General News

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

A group has been formed to look at the potential of taking over the ownership and upkeep of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad bridge between Bismarck and Mandan.

The bridge was opened in 1883. The railroad is looking to build a new bridge, and tear the old one down.

But the group “Friends of the Rail Bridge” is hoping to save it.

"The bridge was here before statehood," said Mark Zimmerman, one of the founders of the group. "The architectural wonder of the bridge, the design and construction, was unique in its time."

Will tariffs against Chinese goods spark trade war?

Mar 23, 2018

The Vice President of the US Soybean Export Council says the country's ag industry cannot afford to get into a trade war.

Renewing the focus on hypertension

Mar 22, 2018

Officials with the North Dakota Department of Health are reaching out to the medical community to highlight the importance of blood pressure protocol.  Reporter Todd McDonald has details...

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has been spending his day in Fargo.

Schneider joins race for House seat

Mar 6, 2018

Mac Schneider is running for Congress.

Tom Ackerman / University of Mary

What will the "global battlefield of the future" look like?

"It's everywhere and everything," said retired US Air Force general Robert Latiff.

Latiff is the author of “Future War: Preparing for the New Global Battlefield." In an interview, Latiff said the new battlefield will likely include cyber-attacks.

"That would be fast," Latiff said. "It could take milliseconds. Or it may be extremely slow and subtle."

Latiff said that kind of "slower" attack could chip away at our trust in our systems.

Fargo Police investigating homicide, man in custody

Mar 2, 2018
D. Webster

Fargo Police have one suspect in custody and are looking for a possible witness in connection to an early morning homicide that took place in North Fargo this morning.

North Dakota's economy expands in February

Mar 1, 2018

North Dakota's economy grew during the month of February.

The state's reading on the Business Conditions Index, a monthly survey of Midwestern supply managers, rose to 53.3 in February from 49.6 in January. Any reading over 50 indicates economic growth. Creighton University economics professor Dr. Ernie Goss conducts the monthly survey. He says the survey indicates the manufacturing and energy sectors are expanding, but there were some warning signals regarding the inflation gauge.

North Dakota's kindergarten vaccination rate increases

Mar 1, 2018

Officials at the North Dakota Department of Health are encouraged that vaccination rates for kindergartners have increased.

Lexie Barber is Immunization Surveillance Coordinator with the health department. She says in the last two years, vaccination rates had fallen below 90 percent and had gotten as low as 88 percent. But she says for the 2017-2018 school year, vaccination rates have climbed to 94 percent. She says the health department aims for a 95 percent immunization rate to ensure maximum protection from disease.

Heitkamp/McCain Reservation Amber Alert bill passes House

Mar 1, 2018

A bill introduced by Arizona Senator John McCain and North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp is aimed at expanding the Amber Alert system to Native American Reservations.