There seems to be precious little space in Minot for old things these days, but you’d think one thing that wouldn’t be going anywhere is the Pioneer Village at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds.
Whatever it is that the State Fair would rather do with the land, I doubt it’s sufficiently charitable to excuse the hostile eviction of a non-profit tenant. The Pioneer Village ought to stay right where it is.
North Dakota’s neighbour-in-nukes Montana is suffering from a scandal in which numerous Air Force officers simply didn’t care enough to study for their tests.
Just another indication that it’s way past time to end land-based nuclear weapons missions.
Arthur-Virden and Morris are having by-elections today; the contests are the first electoral tests for the NDP government since the 2011 election.
A sample return mission is the best bet for adding science to Inspiration Mars, Dr. Mike Gaffey said at the UND Space Studies Colloqium on January 27.
Inspiration Mars is the ballyhooed effort lead by space tourist Dennis Tito to fire a pair of astronauts straight to Mars, around, and back. The ambitious space shot would blast-off in January 2018, followed by a 7-month cruise. The craft would speed over the night side of Mars in August 2018, then splash down back home in May 2019.
In the cruise phase, onboard detectors could help gather information on solar and cosmic radiation, including being a help in locating the source of fleeting gamma-ray bursts.
For Martian science, the ship will just be moving too fast! Most Mars missions are robotic probes that can spend months to carefully study something. In just a handful of hours, the best bet would be to scoop up as much dust and upper atmosphere as possible from the vicinity of Mars.
For the biggest value of the mission, Gaffey points to the human factor: the stunning potential of humans seeing the sun set and rise over a new world — and the teachable moment that will come if an intrepid pair manage to circuit the Red Planet just 55 months from today.
A devastating natural gas pipeline explosion in Manitoba during a major blizzard sent residents and industries shivering across the Red River Valley. Meanwhile, in western North Dakota, oil wells continue to flare off natural gas far in excess of reason, even as lawsuits loom.
After ending speculation that Tracy Potter might make another statewide run, the veteran legislator is returning to District 35, where he previously won a close contest.
You can get the dry details from the Health Department, or you can use a new interactive map of the reported oil spills in our state. The scale of the pollution is truly immense.
Public transit in Minot is due to be upgraded: Transforming the transit network from a school shuttle to a city transit system is no easy task, but some consultants came up with a plan that won’t bankrupt the city.
The Twin Cities are making strides in reducing their car-dependence through investments in transit and bicycling infrastructure, as well as tweaking land development. Minneapolis is looking for a plan to add 100,000 people and not-nearly-so-many cars, while St. Paul is adding over 300 km of bike trails.
Martin Luther King, Jr. – activist, moral leader, peacemaker, government surveillance victim. (1929-1968)