The keeping of the beekeepers: ND wants to keep a better eye on the industry

Doug Goehring, the agriculture commissioner of North Dakota, said there are concerns about the business of bees in the state. So much so that he has fielded late-night phone calls from landowners concerned about the placement of hives.

“‘Doug, I just want to let you know I’ve got bees right across from me,’” Goehring recalls one McKenzie farmer telling him over the phone at 10:30 p.m. on a recent Saturday.

Placement of beehives and the regulation of out-of-state beekeepers in North Dakota are among the concerns Goehring believes will have farmers, landowners and beekeepers buzzing at the first North Dakota Pollinator Summit, which is being held at 1 p.m. CDT today at the Kelly Inn in Bismarck.

“I think that the beekeepers are going to think I’m taking a shot at them. I’m not,” Goehring said. “I’m trying to address this issue because they are guests here.”

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Relay for Life a great summer experience

The word “Hope” is spelled out in luminary bags at Dickinson’s Relay for Life.

One of my favorite summer events in Dickinson is the Stark County Relay For Life, which was held Friday night and Saturday morning at the Dickinson High School practice field.

Like so many people in our community, I have several family members and friends who have fought cancer. Most have survived but others — including my aunt and two of my greatest mentors in writing — succumbed to the disease.

I have been attending these fundraising events since my mom, Kitty, became involved.She has served as a team captain and is on the survivor committee, which she chaired for two years.

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Movie magic almost non-existent these days

Remember when going to the movies was supposed to be a magical experience?

Once upon a time, movies seemed entirely magical to a world that was still enthralled by the technology of photographs that moved and eventually had sound to go with them, hence the term “movies.”

Back then, there were no computer-generated images or films that cost more to make than the annual gross-domestic product of a small Pacific island nation. Just actors and actresses acting and interacting.

They weren’t flying on a computer-generated machine in front of a green or blue screen, nor were they fighting tennis balls held in the air by sticks meant to represent some alien projectile or bad guy that can only exist via computers or cheesy costumes.

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Moore set a standard for DSU athletes

Dickinson State forward Janae Moore dribbles past a Jamestown defender in a women’s basketball game on Nov. 23 at Scott Gymnasium. Moore, who would have been a junior at DSU in the fall, died Wednesday in a one-vehicle accident near her hometown of Sidney, Mont.

Janae Moore set an enviable standard for Dickinson State student-athletes. She was strong in the classroom, and fearless and physical on the basketball court. When it came to Blue Hawks, she was about as good as it got.

On Wednesday, DSU lost one of its shining examples of a student-athlete when Moore died in a car accident near her hometown of Sidney, Mont.

She was only 20 years old, would have been a junior for the Blue Hawks next season, and was well on her way to establishing an excellent career as she played a key role in trying to build the women’s basketball team into a perennial success.

Moore’s death is the second time in four years that DSU has had to deal with the untimely death of a standout athlete.

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Spirit Lifeline helicopter takes off

Dickinson Mayor Dennis Johnson speaks with residents during the Spirit Lifeline helicopter dedication.

It is becoming easier for emergency personnel to reach western North Dakota residents in need of medical help — even those who may think they’re out of reach.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday at the Biesiot Activities Center for the Spirit Lifeline air medical helicopter, the first of its kind in Dickinson.

Spirit Lifeline is based on the grounds of the new St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center, which is under construction in west Dickinson. Though the hospital won’t be fully operation until the fall of 2014, the helicopter and its crew are already going strong.

They have been operating since June 1 and have made 18 flights for medical transport, pilot Robert Fratti said.

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Dunn County Airport hangar destroyed, planes overturned

an airplane that was overturned by wind sits upside down at the Weydahl Field Dunn County Airport, where the hangar was also destroyed.

One of the more shocking scenes in the aftermath of Monday evening’s storm in Dunn County was the damage to Weydahl Field, commonly known as the Dunn County Airport on the north side of Killdeer.

The airport, which has seen a surge in usage because of oil activity in the area and was in the process of being improved, suffered a huge setback Monday when winds that reached up to 85 mph, overturning airplanes and completely destroying the hangar, leaving only the terminal intact.

“I think it’s a real tragedy because the people that own those airplanes have helped tremendously in the effort to help rebuild the hangar and the whole airport in general,” said Mike Schollmeyer, the vice chairman of the Dunn County Airport Authority. “It’s a lot of hard work that just got blown away. I feel really bad for everybody that’s put so much time in up there.”

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Adulthood apparent on holidays like the Fourth of July

My neighbor’s son, Ethan, was all in his glory with his sparklers on the Fourth of July.

Yesterday, I drove 30 miles to my friend’s recently completed home on the edge of the Badlands for an evening of fireworks, steaks and general revelry.

It’s something that our group of friends has done nearly every year since the summer following our final year of high school.

One way or another, and no matter where we are all living at the time, we attempt to get together on or around the Fourth of July to have our own private fireworks show, grill some red meat, have a few adult beverages and soak in the peacefulness of western North Dakota.

Long-standing nicknames and some of our best stories have come out of these gatherings, as they do for most families or groups of friends who celebrate together regularly.

However, one change is becoming very apparent.

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