General News

HungerRide takes off from Bismarck

May 29, 2018
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

A number of cyclists from the Western North Dakota Synod of the Lutheran Church have embarked on a three-day ride – designed to bring awareness about world hunger.

They left Bismarck this morning (Tuesday).

Lisa Plorin is from Upham. She’s one of the organizers of this third annual ride. Plorin is also the executive board president for the national group “Women of the ELCA.”

"One of the missions of the ELCA is to alleviate hunger," Plorin said. "So we're out doing our part."

Plorin said prior to the ride, they were all asked to do some fundraising.

Creating tomorrow's climate prediction tools

May 22, 2018

Climate and weather researchers from across the U-S as well as Canada and Japan are in Fargo discussing the latest research and it can be made into workable tools… Prairie Public Reporter Todd McDonald has details...

D. Webster

Superbugs like MRSA, C.diff and other antibiotic resistant germs make people sick every year when they visit the place they rely on to keep them healthy - their local hospitals.

"75,000 of those yearly are fatal," said Brandon Bray, account manager for Xenex Disinfection Services.

"Which is about equivalent to, if you added up breast cancer, AIDS and car accidents. It's the same as hospital acquired infections, but people just don't talk about it," said Leah Hansen, Xenex associate business development manager.

C-SPAN '50 Capitals Tour' hits Bismarck

May 16, 2018
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The C-SPAN “50 Capitals Tour” bus rolled up to the state Capitol in Bismarck Wednesday (5-16-18).

"C-SPAN is engaging with communities, and interviewing elected officials about what issues are going on in their states," said C-SPAN Marketing Representative Joel Bacon. "We hear from callers all the time, on our 'Washington Journal,' from all over the country. Now we're visiting where they actually live."

C-SPAN interviewed Gov. Doug Burgum while the bus was on the Capitol grounds. The bus is equipped with studio facilities.

The state of North Dakota has filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the nation's leading manufacturer of prescription opioids.

Bis-Man Community Foundation launches 'SuperGrants'

May 10, 2018
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

A change for the Bis-Man Community Foundation.

The Foundation was established in 2011 as a permanently-endowed fund. Since that time, the Foundation has given $140,000 in grants to a number of 501-C-3 organizations in the Bismarck-Mandan area.

It used to be that the Foundation awarded a number of small grants. But that will change.

Advisory Board chair Gina Hruby said the idea came from another board member.

"How do we utilize this fund in a more impactful way?" Hruby said.

So the Board made a decision.

USACoE back funding for "Plan B "

May 3, 2018
T.McDonald / Prairie Public

Senator John Hoeven says there has been a lot of support put behind the Red River Diversion project from all levels. He says while the diversion is important to the Fargo-Moorhead area, the private-public-partnership used to develop the project is becoming an item of interest for others…

"...We have the equation. This P-3 project is an equation that the rest of the country is looking at. Right no this is the the P-3 project for the Corps of Engineers."

ND builders see a good year for the industry

May 2, 2018
ND Builders Assoc.

The president of the North Dakota Association of Builders expects 2018 will be a good year for the industry.

"I think things have slowed a bit," said Dan Lindquist of Fargo. "North Dakota, though, is pretty steady."

Lindquist is also with the Fargo-Moorhead Builders’ Association. He said there are some challenges. One is the price of materials, which Lindquist said has been exacerbated by the trade dispute with Canada over “soft lumber.”

Fargo's friendly sky

Apr 30, 2018

If you are in the Fargo-Moorhead region you may get a chance to see something you may not see in any other city in the U-S… But as Prairie Public's Todd McDonald reports, you have to be looking at the sky…

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The Underwater World gallery at the Heritage Center in Bismarck has a new resident.

A plesiosaur.

"The actual name of this animal would be 'styxosaurus,'" said Senior Paleontologist and curator Clint Boyd. "The broader group  they go in is 'plesiosaurus,' which is a little easier to say. So we went with that."

The pleisosaur is big.

"They're just over 50 feet long," Boyd said.

Think "Loch Ness monster" -- with a very long neck.

And that posed a bit of a space problem – the gallery doesn’t have 50 feet of open space.