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Midwest mugginess linked to crops working up a ‘corn sweat’

Tharaldson ethanol, federal ethanol grant

CHICAGO (AP) — The Midwest’s first dangerous bout of heat and humidity this summer is partly to blame on the moisture piped out of the ground and into the atmosphere by the increasing acreage of corn crops reaching peak maturity, meteorologists and atmospheric researchers say. That muggy mist, jokingly called “corn sweat,” gets blown around the country, even enveloping more ...

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North Dakota fuel tax revenue drops with economic slowdown

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Fuel tax collections for North Dakota’s Transportation Department are tanking with fewer vehicles on the road due to the state’s economic slowdown, the agency’s director said Thursday. North Dakota has a 23-cents-a-gallon tax on motor fuel, which has not been raised since 2005 and is a nickel less than the national average. Each penny of North ...

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Dalrymple to decide how to deal with depressed budget

North Dakota budget, Dalrymple

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple is slated to decide Wednesday whether to call a special session of the Legislature to address the state’s ailing treasury in the wake of depressed oil and farm commodity prices. The Republican governor announced Tuesday in a statement that he would “outline options to resolve the shortfall” at a news conference ...

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North Dakota panel approves proposed $250 million wind farm

wind farm, North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Public Service Commission has approved a $250 million wind farm and associated electric transmission facilities in Hettinger and Stark counties. The three-member panel on Wednesday unanimously approved the project’s siting application, clearing the way for construction to start. Brady Wind LLC is planning the wind farm of up to 72 turbines and associated facilities. ...

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Traffic deaths surged in 2015 as driving hit new record

traffic deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — Traffic deaths surged last year as drivers racked up more miles behind the wheel than ever before, a result of an improved economy and lower gas prices, according to preliminary government data released Friday. Fatalities rose 7.7 percent to 35,200 in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. That overall rate was significantly outpaced by non-motorist ...

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Gasoline cheaper in North Dakota this Fourth of July holiday

Vintage gas pumps, gasoline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gasoline is noticeably cheaper in North Dakota than it was last year heading into the Fourth of July holiday. The latest weekly report from GasBuddy.com shows an average retail price in North Dakota of about $2.25 a gallon. That’s lower than the national average of $2.31 a gallon. The average price also is nearly 50 cents per gallon cheaper ...

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Destination: North Dakota

Bakken tour, CTD

Comprehensive new tour takes travelers off-the-beaten-path throughout the Roughrider State and into oil country Would-be travelers who assume North Dakota is a “drive-through” state may need to think again once tour operator Country Travel DISCOVERIES (CTD) shows them the state’s wonders, including a couple of days in oil country. The Wisconsin-based company specializing in guided tours with a rural emphasis ...

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