Budgeting process a question as counties form ‘human service zones’

Human services in North Dakota will transition from a county-by-county approach to a regional approach as a result of action by the legislature this past session. But getting there will take some planning and coordinating. Jack Dura with the Bismarck Tribune has the full story on how the future of social services is unfolding.

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Bismarck City Commission approves off-highway vehicle ordinance

Under a strict set of requirements like minimum speed, roll cage, turn signals, and others, certain off-highway vehicles will be allowed on Bismarck streets. Owen Piehl with the Bismarck Tribune has the full story.

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Bismarck City Commission overturns Planning Commission, says yes to small house

Bismarck’s City Commission heard an appeal from a property owner who wanted to build a home on a smaller-than-usual lot in one of Bismarck’s historic neighborhoods. Though there was protest from some against the construction, the Commission found the use of a lot size variance appropriate. Get the full story from the Bismarck Tribune. How

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Bakken Midstream seeks ‘fundamental change’ for North Dakota natural gas

Natural gas is a byproduct of North Dakota oil production, and that invites the question — what should we do with it. Currently, a lot of gas is being flared because the infrastructure to collect, store, and use the product is still being built. But what if we had uses for the product right here

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Xcel Energy plans to end coal use in Upper Midwest by 2030

One of Minnesota and North Dakota’s biggest energy suppliers is on the record with its plan to go greener. Xcel energy announced it will be ending dependence on coal in the Upper Midwest by the end of the next decade. Get the full story from the Bismarck Tribune.

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Bismarck’s Main Avenue to undergo permanent road diet

Bismarck’s Main Avenue will be transitioned down from 4-lanes to 3-lanes. It’s a project under the emerging practice in engineering known as ‘road diets’. It’s about making roads as friendly to bikes and pedestrians as they are to cars and trucks; there’s also less to maintain. Cheryl McCormack with the Bismarck Tribune has the full

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North Dakota Health Council to review proposed cottage food rules

Should we be able to sell food we make in our own kitchen? Over the past two legislative sessions, passionate supporters successfully pushed back against regulations and won more freedom on this front, but the tug of war between state health officials and food freedom advocates continues. Jack Dura with the Bismarck Tribune has the

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Capitol makeover — public entrance set for $2 million remodel

By the time the next legislative session roles around, we’ll have a new and improved entrance to our Capitol. Jack Dura with the Bismarck Tribune has the full story on the makeover planned for the South entrance of Bismarck’s landmark building.

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