STAFF BLOG BISON MEDIA BLOG Bison Video Blog: Back for 2014 - Iowa State opener preview
Join WDAY sports director Dom Izzo and The Forum's Jeff Kolpack for the latest Bison Video Blog. Make sure to follow Jeff (@FGOSPORTSWRITER) and Dom (@DomIzzoWDAY) on Twitter to keep up with all the l... Posted on 8/25/14 at 2:48 PM
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
Social media reports prompt official statement on non-human find
WILLISTON, N.D. -- The report of a foot found on a homeowner’s property went viral on social media, prompting the Williams County Sheriff’s Office to issue a statement in response to “reaction from the community.”
The following North Dakota news briefs were compiled by Forum Communications Co. newspapers:
Driver flees scene of accident near Coleharbor
COLEHARBOR, N.D. -- The driver of a Dodge Neon fled the scene of an accident after rear-ending another car on U.S. Highway 83 at Coleharbor on Friday afternoon, the North Dakota Highway Patrol reported Monday.
Backers of conservation measure cite N.D’s second-to-last ranking in state park acreage; opponents say better avenues exist for funding new parks
BISMARCK, N.D. – Backers of a proposed conservation fund are shining the spotlight on North Dakota’s second-to-last ranking in state park acreage and the fact it hasn’t added a new state park since the 1980s as examples of why the growing state needs to spend more on parks and recreation.
“When you look at the stats ... it really substantiates that we have not done a whole lot,” said Steve Adair, chairman of the sponsoring committee that has turned in signatures and is waiting for the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks amendment to be approved for the Nov. 4 ballot.
Responses below national average on state being good place to live for minorities, gays
BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakotans are more satisfied than other Americans when it comes to their state’s economy, schools and overall standard of living, but the love affair fades on the subject of whether the state is a good place for racial minorities, immigrants and gay and lesbian people, according to a new poll.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- The class bells weren't able to ring and the east wing is still closed.
But all that mattered on Trinity High School's first day back Monday was that everyone was together again for the first time since a fire badly damaged the school in early March and scattered its students to four locations across the city.
"To see 240 kids in here again is going to be huge for the teachers," Rev. Kregg Hochhalter, the school's dean, said Friday as he and other staff members finished last-minute work around the Catholic school.
"The family's back."
FSA numbers continue to show fewer acres than first thought
The latest Farm Service Agency statistics reinforce earlier reports that prevented-planting acres aren’t as common in North Dakota as once feared.
As of Aug. 9, 1.736 million acres of prevented-planting had been reported in the state, according to the FSA, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Michael Scuse, U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, appeared in Bismarck, N.D., Aug. 25 to discuss farm bill programs and implementation with the ag industry and North Dakota legislators.
WAHPETON, N.D. – Autopsy results on the North Dakota State College of Science student who disappeared just before he was to graduate last spring show he died from a gunshot wound to the head, school officials say.
Andrew John Sadek had last been seen walking away from his residence hall around 2 a.m. May 1.
BISMARCK, N.D. – State and local educational leaders oppose some changes in state funding proposed by a consulting firm, saying they could dismantle the broad-based middle- and high-school education model in North Dakota and force school districts to shell out tens of millions of dollars to build more elementary schools.
WEST FARGO, N.D. – Felony charges filed Friday accuse the 2014 North Dakota Teacher of the Year of illegally engaging in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student in 2009.
Aaron Knodel, a decorated West Fargo High School English teacher and coach, was charged with five felony counts of corruption or solicitation of a minor stemming from an alleged sexual relationship with a student in February and March 2009, when the student was 17 and Knodel was 29.
Erik Burgess and Adrian Glass-Moore
August 25, 2014
FARGO, N.D. – Two sex offenders who are expecting a child together, and who were accused of absconding, have pleaded guilty.
Denise Kelly Gerszewski, 31, and Wesley Owen Gee, 30, both of Fargo, pleaded guilty this week in Cass County District Court to one count of failing to register as a sex offender, a Class C felony.
FARGO, N.D. -- Sherry Warner Seefeld spent nearly three months worrying that her son would end up in the state penitentiary.
“I saw not just his career and future damaged, but more importantly, his emotional and psychological health destroyed,” said the Fargo mother and sociology teacher. “I hurt for Caleb so much.”
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction violated the state’s open records law when a spokesman failed to share emails that were sent from his personal account but pertained to public business, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem stated in an opinion released Friday.
Air passenger traffic is taking off in Devils Lake, N.D., since SkyWest Airlines started providing daily round-trip flights to Denver this summer.
Meanwhile, officials in Thief River Falls, Minn., hope to resume commercial passenger flights to Minneapolis by October. The city has been without service since January.
Passenger boardings at Devils Lake Regional Airport totaled 491 in July, the first full month since SkyWest started service in June. That’s nearly 200 more than July 2013 and the highest number since 2011.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- As Thomas Bartley jostled the gear shift inside the cabin of the tractor-trailer, Davis Hamilton advised him to use a little more finesse.
Bartley was taking a one-on-one class from Hamilton, a trucking driving instructor at Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks, Minn. The two spent part of Tuesday morning driving in circles of an empty part of Northland’s parking lot.
“The double-clutching is something I’ve never done,” Bartley said.
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