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FARGO -- Led by its low jobless rate and housing affordability, Fargo was rated the seventh best city in the United States to raise a family, according to a financial website. WalletHub.com said this week as children returned to school that they used 46 areas of study among 180 cities to determine the most family-friendly places.
ST. PAUL — The controversial "Waters of the U.S." rule that has upset most farmers, but pleased environmentalists has been reinstated in 26 states, including Minnesota. The suspension of the rule remains in effect in North Dakota, South Dakota and the other 22 states where different federal court rulings are in effect.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, MNsure, announced the dates for Minnesotans to shop for 2019 health coverage. Open enrollment will begin on Nov. 1 and run through Jan. 13, 2019. This is nearly a month longer than the federal open enrollment period that runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. As a state-based marketplace, MNsure has authority to add a special enrollment period to give Minnesotans more time to shop.
FARGO -- For the first time, an investigation in North Dakota has won a prestigious national Drug Enforcement Agency honor. U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Christopher Myers announced that on Wednesday, July 18, acting DEA administrator Uttam Dhillon recognized a team of investigators and prosecutors with the “Administrator’s Award for Outstanding Group Achievement” at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
PIERRE — Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy has received approval to build a $380 million, 72-turbine wind farm in northeast South Dakota. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission this week approved a permit with conditions for constructing the 300-megawatt project in Grant and Codington counties along the Minnesota border and in an area about 10 miles northeast of Watertown.. The Dakota Range project is expected to be finished in 2021. The farm is expected to encompass up to 72 turbines across about 44,500 acres.
FARGO -- Fargo was ranked as the 19th best-run city out of the 150 largest cities in the U.S., according to a study by a personal finance website. WalletHub said the city’s lowest jobless rate among the 150 cities boosted the ranking. The city also ranked 11th for its economy and education and 14th for safety. Other rankings were 23rd for overall health, 27th for infrastructure and pollution, 40th for budget per capita and 49th for financial stability.
SPEARFISH, S.D. -- Officials are still determining if straight-line winds or a tornado uprooted and snapped off pine and aspen trees for a 15-mile stretch through the northern Black Hills, causing roads and trails to close. Steve Kozel, district ranger for the Black Hills National Forest in the area, said on Tuesday, July 3, he didn’t know how many trees were lost but he said there “wouldn’t be enough fingers in the city of Spearfish to count all of them.”
PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota gubernatorial candidate Kristi Noem has selected a rancher and state legislator from the western part of the state as her running mate. Larry Rhoden, who currently is serving in the state House and ranches near Union Center in western South Dakota, would serve as lieutenant governor in the heavily Republican state.
BISMARCK -- A constitutional change called the North Dakota Anti-Corruption Amendment has apparently received enough signatures to make its way to the November ballot. A group promoting the measure turned in petitions with more than 38,000 signatures to the state secretary of state’s office on Monday, June 18, and held a rally on the steps of the state capitol in Bismarck. The petitions must contain at least 26,904 signatures of state voters to be put on the ballot.
FARGO—Ricky Belgarde of Fargo has epilepsy that prevents him from working and driving and has been collecting food stamps most of his life. He joined North Dakota farm and hunger relief leaders at a news conference Thursday, June 14, to urge passage of the U.S. Senate version of the farm bill that they say protects the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that helps feed about 54,000 residents of the state.