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The first cases of West Nile Virus for 2017 have been reported to the North Dakota Department of Health.

Michelle Feist is West Nile Virus Program Manager. She says since this time of year is when cases start showing up, it was only a matter of time.

Work progressing on Williston airport

Jul 17, 2017

Dirt is being moved for the new Williston airport.

Later this month, bids will be taken for the new runway – and construction of the terminal will begin later this year.

It's a $265 million facility.

State Aeronautics commission directorn Kyle Wanner says later this month, bids will be taken for the new primary runway.

"We're hopeful we ged good bids," Wanner said. "That project will start later this year."

And construction will start on the new terminal later this year as well.

ND doing better in a 'Goldilocks' economy

Jul 4, 2017
Creighton University

A “Goldilocks” economy.

That’s how Creighton University economics professor Dr. Ernie Goss characterizes the June Mid-American Business Conditions Index. That index includes North Dakota and eight other states.

Under his formula, an index over 50 indicates economic growth. For the region, the June index was 62.3 – up from May’s 55.5. For North Dakota, the index rose from May’s 53.9 to June’s 67.2.

Goss said he thought health care reform and tax reform were needed to get the economy moving.

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North Dakota’s chief investment officer said funds managed by the state Investment Board have done very well in fiscal 2017.

That includes state retirement funds, as well as the Legacy Fund and the budget stabilization fund.

"Actually, for the 10 months ending April 30th, they've earned over a billion dollars," said CIO Dave Hunter. "State Investment Board assets are close to $12 billion. A big chunk of that -- $1 billion -- is investment earnings since July 1, 2016."

Sales Taxes In A Slump

Jun 28, 2017

Officials in two northern North Dakota cities are reporting a slow start to city sales tax collection in the first half of 2017. Prairie Public’s Todd McDonald has details…

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North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring wants home and property owners to check any recently purchased nursery stock for the Japanese beetle.

Some plants brought into North Dakota from Bailey Nurseries of Newport, Minnesota have Japanese beetle larvae. That nursery provides plants to most North Dakota nurseries. Goehring told Capitol reporters North Dakota has been listed as a non-infested state – and he wants to keep it that way. So he’s asking homeowners to check for the larvae, or the beetles themselves – and to purchase traps.

Click through for live video: Wednesday is another big day of testimony before two Congressional committees investigating Russian attempts to influence the 2016 Presidential election. Notably, former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson (under President Obama) is scheduled to appear Wednesday before the House Intelligence Committee. Members of Congress will quiz Johnson on the details of widespread Russian cyber-attacks that targeted U.S. elections systems last year, and so-called "active measures," a Russian information warfare strategy which includes spreading falsehoods.

United Way of Cass Clay has partnered with Sanford Health to place a student wellness facilitator in the West Fargo School District.

United Way and Sanford each invested 25-thousand dollars for a total of 50-thousand to hire the Imagine Thriving Student Wellness Facilitator this summer, who will begin serving students in the district this fall.

Dr. David Flowers is West Fargo Public Schools Superintendent. He says the need for increased access to mental health care in his district has been evident to him in recent years.

Lincoln mayor: Addiction an 'epidemic'

Jun 19, 2017

The mayor of Lincoln says drug abuse – especially opioid abuse – has become an epidemic.

"Since I've become mayor of Lincoln, which has been about a year and a half, we're pulling a lot more illegal drugs off the streets," said Gerald Wise.

Wise said he’s hoping the new “Gold Star Community Task Force” – spearheaded by the mayors of Bismarck, Mandan and Lincoln – will make a difference.  And he said he hopes the task force will dig deeper into the “why” people are using drugs and becoming addicted.

MDU Rate Increase Approved At Reduced Level

Jun 16, 2017

After nearly 8-months of hearings and discussion the Public Service Commission has approved a rate increase for Montana Dakota Utilities – although not the level proposed by MDU. Commissioner Julie Fedorchak says MDU had initially applied for a 6-point-6 percent rate increase. At that level MDU would raise $13-point-4 Million dollars to cover increased investments in generation transmission and distribution for the region. Fedorchak says AARP-North Dakota raised questions about the rate hike and was allowed to intervene.