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A Washington DC advocacy group has arrived in North Dakota to support the Measure 3 campaign.

Opponents of the measure to legalize recreational marijuana have asked the state Board of Higher Education to formally weigh in against the measure.

University system director of student affairs Katie Fitzsimmons told the Board’s Governance Committee the Attorney General’s office and other organizations opposed to measure 3 made the request. She told the committee it could be a great opportunity to approach the issue from a student health and wellness perspective.

Burgum: 30,000 jobs probably open in ND

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Job Service North Dakota lists around 14,500 open jobs in the state.

But Gov. Doug Burgum believes it’s more than that. He said the number is likely closer to 30,000. He told reporters he gets that number from talking with employers.

"I always ask them, 'How many jobs do you have open, and how many jobs do you have posted?'" Burgum said. "In some cases, with our health care providers, they only have 10 percent of the nursing positions posted. In manufacturing, they often have five times as many jobs as they have posted."

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North Dakota education professionals say since the federal “No Child Left Behind” act was replaced by the “Every Student Succeeds Act,” there’s a new attitude and new energy in the classroom.

Critics of “No Child Left Behind” called it punitive in nature, basing measures of success solely on test scores. They said the ESSA replacement focuses on the whole child and how the students learn.

Minot State University reports relatively flat overall enrollment numbers.

But there are a couple of bright spots.

Minot State’s total headcount for the fall semester is 3189 students. Fulltime student numbers were up .6 percent, while the overall number was down .8 percent.

But MSU president Steve Shirley said he’s very happy to see the numbers related to the freshman class.

"Just under 400 freshmen -- 397," Shirley said. "That's our biggest class in seven years."

Medical cannabis helping hundreds of patients in Moorhead

Sep 20, 2018
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Minnesota Medical Solutions, or "MinnMed" CEO Dr. Joseph Westwater says there are currently 17,000 patients in Minnesota with qualified conditions that may be treated with medical cannabis.

The Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau wants to inform consumers about a fake website appearing to present itself as that of the CVB.

The Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Planning Organization has begun updating the metro transportation plan.

That plan is called “Arrive 2045.”

"We will be looking for members of the public, stakeholders, folks interested in transportation," said KLJ project manager Wade Kline. "We want them to come in and help worth through the identification of transportation needs in the Bismarck-Mandan-Lincoln area for the next 20-25 years."

The MPO has developed some projections for population and job growth in the Bismarck-Mandan-Lincoln area.

North Dakota medical crew heading to North Carolina

Sep 19, 2018

The Emergency Preparedness and Response section of the North Dakota Department of Health is deploying two Emergency Management Assistance Compact medical response teams to Raleigh, North Carolina this week.

Section Chief Tim Wiedrich says the teams are made of 28 registered nurses, paramedics and EMTs. He says they will assist the hurricane-impacted region in medical shelters currently housing vulnerable populations.

Williston State College reports record enrollment

Sep 19, 2018

Williston State College is reporting record enrollment for its fall semester.

The college has 1,124 registered students. That’s a 2.4 percent increase in headcount over the fall of 2017.

College president Dr. John Miller said one reason is scholarships offered by the WSC Foundation, both for tuition and residence hall costs.

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