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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.

Wardner: Infrastructure bill taking shape

Sep 4, 2018

North Dakota Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner (R-Dickinson) said a bill for infrastructure spending is almost ready to go.

Wardner and a number of Legislative colleagues announced the proposal earlier this year. It would create three new “buckets” for oil tax revenue -- $115 million for cities, $115 million for counties and $50 million for airports.

Wardner said tweaks are being made to the proposal. But he said there’s a lot of support for the plan, because the benefits are statewide, not just in the oil patch.

As activity ramps up in the Bakken, sales tax collections from that part of the state are also ramping up.

Sales tax collections declined when the oil boom slowed down – and that was a big part of the reason the 2017 Legislature had to cut budgets.

And it also affected city sales tax collections.

"We're experencing a bit of a decline in those collections," said Bismarck city administrator Keith Hunke. "In 2015, we collected about $17.5 million; in 2016, we collected $16.7 million; and last yar, we collected $15.7 million."

Secretary of State's office

The state of North Dakota has received $3 million from the Federal Election Assistance Commission.

The money was approved by Congress. It can be used for such things as election security or new voting systems.  

Secretary of State Al Jaeger said for North Dakota, he will be asking the 2019 Legislature to use that money to upgrade North Dakota’s voting system.

Morton County Sheriff's Office

$12.8 million.

That’s the amount still owed to the Bank of North Dakota for law enforcement’s efforts in the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

"As you know, a lawsuit has been filed against the Corps of Engineers to recover some of that cost," National Guard Adjutant General Alan Dohrmann told the state Emergency Commission. "We continue to work primarily with Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) to se if we can again access Department of Justice grants."

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Members of the North Dakota Public Service Commission got a look at how MDU electric customers will benefit from the federal “Tax Cut and Jobs Act.”

'State needs to stop criminalizing behavioral health'

Aug 24, 2018
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Behavioral health professionals say North Dakota is on the right path to get those services to people that need them.

But they say the state has a way to go.

The Legislature’s interim Justice Reinvestment Committee heard from representatives of the state Department of Corrections and from Human Services about treatment – how it works and what the needs are.

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Jokes aside about flying squirrels, nuts served on planes and bushy-tailed passengers, squirrels and planes do not actually mix. At least not on Tuesday at Orlando International Airport, where an unidentified passenger hadn't gotten the memo.

Rising rates of homicides and drug violence have created an overflow at Mexico's morgues. So much so, that several cities have resorted to storing dead bodies in refrigerated trailers.

This sparked a national scandal after some residents complained about the stench coming from one of the trailers parked in their neighborhood in the western city of Guadalajara.

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Wednesday, October 10 – At this week’s Gamechanger Ideas Festival in Bismarck, one of the featured presenters is Caitlin Doughty, a “mortician, activist, and funeral industry rabble-rouser.” Among her many death-related interests are death denial in Western society, the rise of home funerals, and green burials. ~~~ A report from the scene at Sauerkraut Day in Wishek. We visit with organizer Kelly Brown.

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