SOCIAL SECURITY: INFORMATION & UPDATES OASDI by zip code for 2013
During July, I posted information detailing Social Security benefits paid by State and County in 2013 (annual publication OASDI Beneficiaries by State and County (2013)). OASDI is Social Security Old-... Posted on 9/12/14 at 9:39 AM
STAFF BLOG OIL PATCH DISPATCH Cash Wise opens in Watford City
WATFORD CITY, N.D. Cash Wise Foods has opened in Watford City, the first tenant in a commercial development by Minneapolis-based Oppidan Investment Co.
The 130,000-square-foot development at highways... Posted on 7/25/13 at 2:06 PM
STAFF BLOG MONKE BUSINESS A look inside Wildcat Pizzeria
I got a first look inside the new Wildcat Pizzeria on March 20 thanks to owner Russell Meads.
What I got out of my im... Posted on 4/2/13 at 5:13 PM
NDAD INSIGHT NDAD adds chief operations officer
Don Santer has joined NDAD as chief operations officer, giving him oversight of the North Dakota nonprofit organizations entrepreneurial efforts.
Don will supervise the charitable gaming activities... Posted on 3/7/13 at 9:41 AM
DICKINSON, N.D. — They don’t know exactly when in 2015 they’ll start production, but the new owners of an Aberdeen, S.D., meatpacking plant say they’ll give cattle producers in the region several months of notice.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- A Kalispell, Mont., man pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to 11 charges relating to the operation of a saltwater disposal well near Dickinson in an ongoing investigation that could result in more charges.
Nathan Garber, 45, operated a well, into which more than 25,000 barrels of saltwater was injected, before the required state testing and even after internal testing showed the well couldn't stand up to pressure and was a threat to drinking water.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- When David Dvorak gave a presentation on using unmanned aircraft systems to monitor crops in 2008, he was placed in the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference’s last session.
“I was put in the last session of the last day with 20 people in a room that would hold 400,” said Dvorak, then a University of North Dakota student. “No one cared at that point.”
A lot has changed since that presentation.
Recruiting, retaining skilled workers a challenge with unemployment less than 1 percent
WILLISTON, N.D. -- When Scott Knudsen started working for JMAC Resources a few years ago, the company employed 60 people and had no housing department.
Today, the Williston-based civil and energy services contractor employs 450 and offers housing to about 250 workers. However, with an increase in spouses and children coming to the Oil Patch, the number in JMAC housing has doubled, the housing director said.
JMAC was one of 120 employers vying for applicants at a two-day multi-industry job fair in Williston this week. North Dakota has the country’s lowest unemployment rate, at 2.4 percent in August, with Williams County (Williston is the county seat) reporting the lowest at 0.8 percent.
EUGENE, Ore. – Growing up on a farm in North Dakota’s Barnes County, Ron Anderson was always interested in inventing and finding ways to improve operations.
After graduating in 1962 from North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton with an electrical engineering degree, Anderson went to work for a canning factory. There he saw a need for a better machine that would damage fewer kernels, be easier to maintain, and operate fully automatically. He went to the manufacturers, but no one was interested in his idea, he said.
Democrats say proposal ‘begs for closer scrutiny’
BISMARCK, N.D. – Western North Dakota counties struggling to keep pace with oil and gas development would more than double their current take of oil tax revenue under a revised formula pitched by Republican lawmakers Wednesday.
“This will help them get ahead of the game instead of coming from behind,” Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner of Dickinson said.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- As the oil boom grows, communication between the energy industry and regulatory agencies will become more important than ever for conservation efforts, experts said at a regulatory issues session Wednesday.
Program includes unique lab
FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota State University Development Foundation is trying to raise $10 million for the NDSU Center for Risk and Trading.
Fundraisers hope to secure a permanent endowment for the center — the only university lab in the nation dedicated to agricultural commodities and biofuels markets. The laboratory was established two years ago and is housed in NDSU’s Barry Hall in downtown Fargo.
Commitments before 2014 will qualify for a 1 to 2 state match, officials say. For example, every $1 million raised, the program receives $500,000 from the state. The North Dakota State Legislature created the Higher Educational Challenge Match for approved projects. Separately, companies that pay taxes in North Dakota can receive a 40 percent tax credit for university endowments.
FARGO, N.D. -- A North Dakota State University economist who prepared a rail study that was later withdrawn says he stands by the process he used and the numbers he came up with.
He also tells Agweek the issue is complicated and other methods can be used to analyze it.
Frayne Olson, assistant professor and crop economist in NDSU’s Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, was asked this spring by the office of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., to identify the amount of money that farmers in the state have lost to rail delays.
FARGO, N.D. – A window is opening up allowing health care organizations to deliver care differently, a Sanford executive said Wednesday.
The opportunity comes from a combination of innovation, data and technology along with reform through the Affordable Care Act, Matt Hocks, vice president of clinic operations for Sanford Health, said at the Fargo Theatre during Build.you, a portion of an industry conference in Fargo this week.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- Bryan Cucullu remembers kneeling beside his friend outside K and G’s No Place bar as blood flowed from his ear.
Cucullu, of Mississippi, said he stayed with his friend, Joshua Clement, 29, of Williston, while two off-duty paramedics came to Clement’s aid until Williston police arrived, followed by emergency responders.
The aggravated assault took place shortly after midnight Sept. 14, Detective David Peterson said Tuesday. Police are still looking for an unknown man wearing a “distinct striped shirt,” who was caught on video surveillance.
Officials tout current conditioning methods as adequate; watchdog group disagrees
BISMARCK, N.D. – Oil industry officials tried to convince North Dakota regulators Tuesday that current methods of removing volatile gases from Bakken crude oil before loading it onto trains are adequate, and additional measures would be a “costly, redundant process” with no extra safety benefits.
An environmental watchdog group accused the industry of putting profits before public safety during Tuesday’s hearing, which was called by the North Dakota Industrial Commission as it considers whether to impose oil conditioning standards on the light, sweet crude before shipment.
Gordon Stoner began harvesting July 31. Since then, persistent rains have allowed him to run his combine about 120 hours, an average of 20 hours per week.
“Twenty hours a week just doesn’t put the crop in the bin,” says the Outlook, Mont., farmer. At that rate, he won’t finish until well into October.
Stoner isn’t alone. A soggy fall has slowed harvest in the Upper Midwest and on the Canadian prairie, putting many farmers, especially ones who raise wheat, far behind where they should be. By now, producers are supposed to be halfway through harvest — finishing up, or nearly so, on wheat and other small grains and beginning on soybeans and other row crops. But with October inching nearer, too much wheat remains in fields and row crop harvest is still weeks away for many producers.
Ten to 15 days of warm, dry weather wouldn’t solve all the problems, but it would be a good start, farmers say.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- The first big-box store in Dickinson is closing its doors at the end of the year and a new supermarket is going to take its place.
Representatives for Kmart and the Prairie Hills Mall announced Tuesday that the store will close in early December after 36 years in Dickinson. About an hour later, Coburn’s Inc., owner of Cash Wise Foods and Cash Wise Liquors announced that it plans to move into the space and open the supermarket and liquor store by spring 2015.
Incumbent touts experience, challenger says state having bad experience
FARGO, N.D. – In their first debate, Julie Fedorchak, a Republican on the state Public Service Commission, and her Democratic challenger, Tyler Axness, agreed on a lot of things.
They agreed that regulators of the energy and transportation industries need “balance,” that the state needs to be involved in train safety inspections, and that federal coal policy is unfair to the industry.
But Axness said Fedorchak and other commissioners, all Republicans, have failed to show leadership in the face of a growing number of accidents accompanying the oil boom, including saltwater and oil spills.
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