General News

Schneider on ACA: keep what works, fix what doesn't

Jun 18, 2018

Democratic U.S. House candidate Mac Schneider says if elected, he plans to work on preserving health care gains North Dakota has experienced under the Affordable Care Act.

June 24, 2018 Less than a decade old, Bitcoin is worth billions. The cryptocurrency promises to revolutionize global finance by placing control of currenty in the hands of users, not nations, and make financial exchanges more transparent, efficient, and democratic. Skeptics argue this highly volatile digital currency offers a platform for illicit activity, including money laundering and trafficking of humans and drugs, free from government oversight and regulation. 

ND Lottery goes mobile

Jun 13, 2018

If you play the Lottery in North Dakota, there’s now an “app” for that.

The North Dakota Lottery now has a mobile app for “Players Club” members.

"With technology nowadays, people are always on their phones," said state lottery director Ryan Koppy. "It's a great way to enhance the lottery experience."

Koppy said the app offers features such as a Retailer Locator, scanning ability to check winning numbers, instant access to promotions and other special offers. And Koppy said you can buy numbers with a “Pick and Click” feature.

June 17, 2018 Lucy Gebre-Egziabher and Christine Bozarth (Northern Virginia Community College) challenge students around the world to tackle a global issue through film. This year, the issue is climate change.  

The Share A Story Family literacy event is hosted by Prairie Public, United Way of Cass-Clay, and Fargo Parks every June at Rheault Farm in Fargo—this year on June 9. 

Engaged youth less likely to engage in risky behaviors

Jun 7, 2018

An information and action event in Fargo was aimed at finding new ways to engage youth in the community to ensure they continue avoiding risky behaviors.

Jeff Schatz is a retiring superintendent with Fargo Public Schools. He presented some data to local stakeholders at the Addiction: Information into Action meeting in Fargo that suggests how important a teen's community involvement can be when it comes to the likelihood that they'd use drugs or alcohol.

Supreme Court hearing Bismarck murder appeal

Jun 7, 2018
ND Supreme Court

The attorney for a Bismarck man charged with the April, 2016 murder of a Bismarck woman outside the Runnings store in South Bismarck believes the district judge made a mistake by not suppressing evidence from his interrogation.

And he's asking the North Dakota Supreme Court to overturn the conviction.

The body of 44-year-old Misty Coffelt was found outside the Runnings store April 14, 2016. 34-year-old Morris Brickle-Hicks was subsequently charged and convicted of murder in the case.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Seventeen Bismarck-Mandan area companies brought 120 employees to the Burleigh County Extension Services building Tuesday.

They were there for the first Great Plains Food Bank Bismarck-Mandan “Packathon.” The volunteers were there to pack 1800 boxes with meals that will be given to hungry senior citizens in Bismarck, Mandan and Minot.

"There's a huge need," said Marcia Paulson of Great Plains. "We are seeing the challenges around senior hunger in our state continue to rise."

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It's an unusual arrangement.

A private telephone company and a telephone co-op have reached an agreement to serve a handful of customers in rural areas near Mandan.

Century Link agreed to change its service boundaries from Mandan, North Dakota and Morristown, South Dakota.  That means West River Telephone will pick up 8 to 10 customers by expanding its St. Anthony and Elgin exchanges. The plan is contingent upon West River getting approval from the FCC for a “universal service” designation – meaning there would be a federal subsidy to serve those customers.

Autism voucher program enrollment begins June 1

May 30, 2018

Beginning June 1st, families with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder can apply for autism voucher program services through the North Dakota Department of Human Services.

Katherine Barchenger with the Human Services Department says the program is for children ages 3 through 17, and can pay for respite care services for family caregivers, assistive technology, tutoring and other services.