Local Stories

Amy Sisk / Inside Energy

There’s a sense of excitement taking over the Bakken oil patch, like at the M&H gas station in Williston.

Over the last year, it was pretty quiet for store manager Angela Neuman.

“Now, there’s a constant rush at some point or another during the day,” she said. “You notice more cars, you notice more fuel, you notice your fuel deliveries are more.”

She’s having to place more orders for her two most popular items: cigarettes and chewing tobacco.

A joint project between UND’s Office of Research and Economic Development and SkySkopes, Incorporated, could lead to a new use for drones.

The plan is to equip the small, low-altitude drones with thermal sensors to collect energy audit data on North Dakota University System buildings. That information will allow the campuses to assess costs of thermal leaks in buildings.

Capitol security measures to become permanent

May 30, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Temporary security measures installed at the state Capitol for the 2017 Legislative session are becoming permanent.

Public access to the state Capitol was limited to the south and east entrances, and metal detectors were installed.

Those measures are being made permanent – and going forward, the only public access to the building will be the south entrance.

"It's much easier for security to screen through one central area than it is to monitor several different locations at one time," said Highway Patrol Lt. Michael Roark.

Amy Sisk / Inside Energy

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will continue curbing oil output through March 2018, opening the door for more production in the United States.


Late last year, OPEC -- along with Russia -- agreed to cut production. 

The cartel wanted to boost oil prices amid an oversupply of crude on the global market. 

But OPEC's cuts gave the United States an opportunity to fill in the gap. Oil production here soared and prices have moved up, but more slowly than anticipated. 

With summer travel ahead, TSA offers tips for flyers

May 26, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The Memorial Day holiday weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer travel season.

And although most people will be driving, some will fly. And the TSA is offering some helpful hints to get you through airport security without hassle.

"It would be very helpful if your carry-on bag is uncluttered," said TSA spokesperson Lorie Dankers. "Don't stuff your bag so tight that it's really hard for you to close it, or an officer to get a clear image of it on the x-ray."

Dankers reminds travelers that everyone's personal property will be screened at the checkpoint.

Minot-based Central Power Cooperative is receiving a $50.4 million loan from USDA’s electric program.

The loan will be used to add 32 miles of transmission line, replace 57 miles of existing line, build 9 new substations and make improvements to 20 other substations.

Central Power is a generation and transmission cooperative that serves six distribution co-ops. Those co-ops serve 65,000 customers across 25 counties in central and southeastern North Dakota.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

In 2015, the state of North Dakota bought the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center at Washburn from the Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation.

Now, the Foundation is giving the state Parks and Recreation Department $700,000 to support ongoing maintenance at the Center.

"At a time when we've worked to take $1.7 billion out of a $6 billion budget, any time a private foundation shows up and says, 'We'd like to bring a check with us,' we're very happy to have them," said Gov. Doug Burgum at a check presenting ceremony at the Capitol.

'Emergency Services Week' spotlights volunteers

May 24, 2017
ND Health Department

This is “Emergency Services Week” in North Dakota.

It’s set aside to recognize the more than 5000 personnel that serve the state’s EMS system. A vast majority of those people are volunteers.

"We probably are at least in the neighborhood of 80 percent volunteer services in North Dakota, versus 20 percent who we would consider to be full time," said Tom Nehring,the director of the state Health Department’s Division of Emergency Medical Services.

President Trump's proposed budget calls for Congress to enact legislation that changes eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

And that worries representatives of the Great Plains Food Bank.

Changes include:

...limiting the number of adults without dependents who get benefits…
...lowering the minimum benefit level, which is currently 16 dollars per month...
... and capping eligible household members to six.

ND University System

The state Board of Higher Education is tightening up its policy on the relationships between a college or university and its foundation – or other non-profit affiliate.

The new rules say the campus president must be an ex-officio non-voting member of the organization’s board.

This comes about because of litigation surrounding the activity center at Dickinson State University. The DSU Foundation financed the center – but it dissolved in 2015, and five banks have sued, looking for repayment of loans.


News from NPR

Police have charged Darren Osborne with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder over an attack in which investigators say Osborne drove a van into a crowd of people leaving a mosque in north London early Monday.

President Trump is set to sign a bill today that will make it easier for the secretary of veterans affairs to fire and discipline employees. The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 will mark Trump's 40th law signed.

Sounds like a lot.

And in recent days, Trump has boasted about all the legislation he's signed.

The fire that devastated a 24-story apartment building last week began by accident — and the source was a refrigerator, London police say. Investigators have also found that materials used on Grenfell Tower's exterior failed safety tests.

"We now have expert evidence that the fire was not started deliberately — the fire started in a fridge-freezer — the make and model is a Hotpoint FF175BP," Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said Friday. She added that the refrigerator, which has a freezer on the bottom and refrigerator on top, has not been recalled.

Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

More News

Main Street

Norwegian Heritage ~ "Prairie Daughters" Exhibit ~ Chef Rosey on Cloudberries

Kari Tauring is a Minneapolis-based Nordic folk musician, dancer, and storyteller. She’s one of the many people participating in the Scandinavian Hjemkomst and Midwest Viking Festival this week in Moorhead. ~~~ Also at the Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center is an exhibit called “ Prairie Daughters: The Art and Lives of Annie Stein and Orabel Thortvedt .” In this feature prepared for the Prairie Pulse television show, we hear about these two historic women artists from Mark Piehl and...

Read More