BISMARCK -- North Dakota farmers are set to break records in soybean, corn and canola production. Based on Oct. 1 conditions, North Dakota’s soybean crop is forecast at 234 million bushels, up 26 percent from last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Corn production is expected to come in at 445 million bushels, up 36 percent from last year, and 2.57 billion pounds of canola are expected, up 3 percent over last year.
BISMARCK -- More than $20 million in contracts were awarded Wednesday for Phase I of Bismarck Airport's runway replacement project, which is planned to replace surfaces as old as 60 years. The Bismarck City Commission named Strata Corporation of Grand Forks as the general contractor for $19.37 million, and Edling Electric was awarded the electrical contract for $781,024. Greg Haug, airport manager, said the city has budgeted $24.3 million for the first of the three-phase project in 2017.
NEAR CANNON BALL, N.D. -- Protesters broke through a fence line at an alternate construction site for the Dakota Access Pipeline early Saturday afternoon south of Mandan. Three private security officers at the site were injured by protesters, said Donnell Preskey, spokeswoman for the Morton County Sheriff's Office. One of them required hospitalization. Two security K-9s were also taken to veterinarians to be treated for injuries.
BEULAH, N.D. -- Construction of Dakota Gasification Co.'s urea fertilizer plant near Beulah was set back after a strong storm over the holiday weekend caused damage. Wind speeds at the Great Plains Synfuels Plant were clocked at nearly 80 mph when the storm hit at 6:15 p.m. Sunday.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- At Bismarck State College, 15 employees are retiring by the end of this year, most of them driven to early retirement by statewide budget cuts. Earlier this year, BSC was required to cut its 2017-19 budget by $1.6 million due to the state's falling revenue as oil and agricultural prices continue to drop.
NEW TOWN, N.D. -- The author of a Duke University study that found long-term radioactive and chemical contamination from brine spills in the oil patch will be in North Dakota to discuss the study in more detail. Avner Vengosh, an environmental geologist from the university’s Nicholas School of the Environment, will present the information at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Teddy’s Hotel and Suites in New Town. The meeting is sponsored by Fort Berthold P.O.W.E.R., an affiliate of the Dakota Resource Council.