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Man robs Bismarck bank

BISMARCK, N.D. -- A man robbed a Bismarck bank Thursday afternoon. According to a statement by the Bismarck Police Department, officers responded to a report of a robbery at 2:07 p.m. at Kirkwood Bank and Trust in Kirkwood Mall.

Last two North Dakota Heritage Center galleries prepped for 125th birthday bash Sunday

Last two North Dakota Heritage Center galleries prepped for 125th birthday bash Sunday

Museum gives sneak peek at new galleries
BISMARCK, N.D. – A child grips the steering wheel in a tractor cab, gleefully plowing the dirt field on the video screen in front of her. A space suit designed for Mars exploration stands in a glass case, the glowing screen behind it showing a team of University of North Dakota researchers testing the suit in the Badlands. Inside a full-sized grain silo, an interactive display challenges visitors to match seeds with the crops they produce. This isn’t the old North Dakota Heritage Center.


New president appointed at Valley City State University

SBHE approves IT strategic plan, UND house purchase
VALLEY CITY, N.D. -- The State Board of Higher Education on Thursday appointed Tisa Mason president of Valley City State University. Her hiring is contingent on some vetting processes and salary is still being negotiated. Her initial contract term is three years and she can start no later than Dec. 31 of this year.

North Dakota election features eight statewide measures -- the most in 25 years

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- When North Dakota voters go to the polls Tuesday, they’ll find a ballot containing eight statewide measures, the most in a quarter century. That’s the same number that was on the ballot in a special election on Dec. 5, 1989. The Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald banner headline the morning after reflected the voters’ mood: No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. That election, and perhaps that headline itself, served as an exclamation mark for North Dakota in the 1980s, a time of rapid rural depopulation and economic decline. Even then-Gov. George Sinner — father of the current U.S. House candidate of the same name — was referred to in the state Capitol and in the media and as Gov. Gloom and Doom.

Challenger North Dakota secretary of state for failure of technology project; Jaeger defends his work

FARGO, N.D. – April Fairfield, Democratic candidate for secretary of state, once again criticized her opponent for not doing enough to speed up the technological advancement of his office. Fairfield called Secretary of State Al Jaeger “stuck in the past” for what she described as his failure to complete a technology project that has dragged on for years.

Fargo police panel says discipline clearly a problem

Group interviewed 60-plus officers, Skuza’s widow, others
FARGO, N.D. – There appears to be a morale problem in the Police Department and it’s directly related to the way the department disciplines its officers, according to more than 60 interviews conducted by a city committee. The disciplinary process seemed fine but it was carried out in an erratic way, and punishment was not balanced with encouragement, committee members say. “I think it’s more the climate of it,” said member Jane Pettinger. “It’s kind of like ‘control of the department through discipline rather than supporting the department’ as an overall mood. That of course is where morale issues come from.” As an example, she mentioned an officer she interviewed.

Halloween at work: Many places ghoul with it

Halloween at work: Many places ghoul with it

FARGO, N.D. -- Halloween is a time for light-hearted fun, handing out treats and letting alter egos run free. But how far to take it? Should princesses, werewolves and zombies be welcome in the workplace? The answer to that question is yes, mostly, according to an unscientific polling of several area businesses and organizations.


‘Overnighters’ screens in Williston

‘Overnighters’ screens in Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. -- Filmmaker Jesse Moss wanted to tell the big story of life in Williston during an epic oil boom. Instead, he would be drawn to a local pastor who opened up his home and church to workers migrating from across the country in pursuit of black gold and the riches that flow from it. Moss said he filmed “The Overnighters” in a “cinema verite” style, witnessing the lives of Pastor Jay Reinke of Concordia Lutheran Church, his family, flock and homeless guests unfolding before him — a fly on the wall.


Pipeline fatigue hits landowners who aim for more oversight

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- Ranchers say they don’t have time to chase cattle because a pipeline crew cut the pasture fence. Nor do they have time to repair equipment damaged from crossing a sunken pipeline trench. Those problems are giving surface owners a condition called “pipeline fatigue,” and many say they are so tired of dealing with poor reclamation and inconsiderate contractors that they’re starting to say “no” to more pipelines altogether.

STATE NEWS BRIEFS: California man charged with murder in Williston

The following North Dakota news briefs were compiled by Forum News Service and its media partners:
DICKINSON, N.D. -- A Dickinson man was arrested Monday on dissemination of obscene materials charges, a Class C felony. John Webster, 27, allegedly sent a picture of his genitals to a minor using the social media phone app Snapchat, according to court documents. The incident occurred in September. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 8.

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10/31/14 at 10:38 AM BISON MEDIA BLOG
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Faces of the Boom: After reading stories of North Dakota’s boom, composer moves to Williston
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UND received CACUBO ‘Best Practice Award’ for paperless accounts payable
The University of North Dakota recently received the Central Association of College and Business Officers (CACUBO) Best Practice Award along with $2,500 for successfully implementing paperless account...
10/31/14 at 8:50 AM NDSU NEWS
NDSU to host BEST Robotics competition
The NDSU College of Engineering is scheduled to host the Bison BEST Robotics Competition Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Shelly Ellig Indoor Track and Field Facility on the NDSU campus...
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Faces and Facts of Disability
This summer I wrote about Faces and Facts of Disability, a section of the Social Security website to help increase public awareness of the SSA disability program (SSDI) by providing program facts an...
10/29/14 at 8:36 AM