DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard is proposing a plan to expand its training center in a northeastern county to accommodate more military members.
The state's National Guard plans to seek input from neighboring landowners, counties, cities and the Spirit Lake Nation on the proposal to expand its Camp Grafton Training Center-South in Eddy County, according to Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrman.
Dohrman told the Minot Daily News that the North Dakota National Guard wants to expand Camp Grafton by at least 6,000 more acres to build a new range complex. The military agency would prefer to add another 17,000 acres if the opportunity is available.
Dohrman met with the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce's Military Affairs Committee last month about the training center not being adequate in size to support range and maneuver functions. The center's ability to meet additional training requirements of operational reserve requires more in-state range and maneuver training areas.
Military members in North Dakota often have to travel to Camp Guernsey in Wyoming and Camp Ripley in Minnesota for some of their training.
The proposal is still in the preliminary discussion phase. The North Dakota National Guard is gauging interest and receiving feedback before deciding whether to bring the proposal to lawmakers in the next legislative session.