New oil patch wind farm proposed could be second in North Dakota

North Dakota’s first oil patch wind farm could be getting company.

A second wind farm is being proposed north of Tioga, just west of the Lindahl Wind Farm, which is under construction.

The new Aurora Wind Project is being proposed by Tradewind Energy, the company that developed the Lindahl Wind Farm.

It has submitted applications for a conditional use permit for six meteorological towers in the planned project area. 

The temporary towers are the first step in developing a full project plan, which will then require the extensive county permitting process.

“It’s in its infancy stages,” said Brice Barton, senior development manager for Tradewind, adding the company is discussing the plans with landowners in the area and held a meeting with about two dozen of them in Wildrose late last month.

Reaction fromlandowners was mostly positive, according to Barton.

-- Tioga Tribune

Divide County physical education project pushes lifelong fitness

Contractors have wasted no time since a decision by the Divide County School Board last month to move forward with construction of a physical education annex at Divide County High School.

“Everyday, I kind of walk through here and poke my nose out this window,” Principal Nick Ator said.

The area is filled with contractors digging footings in preparation for an 82-by--27-foot addition that will house fitness equipment and free weights.

Ator said the addition will facilitate teaching of lifetime fitness skills to students.

“It’s going to benefit them the rest of their lives and keep them healthy,” he said.

-- The Journal, Crosby

Dunn County farm plows patriotic 'USA' in field northwest of Killdeer

Jason Bang, a farmer who grows wheat in Dunn County, isn’t one to make political statements. 

But after reading social media comments that are disrespectful of the flag and the country, Bangs said he had to do something. Using the tools of his trade — a tractor and disc — Bang made a statement that has resonated across the nation.

He plowed a 40-foot-long “USA” on a 5-acre plot on the side of a hill in a field about 10 miles northwest of Killdeer.

“We live in a great country,” Bangs said. “This was a way I could show how I feel about our country.”

His idea started in late August when he was checking Facebook and noticed a lot of anti-patriotic rhetoric, including how the U.S. flag was a representation of racism and how people were kneeling during the playing of the national anthem.

So he plowed those letters into the ground in about 20 minutes. 

-- Dunn County Herald, Killdeer