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Gov. Doug Burgum congratulated and thanked the leadership and crew of the USS North Dakota and their families....

    BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum congratulated and thanked the leadership and crew of the USS North Dakota and their families for their important and purposeful service during a change of command ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn on Thursday.

    The ceremony is a time-honored naval tradition that marks the transfer of total responsibility, accountability and authority from one commanding officer to another. It reflects on the heritage, dedication and sacrifice of free men and women serving their nation proudly.

    The governor and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum were among a contingent of North Dakotans in attendance as Commander Mark Robinson relieved Commander Michael P. Hollenbach to become the submarine's third commanding officer. Outgoing Commander Hollenbach also received a Meritorious Service Medal.

    Burgum spoke during the ceremony, extending his gratitude on behalf of North Dakota citizens, who have a deep and long history of military service and support. He also shared his personal gratitude of having a father who served as a naval officer on a destroyer in the Pacific in World War II. Burgum then issued a proclamation declaring Nov. 9, 2017, "USS North Dakota Day."

    "Kathryn and I are deeply grateful to the officers and crew for their outstanding service and critical mission in the world's most modern and sophisticated attack submarine," Burgum said. "President Theodore Roosevelt famously said, 'Speak softly and carry a big stick,' and I can't think of a better example of that philosophy than the USS North Dakota. At a time of heightened global tensions, the unmatched stealth and capability of this Virginia-class submarine and her exceptional crew is more important than ever to maintaining peace through strength, and is a source of immense pride for the people of North Dakota."

    Officially known as the USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN-784), the submarine was commissioned Oct. 25, 2014. It's the first submarine to carry two vertical payload tubes, nicknamed the "Six Guns," each capable of launching six Tomahawk cruise missiles.

    Robinson is a 2000 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He previously served aboard the USS Connecticut, USS New Hampshire and USS Hawaii.


     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Public Utilities Commission says it will not reschedule public hearings in St. Cloud on Enbridge Energy's proposal to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.
     The two hearings were to be held Oct. 26, but were canceled because of logistical and safety issues at River's Edge Convention Center.
     In a letter Thursday, PUC Chair Nancy Lange said the commission concluded it could not reschedule the St. Cloud hearings because of where the case is in the review process. The public can still submit comments by Nov. 22.
     Tribal and environmental groups say the project threatens pristine waters where wild rice grows.
     Enbridge and its supporters say Line 3 is a needed piece of infrastructure, and that replacing it will make it safer while creating jobs.


    MINOT, ND - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, and the Souris River Joint Water Resources Board, or SRJB, are holding a public meeting to discuss the draft Souris "Mouse" River Basin Feasibility Study and Environmental Assessment November 16th.

    The meeting will be held at the Minot Municipal Auditorium, Room 201, 420 3rd Ave., Minot, ND. An open house will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a formal presentation and public comments/input from 7-9 p.m.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota has issued 54,500 deer gun licenses in anticipation for the 2017 deer season. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the state has seen an uptick in licenses since 2015 after sliding in 2007.
     Jeb Williams is the wildlife division chief for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. He says the prospects for hunting are decent all around this year. Williams says this year's drought didn't have an impact on the state's deer, but that epizootic hemorrhagic disease did affect some white-tailed deer in the southwestern part of the state. Williams says that hunters saw a nearly 70 percent success rate while hunting last year. He says that's a good indicator of opportunity for this year.
     North Dakota's 2017 deer gun season will begin at Noon today.



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