General News

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.


UND "Fighting Hawks" Logo Unveiled

Jun 22, 2016
John Corley

First it was the University of North Dakota Flickertails, then the Fighting Sioux and today UND Athletics will operate under the banner – and logo of “Fighting Hawks”. Reporter Todd McDonald has details…

Minnesota's Bonding Bill Has Local Positive Impact

Jun 10, 2016

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is visiting with officials in Greater Minnesota as part of his effort to have lawmakers find a compromise solution and complete the work of the recently ended legislative session. In a visit to Moorhead, Thursday the Governor was given a first-hand account of what hangs in the balance…  Reporter Todd McDonald has details…

A West Fargo lawmaker says North Dakota may not have the revenues seen in the 2015 legislative session but there will still be money available for priorities. Republican Senator Judy Lee says one priority will include dealing with the opioid crisis in North Dakota… Reporter Todd McDonald has details.

Tornado shelter to be built at Graner Park

Jun 7, 2016

The Morton County Park District has received a federal grant to build a tornado shelter at Graner Park, 19 miles south of Mandan along the Missouri River.

It’s the first tornado shelter in North Dakota to receive FEMA funds. FEMA will pay 70 percent of the cost, which is $34,000 of the $46,000 total.

It’s still considered the definitive book on North Dakota’s history.

And it will soon be available as an “open educational resource.”

The University of North Dakota will soon begin digitizing Elwyn Robinson’s “History of North Dakota.” The book was written in the 1960s, and has been updated since then.

"This is the seminal work on the history of North Dakota," said UND Dean of Libraries and Information Resources Stephanie Walker. "It's still well-used. and it is still available as a textbook -- for money."

Walker says the plan is to make it open-source.

Senator Heidi Heikamp says one of the largest issues facing rural North Dakota – AND rural America – is having available healthcare… Reporter Todd McDonald brings us this story...