General News

NDSU students ready for classes tomorrow

Aug 22, 2016
John Corley

Freshmen at North Dakota State University were welcomed to campus today by both student and faculty leadership figures.

John Corley

Saturday was Move-In-Day at North Dakota State University. For many of the incoming students, the day marks a new chapter in their lives.

As an incoming student to NDSU from Texas, Mason Mielke’s new chapter will have to handle the reality of North Dakota winters. “I’m expecting to be very cold as I step out of my dorm,” he said.

Potential Hostage Scene Ends in Suicide

Aug 19, 2016
John Corley


A man was found shot dead inside the offices of the Southeast Human Service Center in Fargo Thursday night. What appeared to be a potential hostage scene ended in suicide.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture sponsors the Hunger Free North Dakota Garden Program -- which is designed to help provide fresh fruits and vegetables to food pantries across the state.

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring joined volunteers at a corn plot south of Bismarck, at the Lincoln-Oakes Nursery.

"It's a little over three acres," Goehring said. "We have numerous volunteers showing up to help us pick this corn. And it's going toward a worthy cause."

First ND Opioid Treatment Center Opens

Aug 16, 2016

On Monday of Last week, North Dakota and Wyoming were the only states WITHOUT an available medical opioid treatment program. That statistic has now changed. Reporter Todd McDonald has details...

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Thirty new faculty members, administrators and staff at the University of North Dakota are getting a first-hand look at the state – by bus.

It’s the 25th time UND has hosted this bus tour.

Adam Matz came to UND from Lexington, Kentucky. He will be teaching criminal justice.

"This is a particularly good job opportunity," Matz said. "I looked at different places across the country, and it worked out."

Matz said he likes the climate here -- at least right now. He also likes Grand Forks.

Heitkamp calls on Congress to protect worker's pensions

Aug 15, 2016

Senator Heidi Heitkamp is calling for a bipartisan solution to protect the retirement savings of 2-thousand North Dakotans, and hundreds of thousands of retirees nationwide.

Earlier this year, those workers and retirees were in danger of losing up to 60 percent of their pensions under a plan to restructure the multiemployer pension plan, which is no longer solvent. The Department of Treasury ended up rejecting that proposal in May, but no solution to the solvency problem has been proposed.

Division of Vital Records Issues Its Fun Facts

Aug 12, 2016

Did you know in each day of 2015 North Dakota saw 31 babies born, 13 marriages took place and 6 divorces became final? Those are some of the facts included in a new report from the Division of Vital Records.

Darin Meschke is director of the Division of Vital Records for the state Health Department. He says 2015 was a good year for newborns in North Dakota…

GFPD establishes "safe trade zone"

Aug 12, 2016
Grand Forks Police Department

Grand Forks residents now have a safe place to go to meet and exchange items bought or sold online.

A recent survey asked members of the LGBTQ community how they have been treated by centers that deal with sexual and physical abuse.

"About 30 percent felt unwelcome at centers," said Zachary Packineau, the chair of the state Health Department's LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee.

Packineau said that survey was done in 2015. And he said there are several reasons for that result.

"North Dakota has a long-standing anti-LGBTQ political climate," Packineau said. "So there's a sense of not being able to be 'out' publicly."