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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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The Fargo-Moorhead Coalition for Homeless Persons has received a 2017 Community Innovation prize from the Bush Foundation.

The Coalition will receive $69,000.

The Coalition’s Cody Schuler said Bush earlier gave the group an innovation grant. He said the grant was used to go beyond just providing a homeless person with temporary shelter and a bed for a night – instead, it is geared toward ending homelessness.

Schuler said because Fargo and Moorhead are border communities, they face a unique problem.

Maple River Winery grows from modest beginnings

Nov 6, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

One of the owners of the Maple River Winery in Casselton credits the state’s Pride of Dakota program with helping him grow the business.

Greg Kemple and his wife own the winery and distillery. Maple River Winery began in 2002.

"I was young and naive," Kemple said. "We were like, 'OK -- let's start a small and simple hobby."

Kemple said from that humble beginning, the business has grown.

New 'Blue Book' to feature Pride of Dakota

Nov 3, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger has unveiled the new state “Blue Book.”

The book contains a number of facts, statistics and stories about North Dakota. It's published every two years.

This year, the book unveiling came on the state’s birthday – November 2nd – where North Dakota is celebrating 128 years of existence.

"The entire goal of the Blue Book is to preserve our heritage," Jaeger said at a Capitol news conference.

The first copy of the Blue Book was given to the Governor’s office. Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford accepted on behalf of the office.

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