General News

North Dakota's economy expands in February

Mar 1, 2018

North Dakota's economy grew during the month of February.

The state's reading on the Business Conditions Index, a monthly survey of Midwestern supply managers, rose to 53.3 in February from 49.6 in January. Any reading over 50 indicates economic growth. Creighton University economics professor Dr. Ernie Goss conducts the monthly survey. He says the survey indicates the manufacturing and energy sectors are expanding, but there were some warning signals regarding the inflation gauge.

North Dakota's kindergarten vaccination rate increases

Mar 1, 2018

Officials at the North Dakota Department of Health are encouraged that vaccination rates for kindergartners have increased.

Lexie Barber is Immunization Surveillance Coordinator with the health department. She says in the last two years, vaccination rates had fallen below 90 percent and had gotten as low as 88 percent. But she says for the 2017-2018 school year, vaccination rates have climbed to 94 percent. She says the health department aims for a 95 percent immunization rate to ensure maximum protection from disease.

Heitkamp/McCain Reservation Amber Alert bill passes House

Mar 1, 2018

A bill introduced by Arizona Senator John McCain and North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp is aimed at expanding the Amber Alert system to Native American Reservations.

North Dakota is in the top 25 percent of states in both new lung cancer cases and lung cancer survival rates.

This according to the first ever "State of Lung Cancer" report done by the American Lung Association of North Dakota. Reba Mathern-Jacobson is director of tobacco control for the Lung Association in North Dakota. She says this report looks at rates of incidents of lung cancer, survival rates, rates of early diagnosis, surgery, and access to screening centers. She says the report helps North Dakota know where it stands.

Horse Park sets race dates

Feb 27, 2018

The North Dakota Racing Commission has finalized race dates for the North Dakota Horse Park this summer.

Manager Mike Schmitz says the last three weekends in July were chosen - Saturday July 14 and Sunday the 15th, Saturday the 21st and Sunday the 22nd, and Friday July 27th and Saturday July 28th. Schmitz says the final weekend was chosen to be Friday-Saturday versus Saturday-Sunday to accommodate the Fargo Air Show. Schmitz says it's an affordable family summer activity.

North Dakota among country's "least sinful" states

Feb 22, 2018

Exactly how "sinful" is North Dakota?

According a survey by Wallet Hub, North Dakota is the 2nd least sinful state in the country. Jill Gonzales is an analyst for Wallet Hub, which is a personal finance website. She says the survey measured each state across several scientific metrics in regard to the "seven deadly sins."

Bismarck in top 5 of best capital US cities

Feb 22, 2018

North Dakota's capital city is ranked 5th in the country on a list of best state capitals to live in.

ND Safety Council holds 45th annual conference

Feb 21, 2018
ND Safety Council

The North Dakota Safety Council’s 45th annual Safety and Health Conference is being held this week in Bismarck.

Safety Council executive director Chuck Claremont said nearly a thousand people have pre-registered for the conference. He said the subjects run the gamut of safety issues, and will include training on opioid overdoses.

Claremont said what he hopes those attending will take away from the conference are ways to help prevent someone from getting injured.

North Dakota is one step closer to implementing medical marijuana: the state has awarded a contract for a medical marijuana tracking system.

The system is called BioTrackTHC, which includes a seed-to-sale tracking system, as well as a registration system. Medical Marijuana Division Director Jason Wahl says this will help the state effectively monitor all activities of manufacturing and dispensing facilities.

MSUM asks for renovation funds in 2018 bonding bill

Feb 14, 2018

When Minnesota legislators return for the 2018 session next week, they're going to be working on a bonding bill - and Minnesota State University Moorhead is hoping they'll be included.

Larry Pogemiller is Higher Education Commissioner at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. He spent Wednesday afternoon taking a tour of buildings on the MSUM campus in need of renovations. Four buildings need general upkeep, such as new doors, windows, HVAC and other improvements. But one building, Weld Hall, is in need of much more. Pogemiller says the building needs major updates.

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