Regional Briefs

Transportation secretary to visit

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is scheduled to visit North Dakota next month in regard to rail safety issues.

Foxx will be in Casselton on April 24 to meet with local officials about the rail safety issues.

Casselton was the site of a December 2013 collision of a train carrying crude oil and another train that triggered an explosion.

Michael Huerta, head of the Federal Aviation Administration, also will be visiting North Dakota next month. Huerta will be in Grand Forks and Williston April 21 to review the state’s growing unmanned aerial systems industry and see the aviation infrastructure needs in the western part of the state.

North Dakota’s congressional delegation will accompany the visitors.

McLees judgeship to be retained

The North Dakota Supreme Court announced Wednesday that the judgeship that will be vacated upon the June 30 retirement of Judge William W. McLees, the presiding judge of the North Central Judicial District, will be retained.

The court had to determine within 90 days of the announcement of a judge’s retirement whether that seat was necessary to the effective court processes in the district and to hire a new one, move move it to a new region or remove it.

In making their decision the court looked at reports about population and caseload trends and other matters and also received one comment from an attorney or judge in favor of retaining the judgeship.

Flint McColgan

Compost sites to open this weekend

Compost sites in the city of Minot will open Saturday. Friday will be the last day yard waste will be picked up by city sanitation crews.

The city asks residents to take all yard waste to one of the compost sites or the city landfill. Locations of compost sites 1 and 2 have changed from last year. Compost site 1 is now located at 27th Avenue and Seventh Street Northwest. Compost site 2 is located at 15th Avenue and Second Street Northeast. Locations of all the compost sites can be found on the city website at (

Landfill hours are currently 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Summer hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, beginning April 14.