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BISMARCK — A controversial wind farm proposal is moving after a new developer purchased the project. A spokesperson for NextEra Energy Resources said the company intends for the 70-turbine project to be in Emmons and/or Logan counties "to take advantage of synergies" with the company's Emmons-Logan Wind Energy Center, which is under construction. No exact location has yet been determined for the project, however.
BISMARCK — The man who died Saturday, May 18, at an oilfield worksite near Williston has been identified. Williams County Sgt. Detective Caleb Fry confirmed the deceased is 34-year-old Jesus Herrera. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating his death. An obituary for Herrera said he was an oilfield hand for Brigade Energy Services.
BISMARCK — One shard remains of the so-called "trespass bill" that sought to ease issues over hunting access on private land. Though the bill failed on North Dakota lawmakers' last day in session, a twin of its study remained intact in the budget for the Information Technology Department. Lawmakers will take up the required study likely beginning this summer, looking at issues related to land access for recommendations before the 2021 legislative session.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's Supreme Court has ruled on a case disputing corporations as victims under Marsy's Law, but attorneys say the opinion doesn't address the constitutional amendment's victim definition. Police and prosecutors have grappled with ambiguity in interpreting who is a victim by the measure's language after voters in 2016 embedded the victim rights initiative in North Dakota's Constitution.
MEDORA, N.D. — About six miles of roadway have closed indefinitely due to slumping from erosion on the scenic drive of Theodore Roosevelt National Park's South Unit. The roadway is closed from near a prairie dog town past the park's Cottonwood Campground to Badlands Overlook along the loop road. The slumping occurred about two weeks ago due to erosion from water underneath the road.
BISMARCK - Proposed administrative rules for North Dakota's disputed cottage foods law are about to enter the oven. The North Dakota State Health Council will review the proposed rules at its meeting on Wednesday, May 15. North Dakota's cottage foods law has been in dispute since mid-2018 when cottage food proponents clashed with state health officials over a rule-making process on the 2017 law that expanded direct-to-consumer sales of home baked and canned items.
SWEET BRIAR, N.D — Wearing garbage bag ponchos and blue rubber gloves, students of Sweet Briar School gathered around Sheri Johnson as she began to inflate a beef lung. "Isn't that just the coolest thing, you guys?" she said after blowing air into the organ. The lung was the last of the morning's dissecting lesson, which used a heart, diaphragm, trachea and other organs donated from the butcher shop in Glen Ullin.
BISMARCK -- Debating North Dakota's cottage foods law in the recent legislative session came down to canned green beans and botulism. State lawmakers in 2017 passed sweeping legislation that expanded direct-to-consumer sales of mostly home baked and canned items. A bill meant to clarify legislative intent and definitions in that law failed in the Legislature's final days this year. Now, the state Department of Health is reviving a rule-making process that paused in 2018 after cottage food proponents objected.
Visitors to the North Dakota Capitol will see a new public entrance in the next legislative session. State lawmakers set aside $2 million from the Capitol building fund to remodel the south entrance, accessed through a ground floor tunnel long closed to traffic that is the building's only public access point.
BISMARCK — A former Burleigh County deputy in prison for drug theft has had his license revoked by the North Dakota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board. Kerry Komrosky, 32, pleaded guilty in October to amended charges in connection with stealing drugs from the state crime lab. South Central District Judge John Grinsteiner sentenced him to 3.5 years in prison and two years supervised probation.