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  I was born in 1976, so pretty much grew up in the '80's and '90's, early '90's on the reservation, before I left. The culture back then was [00:04:00] much different. I guess I had some issues when I was young, because I didn't look at people in the context of race or any of those things. I didn't understand any of those things. I did know that there was some division there within our own community, within our state, even within my two families.

 

The University of North Dakota has released the next step in its plan to choose a new nickname.

Those eligible to vote for the new name include alumni, retirees, faculty, staff, students, donors, and current season ticket holders.  Susan Walton is Vice President for University and Public Affairs.  She says each eligible voter will only be able to vote once, and since the vote will take place online, work will be done over the next several weeks to verify the email addresses of those eligible voters.

UND researchers to study ways to improve power grid

Aug 27, 2015

Researchers at the University of North Dakota will soon begin studying ways to improve the reliability of the country's power grid.

Assistant Professor  Dr. Prakash Ranganathan and Associate Professor Dr. Naima Kaabouch work within the electrical engineering department of UND's College of Engineering and Mines.  They say the nation's current power grid structure is over 50 years old, and needs updating.  Ranganathan says the research will look into what causes instability within the grid, resulting in blackouts than can cost tens of billions of dollars.

Xcel buys Courtenay wind farm

Aug 25, 2015

The Public Service Commission has given Xcel Energy the go-ahead to purchase the 200 megawatt Courtenay Wind Farm in Stutsman County.

The wind farm was to be built by Geronimo Energy, and Xcel was going to buy the power. But the utility said it would be a better deal to buy the wind farm outright, saving its customers money.

"It'll save customers about $97 million over the 20 year life of the wind farm," said PSC Chairman Julie Fedorchak.

Dalrymple not running for re-election

Aug 24, 2015
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple will not seek re-election next year.

The Casselton Republican and former state House Appropriations Commiuttee chairman served as the state’s Lieutenant Governor from 2000 to 2010. He became Governor when John Hoeven won a US Senate seat. Dalrymple was elected in 2012. He has been Governor during a huge expansion of the state’s oil industry, and during a time of high crop prices. And the state has the lowest unemployment rate in the country.

UND Presidential search underway

Aug 24, 2015

The search will soon be underway for a new president at the University of North Dakota.

A search committee has been named. A consultant will be hired to help with the search.

Former Board of Higher Education member Grant Shaft will co-chair the search committee. He expects there will be a lot of interest in the position.

"It's a major research university," said Shaft. "Given the size of the campus, the enrollment and all that goes with that, I would expect a lot of applicants -- even from different backgrounds, not just academia."

Chancellor wants to keep laid off energy workers in ND

Aug 24, 2015

University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott is working on ways to keep energy workers in North Dakota during a slowdown the industry.

He’s already unveiled “Bakken U” – designed as a one-stop shop for laid-off energy employees to find programs and courses at the colleges that could enhance their skills. Hagerott says he’s now working on a second phase.

"We're still working on the name," said Hagerott. "But if oil prices stay down, and there's increasing pressure on this workforce, then part two would be actually finding the resources for these students to stay."

ND Soybean Council Hosts Asian Commodity Group

Aug 21, 2015
Jay Rehder / RRFN

As the 2015 Harvest continues, so do the visits by international trade teams. Today (Friday) a delegation made up of representatives from Southeast Asian received a first-hand look at this year's soybean crop. Reporter Todd McDonald has details...

With Labor Day coming up, law enforcement are ready to step up patrols looking for impaired drivers.

It's the annual "Drive Sober of Get Pulled Over" event.

Mark Nelson of the North Dakota Department of Transportation says that means extra patrols from now until Labor Day. Nelson says the patrols will be looking for impaired drivers – especially those who have been drinking.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

It’s being touted as a unique partnership to fill a growing need.

The Missouri Valley Family YMCA of Bismarck has partnered with Sanford Health, CHI-St. Alexius and Basin Electric Power Cooperative to provide day care services to their employees.

“We have a big, big deficit in the community," said YMCA CEO Bill Bauman. "And they have a great need for attracting and retaining employees.”

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