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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.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Dr. Robert Badal credits implementing the Journey to Success program in 2007 with helping the University of Jamestown, its students and himself reach the level of achievement they have today. "It is a concept that started to change the way we thought about ourselves," he said. "After developing that idea, and getting it implemented, I started having more fun." The Journey to Success is a self-assessment and mentoring program designed to help the student find his or her "calling" in life, Badal said.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Systems used at the county and state levels to issue emergency alerts require more steps and more human participation than a system used in Hawaii, according to North Dakota and Stutsman County emergency management officials. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency accidentally issued a false alert to the public Saturday, Jan. 13, warning that ballistic missiles were headed toward the state. The emergency alert was retracted 38 minutes later.
BISMARCK—Gov. Doug Burgum cited the ongoing dry conditions in much of North Dakota when he requested a presidential major disaster declaration for the state Tuesday.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Reports of some wheat fields yielding less than 20 bushels per acre and moisture totals for the year comparable to the drought year of 1988 have prompted Mark Watne, president of North Dakota Farmers Union, to request federal disaster payments for crop and livestock farmers. "There have been great efforts to get hay and forage into the hands of ranchers," Watne said in a press release Thursday. "That won't fix the financial disaster that is looming."
A Minnesota electrical cooperative is looking to meet its expansion needs with a new wind energy project in North Dakota, according to Jon Brekke, vice president and chief marketing officer for Great River Energy. "When you compare wind to other new sources of energy, wind is comparable with or without the production tax credit," he said. The production tax credit is a federal incentive program that allows tax breaks for wind energy development. It expires in 2020.