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Hoeven Presses FEMA for Infrastructure Upgrades to Virgil Workman Housing Site, Timely Determination on Flood Map

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today said he's working with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials to upgrade infrastructure at the Virgil Workman temporary housing site to accommodate permanent residences, as well as to donate temporary housing units to the community. Hoeven said the move would help residents transition to secure, permanent housing and, at the same time, save taxpayer dollars as opposed to removing the existing system. The senat… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Minot State Leaders Dedicate $13 Million State-of-the-Art Wellness Center at University

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, along with Minot State University (MSU) leaders and students, today dedicated a new, 60,000-square-foot, $12.8 million Student Wellness Center at the university. Hoeven said the facility, which was funded primarily by student fees, is an investment that will help attract future students, grow the university's health education programs and encourage students to maintain healthy lifestyles. Also attending the ceremony were Minot State University President David … Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Minot Community to Break Ground on New Ramstad Middle School

MINOT, N.D. - U.S. Senator John Hoeven, along with Minot Mayor Curt Zimbelman, Superintendent Mark Vollmer and school officials, today broke ground for the new Erik Ramstad Middle School in Minot. Hoeven has been working with federal, state, local and school officials to secure federal funding to replace Ramstad Middle School and other facilities damaged during the 2011 Souris River flood. The Minot School District has received more than $49.5 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA… Continue Reading


Delegation: FEMA Expects to Approve Request for Temporary Housing Program Extension, Housing Donations

WASHINGTON - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate today assured Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Congressman Rick Berg that the agency plans to approve the state's request for a six-month extension of the temporary housing program provided to Minot-area residents displaced by last year's flooding. In a conference call with the delegation today, Administrator Fugate also said FEMA is working with the state to develop a policy enabling residents to purchas… Continue Reading


Hoeven Welcomes Home Members of the ND National Guard's 188th Engineer Company

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today thanked members of the North Dakota National Guard's 188th Engineer Company (Vertical) from a nearly 12-month deployment to Kuwait. The unit's 160 deployed soldiers have successfully completed a construction-oriented mission that included the completion of approximately 160 missions with projects including major renovations and building construction. "We are proud to welcome each member of the 188th Engineer Company home to North Dakota," said Hoeven. … Continue Reading


Infrastructure and Energy Development are Key Priorities for Hoeven in Senate

BEULAH, WASHBURN, N.D. - U.S. Senator John Hoeven today joined state and local leaders from Mercer County and the Washburn community for area economic development roundtables to outline new transportation legislation he pushed in the U.S. Senate to help address infrastructure needs in North Dakota. The senator also reviewed new energy development legislation he has introduced that will sustain and create hundreds of thousands of jobs, grow the economy in coal country, hold down the cost of energ… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Weather Radar Upgrade in Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. - U.S. Senator John Hoeven announced today that the National Weather Service's Forecast Office in Bismarck now has an upgraded Doppler radar serving the state with a new life-saving technology. Hoeven joined the Bismarck office in unveiling the dual polarization, or "dual pol" radar, which provides meteorologists with enhanced information to more accurately track, assess and warn the public of approaching high-impact weather. The upgrade to dual-pol is the most significant enh… Continue Reading


Hoeven: More than $200 Million in Federal Funds Helping Address Housing Needs in Minot, Western North Dakota

MINOT, ND - Senator John Hoeven today said nearly $204 million in regular and disaster federal housing assistance are at work in the state of North Dakota this year to address housing shortages caused by disasters and economic growth. That includes nearly $85 million in Community Development Block Grant funding, more than $77 million of which will go to the Minot region; $80 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Grant funding; $33 million in Department of Housing and U… Continue Reading


Hoeven Welcomes Frontier Airlines Back to Fargo

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today welcomed Frontier Airlines back to Fargo's Hector International Airport. The airline will begin three weekly nonstop flights between Denver and Fargo beginning November 16. "We welcome Frontier Airlines back to Fargo's Hector International Airport," said Hoeven. "Our state's airports are growing and serving more and more passengers each year. We're pleased that those flying for business or pleasure will now have additional options in and … Continue Reading


Hoeven Inspects Canadian Energy Operations

EDMONTON, ALBERTA - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee, Tuesday inspected Canadian energy operations, including an "in situ" production site in the oil sands. Hoeven is in Alberta to build energy partnerships between the United States and its northern ally. The Senator has been working to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which will transport 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta to U.S. refineries, including 100,000 barrels from North Dakota and Montana. "… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Energy Committee Ranking Member Murkowski in Alaska to Promote National Energy Agenda

ANCHORAGE, A.K. - Senator John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) this weekend joined Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) for a two-day inspection of oil and natural gas exploration and production activities in Alaska. Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has been working closely with Murkowski, the committee's ranking member, to advance the nation's energy policies and bolster the economy. "Joining Senator Murkowski and seeing firsthand Alaska's energy production faciliti… Continue Reading


Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce the Coal Ash Recycling And Oversight Act of 2012

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) today introduced bipartisan legislation that will ensure the safe and efficient recycling of coal ash into a valuable construction material for roads, buildings and other infrastructure projects. The Hoeven-Conrad-Baucus Coal Ash Recycling and Oversight Act of 2012 provides strong state oversight for storage and management of coal residuals, while empowering industry to safely recycle it into useful a… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Defense Appropriations Bill Supports North Dakota Air Base Missions

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the new Fiscal Year 2013 Department of Defense (DoD) Appropriations bill approved by the full Senate Appropriations Committee provides support for North Dakota air base missions in Minot, Grand Forks and Fargo. Hoeven, who serves on the Appropriations Committee, has pushed for strong national defense measures. The DoD appropriations measure includes provisions to ensure continued funding and operations for the C-27J cargo aircraft based in Fargo; the … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Conrad Encourage North Dakota Students to Apply for U.S. Senate Youth Program

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad today announced that the United States Senate Youth Program (UUSYP) is currently accepting nominations from high school students interested in participating in the program's 51st annual Washington Week. The senators encourage 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 … Continue Reading


Delegation: Corps Awards Contract for Hoge Island Bank Stabilization Repairs

WASHINGTON -Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Congressman Rick Berg today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a nearly $1 million contract for bank stabilization repairs in the Hoge Island area. The work, which includes placing about 10,800 tons of stone along the Missouri River, will repair damages from flooding in 2011 and help to protect against future flooding. "River bank stabilization is a key component in protecting against future flooding in Hoge Island an… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses Case with Air Force Secretary for Tanker Mission At Grand Forks

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven last week spoke with U.S. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley to press the case for locating the KC-46A tanker mission at Grand Forks Air Force Base. Hoeven told Secretary Donley that the North Dakota Air National Guard is already working in cooperation with Grand Forks and could support the mission through an associated relationship. He said with a new runway, hangers and UND Aerospace, Grand Forks is a great location with outstanding facilities for the new … Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Launch Opening of New Dakota Carrier Network Facility

BISMARCK - Senator John Hoeven and community leaders today joined Dakota Carrier Network employees and board members in Bismarck to celebrate the official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for Dakota Carrier Network's (DCN) new Network Operations Center, which will serve as a central hub for the company's network connectivity, support and monitoring operations. "Dakota Carrier Network has continually demonstrated a longstanding commitment to using cutting-edge technology and great custo… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Domestic Energy and Jobs Act of 2012 at Pipeline Delivery Company Tubular Transport and Logistics

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today outlined his new legislation, the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act of 2012 (DEJA), at Tubular Transport and Logistics (TTL), a pipeline delivery company located at Bismarck's Northern Plains Commerce Center, to underscore America's need for robust energy infrastructure as part of a comprehensive plan to jumpstart America's energy industry, boost the economy and create jobs for the nation. DEJA is a wide-ranging package of 13 diverse energy bills, addressin… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Berg Partner with Google to Help ND Small Businesses Create Websites, Grow Online Presence

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg today joined representatives from Google in hosting a seminar to assist the state's small businesses in building websites or expanding their online presence. Hoeven invited Google to North Dakota to host the event, "North Dakota Get Your Business Online," which offers free services, tools and training to the state's businesses. More than 60 North Dakota small businesses registered to attend. "Our state's small businesses drive our e… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Domestic Energy and Jobs Act of 2012 at EERC

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today outlined his new legislation, the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act of 2012 (DEJA), at the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) in Grand Forks because the cutting-edge research facility exemplifies the kind of all-of-the-above approach to energy development that the nation needs. "The EERC is actually taking the kind of integrated approach to energy development that the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act is designed to foster," Hoeven said. "The nat… Continue Reading

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