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Wednesday, July 23 – Doug is in Williston, as part of his swing around the state, and he visits with Williston Mayor Howard Klug. Among their topics of discussion is the recent explosion and evacuation. ~~~ While in Minot yesterday, Doug caught up with Jim Olson, news director of KXMC, who discusses Minot’s continuing recovery from the flood. ~~~ Yesterday was National Hammock Day, and Ashley stopped by the Hammock Initiative event held in Fargo.
Tuesday, July 22 – Doug Hamilton is in Minot for the ND State Fair. He visits with Bruce Brooks, president of the Ward County Historical Society, and with Jennifer Hubrig, fair marketing director. ~~~ Doug also visits with Frenchy Beauchesne, and Ben Smith, re-enactors with the “Fur Traders Rendezvous.” ~~~ Ron Smith is here to answer recent lawn and gardening questions.
Monday, July 21 – Doug Hamilton is on the road. Today he stops at Devils Lake to get the latest on the high water situation as he visits with mayor Dick Johnson. ~~~ The first weekend in August an event will take place near Strasburg, North Dakota called “Party on the Prairie: Proving Up the Welk Homestead.” Volunteers will be working on the barn and other buildings at the Welk Homestead, the birthplace of bandleader Lawrence Welk. Here to tell us about it is Tom Isern, professor of history at NDSU; and Clarence Herz, by phone from Strasburg, where he’s hard at work as site foreman.
Friday, July 18 – The issue of disclosing what goes into fracking fluids remains a controversial issue. Frac Focus (fracfocus.org) is a chemical disclosure registry, but some argue that it doesn’t go far enough, and they’d like to see the EPA come up with an alternative. David Manthos is communications director for SkyTruth, an organization that’s been heavily involved with this issue. ~~~ Writer Taylor Brorby take us to the buttes of North Dakota in his essay titled “Playing in the Land.” ~~~ A new berry, popular in Canada, starting to make inroads south of the border. That story from Peter Payette of Interlochen radio in Michigan. ~~~ A discussion of the recent headlines with news director Dave Thompson. ~~~ Matt Olien reviews “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”
Thursday, July 17 – We visit with the new president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota – 30-year veteran Tim Huckle, who was promoted from his current position of COO. ~~~ In today’s Natural North Dakota, Chuck Lura says we’ll have some nice opportunities to catch a falling star this month. ~~~ Chef Tim Rosendahl stops by to discuss the region’s favorite fish: Walleye. ~~~ Doug and Ashley have our “What’s Happening” calendar of events.
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