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FARGO—Wind farms are hailed as a source of clean, renewable energy. But even wind energy supporters acknowledge that those spinning wind turbine blades impose an environmental cost: dead birds. Consequently, federal wildlife officials are mulling a morbid question involving a large North Dakota wind farm: How many bald eagle deaths do they consider acceptable for a bird that is legally protected and hallowed as a national symbol? Their tentative answer: About one per year, or up to five dead bald eagles over a five-year permit period.
FARGO—Al Jaeger will be armed with a letter of support from the North Dakota Republican Party once he files petition signatures to get on the November ballot to run as an independent for secretary of state, the office he currently holds as a Republican. The North Dakota GOP's state committee voted unanimously on Saturday, June 16, to give Jaeger the letter of support for his independent candidacy.
FARGO — North Dakota Republican leaders reportedly have been informed by Will Gardner that he intends to follow through with his planned withdrawal from the secretary of state race. Gardner, who was the endorsed GOP candidate and the only Republican on the ballot in the secretary of state race in the primary on Tuesday, June 12, came away with 93 percent of the vote.
FARGO -- Will Gardner, the endorsed Republican candidate for secretary of state, drew 93 percent of the vote in unofficial returns in the GOP primary despite withdrawing from the race after news reports surfaced of his arrest years ago for window peeping. Republicans gave write-in candidates 7 percent of the vote in the North Dakota primary Tuesday, June 12, with 396 of 424 precincts reporting in unofficial, incomplete results.
FARGO — North Dakota State University's vice president for research will step down earlier than planned and faces new allegations of creating a hostile workplace as well as gender discrimination in an office accused of allowing "man bashing." Kelly Rusch will leave her post on July 1 and will become a tenured faculty member in civil and environmental engineering. Rusch had given notice in January that she would be "seeking opportunities outside of NDSU" after a comprehensive review reported scathing criticisms of her administration of scientific research.
FARGO — A new review of rural Cass County residents who applied for farm home tax exemptions could add the property value equivalent of the entire town of Kindred, N.D., back to the county's tax rolls.
FARGO — Heidi Heitkamp is well known as a U.S. senator and former North Dakota attorney general. But to her brothers and sisters, she is remembered as the sibling who spent lots of time in the family's laundry room. Doing the laundry was one of her designated chores in a family of seven children. "Buried, reading book after book," sister Holly said, recalling what her older sister was often doing instead of folding the laundry. "Pretending to be working," brother Joel added.
MOORHEAD—Well-wishers crowded around the depot here as families and friends gathered to see their sons and brothers board a train that would carry the young men on a journey that ultimately would take them to the battlefields of Europe. It was cloudy that day, and the roads were muddy, making travel difficult for those who came from the countryside for the send-off ceremony on Saturday, May 25, 1918, one of many such celebrations to bid farewell to waves of men who were going off to fight in World War I.
FARGO—Stacked pallets filled with bags of malt line the back of Drekker Brewing Co. here and a fermenting aroma vaguely reminiscent of baking bread perfumed the brew house. The pleasant smell was a mild distraction as Mark Bjornstad, Drekker's co-founder, explained the crucial role of malt as a key ingredient in brewing beer.
BISMARCK — The State Board of Higher Education has given the green light for North Dakota State University backers to launch fundraising drives for major campus building proposals, including a $60 million agriculture center and a $37.2 million indoor practice facility.