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Federal judge strikes down Minnesota rules on out-of-state power plants

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.

A religion boom: Churches respond to new faces, new needs in Dickinson area

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.

Teen girl shot by 12-year-old boy

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)

E-cigarette etiquette: While regulations remain in flux, users recommend being mindful

E-cigarette etiquette: While regulations remain in flux, users recommend being mindful

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.

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North Dakota insurance commissioner meets with Obama about health reform

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.

Man racks up court time in litigation Man’s litigation against Grand Forks sheriff, office staff

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.

Attempt to pull stolen pickup from Missouri River falls short

Attempt to pull stolen pickup from Missouri River falls short

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.

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North Dakota, Minnesota have lowest “food insecurity” rates in nation

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.

Former Sen. Dorgan reflects on success at Grand Forks development meeting

Former Sen. Dorgan reflects on success at Grand Forks development meeting

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.

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Supply and demand: In a booming economy, businesses compete for potential employees

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.

Featured Staff Blogs

http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2756/50/50/ OUTDOORS WITH SAM COOK
St. Louis River hustles through Jay Cooke State Park
I figured the St. Louis River would be rolling along well at Jay Cooke State Park just west of Duluth today, so the yellow dog and I went to take a look. We werent disappointed. The river was tumbli...
4/19/14 at 2:20 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2763/50/50/ BISON MEDIA BLOG
Moving On?
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4/18/14 at 10:44 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2757/50/50/ ASTRO BOB
Wow, that's a lot of sunspots! Aurora in the forecast April 19-20
I can't recall seeing the sun this peppered with sunspots in a long time. Through the scope this morning I counted nine separate groups. No single spot or group stood out as unusually large, but the...
4/18/14 at 9:34 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2811/50/50/ UND HOCKEY
The final rankings
UND is ranked No. 4 in the final USCHO poll this season (for whatever it's worth) and I decided to go and look up some past polls. Some of the findings were interesting. Only five teams have been ran...
4/17/14 at 5:42 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2760/50/50/ AG RIGHT WITH AGWEEK REPORTER JONATHON KNUTSON
A little parody can go a long way
My knowledge of rap music is limited, to say the least. So I never heard of LMFAQ or it's hit, "I'm sexy and I'm know it." But I pay attention to what's happening in agriculture. So I heard about the...
4/17/14 at 11:52 AM

Featured Area Voices

http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2771/50/50/ KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS
Learn Kindness from Jesus- Regardless of Religion
This is the hardest week of the year to write my column. An entire Holy Week culminates with the celebration of Easter. It should be a piece of cake: Say something about the gift of salvation or tell...
4/19/14 at 8:09 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/3151/50/50/ NDAD INSIGHT
Terry Harmon benefit set for Satuday: 'Nice to know people care about you'
By Mike Brue GRAND FORKS -- A little more than a year ago, Terry Harmon began a new health journey that turned into a roller coaster ride. Its been a tough haul, he said this week. Still, the 51-ye...
4/18/14 at 9:51 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2774/50/50/ NDSU NEWS
Big Event lets students thank community
Organizers of North Dakota State Universitys largest single-day, student-organized service event are hoping this year to send more than 1,000 volunteers into the community. The BIG Event has NDSU stu...
4/17/14 at 3:28 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2767/50/50/ COURAGE IN THE KITCHEN: REMINISCENCES AND RECIPES
Lorrie’s Baked Oatmeal
Long before Jerri became my wife, when she was in high school, she had a dog named Inkabelle Susan (a.k.a. Inky). She also had a loving father who got up at dawn and left her a serving of oatmeal on ...
4/17/14 at 11:47 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/2758/50/50/ UND NEWS
TONIGHT: Next show in UND Program in International Studies (IS) Speaker Series focuses on student projects
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