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MINOT, N.D.—North Dakota's farm organization leaders offer differing viewpoints on what's ahead for farmers and ranchers in the tax bill passed by Congress and signed by President Trump last month. Daryl Lies, who farms at Douglas and leads the North Dakota Farm Bureau, an organization with 27,000 member families, attended the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual convention this month held in Nashville, Ten. President Donald Trump spoke to the group Monday, Jan 8, about the tax reform package signed into law Dec. 22.
NEW TOWN, N.D. — A $5,000 reward has been added to the $21,000 reward in the search for Olivia Lone Bear, mother of five children, from New Town who has been missing since Oct. 24. The additional $5,000 is being offered through the generosity of the Institute for Trafficked, Exploited and Missing Persons and its founder Patrick Atkinson, according to a news release issued by Lone Bear's family.
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE — President Trump signed authorization for funding that would upgrade key defense capabilities in North Dakota, including the UH-1N helicopters, intercontinental ballistic missiles and B-52 bombers at Minot Air Force Base. On Tuesday, U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp issued statements after the president signed into law the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill includes, according to Hoeven and Heitkamp:
MINOT, N.D.—Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit Minot Air Force Base on Friday. Details of the visit aren't available at this time. When Pence arrives at Minot AFB, he will be visiting the Department of Defense's only dual-wing, nuclear-capable installation. The 5th Bomb Wing has the B-52 bombers. The 91st Missile Wing has Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles in underground facilities in several counties.
PARSHALL, N.D. — The Three Affiliated Tribes, coming on the heels of starting work on a huge drug treatment complex in Bismarck, are making plans to build an assisted living facility in Parshall. Bids for the $7 million to $8 million Parshall project are due in August and construction will start shortly after with completion in late 2018.. A Nelson-Tremain Partnership, Architecture and Design, project, the assisted living facility will be on 9.9 acres and fully financed by the tribes.
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—Michael Turk says he's lucky to be alive after he was gored by a bison two weeks ago while hiking on a trail in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, south of Watford City. "I know I was lucky to be alive. If it had hit my femoral artery (the largest artery in the body), it would have been the end of me," said Turk, now at his father's home in Biloxi, Miss.
MINOT, ND.—Capt. David D. Schindele was a Minuteman I intercontinental ballistic missile launch crew commander in the Minot Air Force Base missile field when he experienced a situation in which a flying object took down all 10 of the nuclear-tipped missiles he was responsible for, causing them to be unlaunchable. That was 50 years ago. Air Force officials instructed Schindele never to speak about the incident and as far as he was concerned, it never happened. Schindele was at a launch control facility near Mohall when the incident occurred.
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE — Gen. John E. Hyten, who became commander of U.S. Strategic Command several months ago, says the best part of his job is to meet and visit with the airmen, as he did earlier this week while at Minot Air Force Base. "I get to lead them and I get to try to get them the things they need to do their job but fundamentally they do all the work," he said.
MINOT — Former North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Herbert L. Meschke died at his home near Minot on Friday. Meschke was 89. Meschke was a veteran Minot lawyer when he was named to the state's high court in 1985 by Gov. George Sinner to fill a vacancy. In a story in the Minot Daily News when Meschke and Beryl Levine, who also was appointed to fill a vacancy on the N.D. Supreme Court, were sworn in as justices in February 1985, Minot lawyer Mark Purdy, who practiced with Meschke in Minot, described him as a "lawyer's lawyer."
MINOT, N.D. — An increase in activity in North Dakota's oil patch is bringing optimism back to the area. "After 2014 we had a tough couple years and lost about 13,000 jobs in the industry. That's coming back now," said Rob Lindberg, director of Bakken Backers, a coalition formed about five years ago and comprised of businesses, leaders, workers and citizens who support North Dakota's oil and gas industry. Lindberg, of Bismarck, spoke recently to the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce's Energy Committee.