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Minot Air Force Base will be getting 303 more personnel through an effort to strengthen the military's nuclear mission.....

     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Minot Air Force Base will be getting 303 more personnel through an effort to strengthen the military's nuclear mission.  U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says 69 of the new positions will be with the 5th Bomb Wing and 234 with the 91st missile wing. The Minot base oversees 150 Minuteman III missiles buried in silos across the countryside and also is home to B-52 bombers.
     Many of the bombers have been based out of Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota and Anderson Air Base in Guam this summer so runway upgrades can be made at the Minot base.  The Minot Daily News reports that the $32 million project will wrap up by the end of next month.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Top U.S. energy and transportation officials are in Bismarck for a national energy policy conference today.  Gov. Jack Dalrymple says he will question U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx about conflicting reports over the volatility of crude coming from the state's oil patch.
     U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp say Moniz they will take Moniz on tours of natural gas factories in Beulah and Tioga. They also plan to tour a site where a well is being drilled using hydraulic fracturing technology.  The senators say the tours are intended to help Moniz "better understand the state's challenges and opportunities."


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Tribal leaders want to make oil companies pay for burning and wasting natural gas.  The Three Affiliated Tribes outlined its plan to impose fees in a six-page document sent to oil companies. The tribe says companies would be required to pay royalties for "flaring" natural gas to compensate for lost revenue when the gas isn't brought to market.  The Associated Press obtained the documents from industry groups. Tribal officials didn't immediately return messages for comment.
     The North Dakota Petroleum Council is questioning whether the tribe can impose fees.  Oil companies had been hesitant to drill on reservations due to complex tribal rules and tax uncertainty. But tribal officials signed a 2008 tax agreement giving the state power to regulate reservation oil production.

     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A Job Service North Dakota report shows the state has had at least 20,000 jobs available for six straight months.  The report says North Dakota had 23,500 open jobs in July.  North Dakota Economic Development Foundation chairman Wally Goulet says the job numbers speak to the strength and growth of the state's economy.
     An oil boom in the western part of the state has driven the economy and growth in recent years. But Goulet says North Dakota is not just about oil jobs and notes that the economy is growing across the state.
     Office and administrative support jobs represent the largest group of open jobs with 2,577 positions available in July. There were 2,512 transportation and material moving jobs that month.


     WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Transportation Department has opened the first four-lane segment of U.S. Highway 85 in the western oil patch.  The 14-mile stretch between Watford City and Alexander was opened to traffic today. It marks the completion of the first phase of the four-laning project.
     The highway is being widened between Watford City and Williston, at a cost of $300 million. Construction continues on the remaining 25 miles.  Transportation Director Grant Levi says more than 12,000 vehicles use the highway each day.


     KILLDEER, N.D. (AP) - Residents of the western oil patch town of Killdeer say a planned highway bypass around the community is welcome.  State Transportation Department officials plan a Tuesday meeting in Killdeer to release details of a proposed bypass that would route heavy oil field truck traffic around the Dunn County town, connecting state Highway 200 with state Highway 22.
     Bypasses have been completed around several other oil patch cities. Killdeer Mayor Chuck Muscha tells The Bismarck Tribune that patience is finally paying off for his town.  Muscha says the town is fortunate that no one has been hurt by the heavy traffic and he says a reduction in traffic shouldn't hurt any of the town's businesses.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakotans who want to report suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of vulnerable adults can now do so online.  The state Department of Human Services' Aging Services Division has launched a website to make it easier for people to report concerns. North Dakota is now one of five states using the online reporting form.
     Michelle Gayette is the department's vulnerable adult protective services administrator. She says the reporting system is for non-urgent concerns. She says anyone worries that a vulnerable adult is at imminent risk of serious injury or death should call 911.
     The Legislature last year passed a law requiring more than 20 different types of professionals to report possible abuse, neglect or exploitation of vulnerable adults.
     Reporting website:


     GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg and successful businesswoman Linda Pancratz will be honored at the University of North Dakota's summer commencement.  Nyberg graduated from UND with a degree in mechanical engineering. She went on to become the 50th woman in space.  Pancratz graduated from UND with a degree in business administration. She is chairman and chief executive officer of the investment company Mountain Capital LLC.  School officials say 515 students are eligible to participate in the ceremony, which is scheduled for 3 pm today at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.


     STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - Among the thousands of motorcycles rumbling through Sturgis this week is one fueled by bacon grease.  Austin, Minnesota-based Hormel Foods had the bike customized so it can run on fat that's refined into a biodiesel blend.  The goal is to promote its Black Label Bacon line.  Ad agency BBDO is showing off the Track T-800 CDI at events across the country on a 10-day trip that ends Aug. 29 at the San Diego Bacon Fest.  It's also producing a documentary on the effort.


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


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