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i Page 6 Billings County Pioneer May 8, 2014 = Other views By Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.  Richardton iebron Sunflower Wind Project Application for North Dakota Certificate of Site Compatibility Figure 1 Project Location % Glel u.id "" M0tton and Stark Counties, NO 2014 Hearing set for area wind energy project HEBRON - The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday, May 12, regarding a proposed 110 megawatt wind farm project in Stark and Mor- ton counties. Sunflower Wind Project L.L.C., has submitted an application to con- struct the Sunflower Wind Energy Project. The project would consist of up to 59 wind turbine generators. Ad- ditional project facilities would in- clude access roads, electrical collection systems and cabling, an operation and maintenance building, a substation, and an interconnection yard where the project will intercon- nect to a transmission line that crosses the project area. Sunflower is targeting a start of construction for early 2015, providing all precon- struction permits and approvals have been obtained. The project would encompass ap- proximately 12,700 acres, all of which is private land. The location would be south of Hebron, west of Glen Ullin and east of Richardton just south of Interstate 94. The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. CDT, at the Hebron Community Center, 620 Washington Ave., He- bron. The hearings provide an opportu- nity for members of the public to contribute to the PSC's official record. Any comments from mem- bers of the public must be received at the hearing to be part of the record. Information received after the hear- ing will not be part of the official record and cannot be used as a basis for the commission's decision unless certain additional procedures are fol- lowed, according to an announce- ment from the PSC. The hearing schedule provides for the company to present its case and answer questions from the com- missioners first, after which the com- mission will take comments from other parties and the public. (3e ebrate the industry, our state, create memories As we head into the season of sunnier days and warmer temps, it's hard not to get the itch to hit the road and travel. If you haven't started thinking about that summer road trip, now is a great time to start planning• Gov. Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed May 3 - 11 Travel and Tourism Week in North Dakota, officially kicking off the summer travel season. Plus, it's a time to celebrate our state's strong tourism industry and the unique things to see and do that attract people from all over the world. Tourism is one of North Dakota's top industries and an important part of our strong economy. All North Dakota communities -- large and small -- benefit from tourism. It sup- ports businesses and creates jobs. Re- markably, one out of 12 jobs in the state is in the tourism industry. While tourism is good for our economy, it's also good for our fam- ily relationships. Did you know that 90 percent of kids ages 8-18 see fam- ily travel as a chance to spend qual- Other views By Lt. Gov. Drew Wirgley and Sara 0tte Cole- man, Director North Dakota Tourisim Division ity time with their parents? (Yes, our teen-aged kids really do want to spend time with us!) Or, that they rank going on a family vacation higher than all other activities in their mind? With everyone's busy lives these days, it's good to know that the good old-fashi0ned vacation is still a cherished way to reconnect and make life-long memories. This year you can create special legendary family memories by cele- brating North Dakota's 125th an- niversary of statehood. As North Dakotans, we've been blessed in many ways, and this historic mile- stone is a great occasion to celebrate our rich culture and heritage. Two signature events will be held August 16 and November 2, the state's offi- cial 125th birthday. The August event will be held on the Capitol grounds and will show- case the best of North Dakota with home-grown entertainment, food, crafts and games. Some of the acts confirmed to perform at the event in- clude Tigirlily, Chuck Suchy, The Burning Hills Singers, The Blenders, Mitch Mall0y, Robby Vee, Jessie Vender, Dakota Air, Keith Bear, Kevin Locke and Greg Hager. The commemoration of the state's official birthday on November 2 will coincide with the grand open- ing of the new North Dakota Her- itage Center. Plus, you'll want to catch many of the regional commu- nity events across the state through- out the summer. You also can celebrate North Dakota's 125th anniversary in your own way. North Dakota Tourism has created a list, "125 ways to Luv ND" featuring adventures and experiences unique to North Dakota. The cate- gories span everything from food, outdoors, sports, fun and history, and can be found at LuvND.com. Make it your North Dakota bucket list for the summer, and see how many ad- ventures and experiences you can cross off. This summer, we encourage you to get out and see the spectacular state around you and create leg- endary family memories that will last a lifetime. Every part of North Dakota has so much to offer. And no matter where in North Dakota you vacation, your travel plans can be accommodated. With the recent hotel development across the state, North Dakota now boasts more than 25,000 hotel rooms. This means our hotels have availability, and they're ready to roll out the welcome mat for you. Happy exploring and we'll see you on the road ! qDommission to review requests for $591,200 BISMARCK - The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) will review funding requests for 11 projects to- taling $591,200 at its quarterly meet- ing May 14 at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center in Williston. APUC is a committee of the North Dakota Department of Com- merce that administers grant pro- grams for researching and developing new and expanded uses for North Dakota agricultural prod- ucts. The grants can be used for basic and applied research, marketing and utilization, farm diversification, na- ture based agri-tourism, prototype and technology, and technical assis- tance. The following requests will be re- viewed: Northern Plains Sustainable Agri- culture Society, LaMoure, is request- ing $44,717 to defray costs associated with the Farm Breeding Club. The group will work with NDSU researchers to screen 108 early maturing sorghum lines with known cold-tolerance traits for adap- tion and performance in the state. North Dakota Corn Growers As- sociation, Fargo, is requesting $100,000 to assist in funding a feasi- bility study to locate a National Agri- cultural Genotyping Center in the Research and Technology Park adja- cent to NDSU. Northern Corn Development Cor- poration, Fargo, is requesting $35,000 to defray costs for research to conduct corn ingredient market re- search along with the development of milling, blending, and processing in- formation at the Northern Crops In- stitute in Fargo. Analysis of information derived from market re- search and development technologies will provide direction whether it is feasible to develop and operate a corn ingredient facility in the state. NDSU Dept of Veterinary and Microbiology Sciences, Fargo, is re- questing $56,483 to defray costs as- sociated with the purchase of reagents, supplies and animals for the development and testing of the vac- cine against Porcine Epidemic Diar- rhea Virus (PEDV). PEDV is the cause of severe diarrhea and high mortality in piglets. Since its first discovery in May 2013, in the US, PEDV has spread to over 20 states and caused an estimated loss of 3-5 million pigs. Funds will also par- tially support the salaries of the proj- ect personnel. Fessenden Cooperative Associa- tion, Fessenden, is requesting $2 1,000 for costs associated with an engineering study and business plan to determine the feasibility of con- verting an existing facility into a high-volume feed pelleting plant that will produce complete supplemental feeds for livestock. Earth-Kind Inc., Bismarck, is re- questing that $112,000 to explore the prospective advancement in product development on current products and exploration and testing on new prod- ucts. The scope of the product will be to do research, development, and industrial trial of new minor use pes- ticides for controlling common pests such as mice, rabbits, fleas, etc. using all-natural residual biomass from various agricultural plants and processes. C2renew Corp, Colfax, is re- questing $117,000 to defray costs as- sociated with developing a process on "Supporting North Dakota Busi- nesses with Bio-based Materials. De- velopment." The group will partner with three North Dakota companies to develop new bio-based material for new products and existing prod- ucts. Bryan and Karri Stroh, Tappen, is requesting $26,250 for consideration in a Farm Diversification enhance- ment to their existing operation. The enhancement would include the con- struction of a certified kitchen and wash/pack plant in order to increase vegetable and fruit production, and add additional income to the farm operations. Funds will be used for equipment and building materials. Rolling Plains Adventures, McKenzie, is requesting $26,250 to defray the costs associ- ated with the purchase of a variety cover crop/food plot mix. This cover crop/food plot will immediately en- hance the wildlife population while also maintaining soil health and e,_ hancing the agri-tourism operation. Black Leg Ranch, McKenzie, is requesting $26,250 for consideration in a Farm Diversification enhance- ment to their existing operation. The enhancement would partially fund the purchase of a complete commer- cial wine making system. Black Leg Ranch will be using fresh fruit grown locally to make wine. Red Barn & Berry Farm, Kindred, is requesting $26,250 to defray costs associated with the expansion of their operations and accommodate for weddings and events. This would be eastern North Dakota's first rustic wedding and event venue• DID YOU KNOW? Livestock Risk Protection is designed to insure against declining market prices. Protect your profits onfed cattle, feeder steers, market hogs and lambs with LRP. More work needed for safe roads, rails, airports When I was growing up, I re- member taking long drives with my family and hardly seeing another soul across the beautiful landscape of North Dakota. The roads always seemed nearly empty as we departed our small town of Mantador and traveled throughout the state. Little did I know that it would chang e so quickly. Today, our land is just as majestic but in recent years roads have be- come much busier, as thousands of folks have been coming here for plentiful job opportunities and a great way of life - helping to define the extraordinary story that is North Dakota today. To keep pace with this growth and to make sure that North Dakotans and our goods can travel safely and efficiently, our state needs the neces- sary resources. That's why Senator John Hoeven and I brought U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration Michael Huerta to North Dakota re- cently. They saw this growth first- hand and we talked about the work that needs to be done to improve transportation safety and infrastruc- ture, while supporting North Dakota's booming economy every step of the way. But with such prosperous growth also comes new challenges - includ- ing safety concerns that we can't overlook. The December 2013 Cas- selton train derailment showeit us that increased standards are needed for crude shipped by rail. We were fortunate that no one was hurt, but we can't take any chances in the fu- ture. Safety must be our top priority. Additionally, according to recent reports, 17 percent of North Dakota's bridges are structurally deficient- the seventh-highest percentage in the country. Forty-four percent of North Dakota's roads are in poor or mediocre condition. And there has been a 2000 percent increase in air traffic at the state's western airports - which I showed Administrator Huerta firsthand. Secretary Foxx and I have spo- ken many times about how funding for our roads and highways is our state's most important transportation need. With hfgh infrastructtire de: .... mand, we need to make sure we're doing everything we can to give our businesses the resources to get the job done safely and make sure North Dakota families are protected. That means doing everything pos- sible to prevent tragedies like the de- railment from happening again, and I led a push to review rail safety and inspections to increase the pressure on everyone involved to make sure safety is of upmost concern. By bringing Secretary Foxx to Cassel- ton, he shared information about our work together to improve rural trans- portation and safety and heard from North Dakotans. This included the announcement of a first-of-its-kind agreement between industry and rail- roads to slow down crude-carrying To keep pace with this growth and to make sure that North Dakotans and our goods can travel safely and ef- ficiently, our state needs the neces- sary resources. Wfheelchair Ramps r Any Home Lifeti me Maintenance-Free 701-650-0095 trains, increase inspections and re- sponse training, and consider alter- native train routes to reduce risk to communities. North Dakota's farmers and ship- I pers are also burdened by increased rail traffic. Even with North Dakota's growing energy industry, agriculture has always been and continues to be our number one industry. It's unac- ceptable that many of their crops , have been delayed in getting to mar- i ket. I have continued to call on regu- , lators and rail companies to make , changes to improve service so all in- dustries can successfully use our rail lines. Additionally, as Congress begins ,. consideration of a new highway . reauthorization bill, I will work to 1 make sure rural highways across North Dakota have the resources they need to meet increased de- mands. • There's no denying North t Dakota's transportation use and in- i frastructure have seen incredible changes through the years. But as my i children set out on North Dakota's open roads just as I did years ago, I , want them to be able to do so with peace of mind, knowing they will be as safe as possible. If we work to- , gether, we can make sure that soon , becomes a reality. Did you. know? 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