Fargo Police investigating homicide, man in custody

Mar 2, 2018
D. Webster

Fargo Police have one suspect in custody and are looking for a possible witness in connection to an early morning homicide that took place in North Fargo this morning.

MDU buys expansion of SW ND wind farm

Mar 2, 2018

Bismarck-based Montana Dakota Utilities is buying an expansion of a wind farm in southwestern North Dakota.

MDU already owns the Thunder Spirit Wind Farm – first phase. It’s a 107.5 megawatt farm with 43 turbines. Allete Clean Energy developed it, and is developing the second phase, which will add another 16 turbines, and produce another 48 megawatts.

MDU had a power purchase agreement with an option to buy it outright.

Amy Sisk

A photo taken of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest site by former Prairie Public and Inside Energy Reporter Amy Sisk has become part of a US House committee’s investigation into Russian meddling into US politics.

Sisk saw her photo as part of a Washington Post article on Russian trolls trying to influence the debate over climate change and DAPL.

"As I was scrolling through this article, I came across a photo that I realized I had taken," Sisk said. "Apparently, Russian trolls had taken a photo that I took and turned it into propaganda and a social media post."

North Dakota's economy expands in February

Mar 1, 2018

North Dakota's economy grew during the month of February.

The state's reading on the Business Conditions Index, a monthly survey of Midwestern supply managers, rose to 53.3 in February from 49.6 in January. Any reading over 50 indicates economic growth. Creighton University economics professor Dr. Ernie Goss conducts the monthly survey. He says the survey indicates the manufacturing and energy sectors are expanding, but there were some warning signals regarding the inflation gauge.

North Dakota's kindergarten vaccination rate increases

Mar 1, 2018

Officials at the North Dakota Department of Health are encouraged that vaccination rates for kindergartners have increased.

Lexie Barber is Immunization Surveillance Coordinator with the health department. She says in the last two years, vaccination rates had fallen below 90 percent and had gotten as low as 88 percent. But she says for the 2017-2018 school year, vaccination rates have climbed to 94 percent. She says the health department aims for a 95 percent immunization rate to ensure maximum protection from disease.

Heitkamp/McCain Reservation Amber Alert bill passes House

Mar 1, 2018

A bill introduced by Arizona Senator John McCain and North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp is aimed at expanding the Amber Alert system to Native American Reservations.

North Dakota is in the top 25 percent of states in both new lung cancer cases and lung cancer survival rates.

This according to the first ever "State of Lung Cancer" report done by the American Lung Association of North Dakota. Reba Mathern-Jacobson is director of tobacco control for the Lung Association in North Dakota. She says this report looks at rates of incidents of lung cancer, survival rates, rates of early diagnosis, surgery, and access to screening centers. She says the report helps North Dakota know where it stands.

A case now before the US Supreme Court could make a difference in some of North Dakota’s election laws.

The case is from Minnesota. A voter was not allowed to cast a ballot in a polling place because he wore a political button saying, “Please ID Me” – and a Tea Party T-shirt. The Minnesota law does not allow political symbols in polling places.

North Dakota’s law is similar to Minnesota’s.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The 4th annual “Farming and Ranching for the Bottom Line” was held Tuesday at Bismarck State College.

The conference was held to talk about the weather outlook, crop production, grazing strategies and economics, especially in dry years.

David Archer is a research leader at the Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory, south of Mandan. His topic was “Economics of Improving Soil Quality.” Archer said one practice toward improving soil quality is “no-till” farming.

Horse Park sets race dates

Feb 27, 2018

The North Dakota Racing Commission has finalized race dates for the North Dakota Horse Park this summer.

Manager Mike Schmitz says the last three weekends in July were chosen - Saturday July 14 and Sunday the 15th, Saturday the 21st and Sunday the 22nd, and Friday July 27th and Saturday July 28th. Schmitz says the final weekend was chosen to be Friday-Saturday versus Saturday-Sunday to accommodate the Fargo Air Show. Schmitz says it's an affordable family summer activity.