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Minot State University’s Career Center is launching what it’s calling “The 21st Century Workforce Development Campaign.”

"Everyone understands the concepts of a capital campaign" said MSU Vice-President for Student Affairs Kevin Harmon. "This is a human capital campaign."

Harmon said MSU is reaching out to community leaders and alumni.

"We're getting their services and resources in relationship to workforce development," Harmon said.

The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences have teamed up with the Lieber Institute for Brain Development to help expand the largest brain repository in the world. Prairie Public Reporter Todd McDonald has details...

"Savannah's Bill" gets first Senate hearing

Oct 25, 2017

U-S Senator Heidi Heitkamp was among those speaking before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in support of three bills to enhance all levels of Law Enforcement on Indian reservations. Senator Heitkamp says incidents involving Native American Women have reached crisis proportions. Heitkamp spoke to the committee about a bill she introduced last month -- Senate Bill 1942…

Elevator insolvency case nearly closed

Oct 25, 2017

A nearly three year old elevator insolvency case has been closed.


It involves the Grand Forks Bean Company. That elevator dealt with edible beans. It went into insolvency after not being able to pay farmers’ claims.

The last such claim has now been paid. The courts said Curt Amundson had a “credit sale” contract with Grand Forks Bean. Public Service Commissioner Randy Christmann said Amundson was paid from the Credit Sale Contract Indemnity Fund.

Less oil moving by rail from the Bakken

Oct 25, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

As the number of barrels of Bakken crude oil shipped by pipeline increases, the number of rail loading facilities in western North Dakota has dropped.

"During the height of the crude by rail activity in North Dakota, we had north of 20 rail loading facilities scattered throughout North Dakota," said North Dakota Pipeline Authority director Justin Kringstad. "now it's consolidated to around 12 facilities that are still loading crude oil, primarily on trains headed to the west coast, and some to the east coast."

Xcel Energy, Wanzek Construction partner on wind farms

Oct 24, 2017
D. Webster

Xcel Energy is expanding its wind energy portfolio.

They've partnered with Wanzek Construction to build the Foxtail Wind Farm in Dickey County, North Dakota, as well as the Freeborn Wind Farm located primarily in Iowa with some turbines located in Minnesota. The projects will total 350 megawatts and about 175 turbines. Mark Nisbet is principal manager of Xcel Energy. He says including wind in their energy portfolio helps keep their electric rates down.

FM Diversion Task Force meets in Fargo

Oct 23, 2017

The first meeting of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Flood Diversion Task Force took place in Fargo today.

The task force consists of 16 people, 8 from Minnesota and 8 from North Dakota, plus each state's governor. The Diversion was halted in September when Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources refused to issue needed permits. Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney says collaboration on this level has always been needed. He says he's optimistic going forward.

ND tourism 'holds its own' in 2017

Oct 23, 2017
Tourism division

The numbers aren’t in yet, but state tourism officials say 2017 held its own.

"Some parts of the state were up more than others," said state Tourism Division director Sara Otte Coleman. "The Medora, Badlands, Theodore Roosevelt National Park held very strong, after a record-breaking 2016. But other parts of the state were a little spottier."

Otte Coleman said some of the attractions maintained, some were up or down by 5-7 percent. She said there were some things working against the tourism economy in 2017.

AARP offering "TEK" training in ND and Mn

Oct 23, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

AARP is providing workshops to people 50 and older – to help them with technology use.

AARP calls its training “TEK” – for Technology, Education and Knowledge.

"We find there are a lot of people aged 50 and up who are not technology-savvy," said AARP Community Program Manager Denise Madeja, one of the trainers in the "TEK" seminar. "They're intimidated to learn."

Madeja said the training being offered this week in Bismarck, Fargo and Moorhead is designed to teach people 50 and older how to use their smartphones and tablets.

Organic farming growing in ND

Oct 23, 2017

The number of acres becoming certified organic in North Dakota is rising.

Organic farmers say there are many reasons, some relate to health, but others are financial.

Lowell Kaul owns Organic Kaul Farms in Harvey. He’s begun growing a grain variety called ‘Emmer.”

“It’s an ancient grain," Kaul said. "It goes way back.”

Kaul said he began growing it because his grandfather and great-grandfather planted it.


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Sexual-assault allegations against Roy Moore have reverberated from Alabama to Washington, D.C.

Many Republican leaders have pulled their support from Moore, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, the head of National Republican Senatorial Committee, the committee in charge of electing GOP senators.

The 'Missed Opportunity' Of Trump's Asia Trip

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When President Trump returned this week from a 12-day, five-nation swing through Asia, he gave himself high marks for the "tremendous success of this trip."

But experts say that while he avoided major blunders during his stops in Japan, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines, the president missed more than one opportunity to offer his administration's strategic vision for the region — the world's largest, most populous and fastest growing.

Every time there is a mass shooting in the United States, there is a flurry of concentration on those who died, the alleged or confessed perpetrator, and the sobered, devastated town that will be forever changed.

Then at some point, the press caravan moves on — from Sutherland Springs, from Orlando, from Las Vegas. And within weeks, or sometimes just days, another mass shooting is being reported.

The public attention moves on, but those affected families don't.

When he started working as a bartender a few years ago in Seattle, Howie Echo-Hawk says he began experiencing discrimination. First, a bar manager told him to get a respectable haircut.

"I had a Mohawk, which is the traditional style of my people and I wore it because of that," he said. Echo-Hawk is a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma.

Rather than argue, Echo-Hawk cut his hair. Then, a few months later, he broke his ankle and had to take some time off.

On a sunny weekday afternoon, chef Bonnie Morales leads me past the Q subway line in the Brighton Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y. We are going shopping for Russian food.

Morales owns Kachka, a restaurant in Portland, Ore., that serves food from the former Soviet Union. It's one of the most popular places to eat in one of the hottest food cities in the country.

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Capital Gallery Anniversary ~ Clean Comedian Kent Rader ~ News Chat ~ Matt's Movie Reviews

The Capital Gallery in Bismarck is observing its one-year anniversary of featuring artist from around the state. Here to tell us about Saturday’s anniversary celebration, and to update us on the gallery’s first year, is David Borlaug, president of the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation . ~~~ Known as the "World's Cleanest Comedian and Speaker," Kent Rader helps people and associations learn and experience how laughter matters in reducing stress and building quality organizations. He's...

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