Leaders of the North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) and the North Dakota Stockmen's Association (NDSA) met Wednesday evening to discuss landowners' concerns surrounding the proposed Camp Grafton expansion. Maj. General Al Dohrmann, NDNG adjutant general, and Dan Rorvig, McVille, N.D., rancher and NDSA president, issued the following joint statement:
"Although our positions may differ on the Camp Grafton south range expansion, our core values are more similar than not. The NDSA understands the readiness needs of the NDNG, does not oppose land transactions between willing sellers and buyers, and appreciates where land continues to remain in agricultural production. The NDNG understands the NDSA's standing policy positions regarding eminent domain and the government ownership of land and appreciates the organization's unwavering support for the military. We are all North Dakotans who have great respect for the land and each other and remain committed to open and transparent communication between our organizations as this initiative is considered."
In the meeting, the NDNG affirmed its commitment to the project without the use of eminent domain and ensuring that any newly acquired land remains in ag production.