BISMARCK, N.D. -- Landowners trying to help smooth relations between pipeline companies and property owners say a new Easement Information Center launched Tuesday by the North Dakota Petroleum Council is a good first step. Landowners Troy Coons, of Mountrail County, and Daryl Dukart, of Dunn County, were part of a right-of-way task force that met over several months to talk about easement problems and ways to solve them.RELATED CONTENT
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Cher cancels concerts in Fargo, Sioux Falls FARGO, N.D. – Cher has canceled the remainder of her tour, including concerts in the Dakotas scheduled for Jan. 25 in Sioux Falls and Feb. 4 at the Fargodome.. The veteran star, who developed a viral infection earlier this fall during her "Dressed 2 Kill" tour, has postponed earlier scheduled dates for this winter. The infection was described in a press release as having "affected her kidney function." “While her progress has been consistent, Cher's doctors have advised her to take more time to ensure a complete and total recovery," the release said.
FARGO, N.D. – The State Board of Higher Education on Thursday approved stricter admission standards for the system’s two research institutions, which many hope will improve graduation and retention rates, as well as the schools’ reputations. Starting in fall 2016, North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota will raise their minimum GPA from 2.5 to 2.75 and minimum ACT score from 21 to 22. High school students will also be required to enter their freshman year at these institutions with 13 core courses in 2016, 14 core courses in 2017 and 15 core courses in 2018. Under the new standards, 6 percent of NDSU’s and UND’s 2014 freshman classes would have been denied.
FARGO, N.D. -- The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education were publicly briefed on the Dickinson State University Foundation's problems Thursday, but they had nothing to say about the issue on the record in a meeting in Fargo.. This was after North Dakota University System interim Chancellor Larry Skogen presented the ongoing financial and accounting problems that the foundation is dealing with to the board. When asked if they had any questions, board members were silent. DSU President DC Coston was then asked to address the board, but he also declined declined, and members quickly moved on to another issue.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – A Fargo man charged with sex trafficking is accused of harassing his victim to work for him as a prostitute for the past five months, authorities stated in court records filed Thursday. Willie Bernard Navy, 34, is charged in Clay County District Court with three counts of felony second-degree sex trafficking. Police found the woman through her ad on the website backpage.com as part of an unrelated sex trafficking lead they were investigating, court documents state.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- With an influx of new stores, the growing Williston Downtowners Association has big plans. Two years ago, the association started with five members. Now the group has 60 members, with plans for a new look for the downtown and several special events and studies in the works to make it a destination point. Karissa Kjos, the association’s newly hired executive director, said the original members formed the organization to create a united vision for the area as oil production brought an influx of new business.RELATED CONTENT
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5-vehicle crash on I-94 causes minor injuries, backs up traffic MOORHEAD, Minn. – Five vehicles were involved in a crash on Interstate 94 on Wednesday night that caused some minor injuries and caused severe delays along the metro freeway early Wednesday night, authorities said.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Most first-year students attending the University of North Dakota next year will have to live in residence halls, but school administrators don’t think the change will have much of an impact. University officials say the policy, which has been about five years in the making, is being put in place to encourage more student success. Freshmen who lived on campus had an average GPA of 2.87 in the fall of 2013 and those living off campus a 2.58, according to the policy document.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- As Anna Finanger and Sonora Robison stood in the University of North Dakota’s Clinical Research and Simulation Center explaining why they wanted to go into the health-care field, the mannequin on the hospital bed beside them blinked. “Oh yeah, his heart beats and he’s breathing right now,” Robison said as she began to check the robot’s blood pressure. “He has holes by his eyes, so he can cry and there are little holes on his forehead, so he can sweat. He’ll even turn blue if he doesn’t get enough oxygen.”RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK, N.D. – Groups representing North Dakota businesses and school administrators are speaking out against proposed legislation that would require the state to dump the Common Core education standards and craft its own standards for K-12 students. Rep. Jim Kasper, R-Fargo, said the bill drafted at his request is a response to the “uproar” among parents in North Dakota and nationwide over what he called the “detrimental effects” of Common Core.