STANTON, N.D. -- Leveled in less than 30 seconds, Stanton Station coal-fired power plant, the oldest in Great River Energy’s North Dakota fleet, was erased from the west bank of the Missouri River in Mercer County on Thursday, Oct. 11. The plant, about 60 miles north of Bismarck, once had a 188-megawatt capacity. GRE announced Stanton Station’s closure in July 2016. Demolition work, gutting the plants innards, started in November.
BISMARCK -- Police have identified the man found dead in a room Sunday afternoon, Oct. 7, at the Bismarck Motor Motel. Bismarck Police Sgt. Tim Sass said the man is Stephen Claymore, 29, of Bismarck. Police responded about 2:47 p.m. Sunday to the motel at 2301 East Main Ave. for a welfare check after the manager was unable to rouse him after knocking at the door to his room. Sass said detectives told him there was "nothing suspicious" concerning his cause of death, which is not yet clear.
BISMARCK -- Gov. Doug Burgum has named North Dakota state government's next chief people officer, the second person to serve in such a role. Kelsey Roth, previously director of human resources at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, will begin Oct. 30. She also has more than 10 years experience in HR management for Amazon. Roth succeeds previous CPO Cheri Schoenfish, who returned to Microsoft in Fargo after a yearlong civic leave of absence. As CPO, Roth will lead a restructured HR division in the state Office of Management and Budget and serve in Burgum's Cabinet.
NEW TOWN, N.D. -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs is adding another investigator on the Fort Berthold Reservation in response to concerns about public safety, according to an announcement Tuesday, Oct. 2, from federal authorities. Chris Myers, U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota, recently met with Charles Addington, director of the Office of Justice Services at the BIA, in response to concerns raised recently about criminal investigations.
BISMARCK -- The third of seven federal defendants indicted from the Dakota Access Pipeline protests was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison on Thursday, Sept. 27. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors from earlier this year, Michael Markus pleaded guilty to civil disorder, with the more serious crime of use of fire to commit a federal felony dismissed. Besides the 36 months, U.S. District of North Dakota Chief Judge Daniel Hovland sentenced Markus on Thursday for the term to be followed by three years supervised release, under attorneys' joint recommendation.
BISMARCK -- Andeavor stockholders voted to approve the company's merger with Marathon Petroleum Corp. Approval made up 99 percent of votes cast. Marathon's voting stockholders also cast votes 98 percent in approval. The pending merger is expected to be complete Oct. 1. Andeavor stockholders also voted in compensation for Andeavor executive officers in connection with the merger.
BISMARCK -- The University of Mary has received a $2.8 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to protect against the threat of a landslide. The three-year grant will allow for additional engineering and the stabilization of a hill on the west side of campus by Apple Creek, located in close proximity to a 225-bed dormitory called North Hall.
TIOGA, N.D. -- A broken pipe connection caused a brine spill on Saturday, Sept. 15, that contaminated farmland in Mountrail County, according to information released by the North Dakota Department of Health on Tuesday. Basic Energy Services estimates that 500 barrels, or 21,000 gallons, of produced water spilled at a saltwater disposal well owned by Basic Energy Services about 7 miles southeast of Tioga, which is just across the border in Williams County.
BISMARCK -- The first case of measles in the state since 2011 was reported in Burleigh County on Tuesday. The North Dakota Department of Health said in a news release Wednesday that the infected person traveled between numerous locations in the Bismarck area last month while contagious, including two Catholic schools in Bismarck.
BISMARCK -- The conversion of a crude oil pipeline to transport natural gas liquids from the heart of the Bakken was approved Wednesday, Sept. 5, by the North Dakota Public Service Commission. The three-member commission gave unanimous approval to Andeavor Logistics to convert 42 miles of the BakkenLink pipeline, which was originally approved in 2012 to transport crude oil. The company requested to convert a portion of the pipeline to transport natural gas liquids. North Dakota’s production of natural gas liquids is growing, but the state lacks sufficient pipeline capacity.