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.
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
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.
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After three hacking incidents, account holders to now routinely change passwords
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The North Dakota University System is taking action to ensure the security of electronic data after several breaches in the last year. Starting in November, University System account holders will be required to change their NDUS account password every 90 days. Vice Chancellor for Institutional Research and Information Technology Lisa Feldner has received emails from some people who are annoyed by the inconvenience, but said it’s a best practice everyone should follow.
FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota’s only abortion clinic turned away at least eight women scheduled for medication abortions here Wednesday, one day after the state’s highest court ruled that a law limiting drug-induced abortions is constitutional. Tammi Kromenaker, director of the Red River Women’s Clinic, told clinic staff to notify the eight or nine women set to get medication abortions Wednesday that they would have to seek help elsewhere for pill-induced abortions. Surgical abortions were offered as an alternative, she said.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- Authorities found two men dead inside a vehicle underwater in Devils Lake on Wednesday afternoon. The vehicle, a 2008 Ford Escape, was located in about 15 feet of water near the intersection of N.D. Highways 20 and 57, between the city of Devils Lake and the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation, according to North Dakota Highway Patrol.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. – In spite of frustrating weather, locally grown jack-o-lanterns and squashes continue to be the apple, er, pumpkin of North Dakotans’ eyes. This year’s Fall Festival, a four-day annual event at Rheault Farm here in September, sold about 500 more pumpkins than last year’s, said Fargo Parks District program coordinator Tricia Wehrle.RELATED CONTENT
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Bees need to visit 1 million flowers to produce a pound of honey — and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering $3 million dollars to keep them busy. “It takes a tremendous amount of acreage to provide enough forage,” said Randy Verhoek of Harvest Honey Company, which operates locally out of Baldwin, N.D., and president of the American Honey Producers Association. “We want to make every acre count.” To help do this, the USDA is renewing and expanding a $3 million pilot project to promote the planting of bee-friendly forage to help preserve the dwindling bee population.