General News

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.

Farmers Union confronts farm crisis

May 16, 2017

The National Farmers Union and its state divisions have initiated a national campaign to raise awareness for the current farm crisis.

Net farm income has decreased by half in the past four years. Mark Watne is President of the North Dakota Farmers Union. He says this "silent economic crisis" is created by current low prices continuing to decrease any profit potential. Watne says farmers in North Dakota will have tools available to them to manage stress and address capital challenges - and it's important that word gets out because there is no end in sight right now.

Residents in the Morton County community of Glen Ullin are being advised to boil their water if they are going to be using it for drinking, food preparation, or washing dishes until further notice. Glen Ullin Emergency Manager Albert Lautenschlager explains…

A Conversation About Refugee Resettlment

Apr 13, 2017

The Fargo Human Relations Commission has released the findings of a study looking at refugee resettlement programs. The study was called for by City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn last October. Piepkorn was critical of the programs and questioned the cost of the programs to a city. In delivering a summary of the report, Human Relations Commission member Barry Nelson says the results reflect how a community can benefit from resettlement programs which he says help boost the regional workforce.

Bismarck middle school wins DPI Innovation Award

Apr 12, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

A science class at Simle Middle School in Bismarck is the first winner of the Department of Public Instruction’s Innovation Award.

The eighth grade class is taught by Ryan Townsend. The class has been working on creating a solar-powered mobile phone charging station. It would be specifically designed for homeless people, and would be placed in a city park.

Senate passes refugee study

Mar 30, 2017

The Senate has passed a resolution that would authorize a study of refugee resettlement in North Dakota.

The resolution focuses on studying the economic effects refugees have on the state. Fargo Senator Judy Lee spoke in opposition of the bill. She says she's not sure this is an issue North Dakota needs to take up.

Taxable sales and purchases down 24 percent in 2016

Mar 30, 2017

Taxable sales and purchases were down 24 percent for 2016.

"Movie prop" money stolen in Moorhead

Mar 29, 2017

A stack of "movie prop" one hundred dollar bills was stolen from a National Guard recruiting table on the Minnesota State University Moorhead Campus on Tuesday afternoon.

Moorhead Police Lieutenant Tory Jacobson says the fake money was used by the National Guard to demonstrate cost savings for college to potential recruits. He says area businesses need to be aware that they may turn up in the community.

Senate passes "shared parenting" bill

Mar 29, 2017

The Senate has passed the so-called "shared parenting" bill, which establishes a presumptive 35 to 50 percent of time spent with each parent of children in a custody case.

That means the bill assumes equal parenting time is best for children. Senator Kelly Armstrong of Dickinson supports the bill. He says the bill would not apply to every single custody proceeding, and that each custody proceeding would start from scratch. He says the bill came out of committee on a 5 to 1 do pass recommendation.

Senate defeats Sunday morning retail sales

Mar 14, 2017

A bill that would have allowed retailers to be open on Sunday mornings has failed in the North Dakota Senate.

Current law makes it a Class B misdemeanor to operate a business before noon on Sundays. There are exceptions for businesses like restaurants, hospitals, hotels and gas stations. Opponents of the repeal of most of that law say workers need Sunday mornings to spend with their families - perhaps at church. One such opponent is Senator Robert Erbele. He calls the need for Sunday morning retail sales "selfish consumerism," and says everyone needs a moment to rest.