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The state of North Dakota has filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the nation's leading manufacturer of prescription opioids.

North Dakota voters may be asked to make some changes to the state’s Constitution concerning who is eligible to vote in North Dakota elections.

Article II already states you have to be a resident of the US and of North Dakota to vote. But the chairman of the sponsoring committee, former state Republican Party chairman and GOP State Senate candidate Gary Emineth said the proposed amendment would further clarify who can vote, and in what elections.

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Bismarck-based MDU Resources expects a project to bring natural gas to the Doosan Bobcat plant in Gwinner will be finished by this fall.

MDU will be building 21 miles of pipeline from the Alliance Pipeline to the Bobcat plant.

"Materials are being purchased, and will be delivered soon to the site," said MDU Resources president and CEO David Goodin. "Right-of-way is being secured."

Goodin said the project itself will only take about 60 to 90 days to build, once the preliminary work is done.

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A committee tasked to choose nominees for the Board of Higher Education has chosen six candidates for two open positions on the Board.

However, the Committee declined to nominate current Board member Kevin Melicher of Fargo for reappointment.

Melicher was eligible for a second four year term on the Board. Not one of the five members of the nominating committee suggested he be re-nominated.

ND chosen for UAV pilot project

May 10, 2018
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

North Dakota has been chosen as one of the 10 participants in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems pilot program.

North Dakota’s Department of Transportation will be the program manager. It will work with the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in Grand Forks, as well as local governments and businesses.

This pilot is designed to integrate drones with normal air traffic.

Bis-Man Community Foundation launches 'SuperGrants'

May 10, 2018
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

A change for the Bis-Man Community Foundation.

The Foundation was established in 2011 as a permanently-endowed fund. Since that time, the Foundation has given $140,000 in grants to a number of 501-C-3 organizations in the Bismarck-Mandan area.

It used to be that the Foundation awarded a number of small grants. But that will change.

Advisory Board chair Gina Hruby said the idea came from another board member.

"How do we utilize this fund in a more impactful way?" Hruby said.

So the Board made a decision.

North Dakota’s department of Transportation says it didn’t hear many complaints about snow removal in areas served by eight shuttered maintenance shops.

To save money, the 2017 Legislature approved a plan by DOT to close maintenance garages in Gackle, Courtenay, Litchville, Fessenden, Finley, New England, Mayville and Starkweather. People in those cities came to the Legislature to protest, saying they would have to wait for snowplows from outside those areas.

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says on average, two workers are killed each month in trench collapses.

Now, OSHA, the North Dakota Safety Council and other state organizations have signed on to an official Safety Alliance, with the goal of preventing trenching related accidents.

"They said, 'Why wait until something happens?'" said Safety Council executive director Chuck Claremont. "Let's be more active to prevent these things."

Claremont said if the awareness is there, and people are getting the training, the statistics should go down.

It's road construction season

May 4, 2018

The North Dakota Department of Transportation will spend between $350 million and $400 million during the summer road construction season.

"It's pretty significant," said DOT office of operations director Wayde Swenson. "It's not like the last few years, where we were in the heyday of the oil boom. But it's still a significant amount of money being spent this summer."

USACoE back funding for "Plan B "

May 3, 2018
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Senator John Hoeven says there has been a lot of support put behind the Red River Diversion project from all levels. He says while the diversion is important to the Fargo-Moorhead area, the private-public-partnership used to develop the project is becoming an item of interest for others…

"...We have the equation. This P-3 project is an equation that the rest of the country is looking at. Right no this is the the P-3 project for the Corps of Engineers."

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