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The executive director of the North Dakota Retail Association says his members are optimistic – but conservative – in their outlook for the Christmas shopping season.

Mike Rud says nationally, retailers predict a 3.6 to 4 percent growth in Christmas sales year-over-year. Rud says earlier this fall, North Dakota stores weren’t as optimistic about those numbers.

"I'm not seeing that sense of optimism that I've seen in the past," Rud said.

But Rud said that attitude could change -- given some of North Dakota's economic factors right now.

Farm Rescue to assist ranchers with livestock feed

Nov 22, 2017

Farm Rescue has helped over 500 farm families through injury, illness and natural disasters since 2006 - and now they're focusing on helping ranching families this winter.

Dan Errdman is a spokesman for Farm Rescue. He says Farm Rescue has hauled hay for livestock feeding assistance since 2012, including this past summer during the draught. This winter Farm Rescue is expanding its livestock feeding assistance throughout its entire service area, which includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska and Iowa. He says they're now looking for volunteers.

11th annual Fill The Dome marks another success

Nov 22, 2017
T.McDonald / Prairie Public

The 2017 total weight in collected food was down slightly… But it doesn’t diminish the accomplishment. Prairie Public Reporter Todd McDonald has details...

On Vision West ND's Agenda: Ferries and Drones

Nov 20, 2017
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A regional planning organization in western North Dakota is looking at ferry service across Lake Sakakawea.

The ferry would cross the lake in the Twin Buttes area.

Vision West ND is a planning consortium made up of 19 western North Dakota counties, the Three Affiliated Tribes and some other government groups. The consortium's Deb Nelson said the project is now a part of the tribal government’s transportation plan – and she said that will help the proposal fly.

State of North Dakota

When Governor Doug Burgum announced he would like to see North Dakota reach an oil production level of two-Million barrels a day it was more of an aspiration than a goal. Reporter Todd McDonald has details…

The family of Olivia Lone Bear of Newtown, North Dakota is now offering a $10,000 reward for information on her disappearance.

The reward was posted on a Facebook page "Searching for Olivia Lone Bear."  The 32-year-old mother of five has been missing since October 24th when she was last seen leaving a bar near New Town in a teal colored Chevrolet Silverado, extended cab pickup with North Dakota license plate 8-3-9 B-R-C.  Family, law enforcement and volunteers have conducted large scale searches for Lone Bear, focused on the Fort Berthold Reservation, including Lake Sakakawea. 

T.McDonald / Prairie Public

In collaboration with Fargo-Cass Public Health, school districts across Cass County will soon be equipped with Narcan, and trained staff members to administer the overdose antidote. Health Officer, Doctor John Baird says there has never been a reported overdose at a school building in the County. But…

       “…Well there are drugs in our community and the schools are part of our community. And so it’s just one more effort that we’re making to try to address the problem.”

Gate City Bank presents check to Emergency Food Pantry

Nov 15, 2017

Gate City Bank has donated over a million reusable shopping bags since 2007, and the bank marked the occasion by giving back to its community.

Gate City Bank President Steve Swiontek says each bag donated takes 700 plastic shopping bags out of circulation. That means with over a million reusable bags donated, over 700 million plastic bags have been kept from entering the environment.

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A planning consortium that consists of 19 Western North Dakota counties, the Three Affiliated Tribes and various other government and private organizations affected by oil development, has won a 2017 Bush Foundation prize for Community Innovation.

Vision West ND was set up to address the impacts oil development brought to that area. The consortium’s Deb Nelson said the issues ranged from transportation and housing – to day care.

A new program will provide behavioral health services to communities across North Dakota.

Pamela Sagness is Director of the Behavioral Health Division with the North Dakota Department of Human Services. She says the Free Through Recovery Program is part of the justice reinvestment work underway by the state of North Dakota, aimed at reducing incarcerations and improving access to community based recovery services. The program was funded in the last legislative session. She says the Department of Human Services is now holding informational meetings with vendors across the state.

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