Politics & Government

The state Department of HumanServices hosted an Opioid Prevention training seminar at the state Capitol in Bismarck.

The Department's director of behavioral health, Pam Sagness, said prevention can take a number of forms.

"That can be administering medication like naloxone to save a life, but also looking at community prevention," Sagness said. "those community efforts may prevent the abuse of opioids in the first place."

Cramer holds tax reform roundtable

Oct 18, 2017
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North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer has been holding a series of roundtable meetings across the state – gathering feedback about the potential for tax reform and relief.

One such roundtable was held Tuesday (10-17-17) in Bismarck.

Cramer said while the House is ready to pass a tax reform bill, there’s still some uncertainty in the Senate.

UND to sell former Road King Inn

Oct 18, 2017

UND will be selling a hotel that it purchased and converted to overflow student housing.

It’s called “Dakota Hall.” But at one time it was the Road King Inn.

"It was acquired at the peak of residence hall occupnacies," University System director of Facilities Planning Rick Tonder told the Board of Higher Education's Budget and Finance Committee. "Now they no longer need the facility."

Tonder said UND wants to market it and sell it.

Before it is sold, it will have to be appraised.

Annual Governor's photo contest winners announced

Oct 17, 2017
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A contest that has been going for 14 years.

The winners of the annual North Dakota Governor’s Photo Contest were honored at a state Capitol ceremony.

"With North Dakota's amazing topography, stunning landscapes and great wildlife, and beautiful people, this is a great opportunity to capture all of the best that North Dakota has," said Gov. Doug Burgum.

North Dakota’s Insurance Commissioner said President Trump’s decision to end health insurer subsides under the Affordable Care Act could mean health insurance premiums going up.

The payments are called “Cost Sharing Reductions.” They go to insurance companies to help reduce the premiums paid by lower income people buying health insurance on the ACA marketplace.

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Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney said there’s no reason to stop the construction of flood control structures around Oxbow.

A federal judge in Minnesota has ordered a halt to some parts of the FM flood control and diversion project, because the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources hasn’t issued permits for the project. Some upstream opponents have said all construction should stop until some agreement is worked out, and the Minnesota DNR issues the permits.

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The Water Commission’s section chief for the Northwest Area Water Supply project says he believes NAWS has a strong case to make to fight an appeal.

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A philanthropist who has been working on school reinvention and reform said North Dakota is uniquely positioned to be a leader in helping students prepare for new jobs and careers that will be created in the near future.

Ted Dintersmith is an author – whose book “Most Likely To Succeed” – has been made into a film. Dintersmith was in Bismarck to speak to the Department of Public Instruction’s Fall Education Conference. He was on a panel to discuss education innovation with Gov. Doug Burgum and state school superintendent Kirsten Baesler.

ND working on the dropout issue

Oct 12, 2017

Officials with the state’s Department of Public Instruction say North Dakota is doing well in terms of the number of students who finish high school on time.

"Our overall graduation rate is staying fairly stagnant," said Joe Kolosky, the Department of Public Instruction's deputy director of the Office of School Approval and Opportunity. "It's increased about .10 percent in the last four years."

Kolosky said the on-time high school graduation rate is right around 90 percent.

The president of the North Dakota University System’s state staff Senate is concerned about employee morale in the 11 colleges and universities.

"Morale has been really down," said Bismarck State College employee Retha Mattern. "It's been that way ever since budget allotments and budget cuts started happening to our campuses."

Matter said the system has lost a lot of people – due to reduction in force, buyouts and early retirements. She said that affects those who are left.