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Hoeven, Heitkamp hosting new Interior Secretary

Aug 6, 2013

Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) are hosting new Interior Secretary Sally Jewell this week on a tour of western North Dakota.
The group will visit oil and natural gas wells, talk with energy industry representatives and tour Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Hoeven says it’s to help Jewell understand the state’s comprehensive approach to energy development.

A Minot doctor is trying to raise awareness of “fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.”

Dr. Justin Boseck is a resident in neuropsychology at Minot’s Trinity Health. He says national statistics show one in 100 children suffer from the disorder. That compares to one in 88 for autism.

Three Affliliated Tribes looking at medical services

Jul 26, 2013

People who live within the Fort Berthold reservation will be surveyed by phone next week – about adequacy of health care services.

The survey is being done for the Three Affiliated Tribes by the Common Enterprise Development Corporation of Mandan. CEO Bill Patrie says about 500 people will be surveyed – including tribal members and non-tribal members. Patrie says one of the main areas will address concerns about the availability of emergency services within the boundaries of the MHA Nation.

Trinity Health now a member of the Mayo network

Jul 24, 2013

Minot’s Trinity Health has become the 20th member of the Mayo Clinic Health Care Network.

"We wanted to bring Rochester, MN to Minot, ND," said Trinity President and CEO John Kutch. He said the collaboration came about through patient demand.

"Many time we heard from our patients that they didn't want to travel out of the region for care," said Kutch. "With this partnership, our patient population will not have to travel for care unless it's absolutely necessary."

A ten year old Bismarck boy is pain-free – after undergoing a non-invasive procedure to treat a non-cancerous tumor on his spine.

As Prairie Public’s Dave Thompson reports, the procedure meant the boy did not have to undergo back surgery.

10 year old River Kinworthy’s back pain was keeping him up at night.       

“Usually when they asked me from a scale of one to 10, I sometimes said a 7 or a ten.”

2-Wheels To Take On MS

Jul 2, 2013

It’s 87 degrees in the late afternoon sun. But – as reporter Todd McDonald found out -- the early summer heat is not deterring members of Scheel’s Team Road-Rash from getting in their evening practice…

Building the sage grouse population

Jun 13, 2013

The state Game and Fish Department is working on plans to increase the number of sage grouse in southwestern North Dakota.

Still interest in potash

Jan 21, 2013

A few years ago, state regulators were saying that potash mining may be the “next big thing” in North Dakota.

It hasn’t happened yet. But the state mineral resources department will be holding hearings on rules for mining the high value fertilizer.

"The potash industry was somewhat holding its breath, waiting to see what those rules were going to look like," said state Mineral Resource director Lynn Helms. "Once that process is behind us, the geologist that we hired to work subsurface minerals is going to put together a reporton whet we know about potash."

A House committee is considering proposals to raise the cost for hunting, fishing and boat licenses.

Those fees have not been raised for years.

"We haven't kept pace with states around us," State Game and Fish director Terry Steinwand told the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee. "We've really become the bargain basement place to hunt and fish for non-residents."

Heitkamp: Fargo diversion "a priority"

Nov 27, 2012

Senator-elect Heidi Heitkamp says she believes a strong case can be made for federal funding of the Red River diversion project.

Heitkamp says she agrees with holding federal spending down – and spending only on demonstrated need – but she says the project meets that test.

"Certainly, protecting Fargo is a huge need this region has," said Heitkamp. "I think it will pay huge dividends in return, in part, because every time we have these seasonal floods, millions of dollars get spent fighting the flood, as opposed to preventing the damage."