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Gov. Doug Burgum joined officials from Bobcat Co. and Montana-Dakota Utilities (MDU) to celebrate the announcement of a new pipeline that will supply the Bobcat factory in Gwinner with reliable natural gas service for years to come...

    BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum joined officials from Bobcat Co. and Montana-Dakota Utilities (MDU) to celebrate the announcement of a new pipeline that will supply the Bobcat factory in Gwinner with reliable natural gas service for years to come.

    Construction of the $13.8 million pipeline project is scheduled to start next spring, with an expected in-service date of September 2018. The 21-mile pipeline will extend from the Alliance pipeline near Milnor to the Bobcat facility in Gwinner and could expand to other customers along the route. Bobcat, a Doosan company which makes skid-steer loaders and other compact equipment, signed a 15-year contract with MDU to build the pipeline and provide natural gas transportation service.

    "This is a milestone," Burgum said. "It's exciting to see Doosan Bobcat step up with the 15-year contract. That gives so much confidence in terms of recruiting people, talent and capital to our area. And MDU is supporting economic growth and job creation through its commitment to smart, efficient infrastructure, a pillar of our administration's Main Street Initiative."

    The North Dakota Industrial Commission, chaired by Burgum, approved $10.5 million in debt financing for the project through the Bank of North Dakota's match program for economic development.

    "This project represents people in North Dakota working together to get things done, because when we help Bobcat be more competitive, that helps not only this community but all the communities around it," Burgum said. "This is really a story about entrepreneurship, innovation and teamwork."

    Burgum expressed his gratitude for everyone involved in the effort, including the companies, members of North Dakota's congressional delegation and state Public Service Commission, and former Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who was lieutenant governor when the effort began more than a decade ago and played an integral role.


    BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum tonight hosted former governors and their families during a reception at the governor's residence, reminiscing on time spent in the home before it's replaced by a new residence.

    Completed in 1960, the current residence is the second official residence built for North Dakota's governors. The original governor's residence was built in 1884 as a private home and served as the governor's residence from 1893 to 1960.

    "It is both historic and humbling to welcome the first families who have called this residence 'home' over the years, and to reflect on their nearly six decades of dedicated public service to the citizens of North Dakota," Burgum said. "We are grateful for the opportunity to reminisce with them and share stories that have become part of the history of this home and the fabric of our state."

    The current residence has been home to nine first families, seven of whom were represented at tonight's gathering. State Historical Society members also attended and had photographs of the first families throughout the years displayed throughout the home.

    Four of the five living former governors and three of the five living former first ladies were in attendance: Govs. Allen I. (Barbara) Olson (1981-1984), Ed and Nancy Schafer (1992-2000), U.S. Sen. John Hoeven (2000-2010) and his wife, Mikey, and daughter-in-law Kelly Hoeven, and Jack and Betsy Dalrymple (2010-2016). Attendees also included family members of former Govs. William L. Guy (1961-1973) and George A. Sinner (1985-1992). Former Govs. Arthur A. Link (1973-1981) and John E. Davis (1957-1961) also lived in the home.

    A new governor's residence, which includes significant space for public events, is in the final stages of construction next to the current residence, with the first family scheduled to relocate in early November. Because the state received no offers to buy or relocate the current residence, it is scheduled to be dismantled. Some fixtures and architectural elements from the current residence will be utilized in the new residence.

    Efforts are ongoing to raise $1 million in private funds as required by the North Dakota Legislature to match the $4 million in state funds appropriated for the new residence.


     JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) - Longtime University of Jamestown President Robert S. Badal says he will retire next year. Badal announced Thursday that he will retire effective Feb. 28, 2018. He has been president since 2002. In a statement, Badal says he has had "the rare chance to take a small but historic institution to a higher level."
     During Badal's tenure, the university has seen growth in enrollment, endowment, academic programs and extracurricular offerings. Jamestown College became the University of Jamestown during his presidency, and a new campus in Fargo is home to three graduate programs. The university's endowment has more than doubled since Badal became president, and more than 1,100 students are enrolled.
     The Board of Trustees will consider plans for selecting a new president at its Sept. 29 meeting.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The president and chief executive of North Dakota's largest business organization has resigned. The North Dakota Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that Andy Peterson's resignation was effective immediately. Peterson headed the group for seven years.

     DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) - A new domestic violence shelter in Devils Lake is trying to raise money to keep its doors open. The Safe Alternatives for Abused Families opened in April and serves a seven-county area, including the Spirit Lake Reservation. Board member Brenda Langerud said the group has discussed several options to improve the shelter's circumstances, including closing the shelter one or two days each week to save on expenses. Fundraisers are planned Friday and Oct. 19 to help address the budget shortfall.


   (Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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