N.D. In Worst Drought Since 2006

North Dakota is in the worse statewide drought since 2006, according to Adnan Akyuz, professor of climatological practice at North Dakota State University and North Dakota’s state climatologist. The U.S. Drought Monitor published July 20 shows more than 6 percent of North Dakota is in an exceptional drought. “This is the first time since Aug. 15, 2006, the state experienced the ‘exceptional drought’ status,” Akyuz says. Counties that are in the exceptional drought area are Divide, Mountrail, Ward, McLean, Dunn, Stark, Mercer, Oliver, Morton, Grant, Hettinger, Slope, Bowman and Adams. The only counties that are drought-free in the state are Grand Forks and Nelson, and parts of the counties adjacent of them. This area of northeastern North Dakota received near-average rainfall during the last 90 days, according to Akyuz. Since the onset of the drought in mid-May, dry locations continued to stay dry. Based on the accumulated rainfall since March 1, Bismarck received only 4.47 inches of rain, making March 1 to July 20, 2017, the fourth driest since record-keeping started in 1875. Conditions in eastern North Dakota were not as dire. Fargo, for example, received 6.09 inches of rain during the same period, making it the 15th driest March 1 through July 20 since record-keeping started in Fargo in 1881. “Dry soil is causing air temperature to be higher than they would be if the soil were moist,” Akyuz says. “Warm air temperature is increasing the moisture demand for the air, causing the soil to parch even further. This is a feedback of a wicked cycle that western North Dakota is  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Gaming Funds Distributed

The City of Stanley’s Gaming Committee distributed third and fourth quarter gaming funds for 2016 last week. The City of Stanley’s share of the gaming funds for the quarter was $32,272.00. A total of $34,950.00 was requested from twenty-nine non-profit organizations. Those receiving funds were the Stanley Blue Jay Boosters, Stanley Park District, Stanley After Graduation Party, SHS Junior Class, Mountrail Bethel Home Auxiliary, Stanley Hospital Auxiliary, Stanley Housing Authority, The Sibyl Center, Stanley Scholarship Funds, Inc., Rolling Plains Sportsman’s Club, Flickertail Village Museum, Mountrail County Historical Society, Stanley Community Schools, Stanley FBLA, Stanley Commercial Club, Mountrail County Food Pantry, Stanley American Legion Baseball, Stanley Boy Scouts Troop 1357, Blaisdell Youth Rodeo, Stanley Women of Today, Golden Age Club, Veteran’s Memorial Park, White Earth Valley Saddle Club Youth Rodeo, Mountrailsmen Youth Saddle Club Programs, Belden Trail Rider’s Youth Programs; Stanley Cub Scouts Pack 357, New Town Veteran’s Association and Mountrail County Ag Agency. Gaming funds were received from the Kenmare Vets Club. The City of Stanley uses the gaming committee to receive applications and distribute the funds. Any organization is welcome to apply for funds, with applications available at the Mountrail County Sheriff’s Department. The committee reviews all requests for funds with special interest given to the applicants requesting funding for youth activities, community oriented projects, public safety activities and any projects that would be beneficial to the City of Stanley’s trade area. The Legion Gaming Funds Committee has decided that either the President/Chairman or the Secretary of any non-profit entity should be the person submitting a gaming fund   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Body Of Missing Man Found

Sheriff Ken Halvorson released Monday that the body of a man presumed drowned in Lake Sakakawea since June 11th, 2017, was recovered Sunday morning near New Town. Halvorson stated that the body of Chad Kanine, 41, of New Town, ND, was located by a local fisherman at approximately 8:00 AM Sunday morning. The body was located on the east shore of the Missouri River, approximately ½ mile south of the 4Bears Bridge. Officers from the Mountrail County Sheriff’s Department, Three Affiliated Tribes Police Department and the New Town Fire Department were involved in the retrieval of the body. Sheriff Halvorson stated that Mr. Kanine was positively identified by a homemade tattoo on his body. The body was taken to the North Dakota Forensic Examiner’s Office for autopsy. Preliminary autopsy results revealed that Chad Kanine died from drowning, but a full report is pending the return of toxicology. Sheriff Halvorson wants to extend a thank you to all of the agencies that assisted in the 6 week search for the missing man, their help was greatly appreciated.   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Notice Of Finding Of No Significant Impact For The New Town Northwest Route

The preferred alternative has been identified as Alternative G. Alternative G would consist of constructing a two-lane highway on the northwest side of New Town on a new alignment. The proposed alignment would connect ND 23 0.54 miles west of the junction of ND 23/ND 1804 to the junction of ND 1804/ND 23B. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has determined that the preferred alternative will have no significant impact on the environment. The Finding of NO Significant Impact (FONSI) is based on the June 2017 Environmental Assessment (EA), which has been independently evaluated by FHWA, and determined to adequately and accurately discuss the need, environmental issues and impacts of the proposed project, and appropriate mitigation measures. PUBLIC INSPECTION: The June 2017 FONSI/EA will be available for public inspection from July 19 through August 18, 2017, at the New Town City Library, the 103 Soo Place, New Town; North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) Williston District Office, 605 Dakota Parkway West, Williston; and NDDOT Central Office (information desk), 608   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

2nd Annual Tioga Drone Camp For Kids

Tioga Economic Development and Enel Green Energy North America will be hosting the Second Annual “Drone Camp for Kids!” in conjunction with local STEM Tech Camps held across western ND this summer. Tioga’s two-day event will instruct 80 students grades 5 through 12 on drone use, safety, privacy competitive flight and vocational opportunities by Erin Wood of Lake Region College and Keith Aubin of Enel Green Energy North American Inc. A drone obstacle course for students will be conducted by Minot Aeroport Hobby Shoppe. After the camp all of the students successfully completing the program will have one of their own personal practice drones to take home and a 3D printer will be donated to Tioga Public Schools. Date: 10:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. Saturday August 5-6, 2017 “Drone Camp For Kids!” – 5th – 12th Grade Tioga Municipal Airport – 10280 67th St. NW, Tioga, North Dakota 58852 Schedule of Events – Tioga Airport Neset Consulting East Hanger 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 5th, 2017 Tentative Speakers: ND District 2 – Representative Don Longmuir Tioga Mayor – Drake McClelland President of Tioga EDC – Chris Norgaard Keith Aubin – Enel Green Energy North American Lindahl Wind Farm Erin Wood – Lake Region College Cindy Sanford – North Dakota Job Service Linn Dawson – North Dakota Job Corps Arlo Anderson – Fargo Tech Ranch Radio Program Max Adon – Minot Hobby Shoppe Sunday, August 6th 2017 1:00 p.m. Drone flight and done races. 4:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony Activities running concurrently for Adults/Parents/Guardians; 12:00 Norsemen’s Museum Lunch 11 a.m. Tioga Film Festival at  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.