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The Great Plains and EmPower ND Energy Conference at Bismarck State College finished yesterday....

    BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum stressed the importance of solving the state's workforce shortage and fostering innovation in both the public and private sectors to secure North Dakota's future as an energy powerhouse during the Great Plains and EmPower ND Energy Conference at Bismarck State College on Monday.

    In closing remarks to the 12th annual conference, Burgum said the state continues to strongly support an all-of-the-above energy strategy, highlighting its robust oil and gas, coal, wind, hydroelectric and biofuels sectors.

    "With oil and gas production hitting record levels thanks to private-sector innovation, coal plants becoming cleaner and more efficient under a supportive White House administration, and more than one-fourth of our net electricity generation coming from wind, North Dakota is a shining example of how a common-sense regulatory environment can spell economic success and ensure a low-cost, reliable energy supply," Burgum said. "We owe this success to private-sector investment in new technology and efficiencies, and we'll continue to encourage such investment through our focus on innovation, not regulation."

    Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, who participated in a morning panel with U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Rep. Kevin Cramer, both highlighted efforts to address the state's workforce shortage. Those include the Main Street Initiative's focus on creating healthy, vibrant communities that can attract and retain a 21st century workforce, and the results of a recent employer survey being used by the state's Workforce Development Council to craft policy recommendations aimed at alleviating the workforce shortage.

    "Workforce remains our No. 1 barrier to economic growth," Sanford said. "Our administration is committed to tackling the shortage through a multi-pronged approach to ensure that our energy industry and overall economy can reach their fullest potential."

    Burgum and Sanford also expressed their gratitude for Deputy U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette attending and speaking at the conference.


    MINOT, ND - Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma has proclaimed this week as Fire Prevention Week. City of Minot Fire Inspector Dean Lenertz says that Fire Prevention Week is an important opportunity to remind residents that replacing batteries in smoke detectors and practicing a home fire escape plan can save lives in the event of a fire.

    The theme for the 2018 Fire Prevention Week, scheduled for Oct. 7-13, is "Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware - Fire Can Happen Anywhere." Lenertz reinforced those ideas after an event Monday at Minot's Fire Station 1.

    "Studies have shown that four out of five fire deaths in the United States happen at home," Le-nertz said. "Fire Prevention Week is designed to create awareness about home fire safety and to remind residents that seemingly little things like making sure smoke alarms and fire extinguish-ers are in good working order can save your life."

    Minot City Council member Lisa Olson helped kick off Fire Prevention Week.
"The City of Minot is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those living in and vis-iting Minot," Olson said Monday, quoting Mayor Shaun Sipma's official proclamation to mark the beginning of Fire Prevention Week.


     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Enbridge Energy has urged Minnesota regulators to stand by their decision to approve its proposal for replacing its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.

    The Calgary, Alberta-based company said in a filing Monday that the Public Utilities Commission should deny petitions for reconsideration filed earlier by environmental and tribal groups and the state Commerce Department. Enbridge says the commission's approval complies with the law and is supported by the record.

    Several commissioners cited Line 3's deteriorating condition when they approved the replacement this summer. Tribal and environmentalist opponents say the project threatens pristine areas and vow mass protests to block it.

    The PUC doesn't usually grant petitions for reconsideration, but they're a necessary step in the process before opponents can appeal to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

    Built in the 1960s, Line 3 is a 1,097-mile crude oil pipeline extending from Edmonton, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin, and is an integral part of Enbridge's Mainline System. It crosses northeast North Dakota's Pembina County.


     WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel. President Donald Trump is expected to announce he is lifting a federal ban on summer sales of high-ethanol blends during a trip to Iowa today.



   (Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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