FARGO -- Xcel Energy broke ground on the 150-megawatt Foxtail Wind project in southwestern North Dakota, which will have the capacity to provide electricity for 80,000 homes. The groundbreaking ceremony, on Thursday, Aug. 9, marked the start of a project that is part of a push by Xcel to grow its wind generation by 1,850 megawatts, which represents a 70-percent expansion of its wind portfolio.
FARGO – Beth Ingram, the provost at North Dakota State University, will resign her position as the campus’s No. 2 executive and take a faculty position in agribusiness and applied economics. President Dean Bresciani announced the move in a campus email the morning of Wednesday, July 25. Ingram joined the NDSU administration in 2014. Bresciani did not give a reason for Ingram’s resignation, and Ingram’s office declined to answer questions or provide a statement.
FARGO – Elena Vazquez and others who knew and loved Flor Avila and her 5-year-old daughter are haunted by a belief that a barrier between opposing lanes of interstate traffic could have spared two families from grieving three deaths.
FARGO -- Eleven lambs died when they were packed into a holding pen this spring at North Dakota State University in a manner that they were “essentially crushed to death,” according to animal rights advocates. The lamb deaths and the deaths of three hogs that died from dehydration, also this spring, were the latest in a series of animal deaths at NDSU, which last year included the deaths of 22 bats that were kept for research.
FARGO -- Island Park, established in 1910, is the city’s oldest. Lindenwood Campground followed 11 years later, evolving in time to become Lindenwood Park. Now the two leafy parks, jewels in the crown, could be in store for a makeover. Or at least they will be the subject of extensive planning and surveying of residents to determine what, if any, changes would help the parks better serve the growing city’s recreational needs.
FARGO -- The tick associated with triggering a rare allergy to red meat in humans has been found in at least two North Dakota counties, but no cases of the allergy are known to state health officials. The lone star tick was found last year in Dunn County in western North Dakota and in Dickey county in the eastern part of the state, said Laura Cronquist, an epidemiologist for the state Department of Health.
MEDORA, N.D. -- It was a gorgeous day for a hike in the Badlands. Not too hot, with some moody clouds that made the sky interesting and the sun less intense. Everything was perfect until my dog yelped. Zooey, my yellow Labrador retriever, whimpered and held up her front left paw, which she started licking furiously. I immediately suspected that she’d stepped on a prickly cactus, which were all around us. I crouched down and inspected her paw, which had begun to swell.
FARGO – Will Gardner has made it official: The endorsed Republican candidate in the North Dakota secretary of state race filed notice that he’s withdrawing from the field.
FARGO -- Three Fargo City Commission candidates -- including incumbent Tony Gehrig -- have been fined $100 for missing a deadline in filing their campaign finance disclosures.
FARGO -- The cities of Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead together grew by an estimated 3,670 over the past year, according to new census estimates. Fargo led the growth with an estimated gain of 2,003 residents, followed by West Fargo with 969 and Moorhead with 698. Fargo’s population now is estimated at 122,359, West Fargo at 35,708 and Moorhead at 43,122. The combined population of the three metro area cities now is estimated at 201,189, according to the Census Bureau estimates.