ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A federal judge has blocked restrictions set by the state of Minnesota that tried to limit businesses in North Dakota and other states from building coal-fired power plants and selling the electricity in Minnesota.
When Rev. Amos Byamungu moved his Adonai Evangelical Church from North Carolina to North Dakota two years ago, his congregation consisted of just six people: his wife, their two children, his two brothers and him.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- A teenage girl is in the hospital after being shot by a boy on U.S. Highway 2 near Williston early Friday morning. A 12-year-old boy shot the 15-year-old girl while they were in a vehicle shortly before 1 a.m. Friday, the Williams County Sheriff’s Office said. The shooting is believed to be accidental. The girl was flown to Minot and is listed in stable condition. The boy was referred to juvenile authorities. The two were described as acquaintances by the sheriff’s office. The names of the juveniles were not released. (FNS)
FARGO, N.D. – When Kelsey Eaton tries to explain electronic cigarettes to new customers at Infinite Vapor, she first has to give a lesson in lingo. “Vaping” is now a verb, referring to the act of inhaling from the battery-powered devices available in all shapes, styles and price ranges; “atomizers” heat the concentrated liquid, available in several flavors and with or without nicotine. Meanwhile, public health officials are now beginning to wonder if “secondhand vapor” could pose health risks to others.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm was among state regulators who met Thursday with President Barack Obama and his top advisers about their shared roles in implementing health reform. The meeting in the East Room of the White House lasted more than an hour, and state insurance regulators met at the president’s invitation to discuss preparations for the upcoming 2015 open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act. Hamm was allowed to speak first because he is president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Two lawsuits naming Grand Forks County Sheriff Bob Rost and other county employees as defendants mark the latest in a nearly five-year series of complaints filed by a 53-year-old Fargo man. The suits stem from a 2008 criminal case involving Randy Holkesvig, who pleaded guilty to stalking two women and was given a deferred sentence. A restraining order violation was dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Since 2010, Holkesvig has filed a litany of civil complaints against witnesses, two sheriff’s deputies and two prosecutors involved in the stalking investigation and trial.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Divers and a towing crew tried unsuccessfully Thursday to retrieve a stolen pickup that broke through the ice on the Missouri River here in January. The pickup has been submerged in the river since Jan. 26. A 15-year-old girl told police she was driving on River Road near the Interstate 94 bridge that night when she noticed truck lights on the ice and then saw a pickup go into the water. The girl said she saw a car speeding away from the scene and didn’t see anyone inside the pickup. Sgt. Mark Buschena said Thursday that police presume that whoever stole the pickup put it in gear and sent it out onto the ice before fleeing.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota is keeping its low-income residents better fed than other states, according to a national hunger relief charity. In 2012, North Dakota had the lowest rate of food insecurity in the nation at 7.7 percent, followed by Minnesota at 10.7 percent, according to a report by Feeding America, which used data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Nationally, 49 million people, about 15.9 percent or nearly one in six people, are considered food insecure, Feeding America reports The rate of food insecurity is higher for children, 21.6 percent, or more than one in five.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Byron Dorgan enjoyed his time in Congress, but he’s staying busy in his time away from the institution as well. Dorgan reflected on his 30 years in Congress and highlighted the economic growth of the Grand Forks community in a speech Thursday at the Alerus Center. Dorgan, who represented North Dakota in the House and then Senate as a Democrat before announcing his retirement in 2010, was the keynote speaker for the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp.’s annual meeting and social.RELATED CONTENT
Help wanted” signs have become almost as ubiquitous as pickup trucks and oil rigs in booming Dickinson, with everyone from Menards to McDonald’s looking to hire. But while the demand is there, supply has yet to catch up.