General News

Fargo, ND – Those interested in getting some exposure to the different and newer cultures in communities around the state are welcome to attend the "Cultural Competency Workshop" today at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Dieter Berninger is a faculty member of the Department of Humanities and Multi-Cultural Studies at MSUM. He says the workshop will feature several presenters.

Bismarck, ND – Governor Hoeven has named state emergency manager Doug Friez as the director of ``homeland security.''

Friez's appointment follows the lead of the federal government, in setting up someone to coordinate security in the wake of last month's terrorist attacks. Hoeven says Friez will be working to coordinate preparedness and response to any possible security problems.

Bismarck, ND – This month -- North Dakota will start accepting applications for two new financial aid packages for health care workers.

One is a new loan repayment program for dentists.

Fargo, ND – Over two hundred people marched into Moorhead Tuesday night for the "Take Back the Night" rally to end personal violence. The Rape and Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo-Moorhead sponsored the eleventh annual event.

Cass County State's Attorney Birch Burdick--whose office often deals with victim witness coordination, child support, and domestic violence--says there is no room in the community for domestic abuse.

Watford City, ND – The issue of Montana-Dakota Utilities Company's franchise for providing electric service to the city of Watford City remains unresolved.

Undated – The managers of the Bismarck and Fargo airports say North Dakota National Guard members are working out very well in helping with airport security.

President Bush asked governors to activate Guard troops to help out with security, and Governor Hoeven ordered that at least two Guard soldiers would be on duty during operating hours at the state's eight largest airports.

Bismarck, ND – More than 50 people -- mostly women -- marched around the Capitol grounds in Bismarck last night -- the ninth annua; "Take Back the Night" rally against domestic violence.

Dianne Susag is a survivor of domestic violence. And she drew a parallel between violence in the home and the terrorist attacks of September 11th.

Bismarck, ND – At least three companies are now exploring the potential for developing coalbed methane gas in western North Dakota.

A state official says the new interest comes as a result of plans announced for a large, new pipeline that will carry the gas from Wyoming and Montana into North Dakota. Coalbed methane is natural gas that is trapped in coal seams.

Omaha, NE – A Creighton University professor says the latest survey of business conditions in the Upper Midwest shows the regional economy limping along.

New York, NY – North Dakota Congressman Earl Pomeroy says two things impressed him when he visited the World Trade Center in New York.Pomeroy says he was impressed not only with the magnitude of the disaster, but also the magnitude of the heroism shown by police, fire-fighters and rescue workers.