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Hoeven Working to Place More FBI, DEA Agents in Williston on a Permanent Basis

WILLISTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today brought together local law enforcement professionals from across western North Dakota for a roundtable discussion to push for stationing FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in Williston. The senator has been making the case to enhance the agencies' prevention and enforcement efforts by establishing offices and committing to a greater presence in the region. Currently, FBI agents are not permanently stationed in Williston, but rotate… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Federal Approvals for New Four-Lane Bridge on US-85

WILLISTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today visited the future site of the new U.S. Highway 85 Lewis and Clark Bridge project, which is now cleared for construction following the senator's work to secure the necessary approvals from multiple agencies. The plan is to replace the existing two-lane bridge over the Missouri River southwest of Williston with a new four-lane bridge. The project also includes building a wildlife underpass. "The Lewis and Clark Bridge project is an essential and nece… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $1 Million in DOJ Grants for North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) awarded more than $1 million in grants for justice programs administered through the North Dakota Office of the Attorney General (AG), the Tribal Judicial Institute (TJI) at the University of North Dakota (UND) and the Bank of North Dakota (BND). Senator Hoeven is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and passed the Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Appropriations bill in June, which directs th… Continue Reading


Hoeven: $350,000 Grant Awarded to Abused Adult Resource Center in Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded a $352,416 grant to the Abused Adult Resource Center (AARC) in Bismarck to fund their transitional housing program. The AARC is a nonprofit, nongovernmental agency serving victims of physical assault and emotional abuse in south-central North Dakota. "Law enforcement works hard to prevent abuse and assault, but when such crimes do occur, organizations like AARC provide the support and ca… Continue Reading


Hoeven: CP Railway Needs to Add Resources, Too

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CP) needs to add resources to meet the growing demand for shipping in North Dakota, and also needs to change its method of reserving cars and tracking orders in a way that is fair and transparent to shippers. "We have pushed BNSF to add resources, which they are doing, and we are pushing CP to make the same kind of commitment to meeting the needs of our agriculture shippers," Hoeven said. "Our business needs are… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $100,000 EDA Investment in University Center at NDSU's Research and Technology Park

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded a $100,000 investment to the University Center Economic Development Program at North Dakota State University's (NDSU) Research and Technology Park. The EDA investment will fund the second year of a five-year program, which provides university resources and technical assistance to support entrepreneurs from Fargo and the surrounding communities as they capitalize on economic development op… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $300K Grant to Improve Access to Health Care

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a grant totaling $306,332 to the North Dakota Department of Health to support North Dakota's oral health workforce. "We are working hard to improve health care across North Dakota, especially ensuring that the more rural and underserved areas of the state have access to quality care," said Hoeven. "This HHS grant will help ensure our residents have more access to dentists and… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $270K in Formula Funds to Support Services for Victims of Sexual Assault

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $270,447 in funding to the North Dakota Department of Health to support core services, direct intervention and related assistance for victims of sexual assault. The funds are made available through the Sexual Assault Services Formula Grant Program (SASP), which assists states in supporting rape crisis centers and other nonprofit organizations. "We are working hard to provide the assistance our… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $1.4 Million in Grant Funding for UND, NDSU Research

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded University of North Dakota (UND) and North Dakota State University (NDSU) more than $1.4 million in grants for ongoing research work. "Fargo, Grand Forks and the Red River Valley are already emerging as a hub of technology and innovation, and this kind of research is vital to creating the new products and services our companies will bring to … Continue Reading


Hoeven: North Dakota Selected to Host National Agricultural Genotyping Center at NDSU

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) Biosciences Research Laboratory on the campus of North Dakota State University (NDSU) has been selected as the site for the newly formed National Agricultural Genotyping Center (NAGC). Activities at the Center will begin in October. "The National Corn Growers' decision reflects the growing respect and attention Fargo and the Red River Valley are getting nationally … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $200K Grant for UND Indians Into Psychology Program

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Indian Health Services has awarded a grant totaling $238,359 to the University of North Dakota (UND) for the school's Indians into Psychology (INPSYDE) Program. "The University of North Dakota's Indians into Psychology Program is making important strides in providing Native Americans with better access to mental health services," said Hoeven. "This new grant for UND's program will help further… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA Announces New SCO Coverage for North Dakota Crops

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) has released additional information on the North Dakota counties eligible for the new Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), available through the federal crop insurance program, for the 2015 crop year. The SCO covers spring and durum wheat, corn and barley for all North Dakota counties and covers soybeans for 33 of the state's counties. Hoeven recently sent a lette… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $3 Million in Grants to Address Violence Against Women in the Bakken Region

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced $3 million dollars in grants from the U.S. Justice Department's (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women to help rural and tribal officials prosecute crimes of violence against women and provide services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking in the Bakken Region of North Dakota and Montana. Funding for the grants is appropriated to DOJ by Congress, and Hoeven serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee. The Bakken init… Continue Reading


Hoeven Hosts USDA Under Secretary to Outline Farm Bill Implementation

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted Michael Scuse, USDA Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, at a farm bill roundtable with state and local officials and agriculture groups. Hoeven invited Scuse to North Dakota to meet with North Dakota producers and pressed USDA to work with the state's farmers and ranchers as they finalize rules for farm bill programs. Hoeven convened the roundtable to help keep North Dakota farmers and ranchers included in the implementati… Continue Reading


Hoeven Encourages North Dakota Students to Apply for U.S. Senate Youth Program

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) is currently accepting nominations from high school students interested in participating in the program's 53rd annual Washington Week. The senator encourages North Dakota high school students interested in public service and government to apply for the program, which brings students from across the country to the nation's capital to participate in a week-long study of the United States govern… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $250,000 Grant for North Dakota School Lunch Programs

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $255,948 in 2014 Team Nutrition Grants to North Dakota. North Dakota can use the grant to implement the school meals program designed to encourage students to select healthy meals. "We have been working to provide permanent flexibility in the school lunch program to make it work for our students, school nutritionists and school districts as we know a one-size-fits-all standard for s… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Chamber Host State of Technology Conference

FARGO, N.D. - Helping to kick-off the 2014 State of Technology Conference in Fargo today, Senator John Hoeven touted North Dakota's first-place ranking in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) job growth for the third consecutive year in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Enterprising States 2014 study and encouraged business leaders to continue to build on this success to grow the state's tech industry. Hoeven and the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce are hosting the a… Continue Reading


Hoeven Reviews Progress of Mickelson Field Levee and Lift Station Project

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined Fargo officials in a tour of the Mickelson Field flood protection project, which consists of a 1,500-foot earthen levee and a sewer lift station with a 20,000 gallons-per-minute pumping capacity. During the tour, Hoeven reviewed the progress of the construction, which began in September 2013 and will be substantially completed by this coming fall. When finished, the $5.4 million project will both eliminate the need for temporary, emergency levees a… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $700,000 For Grand Forks Airport

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $704,162 in grant funds to support the construction a new taxiway at the Grand Forks International Airport. The funds are made available through the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which supports the planning and development of public-use airports to help improve safety and efficiency. "Our transportation infrastructure needs to meet the demands North Dak… Continue Reading


Hoeven Marks 20th Anniversary of Burdick Job Corps Center

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today marked the 20th anniversary of the Quentin N. Burdick Job Corps Center at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Minot. Today's ceremony also marks the 50th anniversary of the federal Job Corps program and is the start of five days of events, ending with commencement and graduation on Friday, August 22. "Our businesses need access to a high-quality, skilled workforce in order to meet the demands of our state's fast-growing economy," Hoeven said. "The Burdick Job … Continue Reading

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