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Students to talk 'Envision 2030'

Feb 23, 2018
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The North Dakota Student Association will be holding a discussion on the North Dakota University System’s “Envision 2030” strategic planning process during the Association’s meeting tonight (Friday, 2/23) in Wahpeton.

Kaleb Dschaak is a student at UND – and is the president of the Student Association. He said System office staff will be on-hand to talk about the process – and how students can have their say.

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The director of North Dakota’s Commerce Department wants the North Dakota University System to put more emphasis on “technology transfer” from the two big research universities.

Jay Schuler told the Board of Higher Education – North Dakota can do better when it comes to having research become commercial. Schuler said other states – like Minnesota and Iowa -- are doing it – and North Dakota has a great potential to do more.

North Dakota among country's "least sinful" states

Feb 22, 2018

Exactly how "sinful" is North Dakota?

According a survey by Wallet Hub, North Dakota is the 2nd least sinful state in the country. Jill Gonzales is an analyst for Wallet Hub, which is a personal finance website. She says the survey measured each state across several scientific metrics in regard to the "seven deadly sins."

Armstrong running for US House

Feb 22, 2018
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

A State Senator from Dickinson is seeking the Republican endorsement for North Dakota’s lone US House seat.

Kelly Armstrong is also the former GOP chairman, having resigned that post to run for Congress. Armstrong said he decided to run after incumbent House member Kevin Cramer (R) decided to seek the US Senate nomination.

Bismarck in top 5 of best capital US cities

Feb 22, 2018

North Dakota's capital city is ranked 5th in the country on a list of best state capitals to live in.

F-M Diversion Authority to seek new MN DNR permit

Feb 21, 2018
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority plans to file a new permit application to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for the proposed diversion project next month.

Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney told the Legislature’s interim Water Topics Committee – the application will be filed March 9th.

"The reason we want to get the permit application in is it takes three to six months to get it approved," Mahoney said in an interview after the meeting. "DNR wants us to move forward. We think it's a good sign."

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A former Grand Forks Democratic lawmaker is now a candidate for state Tax Commissioner.

Kylie Overson is the current chair of the Democratic NPL Party. If she gets the nomination, she would be running against GOP incumbent Ryan Rauschenberger.

Overson told reporters the Legislature has mis-managed state spending, turning a strong surplus into a deficit, and blaming local governments for what she called a broken promise to local property taxpayers.

ND Safety Council holds 45th annual conference

Feb 21, 2018
ND Safety Council

The North Dakota Safety Council’s 45th annual Safety and Health Conference is being held this week in Bismarck.

Safety Council executive director Chuck Claremont said nearly a thousand people have pre-registered for the conference. He said the subjects run the gamut of safety issues, and will include training on opioid overdoses.

Claremont said what he hopes those attending will take away from the conference are ways to help prevent someone from getting injured.

ND University System

The North Dakota University System recently participated in a pilot tabletop exercise with the department of Homeland Security and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

The focus was cybersecurity threats to higher education.

University System Vice-Chancellor Phil Wisecup called it helpful.

"We looked at the things we ought to be looking at," Wisecup said in an interview.

He said universities are big organizations -- and big targets.

Legislative leaders questioning ITD changes

Feb 20, 2018

Legislative leaders are asking for clarification and more information from the state’s Information Technology Department on changes either underway or in the works for ITD.


News from NPR

The Trump administration unleashed a flood of outrage earlier this month after unveiling a proposal to overhaul the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps. The plan would replace half the benefits people receive with boxed, nonperishable – not fresh – foods chosen by the government, not the people eating them.

As dense smoke from regional wildfires spread through communities across western Montana last summer, public health agencies faced an indoor problem, too: Residents suddenly needed filters to clean the air inside homes and public spaces, but there was no obvious funding source to pay for it.

Ellen Leahy, the health officer in charge of the Missoula City-County Health Department, says in the past, when wildfire smoke polluted the air outside, nobody really talked about air filters.

Boom In Antler Pet Chews May Have Opened A Black Market

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Three weeks after he mounted them on the front of his garage, Jeff Young found his prized antlers were literally ripped off.

"I think they just hung on them," Young says of the thieves, pointing up at the empty drill holes on the garage's façade one gray morning in Anchorage this winter.

"They were up on this six-foot ladder, as far as they could get, and then just pulled them down," Young says.

He found the ladder, taken from a nearby construction site, near his garage the next morning.

A good photo can let you see the world in ways you never dreamed of.

That's what struck us about the nominees for the 2018 World Press Photo contest, an annual competition that highlights the best photojournalism of the year. The finalists were just announced.

There were some glimmers of good news in an otherwise grim report released by UNICEF this week documenting the alarmingly high death rate of newborns worldwide: Bangladesh has managed to cut its newborn mortality rate from 64.2 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 20.1 per 1,000 today. That's 1 in every 50 births. By comparison, in neighboring Pakistan (which has the worst odds of any country) 1 in every 22 newborns doesn't survive.

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Women in Conservation ~ Upcoming Senate Race in ND ~ News Debrief ~ Movie Review

Friday, February 23 – Increasingly, women are the owners of farmland, but it’s often rented out without taking advantage of conservation programs, even when conservation may be of interest to the owner. To help women landowners understand their options and overcome barriers, the American Farmland Trust has launched an initiative called “Women for the Land.” Joining us with the details is Jennifer Filipiak, Midwest director for the American Farmland Trust, and Cayla Bendel from Pheasants...

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