General News

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.

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.