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Surrounded by frac mine, Blair couple put farm in conservation

BLAIR, Wis. — The land around Mary Drangstveit’s farm is changing. Earth movers and graders have replaced farm tractors and combines. Hillside has been stripped bare, lowlands filled with yellow soil. A silica sand mine is moving in. “This was all farm fields,” she said, gesturing across the road. “It has become an unbelievable mess.” But Drangstveit, 72, is determined ...

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ND Housing Incentive Fund capitalization process kicking off

BISMARCK, N.D. — Officials are kicking off the capitalization process for North Dakota’s Housing Incentive Fund. The fund is to help developers who pledge to build affordable and low-income housing. Those who contribute are eligible for dollar-for-dollar state tax credits. The North Dakota Industrial Commission, the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency and Wells Fargo Bank have scheduled a kick-off ceremony ...

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Some Central Minnesotans make western North Dakota home

St. Cloud Apollo graduate Dan Thomsen and his family still live in Mandan, North Dakota, albeit in a bigger and better house. Technical High School graduate Kate Chopp continues to chase adventure in Williston, where she still works for Champ’s Place — although now in more of a managerial role. She books music acts and handles advertising and marketing for ...

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5 Ideas to maximize your back yard this summer

You finally have a back yard. Between cookouts, gardening projects and the smell of fresh-cut grass to look forward to, the possibilities for the much-anticipated outdoor season are endless. Don’t let your new space go to waste—here are some quick, simple ideas to turn your yard into your new favorite hangout. Build yourself a fire pit As a quick perusal ...

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North Dakota housing growth rate tops in the nation

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota built new housing at a faster clip than any other state from 2010 through last summer, as people flooded the state in search of work in the booming oil patch. The U.S. Census Bureau’s latest annual estimate shows North Dakota’s housing growth rate far outpaced any other state’s in the year leading up to last ...

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Mayor: ND boomtown’s rents beginning to tumble

BISMARCK, N.D. — The mayor of Watford City says rents in the city have gone down by $1,000 a month or more. Mayor Brent Sanford says about 300 apartment units have been added in the western North Dakota community recently. Sanford says just a month ago, rents ranged from between $3,200 to $3,400 a month. Now they range from $1,600 ...

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