From environmental rights activists on the left, to property rights advocates on the right, a motley coalition has formed to push back against efforts to build a pipeline to pump CO2 from ethanol plants across the Midwest to store deep below the ground in central North Dakota. A new North Dakota Poll released Feb. 20 found that only 16% of eligible voters in the state believe capturing carbon dioxide will reduce the impacts of climate change. Another 40% are unsure, and 27% believe it won’t work. The poll was conducted by WPA Intelligence in Washington, D.C for the North Dakota News Cooperative.
North Dakotans appear split on whether climate change is a serious threat and whether it’s caused by humans or naturally occurring patterns, a new statewide poll from the North Dakota News Cooperative (NDNC) found. Approximately 43% of eligible North Dakota voters participating in the poll believe climate change poses a threat to their future way of life. A closer look at the numbers shows a stark partisan divide with 87% of Democrats and 45% of Independents saying they are concerned, while only 26% of Republicans say the same.
Legacy Fund leaders and decision makers say a recent poll fails to capture the work already being done to steer investments back to the state. Others, however, say the overall mission of the Legacy Fund has not been adequately defined or has shifted from its original purpose.
Discussions with homeless people and those who provide food, shelter and care for them, paint a picture of haphazard municipal management, a lack of overall funding, and little direction from the state.
These equine influencers go by names like Grizz, Arrowhead, Flax, Little Bear. They’re neither pets, nor livestock, and they roam wild in North Dakota’s only national park. That may change pending an anticipated 2024 management decision by Theodore Roosevelt National Park staff to remove the nearly 200 horses, or cull to a greatly reduced number. The decision is being closely watched by many who’ve followed and named the horses on social media posts over the years and by owners of businesses in and around Medora, the gateway town synonymous with the park.
Recent legislative measures providing grants toward attracting law enforcement personnel are welcome in communities across the state, but it remains a struggle to find answers beyond one-off bonuses and additional advertising for open slots, community leaders say. The situation is particularly problematic in smaller communities, they say, with housing and other service shortfalls. The recent deaths of officers in Fargo and Beulah this year also bring into stark focus the dangers of police work.
Applied Digital is in the process of expanding its footprint in the fields near Ellendale. The first phase included a data mining operation opened last September that smoothly hums just to the west of town. The second phase, which can be seen rising through the fields if you’re close enough, and heard in town as the piles are driven into the foundation, is expected to be complete by the latter end of 2024.
Federal crop insurance subsidies grew to record highs last year and a growing chorus of farmers and other groups say the system needs reform. They say a lack of transparency about where the money goes and a system that favors a small segment of farmers on large commodity crop farms unfairly puts smaller, beginner and more diversified farmers at a disadvantage.