General News

Dental therapists expand dental care in rural Minnesota

Jan 18, 2018

There are currently 77 licensed dental therapists in Minnesota - and Teresa Bushnell is one of them.

Bushnell works at different employer sites across the state, including the Clay County Family Service Center, where she performs oral health procedures on children. She says dental therapists can focus on about 82 services, whereas dentists are trained to do more than 500.

Mandan Republican to challenge Jaeger

Jan 10, 2018
T.McDonald / Prairie Public

A Mandan software developer seeking the Republican endorsement for Secretary of State says North Dakota needs to bring the office into modern times. Reporter Todd McDonald has this story...

United Airlines will be adding two daily flights from Bismarck to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, beginning in June.

United already flies between Bismarck and Denver.

"What it means for this business community is more options," said Bismarck-Mandan Chamber president and Bismarck-Mandan Development Association president Brian Ritter. "Not everyone flies the same. Any time there's more options, we all win."

Ritter said for a city of Bismarck’s size, it has very good air service. Five carriers – United, Delta, American, Allegiant and Frontier – serve the city.

NDS Extension: Soybean acres could expand in ND

Jan 5, 2018

North Dakota could see an increase in soybean acres in 2018.

"On paper, it looks like that's the crop that can gove you a positive return in all 9 of our crop budget regions of the state," said NDSU Extension Service farm management specialist Andrew Swenson.

Swenson said in the past two crop years, soybeans have dethroned hard red spring wheat as the state’s number one crop. But he said in most regions of the state, hard red spring wheat also shows the potential for a decent return on investment. Swenson said that’s better than it has been for the last few years.

A new law designed to protect consumers from massive air ambulance bills took effect in North Dakota on Monday.

North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread says air ambulance service can be a frequent mode of transportation of patients to emergency medical care in rural states - but many patients are then sent outrageous bills for that service. He says consumers in North Dakota have reported bills totaling anywhere from $20,000 to $60,000. Godfread says now every health insurance plan sold in North Dakota is required to protect its consumers from these bills.

Don Haney, KFGO

A pilot and three passengers escaped injury when their plane was forced to make an emergency landing on the main runway at Hector International Airport in Fargo.

ND Senator speaks out against tax package

Dec 18, 2017
T.McDonald / Prairie Public

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D -ND) is speaking out against the proposed tax bill. Reporter Todd McDonald has details...

Fargo man convicted of threatening Heitkamp

Dec 15, 2017

A Fargo man was found guilty of threatening a United States Senator after a four day trial by a federal jury.

56 year old Kevin Lee Olson of Fargo was convicted of Threatening Interstate Communications by sending a threatening email to North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp on December 22 of last year. Olson's email to Heitkamp stated "It's (sic) seems the only consideration one gets these days is when one becomes a criminal. I guess I should find you, you (expletive), and shoot you in your red head!"

ND Agriculture Dept.

2017 will be remembered in North Dakota’s agriculture community for the drought.

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said the drought hit cattle producers especially hard.

"Because of the lack of feed and forage, and having to go out and purchase more and more hay, having to find pasture further away -- it was daunting," Goehring said.

Mn. Lt. Gov. Smith tagged as Franken replacement

Dec 13, 2017

Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith has been named as Minnesota’s newest U-S Senator. Prairie Public Reporter Todd McDonald has details...