General News

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Seventeen Bismarck-Mandan area companies brought 120 employees to the Burleigh County Extension Services building Tuesday.

They were there for the first Great Plains Food Bank Bismarck-Mandan “Packathon.” The volunteers were there to pack 1800 boxes with meals that will be given to hungry senior citizens in Bismarck, Mandan and Minot.

"There's a huge need," said Marcia Paulson of Great Plains. "We are seeing the challenges around senior hunger in our state continue to rise."

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

It's an unusual arrangement.

A private telephone company and a telephone co-op have reached an agreement to serve a handful of customers in rural areas near Mandan.

Century Link agreed to change its service boundaries from Mandan, North Dakota and Morristown, South Dakota.  That means West River Telephone will pick up 8 to 10 customers by expanding its St. Anthony and Elgin exchanges. The plan is contingent upon West River getting approval from the FCC for a “universal service” designation – meaning there would be a federal subsidy to serve those customers.

Autism voucher program enrollment begins June 1

May 30, 2018

Beginning June 1st, families with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder can apply for autism voucher program services through the North Dakota Department of Human Services.

Katherine Barchenger with the Human Services Department says the program is for children ages 3 through 17, and can pay for respite care services for family caregivers, assistive technology, tutoring and other services.

HungerRide takes off from Bismarck

May 29, 2018
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

A number of cyclists from the Western North Dakota Synod of the Lutheran Church have embarked on a three-day ride – designed to bring awareness about world hunger.

They left Bismarck this morning (Tuesday).

Lisa Plorin is from Upham. She’s one of the organizers of this third annual ride. Plorin is also the executive board president for the national group “Women of the ELCA.”

"One of the missions of the ELCA is to alleviate hunger," Plorin said. "So we're out doing our part."

Plorin said prior to the ride, they were all asked to do some fundraising.

Creating tomorrow's climate prediction tools

May 22, 2018

Climate and weather researchers from across the U-S as well as Canada and Japan are in Fargo discussing the latest research and it can be made into workable tools… Prairie Public Reporter Todd McDonald has details...

D. Webster

Superbugs like MRSA, C.diff and other antibiotic resistant germs make people sick every year when they visit the place they rely on to keep them healthy - their local hospitals.

"75,000 of those yearly are fatal," said Brandon Bray, account manager for Xenex Disinfection Services.

"Which is about equivalent to, if you added up breast cancer, AIDS and car accidents. It's the same as hospital acquired infections, but people just don't talk about it," said Leah Hansen, Xenex associate business development manager.

C-SPAN '50 Capitals Tour' hits Bismarck

May 16, 2018
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The C-SPAN “50 Capitals Tour” bus rolled up to the state Capitol in Bismarck Wednesday (5-16-18).

"C-SPAN is engaging with communities, and interviewing elected officials about what issues are going on in their states," said C-SPAN Marketing Representative Joel Bacon. "We hear from callers all the time, on our 'Washington Journal,' from all over the country. Now we're visiting where they actually live."

C-SPAN interviewed Gov. Doug Burgum while the bus was on the Capitol grounds. The bus is equipped with studio facilities.

The state of North Dakota has filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the nation's leading manufacturer of prescription opioids.

Bis-Man Community Foundation launches 'SuperGrants'

May 10, 2018
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

A change for the Bis-Man Community Foundation.

The Foundation was established in 2011 as a permanently-endowed fund. Since that time, the Foundation has given $140,000 in grants to a number of 501-C-3 organizations in the Bismarck-Mandan area.

It used to be that the Foundation awarded a number of small grants. But that will change.

Advisory Board chair Gina Hruby said the idea came from another board member.

"How do we utilize this fund in a more impactful way?" Hruby said.

So the Board made a decision.

USACoE back funding for "Plan B "

May 3, 2018
T.McDonald / Prairie Public

Senator John Hoeven says there has been a lot of support put behind the Red River Diversion project from all levels. He says while the diversion is important to the Fargo-Moorhead area, the private-public-partnership used to develop the project is becoming an item of interest for others…

"...We have the equation. This P-3 project is an equation that the rest of the country is looking at. Right no this is the the P-3 project for the Corps of Engineers."