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ND wind energy continues growth

Wind energy development hit a few bumps in North Dakota over the past year, but projects remain on the horizon or are moving forward. Three projects went into service in 2019, all in December. Those projects were in Dickey, Mercer, Morton, Emmons and Logan counties. Various projects remain ...

Real-time imagery of roads

WATFORD CITY – A project using drones to assess gravel roads following rain events will begin in McKenzie County this spring. In January, the McKenzie County Commission voted unanimously to award ISight RPV Services of Grand Forks funding to provide the drone assessments that will give ...

ND refineries

Mandan Refinery Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s (MPC) Mandan Refinery is the oldest refinery in North Dakota. Beginning operations in 1954, today the refinery has a crude oil refining capacity of 71,000 barrels per calendar day (bpcd), according to Marathon’s website The refinery ...

Berthold-based company

BERTHOLD – SandPro got its start when several partners found a niche in the market and formed the sand filtration company. The company is advancing and now has an extended product line. Partners in the oil-field service company are Jake Feil, CEO; Josh Blackaby, Health, Safety and ...

Project Tundra reduces CO2

CENTER – A pilot project at Minnkota Power Cooperative’s Milton R. Young Station near Center is proving the feasibility of technology to capture carbon from North Dakota lignite coal. Project Tundra is in an advanced research phase and results indicate the technology could be ready for ...

Tribal college receives $2.5 million for Enhance Engineering Program

NEW TOWN – The Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College in New Town recently received $2.5 million from the National Science Foundation for the college’s Full-Circle Engineering Center of Excellence. Sen. Kevin Cramer announced the award in March. The Full-Circle Engineering Center of Excellence ...

Significant development

DENVER – Outrigger Energy II LLC, based in Denver, is planning a 70-mile long pipeline to a new processing plant at Williston. The company announced in January it has entered into a long-term gas gathering and processing agreement with XTO Energy, Inc. to service XTO’s production in ...

Getting out in the community

Churches in Minot are taking steps to get out into the community and share its faith in some nontraditional ways. Father Justin Waltz of St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church, who was appointed to his current position in 2012, has been sharing his faith by inviting the congregation and ...

Help during difficult times

Unknown to many, they play a vital role in the community. They are chaplains who provide emotional and spiritual care to anyone, no matter what their religious beliefs. Mark Henson is a board certified chaplain and director of pastoral services for Trinity Health. He is one of four full-time ...

School is a mission of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Brethren Church

Private Christian schools in the area often have an ongoing partnership with a sponsoring church or churches. At Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Brethren Church in Minot, the connection has been a close and long-lasting one. Executive Pastor Pete Pederson said the congregation launched a ...

Progress at Metigoshe Ministries

Bigger and better than ever, and almost complete. The Retreat Center at Metigoshe Ministries has been undergoing a makeover for the past several months. It has been expanded to nearly twice its original size and upgrades have been made, or are in the process of being completed, throughout ...

‘Christ’s hands on Earth’

RUGBY – Members of the Catholic Youth Organization at St. Therese Little Flower Parish in Rugby traveled to the Fargo-Moorhead area this past August for an opportunity to act as “Christ’s hands on Earth.” “Our motto that (religious educators) keep telling us is ‘We are Christ’s ...

Social distancing leaves Rugby streets quieter

RUGBY – The bells at St. Therese the Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby rang as usual to call parishioners to Mass one Sunday morning in late March, but no cars rumbled into the gravel parking lot. An hour later, at the scheduled time for worship services, the parking lot was empty at ...

Creativity links subjects

The Magic City Discovery Center has big plans for bringing even more art to its new building. Wendy Keller, the interim executive director, said that they started with the acronym STEAM, meaning Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. “Research says that the arts are so important ...

A work of Artspace

It opened seven years ago amid a mixture of optimism and skepticism. Today it has become a recognizable feature of downtown Minot. Located on the east side of the north end of Main Street, Artspace stands tall. “We love our Minot building,” said Jean Kramer-Johnson, Minneapolis, director ...

Putting creativity on stage

BOTTINEAU – Keeping a small town community theater going for nearly 60 years is a feat not possible without a generous amount of local support. Bottineau Community Theater has that support from area residents who appreciate and look forward to the shows and from dedicated troupe members who ...

‘It costs nothing to hope’

The Minot State University Summer Theatre is being heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If things do not get better by the time summer comes around, they may have to cancel their 55th season. Chad Gifford, the artistic director of the Summer Theatre, said they could not hold local ...

Taube Museum of Art youth movement and its connections in the community

Growing up in a military family, Rachel Alfaro spent seven years in sunny Florida before attending Minot State University for its art program from 2012-2017. Ready for a new adventure plus affordability and numerous scholarships, were some of the many reasons why MSU was the destination. “To ...