The North Dakota Department of Agriculture has announced the locations
for this year's Project Safe Send.
The collections will be next month for unusable pesticides.
Farmers, ranchers, pesticide dealers, and applicators, government agencies,
and homeowners can bring them to any of the 12 collection points.
One of them will be in Adams, July 23rd. The collection point will be the
North Dakota Department of Transportation building. The next day, July 24th, the
collection point will be in Grand Forks.
People can bring their unusable pesticides free-of-charge to be disposed
of safely and legally. The pesticides are shipped out of state for incineration.
Anyone with over one-thousand-pounds of pesticide to relenquish must
pre-register. A maximum of 20-thousand-pounds per person is accepted. Pesticide
rinse water's accepted too.
The North Dakota State Library and some area ones are involved in
what's called the "Military Family Contact" program. The program provides
38 libraries throughout North Dakota with laptop computers equipped with
The computers are dedicated for use by military families to contact
loved ones serving in the U. S. military around the world. The computers will
be available during each library's working hours for patrons to use.
The state Adjutant General and the North Dakota National Guard are
supporting this effort and are working with libraries to promote the "Military
Family Contact" program.
North Dakota has the highest per capita rate of service in the U.S.
Area libraries who are participating in the "Military Family Contact"
program include: the Carnegie Regional Library of Grafton, Walhalla Public
Library, and the Pembina School and Public Library. Also participating are
the Bottineau County Library, the Rolla Public Library, and the Heart of America
Public Library in Rugby.
The 95th annual North Dakota American Legion State Convention will be
June 28th, 29th, and 30th in Williston.
Representatives from 215 American Legion Posts will attend and conduct
official business. Registration starts Friday morning, June 28th. The joint opening
session is Friday evening.
The National American Legion Commander, James E. Koutz will be the
main speaker for the Saturday evening banquet.
The business sessions will conclude Sunday with election and installation
of officers. Eugene Kachena of Pisek is seeking the position of North Dakota
The 95th annual North Dakota American Legion State Convention again is
June 28th, 29th, and 30th in Williston.
Former Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers is joining the race for governor, saying he would bring a middle-class family man's sensibility to the job.
Zellers held his campaign's kickoff event Sunday in his hometown of Maple Grove. He becomes the third Republican campaigning to challenge Democratic Governor Mark Dayton next year.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Zellers described himself as "every Minnesotan." He talked about getting laid off and struggling to pay household bills. He said he'll bring that perspective to preparing state budgets that go easier on taxpayers.
Businessman Scott Honour and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson are also running. That list is expected to grow.
Like Honour, Zellers plans to run in the GOP primary for the seat even if he doesn't get the party endorsement.
State Senator Dave Thompson is joining the growing list of Republicans who plan to run for governor next year.
Thompson tells The Associated Press he plans to file as a candidate Monday and launch his campaign Wednesday. He has represented Lakeville in the state Senate since 2011.
Thompson is an attorney and former talk radio host. He is a favorite of fiscal conservative and tea party activists.
Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson and businessman Scott Honour are also running. Former House Speaker Kurt Zellers is talking about his plans to consider running for governor. The incumbent is Democratic Governor Mark Dayton.
The North Dakota Judicial Conduct Commission has scheduled a public hearing for a state district judge in Fargo facing a complaint that he sexually harassed a court reporter.
The commission is set to hear the case against East Central District Judge Wickham Corwin on Monday and on Tuesday, if more time is needed. The hearing will be at the Fargo Holiday Inn.
Corwin has denied the allegations. He has said he made mistakes but is not guilty of serious misconduct.
Officials with the North Dakota Association of Counties and the North
Dakota County Commissioners Association will be in this area on Monday.
Both hold a "president's tour" twice a summer.
Their first tour is Monday, June 24th and the two presidents will be in
Towner, Cavalier, and Pembina Counties.
North Dakota Association of Counties spokesman Jeff Eslinger says
it's a listening tour. He says the main purpose is to get officials out and
listen to issues from the local perspective as opposed to the state capitol one.
Eslinger says both presidents are from western North Dakota. The
North Dakota County Commissioners Association president is from Divide
County, in extreme northwestern North Dakota. The president of the North
Dakota Association of Counties is from McKenzie County and both enjoy
getting to parts of the state they don't see very often.
Eslinger says expect infrastructure to be a big topic of discussion
at the tour on Monday.
The President's Tour starts in Towner County, at the courthouse in
Cando at ten-am Monday morning. It then moves to Cavalier County, at the
courthouse in Langdon at one-15 in the afternoon, and concludes in Pembina
County, at the courthouse in Cavalier, about three-15.
The meetings are open to the public.
It's the return of the "Fred-Heads" to Grafton.
Singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith will return to Grafton to perform in
concert, Thursday, June 27th, at seven-30-pm at MarketPlace on Eighth. He'll
also be in Grand Forks the following day.
Eaglesmith has been singing, writing, and performing since 1980.
He blends rock, country, blues, Americana, gospel, folk, and bluegrass.
He's appeared on the David Letterman Show, has a Canadian national
music award for best roots and traditional album, has had his music featured in
some Martin Scorsese movies, and has had his songs recorded by country
artists Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, and Miranda Lambert.
Tickets are 25-dollars and can be reserved by calling (701)520-4594.
Next week is the last week of June.
So that means a Grafton tradition occurs again-Grafton SummerFest.
Executive Director Todd Morgan of the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce
says it's going to be four days of fun and events.
It starts Thursday morning with the Grafton Spoiler Booster Golf Tournament.
Morgan says one event that's new is Old Tyme Downtown, starting at five-pm
Thursday evening. Morgan says people can enjoy the entertainment in the Chamber
parking lot, listen to the Battle of the Bands, shop downtown, maybe win some money
in the drawings too.
Morgan says the purpose is to showcase Grafton's downtown businesses and
establish a nice atmosphere downtown Thursday evening.
Morgan says another change is Saturday's events will be held at Heritage Village.
Morgan says Heritage Village will be an optimal place and it's a good opportunity to
feature it to the public. One reason the events will be at Heritage Village is because
Lestikow Park was flooded and isn't in any shape right now to hold events that'll
attract thousands of people.
The ATV Mud-Run is Sunday morning at eleven-am. That's a big attraction.
Morgan also says anyone still wanting to register for RibFest or the Battle of the
Bands can call now or the first part of next week. Morgan says they want to be as
flexible as possible to encourage as much participation as possible for the events.
Grafton SummerFest, June 27th, 28th, 29th, and 30th, stop in and enjoy it.
North Dakota's Tax Department says eligible consumers have an extra day to request a refund for state taxes that were paid on gasoline and gasohol purchased in 2012.
Tax Commissioner Cory Fong says the deadline has been extended to July 1 because the traditional deadline of June 30 falls on a Sunday this year.
Fong says fuel purchased last year to power farm, ranch and industrial equipment that was used off-road may qualify for the refund, which can be up to 22 1/2 cents a gallon.