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North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring wants home and property owners to check any recently purchased nursery stock for the Japanese beetle.

Some plants brought into North Dakota from Bailey Nurseries of Newport, Minnesota have Japanese beetle larvae. That nursery provides plants to most North Dakota nurseries. Goehring told Capitol reporters North Dakota has been listed as a non-infested state – and he wants to keep it that way. So he’s asking homeowners to check for the larvae, or the beetles themselves – and to purchase traps.

Click through for live video: Wednesday is another big day of testimony before two Congressional committees investigating Russian attempts to influence the 2016 Presidential election. Notably, former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson (under President Obama) is scheduled to appear Wednesday before the House Intelligence Committee. Members of Congress will quiz Johnson on the details of widespread Russian cyber-attacks that targeted U.S. elections systems last year, and so-called "active measures," a Russian information warfare strategy which includes spreading falsehoods.

United Way of Cass Clay has partnered with Sanford Health to place a student wellness facilitator in the West Fargo School District.

United Way and Sanford each invested 25-thousand dollars for a total of 50-thousand to hire the Imagine Thriving Student Wellness Facilitator this summer, who will begin serving students in the district this fall.

Dr. David Flowers is West Fargo Public Schools Superintendent. He says the need for increased access to mental health care in his district has been evident to him in recent years.

Lincoln mayor: Addiction an 'epidemic'

Jun 19, 2017

The mayor of Lincoln says drug abuse – especially opioid abuse – has become an epidemic.

"Since I've become mayor of Lincoln, which has been about a year and a half, we're pulling a lot more illegal drugs off the streets," said Gerald Wise.

Wise said he’s hoping the new “Gold Star Community Task Force” – spearheaded by the mayors of Bismarck, Mandan and Lincoln – will make a difference.  And he said he hopes the task force will dig deeper into the “why” people are using drugs and becoming addicted.

MDU Rate Increase Approved At Reduced Level

Jun 16, 2017

After nearly 8-months of hearings and discussion the Public Service Commission has approved a rate increase for Montana Dakota Utilities – although not the level proposed by MDU. Commissioner Julie Fedorchak says MDU had initially applied for a 6-point-6 percent rate increase. At that level MDU would raise $13-point-4 Million dollars to cover increased investments in generation transmission and distribution for the region. Fedorchak says AARP-North Dakota raised questions about the rate hike and was allowed to intervene.

MDU Natural Gas Plan For Gwinner/Bobcat Approved

Jun 16, 2017

Members of the North Dakota Public Service Commission have approved plans to expand natural gas service in the southeastern corner of the state… Commissioner Brain Kroshus says…

“MDU proposes to construct and operate approximately 21-miles of 12-inch plastic pipe from a tap on the Alliance Pipeline to Bobcat’s Gwinner, North Dakota facility. MDU expects to invest approximately $13.8-Million in the new facilities to serve Bobcat.”

The drought conditions being seen in most areas of North Dakota are forcing many farmers and ranchers to make tough decisions when it comes to raising cattle. Prairie Public reporter Todd McDonald has details...

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The North Dakota Association of School Resource Officers held its first ever North Dakota School safety conference -- in Bismarck this week.

"We're sitting at about 45 to 50 school resource officers in the state," said NDASRO President Chris Potter. He's a Cass County Deputy, and is the school resource officer for the Maple Valley school in Tower City. Potter said when you compare it to the number of North Dakota school districts, that 45 to 50 number seems small.

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North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has set up a new hotline for ranchers affected by drought.

Goehring said the hotline will connect ranchers in need of hay with those who have hay to sell or available pasture land.

"In the last couple of weeks, we've probably heard more concerns about the fact that we didn't have much rain this entire spring season," Goehring said. "Couple that with above average temperatures and wind, we don't have hardly any forage."

With our warmer weather comes an increased number of vehicles on the road, including an increased presence of motorcycles. State Transportation officials say there are easy guidelines to keep in mind to keep the roadways safe for motorists and motorcyclists.  Prairie Public Reporter Todd McDonald has details…

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