GRAND FORKS. N.D. (AP) — A Minnesota company has announced plans to build a $400 million soybean crushing plant north of Grand Forks. Red Wing-based Epitome Energy says the plant could process up to 42 million bushels of soybeans annually. The company says the crushing facility may allow area farmers to fetch an additional 25 cents a bushel with the ability to process soybeans nearby. The project is expected to break ground next summer, with operations to begin in late 2025. The plant will employ up to 60 people.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota legislative panel has refused to change a rule that creates a moratorium on electronic pull tab machines at gas stations and liquor, grocery and convenience stores. Lobbyists and some lawmakers have promised that the issue will come up again in the next legislative session. The bipartisan Administrative Rules Committee supported the North Dakota Gaming Commission vote to alter the definition of a bar to clarify where the Las Vegas-style games that mimic slot machines will be allowed. The new rule specifies that a bar does not include gas stations and liquor, grocery and convenience stores.