General News

North Dakota in recession

Aug 1, 2016

North Dakota's economy is in a recession.

Creighton University economics professor Dr. Ernie Goss conducts a monthly survey of supply managers in the 9-state Mid-America region to measure economic activity. He says North Dakota's business conditions index sank to 40.8 in July, which is down from June's 41.3. Both indexes are regional lows. Any reading below 50 indicates a slowing economy.

BCBSND creates "Blue Alliance"

Jul 26, 2016

Carriers of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota health insurance are now members of a new program called Blue Alliance.

Pallid Sturgeon Passage or Problem?

Jul 22, 2016

A spokesman for Montana Trout Unlimited is asking the public to provide comment on plans by the Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation to build a new dam and diversion channel on the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana. David Brooks is Associate Director of Conservation for Montana Trout Unlimited. He says federal officials have proposed building a new dam at Intake, Montana to replace an existing dam. Brooks says a draft Environmental Impact Statement outlines how the dam could be constructed and still allow river passage for pallid sturgeon living in the Yellowstone…

Legislators looking forward to special session

Jul 21, 2016

Lawmakers are eager to get to Bismarck for a special session of the legislature next month.

Ricksha Across America

Jul 19, 2016
J.Corley / Prairie Public

An activist whose home is a ricksha has been riding across North Dakota to advocate for the legalization of medical marijuana. Ras Ible says he is on his way to Washington D.C. to protest federal prohibition so veterans can legally access the drug…..

“...The VA should be dispensing this stuff from our medical dispensaries instead of pills and narcotics because none of these veterans or anybody has died from medical marijuana”

Dakota Valley, Northern Plains Electric Cooperatives

  Electric Cooperatives are concerned that a new augmented reality game may be encouraging its players to get into dangerous situations just to level up in the game.

Katie Ryan-Anderson is a spokesperson for Northern Plains and Dakota Valley Electric Cooperatives. She says some Cooperatives are hearing reports of people getting dangerously close to power poles and electric substations while playing Pokemon Go - even during thunderstorms. Ryan-Anderson says there are actually certain Pokemon characters are found near water or parks - and some of the characters are "electrical."

Great River Energy will close Stanton Station power plant

Jul 15, 2016

Great River Energy is closing its power plant at Stanton in Mercer County, North Dakota.

Lyndon Anderson is a communication spokesman for Great River Energy. He says the Stanton Station has provided electricity to Great River's member cooperatives for 50 years, and the decision to close the station was a very difficult one. He says the decision is directly tied to current market conditions.

Update Begins on Downtown Fargo Master Plan

Jul 15, 2016

The information gathering has started as the City of Fargo looks to update its Masterplan for the Downtown area. Scott Page is Principal of Interface Studio and consultant for the project. He says the idea is to create a long-term vision with defined action steps. Page says revitalizing a downtown area is not unique to Fargo or to North Dakota…

Second Zika case confirmed in North Dakota

Jul 13, 2016

A North Dakota woman who traveled to Jamaica has tested positive for Zika virus.

Michelle Feist is an epidemiologist with the Division of Disease Control at the North Dakota Department of Health.

"Fortunately, she's not pregnant, but did travel to an area where there is ongoing Zika transmission, in Jamaica, and did have symptoms. She fortunately, like I said was not pregnant, and was not hospitalized for her illness, either."

"The World in Fargo-Moorhead"

Jul 13, 2016

The World in Fargo-Moorhead is a new collaborative photo project to build a collection of photographs and stories of individuals who were not born in the United States, but now call Fargo-Moorhead home. Doug Hamilton visits with organizer Meg Luther Lindholm.

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