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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/

Burleigh County farmer wins national "green" award

May 18, 2012

A Burleigh County ranch family has won a national award.

Gabe and Shelley Brown – and their son, Paul – have a ranch east of Bismarck.  As Prairie Public's Dave Thompson reports, the family received the “Growing Green Award" from the Natural Resources Defense Council.