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.
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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.
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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.
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MANDAN, N.D. -- There were 3,000 cattle sold at Kist Livestock in Mandan this week. Only 1,800 were on the auction block this time last year.
High cattle prices have ranchers selling earlier than usual.
“It’s just started,” said Matt Lachenmeier, a fieldman at Kist.
Lachenmeier said as futures are liquidated, ranchers are nervous prices will begin to drop if they do not take advantage of the moment now. He said people are moving up their sales by a week, sometimes two.
BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota’s agriculture commissioner said Thursday he will ask the state Legislature for funding for two inspectors to help resolve complaints from landowners, farmers and ranchers unhappy with how their land has been restored around pipelines.
Commissioner Doug Goehring, a Republican who faces a stiff challenge in the November election from former state senator Ryan Taylor, said that depending on the season, he receives several calls a month from landowners with concerns about pipeline reclamation, but he doesn’t have time to follow up on all of them.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- With the opening of their second retail store set for the end of November, brothers Jeff Hafner and Lenny Johnson hope to be on the leading edge of what Williston’s mayor predicts will be the year of retail for the Oil Patch hub.
In a part of North Dakota known more for Carhartt than hip fashion, Hafner and Johnson are opening Starboard stores, with clothes and accessories aimed at women, men and children.
Hafner and Johnson founded Starboard in 2009 and opened their first store in Dickinson in March 2010 in the Prairie Hills Mall.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- With oil prices on the move, pressure on North Dakota oil and gas production may be mounting.
In his monthly update on the state’s energy industry, North Dakota Director of Mineral Resources Lynn Helms said Wednesday that operating costs for oil companies are up significantly from a year ago. Meanwhile, the price of oil has been dropping.
Measure 7 supported in West, opposed in East, poll find
FARGO, N.D. – North Dakotans are almost evenly divided on whether to do away with a state law that restricts who can operate pharmacies, a poll shows.
Thirty-nine percent oppose Measure 7, while 35 percent support the measure that will be on the Nov. 4 ballot, according to a poll commissioned by Forum Communications Co. and conducted by the University of North Dakota College of Business and Public Administration.
The poll found 26 percent of voters undecided.
ENDERLIN, N.D. – This city of 886 in southeast North Dakota people picked a fight with a multibillion-dollar railroad company when it passed an ordinance this month banning trains from blocking roadways and sidewalks for more than 10 minutes.
Now the railroad company, Canadian Pacific, is suing the city in federal court and asking for the ordinance to be struck down, plus legal fees.
“In using its police powers to enact and enforce the ordinance, the City is attempting to directly regulate interstate commerce,” Canadian Pacific argued in a civil complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota.
FARGO, N.D. – Specialty Commodities Inc., a Fargo-based company that processes and distributes high-quality ingredients for products such as snack food and pet food, is being acquired by Chicago-based Archer Daniels Midland Co. for $170 million, according to a statement posted on the ADM website.
SCI, which has a number of facilities in the United States, is majority owned by Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison, a private equity firm in Minneapolis.
Larry Leitner, founding partner and CEO of Specialty Commodities, declined to comment Tuesday and referred questions to ADM.
State politicians forecast more energy, manufacturing plants as well as using CO2 waste from coal facilities
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Working relationships between energy and other industries in North Dakota were touted Tuesday as the future of the state’s economy at the eighth annual Great Plains Empower North Dakota Energy Conference.
Politicians, including Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and Gov. Jack Dalrymple, praised upcoming fertilizer plants that will make agriculture products from natural gas.
CWB plans elevator south of Winnipeg, Manitoba
CWB, formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board, is building another “state-of-the-art” grain elevator, this one in Manitoba’s Red River Valley.
The new elevator, near St. Adolphe, south of Winnipeg, will feature 34,000 metric tons of storage and is scheduled to open in 2016. The project includes a 134-car loop track and cleaning facilities.
Construction is expected to begin in the middle of October.
Data should show if ag is treated equally
FARGO, N.D. — Grain elevator and agriculture groups are cautiously optimistic that a more extensive reporting system for railroads, ordered Oct. 8 by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, will at least allow agricultural shippers to see whether they’re getting the same kind of service as oil, coal and other industries.
WALHALLA, N.D. — The former ADM Corn Ethanol Plant, which laid off about 60 people — more than 5 percent of the Walhalla workforce — when it closed in 2012, is slowly coming back to life.
Walhalla Enterprises recently bought the facility and carved it into sections that have been purchased by other local entrepreneurs, according to Tim Hartje, the former ethanol plant manager and one of the partners.
“I worked here for 14 years,” he said. “Our main goal was to sell what we could to local businesses. We have the infrastructure here. Let’s use it.”
FARGO, N.D. – Fargo recently said good-bye to its last Quiznos sandwich shop.
The departure wasn’t due so much to a lack of customers as it was to a shortage of workers.
“We normally have eight to nine employees and we were down to three,” said Tricia Seckerson, explaining why she and her husband, Kelly, closed the Quiznos at 1100 19th Ave. N., the last of several Quiznos shops the couple once owned in Fargo.
The Seckersons still operate a Quiznos in Jamestown, and while that store is doing fine, finding help has been an issue there, too, Tricia Seckerson said.
The city of Karlstad, Minn., is helping manufacturer in nearby Roseau, Minn., deal with an acute housing shortage that has been restraining economic expansion in northwest Minnesota.
Polaris Industries, maker of ATVs, snowmobiles and other products, has brought about a dozen skilled workers from its manufacturing plant in Monterrey, Mexico, on temporary work visas to live in Karlstad and commute to the Roseau facility, about 45 miles away.
“They just fit right into our community,” said Sue Dufault, Karlstad city clerk-treasurer, who helped arrange the deal.
Higher availability expected this year
FARGO, N.D. — It’s likely propane supplies won’t run out for farmers on the Northern Plains this year, officials say, because of increased rail-fed propane capacity and more retail and customer storage.
Also, the federal government is forecasting prices 23.8 percent lower than last year, at $1.99 per gallon, compared with $2.61 a year ago, and consumption down 13.2 percent.
Stacy MacIntyre, the Energy Information Administration analyst in Washington, D.C., says propane inventories in the Midwest as of Sept. 25 were 3.7 million barrels higher than a year ago. Inventories are about 15 percent higher than last year.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Dwight Aakre has analyzed many federal farm bills in his career. But even the veteran North Dakota State University Extension Service farm management specialist isn’t sure which of the two safety-net options created by the 2014 farm bill is the better choice for area farmers.
“This is a gambling bill. There’s no right answers,” he said. “We have no idea whether PLC or ARC is going to be the better choice.”
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