PERMITS

Fargo Seeking Public Input on Changing Downtown Ordinances

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — You can now give your two cents on possibly changing two City of Fargo ordinances for downtown sidewalk entertainment and food. One would suspend the need for sidewalk entertainment permits. The other would limit the use of amplifying sound and permits on the rights-of-way. The city is looking into the issues after getting a number of…

North Dakota Game and Fish Department Revokes Fishing Tournament Permits

The tournaments may be rescheduled if it is deemed safe to do so.

BISMARCK, N.D.–The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has revoked all fishing tournament permits for April and May due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournaments may be rescheduled if it is deemed safe to do so and if there are enough open calendar days. Organizers of North Dakota fishing tournaments scheduled June though October have been notified of the possibility…

North Dakota Regulators Poised to Approve Pipeline Expansion

Opponents say the expansion would increase the possibility of an oil spill.

Dakota Access PipelineBISMARCK, N.D.–North Dakota regulators are expected to take action Wednesday on a proposal to expand the capacity of the Dakota Access pipeline. The Public Service Commission signaled last month that it would approve a permit for a pumping station that’s needed for Energy Transfer to double the capacity of the pipeline to meet growing demand for oil shipments…

Company Seeks Permits to Expand Pipeline in North Dakota

The proposed Bridger Expansion project included two separate oil pipelines.

BISMARCK, N.D.–A Wyoming company is seeking permits and landowner permission to expand its pipeline network to carry crude from that state and North Dakota to a hub in Oklahoma. Casper-based Bridger Pipeline LLC launched a website this week with information for landowners and others. The proposed Bridger Expansion project included two separate oil pipelines. One straddles North Dakota and Montana…

Court Suspends 2 Key Permits for Planned PolyMet Copper Mine

The appeals court stayed PolyMet's permit to mine and dam safety permit on Wednesday.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–The Minnesota Court of Appeals has handed environmental groups a victory by putting two key permits for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine on hold ahead of a hearing next month. The appeals court stayed PolyMet’s permit to mine and dam safety permit on Wednesday, saying the Department of Natural Resources failed to adequately consider two important developments that…

Moorhead Council Closer To Changing Parking Lot Rules For Developers

Neighbors In Historic Comstock Neighborhood Want To Be Notified Before Lots Are Put In

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Moorhead City Council is closer to allowing more input from neighbors before developers put in parking lots. The council voted 7 to 1 on the first reading to change from provisional use permits to conditional use permits. That would require a public hearing and council approval after neighbors near the property have been notified. Neighbors in the…

Moorhead, Fargo Mayors Weigh in on Federal Judge’s Block of F-M Diversion Project

The $2.2 billion proposal calls for a diversion channel to carry floodwaters around the Fargo area

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — U.S. District Judge John Tunheim has blocked construction on the F-M Diversion. Tunheim has ruled that the project needs to obtain the necessary permits from Minnesota before construction can proceed. Minnesota so far has rejected the permits. The $2.2 billion proposal calls for a diversion channel to carry floodwaters around the Fargo area. The F-M Diversion Authority and…

ND Supreme Court Upholds Permits for Hog Operation in Buffalo

Opponents asked a judge to block the project

  BUFFALO, ND — Despite pleas from the surrounding community, the North Dakota Supreme Court is upholding a decision on permits for a hog farm in Buffalo. Rolling Green Family Farms, operated by Minnesota based Pipestone Holdings, is a $15 million dollar hog farm that has many of the people who live in town concerned about things like groundwater and…

Minnesota Gun Permits Hit All Time High

The state began issuing permits to carry guns in 2003

  MINNESOTA — Minnesota issued more gun carry permits in 2016 than in any year since it began distributing the permits. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says sheriff’s departments granted 71,156 permits last year. That’s nearly 60 percent more permits than given in 2015. The state began issuing permits to carry guns in 2003. The BCA’s report says sheriff’s…