General News

Democratic response to Burgum's State of the State Address

Jan 23, 2018

The Democratic response to Governor Burgum's State of the State Address was delivered by Representative Ron Guggisberg, from District 11 in Fargo.

Guggisberg says as North Dakota's minority party, the Democratic-NPL Party reaches across the aisle to work on effective laws for the state. But he also says the party will continue to raise their voices in opposition when they feel things could be improved. And Guggisberg says the party does believe there are opportunities to do better.

Coolest palace in Minnesota

Jan 22, 2018
T.McDonald / Prairie Public

If nothing else, our recent bouts with cold weather have been good for making ice in Minnesota’s “Lakes Country”… It’s an especially good thing if you are making an ice palace… Reporter Todd McDonald has details…

A man suspected of trying to run a Bismarck police officer down with his SUV is now in custody in Brookings, South Dakota – awaiting extradition.

Bismarck police said officers were assisting the state Parole and Probation office with a search, when 22 year old Ulises Villalobos got in his 2013 Chevrolet Equinox and tried to run over the officer. That officer fired shots into the vehicle’s window, shattering it.

The car was found soon after the incident – and police say the suspect left town in a smaller vehicle.

A man accused of trying to run over a Bismarck police officer has been arrested in Brookings, South Dakota.

Bismarck police say 22 year old Ulises Villalobos was arrested without incident. Bismarck Police Sergeant Mark Buschena said the incident began shortly before 11 am Thursday, as officers were assisting the state Parole and Probation department with a search.

"The man must have seen the police, and he fled," Buschena said. "He was in a vehicle, and attempted to run over one of our officers."

Buschena says the officer shot at the vehicle.

The Salvation Army in Fargo has announced their results from their 2017 Red Kettle Campaign - and it's just short of their $900,000 goal.

But Major Elaine Medlock is optimistic.

"Our final total was $856,002.45, so we fell a little short of our goal - we were at 95.1 percent of our goal. While it's not reaching our $900,000 goal, it's still very close and we are happy with the result."

Medlock says going into 2018, the Salvation Army will look to make adjustments where they are needed.

Dental therapists expand dental care in rural Minnesota

Jan 18, 2018

There are currently 77 licensed dental therapists in Minnesota - and Teresa Bushnell is one of them.

Bushnell works at different employer sites across the state, including the Clay County Family Service Center, where she performs oral health procedures on children. She says dental therapists can focus on about 82 services, whereas dentists are trained to do more than 500.

Mandan Republican to challenge Jaeger

Jan 10, 2018
T.McDonald / Prairie Public

A Mandan software developer seeking the Republican endorsement for Secretary of State says North Dakota needs to bring the office into modern times. Reporter Todd McDonald has this story...

United Airlines will be adding two daily flights from Bismarck to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, beginning in June.

United already flies between Bismarck and Denver.

"What it means for this business community is more options," said Bismarck-Mandan Chamber president and Bismarck-Mandan Development Association president Brian Ritter. "Not everyone flies the same. Any time there's more options, we all win."

Ritter said for a city of Bismarck’s size, it has very good air service. Five carriers – United, Delta, American, Allegiant and Frontier – serve the city.

NDS Extension: Soybean acres could expand in ND

Jan 5, 2018

North Dakota could see an increase in soybean acres in 2018.

"On paper, it looks like that's the crop that can gove you a positive return in all 9 of our crop budget regions of the state," said NDSU Extension Service farm management specialist Andrew Swenson.

Swenson said in the past two crop years, soybeans have dethroned hard red spring wheat as the state’s number one crop. But he said in most regions of the state, hard red spring wheat also shows the potential for a decent return on investment. Swenson said that’s better than it has been for the last few years.

A new law designed to protect consumers from massive air ambulance bills took effect in North Dakota on Monday.

North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread says air ambulance service can be a frequent mode of transportation of patients to emergency medical care in rural states - but many patients are then sent outrageous bills for that service. He says consumers in North Dakota have reported bills totaling anywhere from $20,000 to $60,000. Godfread says now every health insurance plan sold in North Dakota is required to protect its consumers from these bills.