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ST. PAUL — A farmer from Renville County has been named the interim president of the Minnesota Farmers Union. Gary Wertish, who has served as vice-president to the MFU for the last five years, assumed the leadership position this week following the retirement Dec. 31 of Doug Peterson. Peterson, had been president of the farm advocacy organization for the past 14 years. "MFU is focused right now on the beginning of the Minnesota Legislative session and working with the new administration in Washington D.C. and our members of Congress," Wertish said.
OTSEGO, Minn. -- Three students were injured when a pickup driver passed through a school bus stop sign Thursday morning, Jan. 19, and struck them in this north Twin Cities metro community, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office said. Around 6:50 a.m., law enforcement and medical personnel responded to calls that several pedestrians were hit as they were about to load an Elk River School District bus.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota House passed a bill to “harmonize” state law with the recently passed constitutional provision known as “Marsy’s Law” Thursday, Jan. 19. House Bill 1194 passed with only two dissenting votes. Rep. Lawrence Klemin, R-Bismarck, said it doesn’t change any of the provisions of the measure that voters approved in November, but rather amends inconsistent parts of state law.
The Rolette County Sheriff's Department will hold a press conference from Rolla, N.D. at 10 a.m. to address the shooting of a police officer and suspect . Join us for live coverage of the press conference on our live video page beginning at 9:45 a.m.
PORTAL, N.D. – Winter weather contributed to a spill at a saltwater disposal well last weekend but the contamination was contained to the site, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said Wednesday, Jan. 18. RIM Operating Inc. reported that 400 barrels, or 16,800 gallons, of produced water spilled and was contained and recovered at the site about 8 miles east of Portal.
BISMARCK - North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk is a candidate for a job at the Energy and Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota. Kalk said he has had two interviews for the director of energy systems development and would resign from the Public Service Commission if hired for the position. "I'm hopeful that a formal offer is coming our way," Kalk said Wednesday, Jan. 18.
BOWMAN, N.D. — A pipeline leak has caused a spill of about 300 barrels, or 12,600 gallons, of produced water about 11 miles south of Bowman, the North Dakota Department of Health said Tuesday, Jan. 17. The leak, in a gathering pipeline owned by Luff Exploration Co., was discovered last Friday. Officials were still working to determine the extent of the damage, but there were no indications that it affected water sources, said Bill Suess, spill investigation program manager. The health department and the North Dakota Industrial Commission are investigating. (FNS)
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota House easily passed legislation to limit the bonuses given to the governors’ staff and appointees Tuesday, Jan. 17. House Bill 1153 would limit recruitment and retention bonuses paid to an employee in the governor’s office or state officer appointed by the governor to 10 percent of their annual salary or $5,000, whichever is less. It came in response some controversy over bonuses paid to some of former Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s staff and Cabinet members in 2015.
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