Kindred City reviews natural gas pipeline progress

The Kindred City Council listened to updates on natural gas services to the city, a possible partnership with Trilogy Networks, and discussed water infrastructure issues with Norman’s Acres at its regular monthly meeting last week.
Jeremy Fischer, a representative from Montana-Dakota Utilities (MDU), presented the council with information about residents and businesses signing up for their services. Approximately 20 households and five businesses have expressed a commitment to using natural gas.
“We had a weather event during one of our business hour sets and the mails have been delayed, so we anticipate more in the coming days,” Fischer said. “One application took 13 days to arrive in Bismarck.”
Fischer said MDU has scheduled more business hours at City Hall in the upcoming weeks. Hours are set for March 19, 21, 26 and 28, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Interested residents should contact city hall for confirmation of this schedule and for a list of documents to bring.
The city council discussed the water infrastructure needed with the city’s annexation of Norman’s Acres directly north of the city limits. Public Works Supervisor Rich Schock recommended the installation of a second water main to supply the development with water.
“As the development grows, and as Kindred grows, we need to have a plan in place to provide infrastructure and fire protection,” Schock said.
Cass County Deputy Bryce Noonan will be moving to another position within the county and Kindred will see a new deputy assigned to the position, according to Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner, who attended the meeting. The new deputy will be assigned next month.
City Auditor Tabitha Arnaud reported the Kindred Area Arts Partnership has expressed an interest in displaying local artists work on the banners displayed along Kindred streets.
The council listened to a pitch by representatives of Trilogy Networks, a cloud-centered company that focuses on precision agriculture and data collection. The company is proposing to mount equipment on top of the water tower. The goal of Trilogy is to increase yields “profitably and efficiently through use of data-driven farming practices.” Their project, called the Dakota Innovation Corridor Project, will host FarmGrid. The company will include local soil and micro-climate sensors that connect to farmers’ 5G and AI-powered networks. The council took no action at this time.
The next meeting of the Kindred City Council is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. All meetings are held at city hall and are open to the public.

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