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Past articles by Adam:

As farming eats the Dakotas’ native prairie, one landowner creates a 'mind-blowing' restoration

Croplands in the Upper Great Plains expanded 584,600 acres per year between 2015 and 2019, while grasslands contracted at an annual rate of 448,600 acres over the same span. → Read More

Feds to resume oil leasing on public lands in Bakken with higher royalties, less acreage

The announcement that the Biden administration plans to reopen leasing on public lands has received a lukewarm welcome from oil industry backers while drawing outrage from some national environmental groups. → Read More

Blizzard conditions lead to oil well fire, 100,000 gallon saltwater spill in western North Dakota

A Watford City-based company reported that extreme weather caused a fire on its oil well pad in McKenzie County and prevented them from immediately reaching the scene. → Read More

North Dakota coal counties look at dropping wind restrictions, but snags remain

Two years ago, McLean and Mercer counties both passed policies restricting the development of new wind farms amid growing anxiety in coal country about plans to shut down North Dakota's largest coal-fired power plant. → Read More

North Dakota Sen. Kevin Cramer to vote 'no' on Ketanji Brown Jackson for Supreme Court

Sen. John Hoeven has not publicly said how he plans to vote yet. Jackson is expected to draw enough support in the narrowly divided Senate to become the country's first Black woman Supreme Court justice. → Read More

For North Dakotans living next to nuclear missiles, the specter of a world-altering war is an afterthought

North Dakota's nuclear arsenal spreads over a vast area north of the bend in the Missouri River, with 150 Minuteman IIIs forming a broad crescent around Minot Air Force Base, according to mapping done by the anti-nuclear organization Nukewatch. → Read More

Dispute between state, landowners over 'pore space' law reaches North Dakota Supreme Court

The state and a leading oil company are asking the North Dakota Supreme Court to reinstate a 2019 law governing the use of underground rock cavities, an area of increasing consequence to the state’s landowners and energy companies. → Read More

Marine Corps veteran announces Democratic bid for North Dakota PSC seat

Trygve Hammer, who grew up in Velva and has worked a variety of careers in the military and out, is the Democratic-NPL Party's first candidate for a statewide office in Bismarck this election cycle. → Read More

North Dakota, Minnesota to receive millions of dollars in landmark opioid settlement

The landmark settlement, the second-largest multi-state agreement in U.S. history, will send a total of $45 million to North Dakota and $303 million to Minnesota, according the attorney general’s offices of the two states. → Read More

Burgum names electric co-op board chair to North Dakota Public Service Commission

The elevation of Sheri Haugen-Hoffart to the regulatory commission marks the second statewide elected position that Burgum has filled by appointment this week. → Read More

North Dakota Public Service Commission chair announces reelection campaign

Julie Fedorchak, a Republican who has spent eight years on the commission, said she would advocate for affordable and reliable utility serves amid debates over the pace of the national energy transition. → Read More

North Dakota hydrogen hub developers enter agreement with MHA Nation for natural gas supply

The two companies behind a $2 billion proposed hydrogen hub in central North Dakota said they plan to source all of the natural gas needed for their project from beneath the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation's Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. → Read More

Campaign for US Senate could shake up Rick Becker's nightly talk show

If the Bismarck lawmaker keeps up his appearances on his show "No Apologies with Becker," broadcaster BEK TV would have to offer equal airtime to his opponent, incumbent Sen. John Hoeven. → Read More

Company reports two oil well fires, spills in western North Dakota

The Texas company Petro Harvester Operating reported fires at two separate oil field sites in Burke County, though a statement from the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said the incidents appeared to be unrelated. → Read More

North Dakota's active COVID-19 cases jump, hospitalizations climb steadily

For the second day in a row, North Dakota reported more than 3,000 new coronavirus cases, a single-day threshold it had not met at any point during the pandemic prior to this week. Virus hospitalizations have climbed from 122 in the first week of January to 170 on Thursday. → Read More

Judge rejects North Dakota bid to force oil lease sales on federal lands

North Dakota has pursued a legal challenge to a moratorium that President Biden's administration imposed for oil leasing on federal lands. Lease sales are slated to reopen in North Dakota in the coming months. → Read More

North Dakota lawsuit over oil leasing on federal lands continues despite plans for upcoming sale

While numerous other oil and gas producing states joined a single lawsuit to challenge an executive order by President Biden last year, North Dakota has opted to pursue a solo case against the administration. → Read More

Century-old ranchland study yields new data on climate change, evolution of North Dakota's native prairie

When researchers at the Northern Great Plains Research Lab near Mandan first began researching the sustainability of North Dakota’s native grasslands in 1916, the words "climate change" would have meant little to them. But a century-old study is aiding new research to address today's problems. → Read More

Frozen oil field equipment leads to salt water spill in Williams County

Approximately 11,300 gallons of brine, a highly saturated salt water, spilled onto a well pad Thursday after equipment froze. → Read More

Minnesota regulators OK sale of power line tied to North Dakota's largest coal plant

After a delay of several months following pushback from Minnesota environmental groups, the state's Public Utilities Commission approved the sale of the valuable transmission line tied to Coal Creek Station — part of a larger deal to save North Dakota's largest coal plant from shutting down. → Read More