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JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- Efforts to raise investments in a planned soybean processing plant at Spiritwood are being extended, according to Scott Austin, CEO of Minnesota Soybean Processors.
JAMESTOWN -- After growing up on a farm near Kensal in the '50s one Stutsman County man used his service in the military to expand his options and see the world. “When I graduated from high school there was not much opportunity, so I joined the service in 1962,” said Vietnam War veteran Bernard Hoggarth. Hoggarth’s career goal was to become a doctor after he went for an airplane ride with Dr. Clarence Martin, a local physician.
SPIRITWOOD, N.D. -- The Cargill Malt plant “went dark” at the end of October, completing a shutdown process announced in April. The company cited a change in the type of malt preferred by brewers as one of the reasons for the closing that cost the plant’s 55 employees their jobs. The malting process steeps barley or other grains in water. The grain then germinates to convert starches to sugars before the malt is dried. The malt can then be fermented into alcoholic products, such as beer.
ALFRED, N.D.—Neil Schott, a farmer near Alfred, said he kept feeling worse as the growing season progressed and his crops matured. "Started having problems this summer," he said. "I went in for a stress test, and that didn't get me off the hook." Not doing well on a stress test resulted in bypass surgery about 5 1/2 weeks ago. The timing of the surgery fell after he had harvested the wheat but before his soybean crop was mature, so he looked to Farm Rescue for some help.
Two Democratic challengers face two Republican incumbents for two seats on the North Dakota Public Service Commission in November. Brian Kroshus was appointed to the PSC in 2017 after Brian Kalk resigned from the commission. As an appointed member, he must run in the next general election cycle. Kroshus is challenged by Casey Buchmann. In the second PSC race, Republican incumbent Randy Christmann is being challenged by Democrat Jeannie Brandt. Buchmann, a Democrat, returned to North Dakota in 2007 after working in Missouri for several years.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Jeremy Rittenbach, Jamestown area farmer, took to his field Monday to tell the world how he raises food-grade soybeans. Rittenbach recorded a segment for the television show "Food Quest." The second season of the show is currently airing on FYI and A&E channels. "Food Quest" previously aired on the Food Channel. "Food Quest" is hosted by Kim Alexis and Mario Lopez and explores foods from around the world.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—A new form of charitable gaming could receive final approval later this summer, although gaming operators in Jamestown question whether it might be feasible for their operations. "It all depends on the rules and regulations," said Dennis Rexin, manager of the Knights of Columbus Hall in Jamestown which operates 16 gaming sites in the region. Jeff Paiement, executive director of Progress Enterprises, which operates four gaming sites, said his group was taking a wait-and-see approach.
EDGELEY, N.D.—Three cities in south central North Dakota received a windfall of $125,000 each Tuesday, May 1, from NextEra Energy Resources. The payments were made to Edgeley, Kulm and Ellendale. The communities are located near the Foxtail Wind Farm that NextEra developed and recently sold to Xcel Energy. Construction is planned to begin on the Foxtail Wind project later this month. The project includes 75 turbines with a capacity of 150 megawatts. Preliminary cost estimates for the project are about $276 million with a planned project completion by the end of 2019.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Economic development officials are looking at the newly announced Opportunity Zones as a chance for people to invest in local communities and shelter some income from capital gains tax. Gov. Doug Burgum announced Friday, April 20, the designation of 25 zones in 15 counties in North Dakota. The Opportunity Zone program was part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act approved by Congress and signed by the president. All the states were allowed to specify areas that would participate in the program.
A change in Medicare cards is resulting in an opportunity for scam artists, according to Josh Askvig, AARP state director for North Dakota. The new cards look similar to the old version but do not include the recipient's Social Security number. Removing the Social Security number is intended to reduce the risk of identity theft, Askvig said.