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"Spoofing" robocalls becoming more widespread

Sep 13, 2018

The Attorney General of North Dakota says there has been a surge of complaints about robocalls that threaten arrest.

Robocalls are illegal in North Dakota. Wayne Stenehjem says the problem has become increasingly prolific statewide, and the scammers are even "spoofing" local North Dakota phone numbers to make the calls look like they are being made locally.

The North Dakota Department of Health is now accepting applications for entities interested in operating medical marijuana dispensaries in the Grand Forks and Williston regions.

The application process for the Fargo and Bismarck regions are complete. Jason Wahl is the director for the Division of Medical Marijuana. He says there is a non-refundable $5,000 application fee for applicants.

The executive director of Gender Justice made a stop at Minnesota State University Moorhead as part of an ongoing campaign to protect affordable access to birth control.

Area Red Cross volunteers head to North Carolina

Sep 11, 2018

Four Red Cross Volunteers from North Dakota are on their way to North Carolina today as Hurricane Florence makes its way toward the east coast.

Gretchen Hjelmstad is the Regional Communications Manager for the Dakotas Region of the American Red Cross. She says two of the volunteers left in a response vehicle from Fargo this morning, and two more left from Bismarck. She says two more volunteers will hit the road tomorrow, and others are standing by if needed.

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UND, NDSU, the University of South Dakota and a consortium of hospitals in the Dakotas have received a $20.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The grant is to help counter high rates of certain cancers in this region. It is a 5-year grant.

UND medical school associate dean Marc Basson is the principal investigator for the grant. He said it was important to have the hospitals be a part of this – because there often is a gap between research and how it translates to patient care.

MDU to replace streetlights with LEDs

Sep 11, 2018

MDU is preparing to make a switch in streetlights.

Over the next year or so, MDU is planning to replace the halogen lights with LED lights.

"They're more efficient and cost effective," said MDU spokesman Mark Hanson.

Hanson did say it is an expensive switch.

"That means the rent amount to each city will go up dramatically," Hanson said. "But the energy savings will reduce that cost dramtically."

2018-2019 Flu season could be "unpredictable"

Sep 10, 2018

The North Dakota Department of Health is gearing up for what may be an "unpredictable" flu season this year.

Jill Baber is influenza surveillance coordinator with the health department. She says last year was the worst flu season in the past 20 years, so this year they are trying to prepare for just about everything. She says a handful of cases have already been reported, but it's still very earlier in the season so they may be false positives. Baber says if you're interested in getting your flu shot early, there are a few select places that already have the vaccine.

A robbery gone wrong in a hotel in Fargo over the weekend resulted in the stabbing death of one of the robbers.

Fargo Police were called to the AmericInn in Fargo at 2:30 am on Saturday on a report of "a male in the hallway with a firearm." They arrived to find 23 year old Jakob Dirks lying in the hallway with a stab wound to his abdomen. Deputy Police Chief Joe Anderson says Dirks had arrived with Robert Peightal, 22 to the hotel room of brothers Alan and Shawn Bear, 21 and 24 years old respectively, who were with 19 year old Jordan Plouffe.

Tuesday, September 4 – We continue our conversations with the statewide candidates in North Dakota with Congressman Kevin Cramer, who’s looking to move into the Senate. ~~~ Another candidate is Al Jaeger, the state’s incumbent Secretary of State, who initially failed to get party endorsement, but subsequently ran as an independent before securing party support after all.

Riemers officially off the ballot

Sep 4, 2018
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It’s now official – Roland Riemers won’t be on the November ballot.

And that means the Libertarian Party has some work to do before the 2020 election.

Riemers, from Grand Forks, ran for Secretary of State as the lone Libertarian on the primary ballot. He received 247 votes in the count just after the primary election. He needed 300. After that, a recount was ordered by the state Supreme Court. The recount gave him 248 votes.

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