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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."

ND gets high marks for reclamation

Oct 15, 2012

The federal Office of Surface Mining has given North Dakota good marks for its coal mine reclamation program.

OSM says North Dakota has an “efficient and effective” program. The program is administered by the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

Thursday, October 4 – Caravanserai is a new international program aimed at establishing greater understanding between American and Islamic societies … and it’s coming to Jamestown. Joining us is Adam Perry, the Caravanserai program officer at Arts Midwest, and Taylor Barnes, director of the Jamestown Arts Center. ~~~ Visiting North Dakota is James Hmurovich, president and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America. We’ll discuss some of the progress made in the state, and learn about some of the challenges that remain.

Med Center One "officially" Sanford West

Aug 29, 2012
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

You can now officially call it “Sanford West.”

Bismarck’s Med Center One has a new sign in the window. But staffers there are promising the same quality of health care people have come to know.

Med Center One is now part of a much larger organization. Sanford Chief Operating Officer Becky Nelson says in health care, bigger is better.

A plan by the Army Corps of Engineers to charge water users living along Missouri River reservoirs for that water isn’t sitting well with the basin states.

The Corps has been holding public meetings throughout the Missouri Basin to discuss its proposal.

New program treats addictions and mental health issues

Aug 17, 2012

The retiring director of the North Dakota Department of Human Services says she’s proud of a new program to help treat people who have chronic addictions plus serious mental health issues.

Carol Olson says the program is called I-D-D-T – or “Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment.” And she says the program has so far shown tremendous success.

Bismarck's Med Center One, Sanford Health merge

Jul 12, 2012

Sanford Health, MedCenter One merger approved

Jul 3, 2012

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has approved the merger of Bismarck’s MedCenter One with Fargo and Sioux Falls-based Sanford Health Systems.

By state law, the Attorney General has to review a merger of this kind. In a letter to Med Center One legal counsel John Olson – dated July 3rd -- Stenehjem said based upon his review –  quoting now – “there is no legal basis for this office to object to the proposed transaction.” Stenehjem has been reviewing the merger since the end of May. The two health systems say the formal merger announcement will come July 12th.

Hoeven, Blunt tour Missouri River flood control

May 30, 2012
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

North Dakota Senator John Hoeven and Missouri Senator Roy Blunt are on a two-day tour of the Missouri River  system. They’re looking at flood damage repairs. And they’re meeting with the Corps of Engineers to talk about river management. More from Prairie Public's Dave Thompson.

Hoeven says this is part of an effort by Missouri Basin Senators to work together.

Preventing future Missouri River floods

May 24, 2012
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

MissouriRiver basingovernors say they’re hoping that increasing the monitoring of the plains snowpack will help prevent future flood damage. Prairie Public's Dave Thompson reports/