The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has issued a Finding of No Significant
Impact (FONSI) on the environment regarding improvements to the Pembina‑Emerson
International Border Crossing, Northbound on Interstate 29. The preferred
alternative has been identified as Alternative B.
Alternative B would consist of constructing new dedicated lanes to segregate
commercial traffic and primary automobile traffic, relocating the outbound
inspection area and duty free pick‑up building to a location accessible to
commercial and primary automobile traffic, constructing auto and truck parking
areas, installing Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technology, and a
pedestrian crossing to accommodate users.
This Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is based on the February 2016
Environmental Assessment, 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 April 2016 FONSI is available for public viewing at the
following locations: NDDOT Grand Forks District Office, 1951 North Washington, Grand
Forks, ND; Pembina City Library, 155 South 3rd Street Pembina, ND; Pembina State
Museum, 805 ND‑59, Pembina, ND; and at the information desk of the NDDOT Central
Office, 608 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck; or by request.
The NDDOT will consider every request for reasonable accommodation to provide:
* accommodation for people with disabilities,
* language interpretation for people with limited English proficiency (LEP), and
* translations of written material necessary to access NDDOT programs and
To request accommodations, contact Paula Messmer, Civil Rights Division, NDDOT, at
(701) 328-2978 or 1-855-637-6237 or email@example.com. TTY users may use Relay
North Dakota at 711 or 1‑800‑366‑6888.
Today is the final day for public comments on a four-year plan to continue bringing part-time jobs and training to hundreds of low-income North Dakota seniors.
The federal Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is intended to help about 300 North Dakotans who are at least age 55, unemployed or making less then $14,000 a year.
Faye Tschosik, program administrator of the Aging Services Division at the North Dakota Department of Human Services, says the long-term goal is to update their skills, which could lead to more job opportunities in the future.
"The participants that would be coming to the program are unemployable without some of these additional skills that would be needed, because they do lack computer skills, things that bring them up to speed to get into a new job," she explains.
According to a draft of the plan for North Dakota, about 11,000 people age 65 and older are living in poverty in the state.
The plan also notes that most new job opportunities in North Dakota will come in physically demanding fields such as construction or oil and gas extraction.
Tschosik says that can present a problem for aging workers, so the program tends to focus on training them for less physically taxing jobs.
"Areas like food services, administrative support, health care, retail trade, buildings and grounds keeping," she explains. "We have nonprofit employers, such as senior centers, nursing homes. They could assist with reception."
North Dakota's Department of Human Services is accepting public comments until 5 p.m. today at 855-468-5465.
The application deadline for the 2016 Specialty Crop Grants is two weeks away. "North Dakota has been allocated $2.5 million to promote the production, processing and use of specialty crops," said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. "Individuals, organizations and institutions are invited to submit proposals, either on their own or in partnerships." The funding from USDA's Agriculture Marketing Service can only be used for projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops and benefit the specialty crop industry as a whole. Projects must benefit more than one commercial product, organization, institution or individual. USDA defines specialty crops as "fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops." Specialty crops grown commercially in North Dakota include dry beans, dry peas, lentils, potatoes, confection sunflowers, grapes, honey and various vegetables.
Goehring said an information manual with application instructions, scoring criteria and an application template can be found on NDDA's website: www.nd.gov/ndda/program/specialty-crop-block-grant-program<http://www.nd.gov/ndda/program/specialty-crop-block-grant-program>.
Applications must be submitted in electronic form by 4 p.m. CDT Wednesday, May 11, 2016. An external review committee will review and score the applications. The successful applications will be forwarded onto the USDA for final approval. The grants will be awarded in late fall/early winter. Projects funded by the grants must be completed by September 30, 2018.
It's Severe Summer Weather Awareness Week in North Dakota and statewide Tornado Drill will be conducted this morning. As in previous years, the NWS offices in Bismarck and Grand Forks will both be issuing the initial "Test" Warnings. Once the Grafton Warning Point (Walsh County Communications Center) is notified, they will initiate the County Alert and Warning Annex and disseminate the information through their notification procedures.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Greg Gust shares some ND tornado Facts:
Last year there were 31 tornadoes in the state of North Dakota, which is
very near long term normals... and some 25 of those were in our eastern
17 counties. This is pretty typical, in that more of the tornadoes and
larger scale damaging downburst wind episodes tend to affect the eastern
part of the state, while more of the large hail episodes tend to affect
the western part of the state.
In an average sized county in eastern North Dakota (or northwest
Minnesota for that matter) we can expect to see at least one tornado per
year... with some years having more than one and some not having any.
Throughout the Red River and Devils Lake Basins, we average around two
days a year with tornadoes within a 25 mile radius of any one point. So
that means most counties will be in 2 or 3 Tornado Watches each summer,
with perhaps that many Tornado Warnings issued affecting portions of
each of those counties during those periods.
June 27th of 2015 was a big day across eastern North Dakota... our first
Tornado Outbreak of that season. It was a day when some 20 tornadoes
occurred in a series of storms which tracked from up near Langdon and
Osnabrock, down through Walsh, Grand Forks and Traill Counties, all the
way into far southeastern Richland County. Fortunately, each tornado was
fairly short-lived and short tracking... so that the overall damage was
...Unlike the June 17th, 2010, outbreak, when North Dakota hosted some
25 of the 74 tornadoes which hit the Northern Plains that day. That was
the day of the Mayville-Holmes EF4 Tornado, which completely destroyed a
home west of Thompson, and the deadly Mentor Minnesota EF3... along with
the deadly Almora-Bluffton EF4 tornado in eastern Otter Tail County, and
the Wadena EF4 Tornado.
A Minto man faces numerous charges following a high speed chase with authorities this weekend. At approximately 1:50 on Saturday morning, a Trooper with the North Dakota Highway Patrol clocked a speeding motorcycle at 119 miles per hour between Minto and Ardoch on Highway 81. According to a Highway Patrol press release, the suspect identified as 26 year old Andrew James Lee Flaten, fled from the Trooper southbound into Grand Forks County and reached speeds of 140 miles per hour. Troopers with the North Dakota Highway Patrol pursued the motorcycle into rural Grand Forks County where the suspect then fled into the city of Grand Forks. Within city limits the Grand Forks Police Department took over and monitored the suspect’s whereabouts. Flaten later allegedly fled the city of Grand Forks, and the high speed pursuit continued south into Traill County where he lost control of the motorcycle about 11 east of Hatton at speeds around 35-45 mph. Pursuing Troopers, and Deputies from the Traill County Sheriff’s Department, rendered aid to Flaten, who was transported by ambulance and released to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks for non-life threatening injuries. Flaten faces multiple charges including DUI, Reckless Driving, Fleeing a Police Officer, and Violating the Restrictions on a Motorcycle Permit.
Authorities say a fire destroyed a shop area at the Midway Public school and caused heavy smoke damage this weekend. The fire was reported at 11:53 Saturday morning at the school which is located near Inkster. At least 60 firefighters and 15 fire trucks responded to the blaze. No injuries were reported. No one was at the school at the time of the fire. According to the schools website there will be no school at Midway on Monday, April 25 so they can finish cleanup activities. School officials say volunteers are needed to help with light cleaning under the supervision of techs from Steamatic. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and can report starting at 10:30am. Work will continue until approximately 6:00pm. With enough help officials say they may be able to hold school on Tuesday but that decision will be made by 3:00 p.m. Monday afternoon.
Baseball players are responsible for getting themselves to the baseball game in Minto.
Governor Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed April as Safe Digging Month in North Dakota. In recognition, the North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) is reminding everyone of the potential dangers and consequences of digging without first calling 8-1-1, North Dakota's Call-Before-You-Dig number. "The Governor's Proclamation and recognition of Safe Digging Month is a great time educate about the importance of safe digging," said Commissioner Brian Kalk "But we have to remember that every month needs to be safe digging month. It's simple: Call before you dig, dig safely, and remove your flags when you're done." North Dakota law requires anyone conducting an excavation to notify 8-1-1 at least two days in advance of digging. Personnel will be sent to mark the locations of the underground facilities at no cost to the caller, typically within a couple of days. The markings are valid for 21 days after they are placed. This process is coordinated through North Dakota One Call. The Public Service Commission's role is to enforce the requirements of the state's damage prevention laws and take action when violations are reported to the Commission.
The PSC can levy a fine up to $25,000 per violation depending on severity. "The dangers of failing to locate underground infrastructure are serious, significant and costly to equipment operators, to utilities and to citizens who might lose their services," said Commissioner Julie Fedorchak. "The PSC is also serious about enforcing this important law and using the penalties available to improve compliance." Each year North Dakota's underground utility infrastructure is jeopardized by unintentional damage from those who fail to call 8-1-1 to have underground facilities located prior to digging. Since 2009, the PSC has taken action in more than 70 cases related to violations of the Call-Before-You-Dig law. In total, approximately $110,000 in fines have been assessed against companies or individuals who have violated the law. The consequences of striking an underground utility can be severe including explosions resulting in injury or death, service interruptions or damage to the environment. "The 811 system not only protects the person who is digging, it also protects thousands of other people who rely on the services of our underground infrastructure," said Commissioner Randy Christmann. The significant residential and business growth occurring throughout North Dakota and the increased demand for pipeline infrastructure to support the energy industry have dramatically increased demand for the One-Call Program. Online requests and calls from 8-1-1 to utilities requesting locates continue to increase each year. Safe Digging Month is endorsed each April by the North Dakota Public Service Commission, the Common Ground Alliance and the North Dakota One-Call Board.
For more information about 8-1-1, visit the North Dakota One-Call Board's website at www.ndonecall.com<http://www.ndonecall.com>. For safety tips, best practices and other information, visit the Common Ground Alliance website at www.commongroundalliance.com<http://www.commongroundalliance.com>. The North Dakota Public Service Commission is a constitutionally created state agency with authority to permit, site and regulate certain business activities in the state including electric and gas utilities, telecommunications companies, power plants, electric transmission lines, pipelines, railroads, grain elevators, auctioneers, commercial weighing devices, pipeline safety and coal mine reclamation. For more information, contact the Public Service Commission at (701) 328-2400 or www.psc.nd.gov<http://www.psc.nd.gov>.
County Commissioners removed the fire ban for Walsh County yesterday morning during their regular commission meeting. The move comes after recent rains in the region averaging around an inch of precipitation. The ban had been in place since April 12th when commissioners declared a fire emergency due to abnormally dry conditions and significant fuel supplies.
North Dakota State University's Carrington Research Extension Center is
partnering with the North Dakota Angus Association once again to sponsor the
fifth annual North Dakota Angus University (NDAU) calf feed-out program this
summer and fall.
Cattle producers interested in gaining a better understanding of how Angus-sired
cattle from their operation perform in the feedlot, quality grade or the
potential profitability through retained ownership can consign steers to the
feed-out project at the center.
Producers consigned 138 head of steers to the fourth annual NDAU project, held
in the summer and fall of 2015.
"In addition to the valuable information producers received regarding the
feedlot performance of their cattle, the steers were used in a feedlot research
trial," says Chanda Engel, livestock research specialist at the center. "No
treatments are imposed that would reduce the performance of the animals."
In the 2015 feed-out program, cattle:
* Averaged 101 days on feed
* Gained an average of 4.80 pounds per head per day
* Had an as-fed feed efficiency of 6.26 pounds of feed per pound of live weight
gain (5.51 pounds of dry-matter feed for a pound of live weight gain)
Animals that are consigned should be steers with at least 50 percent Angus
genetics and a desired target weight of 800 and 900 pounds at the time they are
placed in the program. Producers wishing to consign steers that are lighter than
800 pounds should contact Engel to discuss potential options.
Participants in the NDAU will receive periodic progress reports on their calves'
performance, as well as a final report on the overall performance, efficiency
and carcass traits for their calves.
Producers who consign cattle pay the feeding costs based on the average cost of
gain, veterinary costs and a modest yardage charge. The center carries these
costs until the cattle are marketed. After the cattle are marketed, the center
deducts all applicable fees from the sale price without an interest charge.
Consigned cattle should be delivered to the center's feedlot the first week of
To consign a group of cattle or for more information, contact Engel at
701-652-2951 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or call Mike Wendel, North Dakota Angus
Association program liaison, at 701-710-0425.
n Amber Alert has been issued for a one-year-old girl abducted in Montana, possibly heading to the Minot area. Kenzley Olson disappeared at about 12:30 Tuesday afternoon.
She was last seen at a home in Poplar, Montana. Kenzley is described as a native American female with black hair, brown eyes, and a three-quarter inch scar over her right eye. She may be with Melinda Tweet, 51 and Timothy Dornheim, 55. Timothy Dornheim is described as a white Male with brown hair, hazel eyes, and approximately 55 years of age. He is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing approximately 220 pounds. He may have long hair.Melinda Tweet is described as a white female with brown hair, green eyes, and approximately 51 years old. She is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. They may be driving a silver 2006 Chrysler 300C with North Dakota plates KCV 650. Both suspects are from the Minot area, and possibly returning there.