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North Dakota's congressional delegation says the state is receiving more than $7 million in Homeland Security funding....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's congressional delegation says the state is receiving more than $7 million in Homeland Security funding to help with state and local preparedness programs.   The funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
     It includes about $3.7 million for the State Homeland Security Program and about $3.1 million for the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program.   They will also receive about $430,000 for Operation Stonegarden. The program aims to increase cooperation among local, tribal, state and federal government agencies to keep the U.S. border secure.


     BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Jack Dalrymple today announced that the North Dakota Highway Patrol has graduated 15 troopers from the Law Enforcement Training Academy.  Thirteen of the new Highway Patrol troopers have been assigned for duty in North Dakota's oil and gas counties.

     "Putting more troopers in the field is part of our ongoing commitment to the continued safety of our growing communities and roadways," Dalrymple said. "These troopers will enhance our visibility and will also provide additional support for local law enforcement agencies."

     The 63rd Legislative Assembly appropriated $3.8 million to place additional troopers on the state's roadways, primarily in western North Dakota.  Six of the new troopers who graduated today from the state's Law Enforcement Training Academy will be stationed in Williston and two in Dickinson. The remaining troopers will be stationed in Watford City, New Town, Killdeer, Parshall, Minot, Rugby and Velva.

     The Highway Patrol is authorized 168 sworn officers and the department has dedicated 65 troopers to the state's 17 oil and gas counties. Since 2011, the state has added 20 trooper positions to enhance the state's law enforcement, primarily in western North Dakota.

     "Today is an exciting day for our 15 new troopers and their families," said Col. Michael Gerhart, superintendent of the North Dakota Highway Patrol. "They are starting a new challenging, yet rewarding, career. We are pleased to provide these quality professionals to serve North Dakota citizens."

     The Highway Patrol held a graduation ceremony for the new troopers today at the Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence.  The troopers entered the Law Enforcement Training Academy in early January. They successfully completed 12 weeks of intense law enforcement training along with 10 weeks of training specific to Highway Patrol duties. The troopers will also complete eight weeks of field training.


     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Department of Health says saltwater leaked by a pipeline in McKenzie County may have reached a nearby creek.   The department says pipeline owner Statoil's preliminary estimates put the leak's volume at 75 barrels.
     They say Statoil believes the leak is less than a week old and that the company visually inspected the pipeline by air on July 18 and observed no leak.   The Department of Health says "a small amount" may have entered an oxbow of Timber Creek approximately five miles northwest of Arnegard.

     HOUSTON (AP) - Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose 12 this week to 1,883.   The Houston firm said today in its weekly report that 1,562 rigs were exploring for oil and 318 for gas. Three were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs.
     Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana gained six, California, New Mexico and Oklahoma were each up four, and West Virginia increased by one.   Alaska lost three rigs, Pennsylvania and Texas were down two apiece and Ohio was off one.   Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming were unchanged.
     The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.


     BISMARCK, ND - STEER, Inc. recently ended its fiscal year and sent out a record amount of $1,535,500 to missions.  These funds were distributed to 382 missionaries serving around the world, plus 86 other projects such as Bibles, health care, food for the hungry, missionary radio and youth ministries.  Over $5.3 million dollars has been generated for missions through the STEER program in the last four years.

     STEER, Inc. employs a multiplied giving concept; whereby STEER provides the funds for farmers and ranchers to raise crops or livestock and have 90% of the profits sent to any of the 86 mission organizations that are eligible to receive support from STEER.  Over 1100 farmers/ranchers from 37 states are participating in the STEER program.   

     STEER, Inc. Executive Director, Keith Kost, states: "We are thankful for the many ranchers and farmers from across the country who are a part of the STEER program.  It is because of their commitment and hard work, along with God's tremendous blessing, that this ministry has been allowed to send such a significant amount to missions to help proclaim the Gospel message around the world."


   (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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