General News

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North Dakota's crime rate was up slightly in 2017, compared with 2016.

The overall rate was up by just 0.4%.

"North Dakota will continue to be one of the safest states in our country to live and raise a family," said North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. "That's good news."

Stenehjem said one area of concern is the number of drug arrests, which were up by 4.4%. He said the concern is not just about the arrests themselves.

The Fargo Police Department and Cass County Sheriff's Office are now using an anonymous online tool to prevent law enforcement officials from dying by suicide.

Stephanie Schafer is an employee assistance counselor with the Village Family Service Center in Fargo. She says the officers can follow a link to an anonymous online screening tool that guides them to a survey of questions about anxiety, depression, substance use, traumatic experiences and other risk factors, and then gives the option of being connected to a counselor.

CDC: North Dakota suicides increase 58 percent

Jun 19, 2018

A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control shows that suicide rates across the nation have increased across the nation between 1999 and 2016.

Schneider on ACA: keep what works, fix what doesn't

Jun 18, 2018

Democratic U.S. House candidate Mac Schneider says if elected, he plans to work on preserving health care gains North Dakota has experienced under the Affordable Care Act.

June 24, 2018 Less than a decade old, Bitcoin is worth billions. The cryptocurrency promises to revolutionize global finance by placing control of currenty in the hands of users, not nations, and make financial exchanges more transparent, efficient, and democratic. Skeptics argue this highly volatile digital currency offers a platform for illicit activity, including money laundering and trafficking of humans and drugs, free from government oversight and regulation. 

ND Lottery goes mobile

Jun 13, 2018

If you play the Lottery in North Dakota, there’s now an “app” for that.

The North Dakota Lottery now has a mobile app for “Players Club” members.

"With technology nowadays, people are always on their phones," said state lottery director Ryan Koppy. "It's a great way to enhance the lottery experience."

Koppy said the app offers features such as a Retailer Locator, scanning ability to check winning numbers, instant access to promotions and other special offers. And Koppy said you can buy numbers with a “Pick and Click” feature.

June 17, 2018 Lucy Gebre-Egziabher and Christine Bozarth (Northern Virginia Community College) challenge students around the world to tackle a global issue through film. This year, the issue is climate change.  

The Share A Story Family literacy event is hosted by Prairie Public, United Way of Cass-Clay, and Fargo Parks every June at Rheault Farm in Fargo—this year on June 9. 

Engaged youth less likely to engage in risky behaviors

Jun 7, 2018

An information and action event in Fargo was aimed at finding new ways to engage youth in the community to ensure they continue avoiding risky behaviors.

Jeff Schatz is a retiring superintendent with Fargo Public Schools. He presented some data to local stakeholders at the Addiction: Information into Action meeting in Fargo that suggests how important a teen's community involvement can be when it comes to the likelihood that they'd use drugs or alcohol.

Supreme Court hearing Bismarck murder appeal

Jun 7, 2018
ND Supreme Court

The attorney for a Bismarck man charged with the April, 2016 murder of a Bismarck woman outside the Runnings store in South Bismarck believes the district judge made a mistake by not suppressing evidence from his interrogation.

And he's asking the North Dakota Supreme Court to overturn the conviction.

The body of 44-year-old Misty Coffelt was found outside the Runnings store April 14, 2016. 34-year-old Morris Brickle-Hicks was subsequently charged and convicted of murder in the case.