General News

Human Service Center in Jamestown begins open access

Jul 13, 2016

The South Central Human Service Center in Jamestown is becoming the third behavioral health service center in North Dakota to offer mental health and substance abuse assessments without appointments.

Dr. Dan Cramer is Regional Director of South Central Human Service Center. He says he wanted to pursue this change to improve public access to individuals who know they need help. Cramer says about 50 percent of patients who make appointments end up not coming to them - he says shifting to open access will address that issue, and help more people.

Potentially deadly drug mixture showing up in Bismarck

Jul 13, 2016

Law enforcement authorities in Bismarck have been warning people that a potentially deadly drug mix – being sold as marijuana – could be on its way.

And now, it’s here.

Bismarck Police Sergeant Mark Buschena said an emergency room doctor from one of the local hospitals told police an individual came into the ER, saying he wasn’t feeling well.

Blue-green algae warning for Patterson Lake

Jul 12, 2016

The North Dakota Department of Health and Agriculture Animal Health Division have issued a blue-green algae warning for Patterson Lake near Dickinson.

T.McDonald / Prairie Public

Partners in the development of the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion project have formally enacted an agreement to let work begin on the diversion. Army Corps Project Manager Terry Williams says the diversion has been in development since 2008 and as of today (Monday) bids are being called for on the first portion of the project…

“…Our first contract is supposed to be the diversion inlet structure and that would start construction this fall.”

United Way of Cass-Clay School Supply Drive is underway

Jul 11, 2016
John Corley

United Way of Cass-Clay has kicked off its annual school supply drive.

United Way President Kristi Huber says this is the 18th annual school supply drive for the Fargo-Moorhead area. Last year, the drive equipped 5-thousand-2-hundred-60 students with backpacks and supplies for the school year. Dr. David Flowers is Superintendent of West Fargo Public Schools. He says about 30 percent of students in his school district qualify for free or reduced school lunches. He says poverty is an obstacle that is hard to overcome.

New UND President Begins Work

Jul 6, 2016
T.McDonald / Prairie Public

Former Georgetown University Professor and Minnesota Congressman Mark Kennedy is off and running in his new position as President of the University of North Dakota. Reporter Todd McDonald has details.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Some areas in central North Dakota were hit by hail, heavy rain and strong winds last night.

Janine Vining with the National Weather Service in Bismarck said it started about 4:30 yesterday afternoon, with a report of half-inch hail near Mott. She said the hail got bigger after 5:00.

"An inch hail to 1.75 hail was reported near Halliday, in Dunn County, and in Mercer County, as the storm started to develop and got bigger," Vining said.

The winds also strengthened.

John Corley

18 individuals were arrested Tuesday on charges related to soliciting minors for sex in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

The sting was part of a national initiative called "Operation Guardian Angel." Law enforcement officials are calling it "shocking, sickening and disgusting" as previous stings have only netted 1 or 2 arrests at one time.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Bismarck police call it a “very dangerous situation.”

They’re talking about the increase in opiate abuse – especially heroin laced with fentanyl. Police have had reports of three suspected overdoses in the past few weeks. One person has died, another is in critical condition at a local hospital. The third was given the antidote drug Narcan in time, and the victim survived.

Bismarck police detective Jerry Stein says heroin used to be a very pricey drug. But he told reporters that price has come down.

D. Webster

Cankdeska Cikana Community College is located on the Spirit Lake Nation Reservation in Fort Totten, North Dakota, south of the city of Devils Lake. As part of our Chasing the Dream series, Prairie Public's Danielle Webster spoke with college president Dr. Cynthia Lindquist about the tribal college's role in lifting Native Americans out of poverty.

Funding for Chasing the Dream comes from the JPB Foundation and the Ford Foundation, with additional funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.