General News

T.McDonald / Prairie Public

Governor Doug Burgum says global trends are starting to shape how services are being delivered. As reporter Todd McDonald tells us, the Governor has a chance to explain what that means for Higher Education when he spoke with an interim legislative committee at NDSU, Thursday.

Search underway for missing Stanley, ND woman

Nov 1, 2017

Search parties are expected to fan out from Newtown, Thursday, in an attempt to locate a missing woman from Stanley, North Dakota. 32-year old Olivia Keri Lone Bear was last seen on the evening of October 24th leaving Ranchman’s… a bar and grill east of Newtown. Mathew Lone Bear is Olivia Lone Bear’s cousin. He says an organizational meeting was held this (Wednesday) morning to develop the search effort.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

With just over a month left to go in the enrollment period for Medicare prescription drug coverage, the state Insurance Department is encouraging people 65 and older to review their current plans and shop around to see if there are better plans for them.

The plans are good for one calendar year.

Insurance Department director of consumer assistance, David Zimmerman, said the plans change every year. Zimmerman said it may not just be a premium cost issue – it could be what prescriptions are covered.

"Disrupt Well" conference held in Bismarck

Nov 1, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Changing technologies and a changing workforce were the main drivers behind a conference held in Bismarck Tuesday.

"Whether it's mobile Internet, autonomous vehicles, 3-D printing, the Cloud, we have to deal with this change," said Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary, one of the sponsors of "Disrupt Now," the day-long conference held at the National Energy Center of Excellence at Bismarck State College.

Seminary said the “Disrupt Well” conference came out of discussions he’s been having with business leaders about these trends.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

A new, life-size statue of Theodore Roosevelt now resides in downtown Medora.

It’s just outside the Old Town Hall Theater. It portrays Roosevelt as the leader of the Rough Riders, the volunteer regiment he led in battle during the Spanish-American War. It’s 5-feet-9-inches, and it’s at ground level.

Former Gov. Ed Schafer spoke at he unveiling ceremony. His father, Harold Schafer, had the vision to keep Medora as an historic town and tourist destination.

Vice President Pence visits Minot Air Force Base

Oct 27, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence spoke to airmen and women at Minot Air Force Base this afternoon.

Pence says he came to express his and President Trump's gratitude for their service to their country.

Minot State University

Minot State University’s Career Center is launching what it’s calling “The 21st Century Workforce Development Campaign.”

"Everyone understands the concepts of a capital campaign" said MSU Vice-President for Student Affairs Kevin Harmon. "This is a human capital campaign."

Harmon said MSU is reaching out to community leaders and alumni.

"We're getting their services and resources in relationship to workforce development," Harmon said.

The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences have teamed up with the Lieber Institute for Brain Development to help expand the largest brain repository in the world. Prairie Public Reporter Todd McDonald has details...

"Savannah's Bill" gets first Senate hearing

Oct 25, 2017

U-S Senator Heidi Heitkamp was among those speaking before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in support of three bills to enhance all levels of Law Enforcement on Indian reservations. Senator Heitkamp says incidents involving Native American Women have reached crisis proportions. Heitkamp spoke to the committee about a bill she introduced last month -- Senate Bill 1942…

Elevator insolvency case nearly closed

Oct 25, 2017

A nearly three year old elevator insolvency case has been closed.


It involves the Grand Forks Bean Company. That elevator dealt with edible beans. It went into insolvency after not being able to pay farmers’ claims.

The last such claim has now been paid. The courts said Curt Amundson had a “credit sale” contract with Grand Forks Bean. Public Service Commissioner Randy Christmann said Amundson was paid from the Credit Sale Contract Indemnity Fund.