North Dakota

William Michael Swanston III (aka Mike/Swanny) has retired after more than 40 years at Swanston Equipment Company in Fargo, N.D. Swanston has been running the company as the third-generation owner and has decided to hand the reigns over to the fourth generation — his daughter, Molly Swanston, and the leadership team — effective Sept.

At the University of North Dakota (UND), crews are making significant progress on a new Memorial Union building. The $80 million, 158,000 sq.-ft. student union center will offer upgraded services and the latest in technology when it opens in 2021. "The Memorial Union is the heart of campus," said Cassie Gerhardt, UND associate dean of students.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A federal appeals court on Aug. 5 reversed a judge's order that shut down the Dakota Access pipeline pending a full environmental review. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with pipeline owner Energy Transfer to keep the oil flowing, saying a lower-court judge "did not make the findings necessary for injunctive relief." But the appellate court declined to grant Energy Transfer's motion to block the review, saying the company had "failed to make a strong showing of likely success." The appeals court said it expects the parties to "clarify their positions" in the lower court.

The North Dakota Safety Council's Safety & Health Awards program is designed to promote incident prevention by honoring companies with outstanding safety programs, employees with superior safety records and North Dakota citizens who have gone above and beyond to improve the safety and health environments in their communities.

PHOENIX (AP) — A North Dakota construction company has received the largest contract to date to build a section of President Trump's signature wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Republican U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer of N.D. confirmed the $1.3 billion contract for building the 42-mi.

The Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project (MREFPP) is a continuing project in North Dakota that is designed to reduce the risk of future flooding throughout the entire Mouse River Basin. The Mouse River, or the Souris River in Canada, originates in southeast Saskatchewan and travels 357 mi.

GOMACO Corporation recently recognized Swanston Equipment Company of North Dakota as a Top Ten Distributor for sales in the 2019 fiscal year. The award was presented in recognition for outstanding sales and distribution of GOMACO equipment in the United States.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is overseeing a $38.5 million project that will create a new Long X Bridge. Construction consists of bridge replacement, a wildlife crossing structure, grading and guardrail work. Motorists will continue to utilize the current Long X Bridge while the new structure is being built.

RDO Integrated Controls (RDOIC) and Pavement Recycling Systems (PRS) are teaming up to bring Topcon's Intelligent Paving suite of products to customers in eight states across the companies' footprints. Effective immediately, RDO Equipment Co. stores will sell Topcon's Intelligent Paving products across Arizona, California, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Duane Bonini has been named vice president of RDO Equipment Co. 's Vermeer division. As of Dec. 1 Bonini is overseeing all RDO's domestic Vermeer operations, which includes California, Hawaii, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon and northern Nevada. Bonini grew up in the construction industry, working as a Vermeer equipment operator and service technician, then worked for his family's Vermeer dealerships in Northern California prior to joining RDO in 2008 as a Vermeer grinder salesman for the Southern California region.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded its second contract for a Red River diversion project around the flood-prone Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., metropolitan area. The Corps announced that the more than $59 million project to build a flow control structure on the Wild Rice River will be built by Ames Construction Inc., based out of Burnsville, Minn.