DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Chris Palmer bent over in the damp wheat field and quickly but carefully made his measurements. The cabbage-green plants surrounding him rustled in the cool early morning breeze. He looked up and said, “I’m not an agronomist. But this field looks good to me.” Palmer, a trader for the Winnipeg, Manitoba-based CWB, took part in the Wheat Quality Council’s annual inspection tour of fields in North Dakota, northern South Dakota and northwest Minnesota.RELATED CONTENT
BELFIELD, N.D. — Byron Richard’s pickup bounces up and down over the washboard gravel road. He clutches the wheel with one hand and points with the other as he passes dozens of oil wells on land where once crops grew and cattle grazed. A few of the wells are decades old; most are new or under construction. Oil field vehicles of assorted shapes and sizes clog the road in places and kick up thick clouds of dust. Richard’s way of life is changing. He knows that. He accepts that.RELATED CONTENT
More than 33 pounds of drug allegedly trucked into North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. – A Mandan man was sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison Monday for his role in a drug conspiracy that prosecutors say trucked into North Dakota more than 33 pounds of methamphetamine that was linked to the overdose deaths of two people. Joseph Thomas Senger, 53, and a dozen others were charged by indictment about a year ago in U.S. District Court in Bismarck with conspiracy to distribute drugs resulting in serious bodily injury or death.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- A Williams County girl has been reported as a runaway, according to the Williams County Sheriff’s Office.RELATED CONTENT
WAHPETON, N.D. – The former manager of a motor vehicle branch office here pleaded guilty Monday to improperly managing office funds and was ordered to pay more than $100,000 to the North Dakota Department of Transportation. The sentencing of Catherine Muehler, 72, comes 13 years after her husband, Harlan Muehler, 76, was removed from his post as Richland County sheriff by then-Gov. John Hoeven after he used a secret fund for office parties.
FARGO, N.D. – About 430 Essentia Health patients recently received notice of a “breach of patient information” resulting from a marketing firm’s involvement in promoting an education seminar for patients. A letter touting a “free educational event” was sent June 6 to patients suffering from lower back symptoms, inviting them to learn about “new diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.” Jodine Wien, a Moorhead, Minn., patient, complained to Essentia when she learned that her name and address had been given without her consent or knowledge to a marketing firm, Get Marketing, that was involved in sending out the invitations.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Ed Fischer isn’t surprised that BNSF Railway balked Monday at postponing Friday’s scheduled doubling of speeds — from 30 to 60 mph — of some freight trains traveling through town to consider local safety concerns. “My biggest concern is that people still drive around those crossarms,” he said. “A few weeks ago, they knocked one off. What’s going to happen if the trains are coming twice as fast?” For the past 26 years, Fischer has lived about 150 feet from the BNSF railroad tracks, where they cross 12th Avenue, the eastern point of a 1.4-mile stretch of tracks where speed limits will increase to match those of the rest of the railroad’s northern route through North Dakota.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Airline passengers may soon be helping the Grand Forks International Airport fund some improvements and equipment purchases. The Grand Forks Regional Airport Authority plans to submit an application to the Federal Aviation Administration to use a $4.50 passenger facility charge to fund the projects. The charge is already in place, and the new terminal is among the projects it has helped fund.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- With jury selection taking most of Monday, attorneys in the trial for the death of a Michigan man will make their opening statements today in the Grand Forks County courthouse.
JESSIE, N.D. – Taylor Zimprich of rural Jessie recently returned from competing in the National High School Rodeo Association Queen Contest in Wyoming. The 17-year-old took 18th in the nation and said she placed in the top 10 in personal interview. “The competition was really tough,” she said. “A lot of them have been training since they were tiny to be rodeo queens. I didn’t come from that background, but I thought I’d give it a shot, and I thought I did very well for this only being my second pageant.”RELATED CONTENT