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BISMARCK—Otter Tail Power Co. has asked the North Dakota Public Service Commission for a rate increase that will raise typical residential bills by about $11.50 a month, the company said Thursday, Nov. 2. The request was partly driven by "investments in required environmental technologies" at the Big Stone coal-fired plant and improved transmission infrastructure. The rate case is expected to last nearly a year.
BISMARCK—North Dakota celebrated its 128th birthday Thursday, Oct. 2, by releasing the biennial Blue Book. The 592-page book is a compilation of all things North Dakota, including biographies of elected officials, a list of Miss Rodeo North Dakota winners dating back to 1955 and a map of state parks. The book's latest edition was introduced in a ceremony at the state Capitol Thursday. It features the state Department of Agriculture's Pride of Dakota program and a chapter on the impact of World War I on North Dakota.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota land commissioner is among three finalists for the job, Gov. Doug Burgum's office said Thursday, Nov. 2. The five-member Land Board, chaired by Gov. Doug Burgum, approved a short-term extension for Lance Gaebe's appointment earlier this year but also opened up applications for the position. A selection committee forwarded three finalists to the Land Board: • Gaebe, who has served in his role since August 2010 • Douglas Lee of Bismarck, who most recently worked as general manager of KLJ Progress Solutions
FARGO — Eleven Fargo attorneys have applied to succeed a North Dakota district judge who will retire early next year, the state Supreme Court said Wednesday, Nov. 1. The applicants for the East Central Judicial District vacancy are: • Alisha Ankers • Marquis Bradshaw • David Chapman • Constance Cleveland • Katrina Turman Lang • Jason McLean • Adele Page • Susan Solheim • Stephannie Stiel • Nicholas Thornton • Tristan Van de Streek
BEMIDJI, Minn. — Testing deer for chronic wasting disease will be a focus for Department of Natural Resources staff in several permit areas in north-central, central and southeast Minnesota when the firearms season opens Saturday, Nov. 4, officials say. "That's going to occupy a lot of our staff for the first few days of deer season," said John Williams, Northwest Region wildlife supervisor for the DNR in Bemidji. "Just about everybody in wildlife is going to be wearing that hat on the opener and the next couple of days (after that)."
Vice President Mike Pence will speak from Minot Air Force Base today. The speech is scheduled to begin at about 2:20 p.m. Related: Vice President Pence to visit North Dakota air base We will carry live coverage of Pence's speech beginning at 2 p.m. You can find the live stream on our live video page.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Highway Patrol is urging motorists to travel with care Thursday and Friday. High winds are expected across the state, while winter storm conditions are possible in eastern North Dakota. During inclement weather, high-profile, long-load type, and permitted over-dimensional vehicles have restricted travel, the patrol said in a news release Oct. 26. State law restricts movement for these vehicles when wind or other conditions may cause the vehicle or attachment to swerve, whip, sway, or fail to follow in the path of the towing vehicle.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's governor and senior senator will join Vice President Mike Pence when he visits Minot Air Force Base Friday, Oct. 27. Pence, a Republican, will meet with base leadership and address the airmen. The base is home to both B-52 bombers and intercontinental ballistic missile silos. "It's important for the administration to be familiar with the good work of our airmen and understand the importance of maintaining a credible and modern nuclear force to counter threats like North Korea and Iran," Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said in a statement.
MITCHELL, S.D. — The names of the people involved in a fatal crash Saturday, Oct. 21, near Mitchell have officially been released. Along with Tracy Morehead, who died from injuries sustained in the crash, 37-year-old Mitchell resident Brent Klinger sustained minor injuries and 33-year-old Ashley Klinger, also of Mitchell, sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
BELCOURT, N.D. — The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Tribal Council voted to remove its chairman for alleged misconduct Monday, Oct. 23. The vote was unanimous, with seven of the council's nine members present for the meeting, according to a copy of the resolution posted on a tribal government Facebook page. Wayne Keplin, the ousted chairman, was not present. Keplin's ouster is effective immediately. Council Vice Chairman Roman Marcellais has been the acting chairman amid the leadership turmoil.