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Vice President Pence visits Minot Air Force Base

Oct 27, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence spoke to airmen and women at Minot Air Force Base this afternoon.

Pence says he came to express his and President Trump's gratitude for their service to their country.

Minot State University

Minot State University’s Career Center is launching what it’s calling “The 21st Century Workforce Development Campaign.”

"Everyone understands the concepts of a capital campaign" said MSU Vice-President for Student Affairs Kevin Harmon. "This is a human capital campaign."

Harmon said MSU is reaching out to community leaders and alumni.

"We're getting their services and resources in relationship to workforce development," Harmon said.

The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences have teamed up with the Lieber Institute for Brain Development to help expand the largest brain repository in the world. Prairie Public Reporter Todd McDonald has details...

"Savannah's Bill" gets first Senate hearing

Oct 25, 2017

U-S Senator Heidi Heitkamp was among those speaking before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in support of three bills to enhance all levels of Law Enforcement on Indian reservations. Senator Heitkamp says incidents involving Native American Women have reached crisis proportions. Heitkamp spoke to the committee about a bill she introduced last month -- Senate Bill 1942…

Elevator insolvency case nearly closed

Oct 25, 2017

A nearly three year old elevator insolvency case has been closed.


It involves the Grand Forks Bean Company. That elevator dealt with edible beans. It went into insolvency after not being able to pay farmers’ claims.

The last such claim has now been paid. The courts said Curt Amundson had a “credit sale” contract with Grand Forks Bean. Public Service Commissioner Randy Christmann said Amundson was paid from the Credit Sale Contract Indemnity Fund.

Xcel Energy, Wanzek Construction partner on wind farms

Oct 24, 2017
D. Webster

Xcel Energy is expanding its wind energy portfolio.

They've partnered with Wanzek Construction to build the Foxtail Wind Farm in Dickey County, North Dakota, as well as the Freeborn Wind Farm located primarily in Iowa with some turbines located in Minnesota. The projects will total 350 megawatts and about 175 turbines. Mark Nisbet is principal manager of Xcel Energy. He says including wind in their energy portfolio helps keep their electric rates down.

FM Diversion Task Force meets in Fargo

Oct 23, 2017

The first meeting of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Flood Diversion Task Force took place in Fargo today.

The task force consists of 16 people, 8 from Minnesota and 8 from North Dakota, plus each state's governor. The Diversion was halted in September when Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources refused to issue needed permits. Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney says collaboration on this level has always been needed. He says he's optimistic going forward.

AARP offering "TEK" training in ND and Mn

Oct 23, 2017
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

AARP is providing workshops to people 50 and older – to help them with technology use.

AARP calls its training “TEK” – for Technology, Education and Knowledge.

"We find there are a lot of people aged 50 and up who are not technology-savvy," said AARP Community Program Manager Denise Madeja, one of the trainers in the "TEK" seminar. "They're intimidated to learn."

Madeja said the training being offered this week in Bismarck, Fargo and Moorhead is designed to teach people 50 and older how to use their smartphones and tablets.

Could North Dakota be in store for a LaNina winter?

Oct 20, 2017

Weather patterns in the South Pacific are bordering on a La Nina style formation. As a result the forecast for the upcoming winter is a bit “mixed.” Reporter Todd McDonald has details…

Talking farm bill and federal budgets In Moorhead

Oct 20, 2017

          “It was really sort of a ‘Not Unexpected’ outcome…”

That’s how Minnesota U-S Senator Amy Klobuchar describes Thursday night’s vote on the Senate budget resolution. Klobuchar says the mostly party-line vote is a non-binding precursor to an actual budget vote before the end of the year…