General News

Open enrollment for medical marijuana dispensary locations

Jul 12, 2018

North Dakota is one step closer to administering medical marijuana to patients - the first round of dispensary applications is now open.

Insurance department warns of Medicare fraud

Jul 12, 2018

Recent changes to Medicare are designed to protect beneficiaries from fraud - but the state insurance department says to be on the lookout for scams in the near future.

New command for the Fargo Salvation Army

Jun 29, 2018
T.McDonald / Prairie Public

Prairie Public Reporter Todd McDonald gets a chance to speak with the newest leaders for the Fargo chapter and files this report...

Trump visits Fargo in support of Cramer

Jun 28, 2018

President Trump's campaign stop in Fargo last night was in support of Kevin Cramer's bid for the US Senate.

He spoke to a packed house at the Scheels Arena, beginning by congratulating the NDSU Bison football team on their latest championship win.

"I shouldn't tell you this, but, when I was coming out they were talking about BISON. I said, 'I thought it was an 's,' they said, 'it is, but it's pronounced BISON,' so, we didn't wanna get that wrong, right?"

March For Our Lives students stop in Moorhead

Jun 27, 2018
D. Webster

Students from Parkland, Florida who survived a deadly school shooting on Valentine's Day of this year are traveling around the country to talk to people about registering to vote. Prairie Public's Danielle Webster has more.

Internal poll shows support for recreational marijuana

Jun 26, 2018

Organizers of a campaign for legalizing recreational marijuana in North Dakota say an internal poll shows support of their effort.

Fargo group advocates for approval voting system

Jun 26, 2018

If voters adopt a new voting system in the city of Fargo, it will be the only city in America that uses what's called approval voting in its elections.

Jed Limke is chairman of Reform Fargo, a group gathering signatures in support of moving Fargo's voting system to approval voting. He says approval voting gives voters more options.

"Our current method in a mayoral race, for example, you get to vote for one name. Approval voting simply means you get to vote for all the names that you approve of. So we lift that restriction, and you can just check more boxes if you want."

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

North Dakota's crime rate was up slightly in 2017, compared with 2016.

The overall rate was up by just 0.4%.

"North Dakota will continue to be one of the safest states in our country to live and raise a family," said North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. "That's good news."

Stenehjem said one area of concern is the number of drug arrests, which were up by 4.4%. He said the concern is not just about the arrests themselves.

The Fargo Police Department and Cass County Sheriff's Office are now using an anonymous online tool to prevent law enforcement officials from dying by suicide.

Stephanie Schafer is an employee assistance counselor with the Village Family Service Center in Fargo. She says the officers can follow a link to an anonymous online screening tool that guides them to a survey of questions about anxiety, depression, substance use, traumatic experiences and other risk factors, and then gives the option of being connected to a counselor.

CDC: North Dakota suicides increase 58 percent

Jun 19, 2018

A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control shows that suicide rates across the nation have increased across the nation between 1999 and 2016.