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North Dakota and Minnesota face off over coal power in federal appeals court

The states of North Dakota and Minnesota on Wednesday took their legal battle over coal-generated electricity to a federal appeals court in St. Paul and faced tough questions from the three-judge panel. The case pits Minnesota regulators against the state of North Dakota and its utility and coal interests over a 2007 Minnesota law restricting new power generation from coal. ...

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New rule catches Minot day care providers by surprise

MINOT, N.D. — A zoning rule in Minot that quietly slipped into a city ordinance last year has caught some child care providers by surprise, and they worry about its effects on the availability of day care in the city. The city changed its zoning ordinance in July 2014 to require home child-care operations with more than 14 children to ...

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Pride of Dakota Harvest Showcase scheduled in Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. — About 50 North Dakota companies will be showcasing their products during a Pride of Dakota Harvest Showcase in Williston this weekend. State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says products will range from food to books, and it’s a great opportunity for early holiday shopping. The event is Saturday and Sunday at the Raymond Family Community Center. Admission is ...

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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

U-Mary program fills Watford City need The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, Oct. 15, 2015 Watford City recently got some good news when the University of Mary announced plans to offer more college courses there beginning in 2016. The new offerings will include a master of education program for local teachers. This will be added to the classroom business classes they currently ...

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Mortgages 101: taking the best route to your new home

Purchasing a home The time has come to buy a house. Cue the applause. It’s exciting news! All that hard work has paid off.  Though once the excitement dies down, nervousness might take its place.  For those who’ve never purchased a home before, the process can be especially intimidating. The mortgage industry isn’t known for easy to understand rules and ...

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North Dakota to sue over new power plant CO2 standards

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota will sue over new federal rules designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has confirmed. North Dakota is among 16 states that will have to reduce carbon dioxide emissions the most under Environmental Protection Agency rules President Barack Obama unveiled in August. Under the new standards, North Dakota ...

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Williston weighs permanent ban on metal buildings downtown

WILLISTON, N.D. — City leaders are hoping to improve the appearance of the downtown Williston by making permanent a temporary moratorium on metal buildings downtown. However, some commissioners in the oil patch hub worry the move will add to the expense of building downtown and discourage new projects. The proposal recommended by the city’s planning and zoning commission would ban ...

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