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FARGO — Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said a Republican push to expand work requirements for a food assistance program has brought farm bill negotiations to a standstill and endangers the sugar program and crop insurance. Republican members of the House Agriculture Committee are pressing for a work requirement for recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits that would apply to able-bodied people up to age 65. The program now has work requirements for recipients ages 18 to 49.
FARGO — A recently adopted higher threshold for reporting spills in North Dakota's Oil Patch, if applied to a recent five-year period, would mean 80 percent of oil spills and 68 percent of toxic saltwater spills would have gone unreported, an analysis by The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead shows.
FARGO — Board members have voted unanimously to accept all recommendations from a task force for a project to divert some flood waters around Fargo-Moorhead and will submit a new permit application to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The expected vote by the Diversion Authority, which came Friday, March 16, followed months of talks by task force members, appointed by the governors of Minnesota and North Dakota, aimed at coming up with an acceptable plan that would obtain a permit from the Minnesota DNR.
FARGO — A revised F-M diversion significantly reduces impacts in rural Minnesota but increases impacts in rural Cass County while allowing more water to flow through Fargo-Moorhead during severe floods estimated to occur once every 20 years. The FM Diversion Authority, eager to resume progress on the stalled project, will submit an application for the revised proposal to Minnesota regulators later this month.
FARGO — The letter was written in aloof language that didn't even try to convey condolences to the grieving family of Herbert Fuller Chaffee, lost when the Titanic sank. "This is to certify that the name H.P. Chaffee appears on the first class passenger list of the S.S. 'Titanic' which sailed from Southampton and Cherbourg on April 10, 1912, but his name does not appear amongst the list of survivors furnished by the S.S. 'Carpathian,' a manager of the shipping firm, White Star Line, informed the family.
MOORHEAD — Salt applied to streets and roads to melt snow and ice is becoming a growing environmental concern in some areas of the country, including Minnesota, where 50 lakes are listed as impaired because of their salt levels. Street and highway maintenance supervisors are aware of the problems that can result from the salt their crews deposit on roads, and have adopted new methods in recent years that help to reduce salt runoff as well as their operating costs.
FARGO—Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind's young life ended violently when she was on the brink of motherhood. Now her abduction and murder must serve to raise awareness of Native American women who all too often are victims of violence, and to help prevent future tragedies.
FARGO — Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., predicts the plan that will emerge from discussions to revamp the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project will include water storage north and south of F-M in order to mitigate impacts, both downstream and upstream. Minnesota's 7th District congressman also predicted the flood project's dam will be located closer to the city limits, which will affect more properties — and he believes the price tag could reach $4 billion, much higher than the $2.2 billion estimated.
FARGO — Julie and Gregg Robbins, proprietors of side-by-side stores Pinch & Pour and Fowlers Heritage Co., are among the legions of brick-and-mortar merchants who will eagerly await the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in a case involving taxation of internet sales. The Supreme Court announced Friday, Jan. 12, that justices will hear arguments in a South Dakota case that aims to reverse a 1992 case, Quill Corp. vs. North Dakota, that critics argue places Main Street merchants at a significant competitive disadvantage compared to internet vendors.
FARGO — North Dakota's entry into medical marijuana will require establishing a monitoring system that will enable officials to track the product from seed to final sale. It will have to account for medical marijuana that initially will be grown at up to two operations and distributed through up to eight dispensaries around the state to an estimated 1,900 patients, which expected to double to about 3,800 for the 2019-21 biennium.