PSC Holds Public Hearing On Whiting Plant Expansion Plans

The Public Service Commission held a public hearing at the Mountrail County South Complex on Whiting’s proposed expansion for the Robinson Gas Plant on Thursday, Apr. 10. The purpose of the hearing was to give the public an opportunity to participate in the process and to answer several questions about the application filed in October of 2013. The hearing had originally been scheduled for March 4 but was rescheduled due to inclement weather. The hearing would answer the questions regarding a waiver of procedure and time schedule regarding the length, design, location or purpose producing minimal adverse effects and that adherence to the applicable procedures and time schedules could be waived. It would also answer questions regarding site compatibility that the location, construction and operation produce minimal adverse effects on the environment and upon the welfare of the citizens of the state, would it be compatible with environmental preservation and the efficient use of resources, and would the location minimize adverse human and environmental impact while ensuring continuing system reliability and integrity insurance that energy needs are met and fulfilled. The hearing included a judicial hearing officer, representatives from the Attorney General’s staff, two of the three PSC members and legal representation and officials from Whiting. The PSC welcomed the hearing as a way to make better decisions with the best information available while coordinating with local officials as they deal with the ever increasing growth in the oil industry. This application was not for a new facility, but for an expansion of an existing facility currently located south of Stanley. The existing plant was constructed in 2007 to process gas from oil production handing 3 million cubic feet per day. That was expanded to 30 million in 2008 and expanded again in 2011 for an addi  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Women In Agriculture Event A Success

If the size of the crowd in the room is any measure, the second annual Women in Agriculture event sponsored by the Mountrail County Ag Improvement Association, along with the Soil Conservation District, was a huge success. The event brought together women from throughout the area for an afternoon and early evening of social time, entertainment, dinner and a keynote speaker. All of it was designed to celebrate the contribution made by women in agriculture. Organizer Barb Detienne says that from last year’s first event to this year’s she can see the growth and interest in the event. She also shared a writing from Sierra Shae, a rancher and wife from South Dakota. After being inspired by Paul Harvey’s “So God Made a Farmer”, she has written “So God Made a Farmer’s Wife”. The afternoon started with an hour performance from Tigirlily, the sister duo of Kendra, a senior, and Krista, a sophomore from Hazen, ND. The duo shared their own original music as well as some covers of popular songs and a version of Amazing Grace. The sisters have started the process of recording their third CD and say that when asked why and when they started singing, say it started in church. The duo closed their performance with their song “North Dakota” which has gained them serious popularity in the state. After a dinner prepared by Marilyn Gaebe and served by the men of the Ag Improvement Association, keynote speaker Julie Ellingson took the stage. A fourth generation cattle producer, Ellingson is the Executive Vice President of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association. She started by saying what a pleasure it was to be in Stanley for a celebration of the contribution of women to agriculture with a room full of women who share a passion for ag. Women make a wonderful contribution to the most honorable occupation in the world, stewarding God’s creations and our natural resources. They provide hard work, time and talent as they embrace the challenges and opportunities in today’s agriculture. The Stockmen’s Association is the state’s beef trade organization and voice of the cattle industry that started in 1929 with a first meeting in Watford City to deal with rustlers. With now more than 3000 members they find strength in numbers and can do more as a team to unite, promote, educate, protect and serve the industry. In her role, Ellingson serves as the Chief Executive and Financial Officer, administrator, spokesperson and lobbyist for the organization. Her presentation at this event was to tell the story of Measure 5 in 2012  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Automatic Burn Bans In Effect In Mountrail County

The Board of County Commissioners of Mountrail County adopted an Automatic Burn Ban policy at the April 15th commission meeting. Previously, Mountrail County had a Burn Ban with no open burning in place. As many people use burning as a method of spring cleanup, Mountrail County has moved to the automatic bun ban policy. A burn ban will be in place with no open burning permitted whenever the National Weather Service Fire danger index is at very high or extreme and/or a Red Flag warning – wind warning has been issued. It is the public’s responsibility to check weather conditions before burning. Weather information can be obtained at At this time last year Mountrail County’s primary concern was flood related. Since Mountrail County experienced a mostly open winter, our focus for public safety turns to fire danger. Over the last couple of weeks Mountrail County has already experienced several grass fires in all parts of the County. Dry conditions coupled with plentiful fuel and windy conditions are a recipe for fire dangers which can   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Candidates File For Election

Deadlines for filing for the Stanley School Board, city and county elections were on Monday, Apr. 7 with the respective offices. Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, June 10 for the Primary Election. Both the Stanley School and City Elections will be final on June 10. County races will continue onto the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 4. New Town City New Town will elect their Mayor, two council members, two park board members and will also vote on the issue of the publication of minutes. Only Daniel Uran has filed for the mayor’s race. With two council members to elect, Thomas Nash, William Oliver and Dean Niemitalo have filed. New Town will also elect two park board members, but with no one filing, that race will be determined by write-in. Palermo City Palermo City will be electing two council members with only Ken Meckle filing for the race. That means this race will be determined by write-in. Parshall City Parshall will elect their mayor, two council members and two park board members. Kyle Christianson has filed for the mayor’s position. Robert Morenski and Shane Hart have filed for the two council seats. Only Robert Blatherwick Jr. has filed for park board, so this race will also be determined by a write-in vote. Plaza City Plaza will elect their mayor, one council member and two park board members. Phillip Westgard and Terrance Reese have both filed for the mayor’s position. Greg Schoess has filed for council and Susan Edwards and Ferron Wold have filed for park board. Ross City Ross will elect their mayor, one council member for a four year term   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

White Earth Supports Sheriff’s Department

The City of White Earth’s City Council members have been discussing ways they can support law enforcement that serves their community as they rely on the Mountrail County Sheriff’s Department to provide those services. Unable to afford their own department, the closest to serve them is the Sheriff’s Department. Along with the council, the members of the community that have attended the meetings have also supported a move to provide some additional financial support to the department. To meet that end, the City has provided the Department with a $15,000 grant to help provide for the safety of the deputies on the road. They want the funds to be used to purchase good cameras for inside the vehicles, saying that it will help for training and to keep officers safe while on the road. Sheriff Ken Halvorson says, “we can use and put these funds to use” for that purpose. The cameras provide a second set of eyes in the car and it also keeps the officers on their toes with the recording providing a record of what happens as they deal with public safety. White Earth Councilman Greg Gunderson says “we want to help   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.
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