General News

Farm/Ranch Hotline for DAPL region

Oct 12, 2016

Farmers and ranchers impacted by activities along the proposed route of the Dakota Access Pipeline now have a hotline to call for help.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says some farmers and ranchers in the area have expressed the need for assistance in getting their seasonal work finished before winter arrives. Goehring says that may include hauling grain, livestock or hay. He says farmers can call the hotline to be connected with a volunteer who can make sure they get the assistance they need.

Volunteers with the Red Cross are mobilizing for landfall of Hurricane Matthew this weekend - and some volunteers will be traveling from North Dakota.

Jessica Kulzer is the disaster program manager for the Red Cross. She says a volunteer team is leaving from Fargo today with an Emergency Response Vehicle for Tallahassee, Florida. She says volunteers are also leaving from Minot.

The University of North Dakota has completed its investigation into racially charged photos being shared by students on social media platforms.

A statement from UND states that in each incident investigated, it was determined that no state laws were broken and no violations of the UND Code of Student Life were made. The statement said the conclusion was reached by considering the Constitutional right of free speech.

West Fargo's Dauwen named North Dakota Teacher of the Year

Sep 29, 2016

An algebra teacher in West Fargo has been named North Dakota's Teacher of the Year for 2017.

Nancy Dauwen teaches Algebra I and II at Sheyenne High School in West Fargo. Governor Jack Dalrymple and State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler presented Dauwen with the Teacher of the Year award this afternoon in the Sheyenne Mustangs gymnasium in front of hundreds of high school students.

House Democrats hosted a forum Thursday to discuss Federal trust responsibility to Native American tribes, tribal sovereignty and treaty obligations.

College students vulnerable to scams, ID theft

Sep 15, 2016

Many college students are now immersed in their studies may not realize they are some of the most vulnerable when it comes to identity theft and fraud.

Dan Hendrickson is with the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota. He says there are a couple of new scams coming up that specifically target college students. In one scam, a student is called and told they owe taxes on their tuition - which isn't true. He says another scam threatens arrest.

Airports in ND receive federal grants

Sep 15, 2016

Over 364-thousand dollars in federal grants have been award to two airports in North Dakota to support improvements in their infrastructure.

Kyle Wanner is the director of the North Dakota Aeronautics commission. He says just over 117-thousand dollars will go toward improving the runway at the airport in Devils Lake - which is due for an upgrade.

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“Rewriting the Rural Narrative.”

That’s the title of a conference held in Bismarck Wednesday, sponsored by USDA Rural Development – and the NDSU Extension Service.

"It's about a positive future," said USDA Rural Development state director Ryan Taylor. "We need to look at ways to diversify, to add value, to utilize the people we have in our communities to come up with the next idea, the next part of the economy that will complement our commodities."

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Sep 14, 2016

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

Cheri Kiefer is Health Communities Coordinator with the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity. She says one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese, which sets them up for health complications later in life.

ND Center for Nursing works to address nurse shortage

Sep 14, 2016

The North Dakota Center for Nursing has been tracking the supply and demand of nurses in the state for the past 14 years.