday, 2/23) in Wahpeton.

Kaleb Dschaak is a student at UND – and is the president of the Student Association. He said System office staff will be on-hand to talk about the process – and how students can have their say.

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The director of North Dakota’s Commerce Department wants the North Dakota University System to put more emphasis on “technology transfer” from the two big research universities.

Jay Schuler told the Board of Higher Education – North Dakota can do better when it comes to having research become commercial. Schuler said other states – like Minnesota and Iowa -- are doing it – and North Dakota has a great potential to do more.

North Dakota among country's "least sinful" states

Feb 22, 2018

Exactly how "sinful" is North Dakota?

According a survey by Wallet Hub, North Dakota is the 2nd least sinful state in the country. Jill Gonzales is an analyst for Wallet Hub, which is a personal finance website. She says the survey measured each state across several scientific metrics in regard to the "seven deadly sins."

Armstrong running for US House

Feb 22, 2018
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A State Senator from Dickinson is seeking the Republican endorsement for North Dakota’s lone US House seat.

Kelly Armstrong is also the former GOP chairman, having resigned that post to run for Congress. Armstrong said he decided to run after incumbent House member Kevin Cramer (R) decided to seek the US Senate nomination.

Bismarck in top 5 of best capital US cities

Feb 22, 2018

North Dakota's capital city is ranked 5th in the country on a list of best state capitals to live in.

F-M Diversion Authority to seek new MN DNR permit

Feb 21, 2018
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The Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority plans to file a new permit application to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for the proposed diversion project next month.

Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney told the Legislature’s interim Water Topics Committee – the application will be filed March 9th.

"The reason we want to get the permit application in is it takes three to six months to get it approved," Mahoney said in an interview after the meeting. "DNR wants us to move forward. We think it's a good sign."

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A former Grand Forks Democratic lawmaker is now a candidate for state Tax Commissioner.

Kylie Overson is the current chair of the Democratic NPL Party. If she gets the nomination, she would be running against GOP incumbent Ryan Rauschenberger.

Overson told reporters the Legislature has mis-managed state spending, turning a strong surplus into a deficit, and blaming local governments for what she called a broken promise to local property taxpayers.