Greg Palmer Dakota Natural Gas ribbon cutting

Dakota Natural Gas CEO Greg Palmer, center, cuts through a ribbon at the American Crystal Sugar factory near Hillsboro on Aug. 5 to celebrate the company’s soon-to-be-completed $8.5 million natural gas pipeline serving Hillsboro and Mayville. Palmer was joined by, from left, Hillsboro City Commission President Terry Sando, American Crystal Sugar Board Chairman Dave Mueller, Traill  County Economic Development Commission President Gary Nysveen and Mayville Mayor Steve Bensen.

Construction of an $8.5 million underground pipeline that will offer natural gas service to Hillsboro and Mayville has nearly reached its finish line.

But instead of putting a bow on the project, representatives from Dakota Natural Gas joined local and state officials north of Hillsboro a week ago to mark the historic occasion with a ribbon.

More than 75 supporters turned out for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at American Crystal Sugar Aug. 5 to celebrate the completion of the pipeline, which will end Traill County’s 70-year search for natural gas.

Gary Nysveen, president of the Traill County Economic Development Commission, said the county has been attempting to get natural gas since October 1952, according to his research.

“To put that in perspective, I was 8 months old and my mother was changing my cloth diaper with safety pins,” Nysveen said.

Nysveen was one of a handful of speakers who shared their insights into the history of repeated attempts to bring natural gas to Traill County and the importance of the 40- to 50-mile pipeline that will carry the product to homes and businesses in Hillsboro and Mayville starting this fall.

The list of dignitaries included Dakota Natural Gas CEO Greg Palmer, U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.), Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford and David Mueller of Cummings, American Crystal Sugar’s board chair.

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