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BISMARCK—MDU Resources Group Inc. CEO Dave Goodin touted the company's improved economic performance and predictions for continued success during the corporation's annual shareholder meeting in Bismarck on Tuesday, May 8. In the first quarter of 2018, the company had earnings of $41.9 million, or 22 cents per share, compared to first quarter 2017 earnings of $35.5 million.
BISMARCK—Proponents of legalizing recreational marijuana use are about 2,500 signatures away from requirements for a measure to be placed on the November ballot. The measure needs 13,452 valid, qualified signatures to go to a vote, according to the North Dakota Secretary of State's office.
ANAMOOSE, N.D. — Borscht made from homegrown beets, local potato pierogies and pasta sauce made with heirloom tomatoes grace the lunch counter at FARMtastic Heritage Food Hub on Main Street in Anamoose. "The food is just incredible because the ingredients are incredible," said founder Mirek Petrovic. The food hub has been open for about a month, and Petrovic said it's been well received, serving daily lunch specials and baked goods.
BISMARCK — Flags waving, dogs barking and children running about marked the scene on the steps of North Dakota's Capitol building on Saturday, April 14. Amid national calls for stricter gun control in the wake of school shootings, about 200 people gathered locally at the Americans for America rally, hoping to show there are those on the other side of the issue. "I'd like people to know Second Amendment rights are important to many people," said Robert Gregoire, of Bismarck.
BISMARCK—A judge has set bond at $2,500 cash for a Burleigh County sheriff's deputy charged with theft and drug crimes while on the job. Kerry Komrosky, 31, was arrested Tuesday after allegedly stealing a pound of methamphetamine valued at $10,000 and 13 cell phones from the Metro Area Task Force. Burleigh County Sheriff Pat Heinert said Komrosky was put on leave immediately when evidence of the stolen items was found in his home and an internal investigation was launched. Komrosky has resigned from the force.
MANDAN, N.D.—An ice jam broke loose, forcing crews to change tactics in their search for a missing man in the Heart River. "Our biggest concern now is, even last night as we were wrapping up, an ice jam we had been watching most of the day let loose," Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said Wednesday, April 11. The incident covered the day's search area in large chunks of ice.
BISMARCK—Attorneys are awaiting a court date for what will be the final showdown in the proposed Sanford Health and Mid Dakota Clinic merger. Sanford and Mid Dakota appealed, in the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court Magistrate Alice Senechal's preliminary injunction blocking the proposed merger. The judge sided with the Federal Trade Commission and North Dakota Attorney General's office that the merger could result in antitrust law violations should it be allowed to proceed before a final FTC determination can be made.
MANDAN, N.D.—Thanks to the latest federal budget legislation, more money is available to livestock producers affected by natural disaster, including North Dakota ranchers hurt by the 2017 drought. As part of the budget bill, Congress voted to eliminate the funding cap for the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program. Prior to the budget act, funding for ELAP was limited to $20 million. However, U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency calculations were showing demand of $40 million and growing, according to the office of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.
BISMARCK—The public has until April 26 to comment on the proposed repeal of Obama-era regulation of carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. For North Dakota's part, state environmental health regulators are calling for repeal and a new rule that would be driven at the state level.
BISMARCK—To help local care providers find the nurses and health care professionals they need, an online referral-based recruiting company is offering its services in Bismarck.