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  • Obama says in year-end presser that Keystone pipeline will carry...

    Obama says in year-end presser that Keystone pipeline will carry only Canadian oil and have minimal impact on gas prices - but one senator says he's dead wrong Senator John Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican, says his state and Montana are both planning to move crude oil on the $8 billion pipeline Hoeven said the Canadian oil's current transport - trucks and trains - have a bigger climate change impact than the pipeline Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said this week that approving the 1,179-mile pipeline will be the Senate's first job in January But the Nebraska Supreme Court could decide next month to reject its proposed path through the state, setting the project back months or longer President Barack Obama stepped into an oil-slicked Keystone Pipeline mess on his way out of town Friday, contradicting the findings of his own State and Energy Departments.

  • Q.R. - Kink' Schulte

    Q.R. "Kink" Schulte passed away Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at his daughter's home in Nashville, Tenn., with his family by his side. Kink will always be remembered as a man of his word, who always made life interesting for everyone around him.

  • North Dakota eager to expand trade with Cuba

    Bismarck, N.D. a The Obama administration's move to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba could lead to increased sales of North Dakota crops to the communist island nation, though some issues would need to be sorted out, officials say. North Dakota farmers grow an abundance of dry peas, dry beans, lentils and potatoes, which are all big parts of the Cuban diet.

  • North Dakota to Receive $1.2M for Flood Mitigation Efforts

    North Dakota is receiving $1.2 million in federal funds for flood mitigation efforts and home buyouts in Cass County. Members of the state's congressional delegation announced the funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

  • US-Cuba thaw could benefit farmers, energy and travel firms

    Freighters once carried Cuban nickel and limestone to the port of New Orleans and North Dakota beans to Havana. Cuban families ate bowls of American rice, while U.S. tourists flocked to casinos and nightclubs in Havana.

  • How Congress Could Finally Change The Nonsensical Way We Fund Schools

    On the day President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act into law to help fund low-income schools, he reflected on how education had helped him achieve the American dream: "As a son of a tenant farmer, I know that education is the only valid passport from poverty." Anyone who has been paying attention knows that we've not yet achieved President Johnson's lofty vision: school funding continues to be wildly unequal and extremely unjust .

  • Senate Votes to Extend Tax Breaks | Will Help Farmers, Small Businesses

    The Senate passed a last-minute bill extending a massive package of temporary tax breaks through the end of year. The bill would enable millions of businesses and individuals to claim the tax breaks on their 2014 tax returns.

  • McConnell Puts Keystone First on the Agenda

    Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Tuesday told reporters that in looking ahead to the new year, a bill sponsored by Republican John Hoeven of North Dakota would lead off the floor schedule. "We'll be starting next year with a job-creating bill that enjoys significant bipartisan support," McConnell said of the pipeline legislation.

  • North Dakotans Convicted in Crop Insurance Scam Told not to Contact Witnesses

    A North Dakota judge has issued an order prohibiting two brothers convicted in a federal crop insurance case from contacting witnesses called by the government. A jury recently found Aaron and Derek Johnson guilty of conspiring to receive illegal payments and giving false statements.

  • News, sports, business, jobs

    A winning Wild Card 2 ticket worth $327,944 that was purchased in North Dakota for the Saturday, Dec. 13 draw hit the jackpot by matching all five white balls and the Wild Card, according to a press release from the state attorney general's office. The winning numbers were 9, 11, 12, 24, 26 and the Wild Card was the Ace of Diamonds.

  • Pride of North Dakota Sets Attendance Record

    More than 36,000 shoppers - a new record - participated in the four Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcases in November and December 2014. "Attendance at the Fargo and Grand Forks Showcases set new records," said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring.

  • Revealed: How Big Oil Got Expedited Permitting for Fracking on Public Lands Into the Defense Bill

    The 1,648-page piece of pork barrel legislation contains a provision - among other controversial measures - to streamline permitting for hydraulic fracturing on U.S. public lands overseen by the Bureau of Land Management , a unit of the U.S. Department of Interior. Buried on page 2,179 of the bill as Section 3021 and subtitled "Bureau of Land Management Permit Processing," the bill's passage has won praise from both the American Petroleum Institute and the Independent Petroleum Association of America and comes on the heels of countries from around the world coming to a preliminary deal at the United Nations climate summit in Lima, Peru, to cap greenhouse gas emissions .

  • Omnibus spending bill funds priorities for N.D.

    The omnibus spending bill approved by the Senate Saturday night includes a number of provisions that will benefit North Dakota, according to the state's congressional delegation. The bill passing the Senate will fund the U.S. federal government through September 2015.

  • ND designer's fashions showcased at rodeo

    A North Dakota designer's western fashions recently made their debut at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. This week, Coulee Creek Designs owner Melanie Luger sponsored Kassidy Dennison, the first Navajo woman to compete on rodeo's big stage, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

  • Feel the tax burn: Give now, give forever

    North Dakotans are known for their generosity and willingness to quickly lend a helping hand. We offer our help in the form of hands-on work and time, but statistics show the same doesn't hold true when it comes to monetary help.

  • Hands-On Training at Rescue School

    Ninety-six percent of North Dakota's Firefighters are volunteers, which is why any opportunity for training and learning is important. "If we need assistance from a neighboring department, we know what their level of training is, we know who is going to arrive, and we have worked together before," says Rob Knuth, the North Dakota Firefighter's Association training director.

  • North Dakota's oil boom drives diversity in once isolated land

    Steel-toed boots and worn sneakers lined a hallway outside an auxiliary room in the Williston Public Library one recent Friday afternoon. Inside, around 50 men gathered, some wearing heavily stained fire-resistant roughneck overalls or heavy winter coats, while others donned robes and prayer caps.

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