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Minot State to modify its tuition model

Jun 22, 2020

Minot State University is making some changes in its tuition model.

It’ll be before the Board of Higher Education later this month.

"When the current model we've been using was first put in,  It was designed to associate on-line and distance education expenses with the revenues, and put them into a separate bucket," said Minot State Vice-President for Administration and Finance Brent Winiger.

Winiger said since that time, on-line education has growin to about a quarter of the classes the University offers.

Basin to buy power from Montana solar project

Jun 22, 2020

Basin Electric Power Cooperative is adding more solar to its electricity generation portfolio.

The generation and transmission co-op has signed an agreement to buy 150 megawatts of power from the Cabin Creek Solar Project in southeastern Montana, five miles west of Baker.

"It's just a way to diversify our resource portfolio, and get the best value for our members, and get them the power that they need," said Basin spokesperson Joan Dietz.

77th COVID-19 death; 37 new cases

Jun 21, 2020

Another individual has passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide death toll to 77.

 

The patient was a man in his 60s from Stutsman County. He had underlying health conditions.

 

37 new individuals have also tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The results are from a pool of 3,933 tests for a daily positive rate of 0.9 percent.

 

The cases broken down by county are:

 

The state’s Industrial Commission has approved spending $3.4 million on a project to see if the geology around the Coal Creek Power Plant can be used to store carbon dioxide.

The project was proposed by Blue Flint Ethanol, co-located with Coal Creek. The ethanol plant uses the CO2 in its processing of corn.

North Dakota’s Industrial Commission has approved the confiscation of some shut-in or orphaned oil wells.

The state will use money from the federal CARES Act to employ some in the Oil Patch, who lost their jobs because of a lower demand for oil,to plug and reclaim those wells.

"In this first phase, our best estimate is it will support about 550 full time jobs for six months," said North Dakota Mineral Resources director Lynn Helms. "And the second phase, the reclamation phase, would support somewhere around 600 full time jobs."

25 new COVID-19 infections; active cases below 300

Jun 20, 2020

25 new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide positive total to 3,251.

 

The results were from a pool of 3,947 tests for a positive rate of 0.6 percent.

 

The cases broken down by county are:

 

ND COVID-19: 76th death recorded, 33 new cases

Jun 19, 2020

Another North Dakotan has passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 76.

 

The patient was a woman in her 90s from Cass County. She had underlying health conditions. 

 

Additionally, 33 new individuals tested positive for the novel coronavirus. 

 

Patrolling Fargo Parks with an all-electric motorcycle

Jun 19, 2020
Cass County Electric Cooperative

A Fargo police officer is patrolling city parks with an electric motorcycle.

It’s the first all-electric patrol cycle in the area. And it’s a partnership between Cass County Electric Cooperative, Fargo Police and Fargo Parks.

Chad Brousseau with Cass County Electric said this idea came out of a conversation between the co-op and Fargo Parks, about an interest in equipping a park officer with an electric motorcycle.

One more COVID-19 death; daily positive rate below 1%

Jun 18, 2020

One more individual has passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide death toll to 75.

The patient was a man in his 60s from Cass County. He had underlying health conditions.

29 new individuals have also tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the state, bringing the statewide positive total to 3,193. The positive results were from a pool of 4,193 tests for a positive rate of 0.7 percent.

North Dakota's Chief Investment Officer said the Legacy fund lost value during the market downturn in March and April.

But David Hunter said it has recovered, and is now close to where it was before that downturn.

Hunter told the Legacy and Budget Stabilization Fund Advisory Board the Legacy fund peaked in mid-February at just over $7 billion.

"Given the strong capital market and economic conditions at the time, including over $1 billion in net investment income in 2019, the fund did well," Hunter said.

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