General News

Watford City, ND – The issue of Montana-Dakota Utilities Company's franchise for providing electric service to the city of Watford City remains unresolved.

Undated – The managers of the Bismarck and Fargo airports say North Dakota National Guard members are working out very well in helping with airport security.

President Bush asked governors to activate Guard troops to help out with security, and Governor Hoeven ordered that at least two Guard soldiers would be on duty during operating hours at the state's eight largest airports.

Bismarck, ND – More than 50 people -- mostly women -- marched around the Capitol grounds in Bismarck last night -- the ninth annua; "Take Back the Night" rally against domestic violence.

Dianne Susag is a survivor of domestic violence. And she drew a parallel between violence in the home and the terrorist attacks of September 11th.

Bismarck, ND – At least three companies are now exploring the potential for developing coalbed methane gas in western North Dakota.

A state official says the new interest comes as a result of plans announced for a large, new pipeline that will carry the gas from Wyoming and Montana into North Dakota. Coalbed methane is natural gas that is trapped in coal seams.

Omaha, NE – A Creighton University professor says the latest survey of business conditions in the Upper Midwest shows the regional economy limping along.

New York, NY – North Dakota Congressman Earl Pomeroy says two things impressed him when he visited the World Trade Center in New York.Pomeroy says he was impressed not only with the magnitude of the disaster, but also the magnitude of the heroism shown by police, fire-fighters and rescue workers.

Bismarck, ND – For about 10 weeks starting next Monday, students in some schools across North Dakota will be watching the stock market much closer.

That's because they will be part of an Internet stock-market game -- which simulates Wall Street trading. This is the sixth year that the state Securities Commissioner Office is making it available free to schools in North Dakota.

Bismarck, ND – Whooping cranes have now been reported at two North Dakota wildlife refuges.

And the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service wants to warn hunters that there are differences between the whooping crane -- which cannot be hunted -- and the sandhill crane.

Mike Mc-Enroe with the Fish and Wildlife Service says there are differences.

Bismarck, ND – A disease specialist from the state Health Department says North Dakotans should be more vigilant about sudden outbreaks of disease -- because of the possibility of bioterrorism.

Larry Shireley spoke to a State Agriculture department meeting. He says the state is working on its planning efforts to deal with the potential of someone using an infectious disease or deadly chemical as a weapon. He says people can help by keeping their eyes open.

Bismarck, ND – Williston Basin Interstate Pipeline Company says it will be building a large natural gas pipeline that will go through parts of Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota.

The pipeline will interconnect with others to reach Midwestern markets. The company -- a subsidiary of MDU Resources Group -- says it is the largest construction project in its history. This is MDU spokesman Dan Sharp: