STAFF BLOG BISON MEDIA BLOG Time-lapse: ESPN College GameDay comes to Fargo
ESPN College GameDay broadcasting LIVE from Fargo, ND for an unprecedented second year in a row.
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NDAD INSIGHT NDAD's 20th Escape to the Lake a few weeks away
The 20th Escape to the Lake created by NDAD is set for Sat., June 21, at Nelson Lake Recreation Area near Center, N.D., in Oliver County northwest of Bismarck and Mandan.
The adaptive water recreat... Posted on 6/5/14 at 10:07 AM
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH DAKOTA Employer mandate delayed until 2015
Last month the federal government announced a one-year delay in the employer mandate provision in the Affordable Care Act until 2015. The employer mandate requires companies that employ more than 50 f... Posted on 8/5/13 at 12:28 PM
STAFF BLOG FLICKERTALES FROM THE HILL Rick Berg - Heidi Heitkamp 2012 NDBA Debate
Rick Berg and Heidi Heitkamp debate at the 2012 North Dakota Broadcasters Association Fall Conference in Bismarck, ND.
... Posted on 9/6/12 at 10:46 AM
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Vikings explained their decision to suspend running back Adrian Peterson indefinitely early this morning, saying the team "made a mistake" in reinstating him despite his Sept. 12 indictment in Texas on child abuse charges.
At a news conference at Winter Park, co-owner Zygi Wilf opened by telling reporters, "We made a mistake."
BISMARCK, N.D. – A federal grand jury has indicted a Watford City man on two charges of murder for hire in connection with the shooting death of his former business partner in Spokane, Wash., and a former employee of his who has been missing since February 2012.
James Terry Henrikson, 35, is in custody on federal charges of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. He’s scheduled to appear in federal court in Bismarck today on the charges brought by the grand jury in Washington state.
Allegations of unethical business deals swirl on eve of primary election
Members of the Three Affiliated Tribes staged a protest just a day before Tuesday’s primary election to demand the release of a months-long investigation into the business activities of tribal chairman Tex Hall.
Tribal police locked the doors to the administration building; however, several tribal council members unlocked them and distributed the report, which flew across social media and emails around the reservation and beyond Monday evening.
The 66-pages of factual findings into chairman Tex Hall’s activities, along with another 100 pages of legal analysis and 200 pages of exhibit documents were presented to the tribal council Aug. 14 by special investigator Stephen H. Hill.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- Preservation was Earl Westereng’s No. 1 goal when he bought the old Williston High School in 2005.
He and his partner’s bid of $33,133 was the highest of three for the 1931 building that had been left vacant in the city’s downtown area.
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EPA extends comment period on Clean Air Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Environmental Protection Agency will extend its comment period on a rule to regulate carbon dioxide emissions.
U.S. delegation from North Dakota made the announcement regarding the Clean Air Act on Tuesday. Last week, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., called on the EPA to extend the rule, adding leaders and utility companies need more time to review the rule.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Four western North Dakota lawmakers have scheduled a press conference here Wednesday to discuss their plan to introduce an early funding bill in January that would give oil-impacted areas a head start on the 2015 construction season.
Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, said the legislation is the result of meetings between western Republican lawmakers and local officials to develop a plan to provide funding for the Oil Patch and ensure all state funding obligations are met.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- People are struggling to pass the North Dakota bar exam and the University of North Dakota Law School is looking at how to address the problem.
The state offers the exam annually in both February and July, and only 56 percent of UND graduates who took the test for the first time this summer passed.
FARGO, N.D. – Backers of the Clean Water, Wildlife & Parks Amendment announced Tuesday that a broad coalition of 225 individuals, businesses and organizations have endorsed Measure 5 on the November ballot.
“That’s a broad range of North Dakotans, teachers, agricultural producers, business owners and others,” said Steve Adair, chairman of the campaign for the conservation amendment.
“It’s really grown into a broad, grass-roots effort across the state,” said Adair, an executive with Ducks Unlimited in Bismarck.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. – A Barnes County prosecutor has decided there’s not enough evidence to pursue criminal charges against a driver whose pickup truck fatally struck a 92-year-old woman in a Valley City crosswalk.
State’s Attorney Carl Martineck said Tuesday that investigators ruled out cellphone use, speed, alcohol and drugs as factors in the crash. “Based on the information that I had, it just looked to be a tragic accident,” Martineck said.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A panel that regulates the purchase of land by nonprofit groups in North Dakota has rejected a Ducks Unlimited proposal to buy 160 acres of land in Grand Forks County.
According to Terry Steinwand, director of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, the North Dakota Natural Areas Acquisition Advisory Committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to reject DU’s request to buy the land, known as the “Reed property,” located four miles north and two miles west of Thompson.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- Planning is underway for a development including two hotels, a convention center, apartments, restaurants and retail space in Jamestown.
The project is called the Jamestown Center and will be located west of Jamestown Regional Medical Center, if constructed.
Phil Culer, a developer with North Dakota 5 LLC, which is planning the project, said his company recognized Jamestown as a thriving city and had been planning the development for some time.
KULM, N.D. — Blaine Lundgren figures this year’s untimely rains have cost him $250 per acre in barley quality. What looked like a major payday in mid-August looked much worse on Sept. 6.
“Malt barley turned to feed barley now,” Lundgren says. “It’s less than half the price” of what it should have been.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service on Sept. 7 reported that barley harvest in the state was 62 percent complete, behind 76 percent last year and 86 percent average.
Board had asked for three finalists, got two internal finalists; Schmidt also says deletion of meeting recordings ‘inexcusable’
BISMARCK, N.D. – A member of the State Historical Board said she’s “challenged to reconcile” how a search committee that was directed to forward three finalists for interviews for director of the State Historical Society ended up advancing only two finalists – both internal candidates – despite more than 40 applicants for the position.
Thousands of images found on laptops in unit south of Grand Forks
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Investigators recovered about 1,000 videos and 15,000 photos of child pornography from a storage garage located south of Grand Forks last week, court documents indicate.
The documents say the videos and photos were found in a unit rented by Alan Douglas Eslinger, 43, a registered sex offender and former army medic living in Northwood.
Eslinger made his first appearance Friday afternoon in state district court in Grand Forks on a child pornography possession charge, a class C felony.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- Tulsa, Okla.-based ONEOK was on the hot seat Monday when rancher Terry Watson took it to task during a North Dakota Public Service Commission public hearing on a proposed pipeline in western North Dakota.
Watson said he’s been trying to get an answer from ONEOK since last fall about a sinkhole on his ranch, exposing at least 10 feet of an existing natural gas pipeline.
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