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Hazen superintendent appointed to state higher ed board

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Mike Ness, the superintendent of the Hazen (N.D.) School District, has been appointed to the State Board of Higher Education. Gov. Jack Dalrymple chose Ness from a group of three finalists, and he still needs to be confirmed by the North Dakota Senate during this legislative session. Ness will fill the seat left open after former board Chairwoman Kirsten Diederich stepped down in January. Terry Hjelmstad was subsequently elected chairman by the board.

70 percent of bills advance in North Dakota Legislature in first half of session

Lawmakers say new revenue forecast will set stage for second half
BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota lawmakers gave their initial stamp of approval to nearly 600 bills before breaking for a three-day recess on Thursday, and a new state revenue forecast in mid-March will set the stage for the second half of the session. House and Senate lawmakers advanced a combined 599 bills – 70 percent of the 852 bills introduced – during the session’s first 38 days, while 249 bills failed and four were withdrawn. The vast majority of the bills will now be taken up in the opposite chamber. Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Thursday that legislators had made good progress leading into crossover.

College, university presidents protest possibility of less funding

BISMARCK, N.D. -- The State Board of Higher Education heard passionate testimony at a meeting Thursday from many college and university presidents in response to a House bill that could reduce the amount of funding institutions were expecting to receive this coming biennium. House Bill 1003 alters a funding formula that was developed by a task force and put in place during the last legislative session. It funded the schools based on completed credit hours, effectively creating a reward system for campuses that saw increased enrollment and retention.

Corporate farming bill up again, while ‘Canada Day’ gets a modified ‘aye’

BISMARCK, N.D. – Lawmakers will dive right back into the thick of things when they reconvene Wednesday after a three-day recess, and that’s especially true for the House and Senate agriculture committees, which will take up two of the session’s most contentious ag-related bills. The House Agriculture Committee will host a hearing at 8 a.m. Thursday on Senate Bill 2351, which would exempt dairy and swine operations from North Dakota’s anti-corporate farming law. Senate Republicans passed the bill 27-18.

Controlling growth: Fill vacant developments before starting new ones, some city officials say

Controlling growth: Fill vacant developments before starting new ones, some city officials say

DICKINSON, N.D. -- When Dickinson Planning and Zoning commissioners ended a debate last week in a tie vote over a rezoning petition from the developers of the proposed Barons Vista subdivision, concerns were not so much around what might be developed there, but when it might be developed, if ever.


Three teens killed in crash with truck

RAY, N.D. -- Two small towns in North Dakota’s Oil Patch are in mourning after a Monday evening crash killed three teenagers -- teammates on the Ray High School boys basketball team. The pickup truck they were in skidded across the median of U.S. Highway 2 and was hit by a truck.

North Dakota Industrial Commission grants exception to flaring goals

Members ask for new policy when companies don’t meet targets
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Industrial Commission approved Wednesday an exception from its flaring goals but directed state regulators to draft a policy to address such scenarios in the future. The three commissioners voted unanimously to grant an exception to Hess Corp. for failing to meet the gas capture goals when unexpected delays occurred during an expansion project.

Study: Cars the main cause of semi-related accidents

Study: Cars the main cause of semi-related accidents

Instructors warn drivers to beware of changing weather, adapt to surroundings
DICKINSON, N.D. -- With more traffic on Oil Patch roads, driving can be dangerous -- especially when drivers are not familiar with others' driving styles. Add ice, blowing snow and low visibility to the mix, and a joy ride can quickly change into a nightmare. Oil production has increased the demand for semi trucks to deliver cargo for various jobs. As seeing more semis becomes the norm for western North Dakota's highways and interstate, the possibility for more accidents rises as well.


ND LEGISLATURE: House votes to send bigger share of oil production tax revenue back to political subdivisions

BISMARCK, N.D. – House lawmakers voted Thursday to send a greater share of oil production tax revenue back to the state’s top crude-producing counties, though not to the extent that the governor and some western leaders have proposed. House Bill 1176, widely expected to be the most debated bill of the session, passed by a vote of 70-18, with six members absent or not voting.

Three teens killed in crash with truck

RAY, N.D. -- Three teenagers were killed Monday evening when the pickup truck they were in was struck by a truck in northwestern North Dakota.

Fishing in Minnesota? Better buy a new license
Better get a new license if youre going fishing in Minnesota; 2014 fishing, game and trapping licenses expire Saturday. This could be a point of confusion for some people, because Minnesota fishing l...
2/27/15 at 10:03 AM UND HOCKEY
Friday morning reading
It's already the last home regular-season series of the season. Each week, we'll see how many goals this team can achieve. All are still in front of them. The first step is trying to secure home ice ...
2/27/15 at 3:55 AM ASTRO BOB
Watch Io snuff out Ganymede at Jupiter tonight
First, my apologies. I so wanted to alert you to the half moon's pass of the bright star Aldebaran last night. But there were network problems with the blog, and I wasn't able to post. No doubt man...
2/26/15 at 11:39 AM OUTDOORS WITH SAM COOK
Loll Designs to give COGGS another $30,000
Duluth-based outdoor furniture designer/manufacturer Loll Designs has announced it will make a second $30,000 donation to Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores (COGGS) to support the cycling group's effort...
2/26/15 at 11:13 AM OIL PATCH DISPATCH
ND Industrial Commission grants exception to flaring goals, but asks for new policy
BISMARCK The North Dakota Industrial Commission approved Wednesday an exception from its flaring goals but directed state regulators to draft a policy to address such scenarios in the future. The th...
2/25/15 at 8:39 PM

America Saves Week 2015
America Saves Week, February 23 - 28, 2015, reminds us all to focus on the importance of saving and investing for the future.The Social Security Administration is one of many public and private organi...
2/27/15 at 8:17 AM NDSU NEWS
Winners named in NDSU’s student innovation competition
A drone system with improved flight characteristics, a website that helps people stay connected to their communities, and a mechanical way to reduce weed pressure won their categories in North Dakot...
DeKock Nantucket Cake
Covered with a generous mound of real whipped cream, the warm coffee cake was fragrant with the scent of almond extract and cranberries. When I transferred the first forkful to my mouth, I knew right...
2/26/15 at 2:51 PM UND NEWS
UND to celebrate 132nd anniversary of its founding Thursday, Feb. 26, with employee recognitions
The University of North Dakota will be honoring 1,621.48 years of service to the University and the state of North Dakota among special employee and faculty recognitions and awards on Thursday, Feb. 2...
5 ways to become your own health care boss
While your doctor is the medical expert, you are your own best advocate. Practicing these five things will help put you in the driver's seat of your health care. 1. Make health care choices based on ...
2/23/15 at 10:51 AM