General News

Bismarck police officer attacked, shot attacker

Oct 15, 2017

A Bismarck police officer was involved in an altercation Sunday morning in which he shot a man who had attacked him.

Bismarck Police Chief Dan Donlin said the officer went to the Bismarck Motor Motel on east Main Avenue shortly before 10 am to follow-up an unrelated call.

"When the officer arrived in the parking lot, and before he could get out of his squad car, he was suddenly attacked by a male subject," Donlin said in a Facebook video. "He punched the officer repeatedly in the head, and started to gouge the officer's eyes, while the officer was still in the car."

'Largest infrastructure project in Minot' completed

Oct 9, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

It was the largest infrastructure project in Minot’s history.

The project was a rebuilding of Minot's downtown. It was one part of the city's recovery from the devastating 2012 flood. Minot mayor Chuck Barney said 26 city blocks of downtown Minot were affected by the project.

"We replaced or upgraded all that was in the public right-of-way," Barney said at a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the project's completion. "The water mains, the sewer mains, the storm sewer pipelines, roads, sidewalks, benches, trees, streetlights -- everything."

North Dakota and Minnesota's respective governors have decided to convene a joint task force charged with finding a path forward on the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Project.

Construction of the diversion began last spring, but was halted last month when the state of Minnesota's DNR refused to issue permits required for construction. North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton met over a few hours today (Wednesday) and decided to convene a 16 member task force to get some fresh eyes on the project.

Record setting UAV flight originates in ND

Oct 2, 2017

A recent U-A-V test flight has set a new record for distance beyond the line of sight and doing so without the use of a chase plane. Reporter Todd McDonald has details about the flight and its significance to the Unmanned Air Systems community…

ND Teacher of the Year announced

Sep 28, 2017
Fargo Public Schools / Fargo Public Schools

With the 5 finalists on stage the 2018 North Dakota Teacher of the Year was formally announced in Fargo, Thursday afternoon… Todd McDonald has this story…

ND Bankers Association

The president of the North Dakota Bankers Association said he’s seeing a more optimistic outlook from North Dakota farmers and ranchers.

Rick Clayburgh said the rain the state has received over the last few weeks is fueling that optimism. He said while the drought did hurt some farmers and ranchers, especially in western and central North Dakota, he’s seeing a better attitude among them, as well as their bankers.

Minot adapting to smaller city council

Sep 28, 2017
City of Minot

Minot’s mayor believes the city's transition to a smaller city council is going well.

Minot voters okayed a change from a 14 member council, elected in wards, to a six member council, with the members elected at large.

Minot Mayor Chuck Barney said the Council is looking at making a few modifications. One is the committee structure.

"For the full Council to meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as a full Council, but in the form of a 'Commitee of the Whole,' and then on Monday night following having all the same members meeting again seems to be redundant," Barney said.

Minot 'Magic Sky" effort to bring drones to the area

Sep 27, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Minot is working to attract companies involved in unmanned aerial vehicles.

Minot has launched an effort called “Magic Skies.”

"The proximity that Minot has to the Bakken, and to agriculture, makes Minot the prime location for drone activity in the state," said Minot Mayor Chuck Barney.

Already, a partnership has been established between a Norwegian company and the Grand Forks-based SkySkopes. They’ve opened offices in Minot.

"We're delivering our system to Minot," said Robot Aviation USA president Bjorn Forsdal. "SkySkopes will fly them."

ND University System using "e-transcripts"

Sep 13, 2017
ND University System

North Dakota is one of the few states that utilizes “e-transcripts.”

It’s described as an electronic repository for all things a high school student takes on academically. That includes grades, dual credit coursework, advanced placement classes and ACT scores.

"So the beauty is, when high school students apply to North Dakota colleges and universities, we recognize the 'e-trasnscripts' and all the things ride in on it as official," said University System Director of Academic Affairs Lisa Johnson. "It could be AP scores, ACT scores or dual-credit scores."

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

More than 85 firefighters, police officers and others participated in the North Dakota 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb – held at the state Capitol.

"The 9-11 stair climbs are nation-wide events, designed to commemorate the responders in New York City who climbed 110 stories of the World Trade Center," said Mandan firefighter Andrew Beck, one of the event's organizers. "It's a common thing for firefighters to climb stairs into a building where there is a problem and try to rescue people. And that's exactly what they did."