As of 6:30 p.m. Friday, a big dose of convenience has been re-administered to Mercer County motorists. The bridge along State Highway 200, just north of the crossroads seven miles east of Hazen, has been closed since the Knife River flooded in late March.
According to archaeologist Jay Sturdevant, the erosion he has seen at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site near Stanton exceeds erosion seen anywhere else in the National Park Service’s Midwest Region this spring.
After months of reviewing existing wind energy regulations in counties throughout North Dakota and beyond, the Mercer County Planning and Zoning Commission has drafted a set of regulations that could be applied to any wind energy facility hereafter permitted for construction in Mercer County.
Their tone of voice, seemingly dampened by despair, explained a dire situation to the Hazen City Commission Monday evening. The Hazen Golf Course is in rough shape after two bouts of severe flooding this spring, Hazen Golf Club Board members said. With hundreds of trees wrecked and a deposit of thick trees and mud on fairways and greens, damage to a cart bridge spanning the Knife River has come to the forefront.
It was hopeful news to Beulah and fellow Mercer County residents when Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., met with Mercer County and city officials April 8 at the Beulah City Hall to get a firsthand report on flood and snow damage.
The North Dakota Century Code requires that before a city may own or lease from others a natural gas pipeline distribution system, “the proposition to so lease must be placed on the ballot of a municipal election.” Thus, Hazen residents will vote in a special election Tuesday, June 9 to decide if they want the city to enter into an agreement that would allow them to lease or own a natural gas distribution system.