Mill reports record profits in FY 2018

Jul 29, 2018

The state Mill and Elevator had record profits in fiscal 2018.

The mill made $14.2 million. That’s a 46 percent increase over the profit in fiscal 2017, which was $9.7 million.

The mill transferred just over $10 million in profits to the state’s general fund. In addition, it transferred just under $710,000 to the Agricultural Products Utilization Fund.

At a stete Industrial Commission meeting, Gov. Doug Burgum congratulated Mill President and CEO Vance Taylor for the successful year.

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Republican Legislative leaders have rolled out an “infrastructure” plan for the 2019 Legislature.

The plan affects the entire state, not just the Oil Patch.

"We want our state to grow," said Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner (R-Dickinson) at a Bismarck news conference. "We need to meet the needs of infrastructure across the state."

The proposal creates three new “buckets” funded through oil taxes: a $115 million county/township infrastructure fund; a $115 million municipal infrastructure fund; and a $50 million airport fund.

Human sex trafficking discussed at U-Mary

Jul 25, 2018
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Members of the Bismarck-Mandan area pastoral community were at the University of Mary (July 24) to talk about Human and Sex Trafficking.

"A lot of people don't realize human trafficking is happening right here in our state," said U-Mary director of the Demand Reduction Program Stacy Schaffer. "And they don't know what to do."

Schaffer said it is very important that individuals are educated, and given tools to allow them to teach their congregations and other people within their communities.

'Ethics measure' will be on the Nov. ballot in ND

Jul 25, 2018

The “North Dakota Anti-Corruption” Constitutional amendment will be on the November ballot.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger has certified the measure. The group “North Dakotans for Public Integrity” needed 26,904 valid signatures to get the measure on the ballot. Jaeger accepted 36,849 signatures as valid.

"We are now in the process of developing strategies to make sure voters throughout the state are well aware of this measure," said group vice-president Ellen Chaffee. "It's a great opportunity to inject some common sense accountability in how state government operates."

Frank Abagnale speaks to Fargo crowd on recognizing scams

Jul 24, 2018

Former scam artist Frank Abagnale says as technology has advanced over the past 40 years, things have only gotten easier for scammers and fraudsters.

North Dakota’s Agriculture Department says it has already received 43 responses to a survey of North Dakota farmers who may have seen crop damage from the herbicide dicamba.

The herbicide is to be used only on resistant crops. But damage from drift has been reported.

The 43 responses involve 20,500 acres of cropland. There have been 41 formal complaints.

The North Dakota Game and Fish department is encouraging anglers to keep fish caught in depths over 25 feet, instead of practicing “catch-and-release.”

"When you catch fish from deeper water, as you bring them up, it's like when a diver gets the bends," said Fisheries Management section leader Scott Gangl. "The change in air pressure could really affect those fish."

Gangl said while some fish could survive, many fish won't.

"Anglers need to be aware of that," Gangl said.

The change in pressure will cause a fish’s swim bladder to expand.

The Bank of North Dakota remains the only state-owned bank in the US.

And Bank President Eric Hardmeyer said he still gets contacts from other states and political subdivisions about it.

"They ask how it works and why it works," Hardmeyer said.

Hardmeyer said what’s driving it is the growing number of states that have legalized either medical or recereational marijuana. Hardmeyer said states are now trying to deal with revenues coming in from this cash-only business.

Pat Gerlach's wildlife photography career spans the past 40 years, and his very first show was in Fargo. His cancer diagnosis is slowing him down a little, so this year he's coming back to where it began for one final show. His display is up at the Downtown Fargo Street Fair.