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2012 in Review - May and June

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A primary election and three murder charges were among the headlines in May and June of 2012.

Jim Olson has the story in tonight's look back at the Year in Review.

North Dakota voters were in the mood to say 'no' in the primary election of June 12th. On statewide measures, voters rejected a plan to get rid of property taxes, an effort to add religious liberty language to the constitution, and an effort to maintain the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo. Two days after the vote, the State Board of Higher Education voted to retire the Sioux moniker.

In early May, the Corps of Engineers announced it would resume issuing permits for taking water from Lake Sakakawea - something the Corps had banned the year before.

Mid May brought news that North Dakota had become the second leading producer of oil in the US. April's figures showed oil production leapfrogged Alaska's, leaving only Texas in front of North Dakota for black gold extraction. Some analysts say the state could surpass Texas within five years or so.

One potential roadblock to continued oil production growth is a ban on hydraulic fracturing - the method used to extract nearly all of the oil in the state's Bakken region. In May, Senator John Hoeven pushed EPA officials to back off any plans of limiting fracturing, saying it is a proven safe way to acquire oil in this region.

The booming oil business brought thousands to Williston in May for the city's petroleum conference - a chance to present new ideas and make connections with others in the industry.

Meanwhile, the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikira Tribes won the last-needed permit to press on with a planned oil refinery near Makoti. Tribal officials received word of the permit in late June.

In Williston, city officials continued their effort to crack down on makeshift RV parks by banning RVs from residential areas.

A MN already facing one murder charge had three more added in late May. Omar Mohamed Kalmio had already been accused of killing Sabrina Zephier in Minot in 2011, but as of late May, officials charged him with the murders of Jolene Zephier, Dylan Zephier, and Jeremy Longie. All four were killed on January 28th of 2011. Kalmio has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for trial in early 2012.

An early June storm caused significant damage in some parts of the region - including in the Des Lacs and Granville areas.

Minot's airport became the second-busiest in North Dakota in mid-2012, and officials announced plans for a new terminal to handle the increasing passenger load. Drawings for the new building were revealed in June. The 40 million dollar project should get going next year.

Minot's MAGIC Fund pledged 3 million dollars to help finish the 55th Street bypass and overpass project. The cost of the project had swelled from the already-funded 20 million dollars to more than 22-and-a-half million dollars.

Speaking of increasing costs, Minot Public Schools officials announced in May that total damage to schools from the 2011 flood had surpassed 75 million dollars. The news came as work on new buildings for the district was well underway.

The number of families calling FEMA temporary housing units - what we all known as FEMA trailers - fell below the 14-hundred level in June. FEMA officials were consulting with residents trying to get them new housing arrangements with the 18-month deadline for government-supplied housing now only six months away.

A study by local officials found a huge number of homes in the flood zone had not had any cleanup work done to them one full year after the 2011 flood. (BITE) Officials sent letters to owners of the 281 untouched homes and said if no work were done, foreclosure proceedings might begin.

The National Weather Service issued a report in June saying communications failures between their workers and counterparts in Saskatchewan were a problem in the period leading up to the 2011 flood. The report said water managers in Canada sometimes changed water release rates from dams without notice and did not answer calls or emails at critical times.

The International Souris River Board met in June and OKd the hiring of a secretary to oversee efforts to develop a slate of proposed changes to the international agreement governing the Souris-Mouse River system in the US and Canada.

Meanwhile, one of the hardest hit parks in Minot - Oak Park - was reopened in time to host special ceremonies marking the one year anniversary of the 2011 flood.

And about the same time, we got an update on another KX News member whose home was severely damaged by the flood. (BITE) Shaun Sipma is counting almost exclusively on work by friends, family, and himself to rebuild his historic home near Oak Park. He's hoping to be moving back home when warm weather returns next year. With 2012 Year in Review, Jim Olson, KX News.

Tomorrow, Jim continues his look at 2012 with the big stories of July and August.

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