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A modeling tool is helping the city of Minot continue to recover from the devastating 2011 Souris River flood....

     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A modeling tool is helping the city of Minot continue to recover from the devastating 2011 Souris River flood and work toward preventing a similar disaster in the future. The Minot Daily News reports that the Souris River Decision Support Tool is one of the projects in Minot's National Resilience Program.
     Steve Wolsfeld is the vice president of CDM Smith, the city's resilience consultant. He provided an overview of the tool during the council's committee meeting Tuesday. The tool can offer insights into potential benefits related to such things as property buyouts and the lowering of reservoirs ahead of expected high water flows. It's expected to be finalized in two or three weeks. About $450,000 of the $599,000 that was set aside by the city has been spent on the tool.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers says it likely will take until April to finish court-ordered additional environmental study of the Dakota Access pipeline. The agency had anticipated completing the task this year. But attorneys say in court documents filed Friday that it will take longer than expected to get needed information from Texas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners and at least one American Indian tribe.

    The $3.8 billion pipeline began carrying oil from North Dakota to Illinois on June 1. But four Sioux tribes are still challenging it in court because they fear a leak could contaminate their water supply. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled in June that more environmental review was necessary. He's considering shutting down the pipeline while that's done, but it isn't known when he'll rule.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The company behind the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is no longer pursuing another pipeline to carry oil from northwestern North Dakota into Canada. TransCanada Corp. on Thursday notified the U.S. State Department that it will withdraw its application for the Upland Pipeline. The project was linked to a proposed pipeline project in Canada that TransCanada is no longer pursuing.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Health Department says a truck spilled 110 barrels of oilfield wastewater in Williston. The agency says the produced water spill was the result of an accident on Wednesday by a truck operated by Wind River Oil Services. Produced water is a mixture of saltwater and oil that can contain drilling chemicals.

    State health officials say all but about five barrels of the spill had been recovered by Friday afternoon. They say an undetermined amount flowed off the accident site into a drainage and wetland. Health Department officials say they are monitoring the cleanup effort.


     HOUSTON (AP) - The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by four this week to 936. That's up from the 524 rigs that were active a year ago. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 748 rigs sought oil and 187 explored for natural gas this week. One was listed as miscellaneous.
     Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Oklahoma gained three rigs and Colorado added one. Texas lost three rigs, Pennsylvania and Wyoming lost two each, and Louisiana shed one rig. Alaska, Arkansas, California, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Utah and West Virginia were unchanged.
     The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981. It bottomed out in May of 2016 at 404.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Tourism and business officials in the Dakotas are bracing for poor pheasant hunting this fall. The worst drought in recent memory has depleted numbers of the popular game bird in the two states that are considered among the best pheasant hunting areas in the nation. One official says businesses that rely on the hunting season to get through the winter will have a tough time this year.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Former tech executive Doug Burgum's Silicon Valley-styled approach to leading North Dakota government has sparked conflicts with longtime Republican power brokers. The former Microsoft vice president replaced his office desk chair with a wellness ball, frequently wears jeans and assigned subordinates corporate titles. But a looming conflict extends far beyond style.

    Lawmakers and the governor may ask the state Supreme Court to sort out their ongoing dispute over vetoes. Such friction has been rare in North Dakota, so overwhelmingly Republican that Donald Trump carried it by 36 points last year. At the Capitol, the GOP controls more than 80 percent of both chambers. House Majority Leader Al Carlson said the veto lawsuit might have been avoided with better communication. Burgum says his door is always open.


     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Suites for nursing and breastfeeding mothers are being installed in North Dakota airports other facilities through a state Health Department grant to the North Dakota Breastfeeding Coalition. The Minot Daily News reports that the first suite was installed last month in Minot at a cost of $16,000 to construct. BriAnna Wanner is with the coalition and says the suite is the first of five to be installed at airports in the state.
     It has electrical hookups for pumps and phone chargers. The door locks to the outside when the suite is in use and there's space in the suites to include a young child. Others are planned in Grand Forks, Bismarck, Fargo and Williston.


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