STAFF BLOG BISON MEDIA BLOG Bison Video Blog: Monday presser recap, UNI preview
Join WDAY sports director Dom Izzo and The Forum's Jeff Kolpack for the Bison Video Blog! Jeff and Dom will recap the Monday morning NDSU Athletics presser and preview this weekend's game against UNI.... Posted on 11/3/14 at 2:20 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 9:07 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 11:28 AM
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 9:46 AM
With increasing awareness, attitudes improving but progress still needed, experts say
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Debra Johnson hesitated when asked about her experience with mental illness as part of her interview for a position as an accountant with Prairie Harvest Mental Health in Grand Forks 22 years ago.
She thought revealing her mother struggled for years with anxiety and schizoaffective disorder might hurt her chances of getting the job.
Later Johnson learned her real-life experience helped her land the job at Prairie Harvest.
"She raised a family of four kids," she said. "I didn't know until I was 16 years old that she suffered from mental illness."
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- As North Dakota's population continues to grow, so does the number of people using public behavioral health services, and even as funding for these services has increased, lawmakers say more can be done.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple has included more than $6 million in additional funds for expanded behavioral health services in his proposed budget covering the 2015 to 2017 biennium. A number of recommendations for funding came from an interim legislative committee that met over the past year.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- When Veronica Dockter first walked through the doors of Mountainbrooke Recovery Center in Grand Forks, she said she kept a ball cap on and her head down.
A little more than two years later, the Grand Forks woman diagnosed with depression and other illnesses wants the community to know she is more than a stereotype.
"People say we drain the government of money, that we're not useful, that we're not worthwhile," Dockter said. "They don't treat us as human beings, they treat us as a disability."
Years ago, Dockter said she talked about her illness and people didn't understand and grew tired of hearing about it.
"It was all I knew at the time," she said. "Now, I know wellness. I have good things to talk about."
BISMARCK, N.D. – As environmentalists decried the decision, North Dakota’s lignite coal industry welcomed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision Friday to classify coal ash as non-hazardous waste.
A hazardous waste designation would have cost each of the state’s eight coal-fired power plants millions of dollars in operational changes and could have been the “final nail in the coffin” for some facilities, said Jason Bohrer, president of the Bismarck-based Lignite Energy Council.
“It looks like we’ll be able to get by with minimal changes,” he said.
BISMARCK, N.D. – As the state Board of Higher Education moves forward in its search for a new chancellor, university presidents have a say, but not a vote.
That’s a change from previous search committees, and also from the original proposal for this one, which would have included four presidents.
North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani recently described the process to the NDSU Development Foundation.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., reviewed plans Friday for a new $10.8 million vehicle maintenance shop here with local North Dakota National Guardsmen.
The new shop will be 30,005 square feet with a 15,296-square-foot unheated storage building for the Guard’s 180 vehicles.
The current shop is 3,230 square feet.
“If you look at all the equipment and you look at the size of this (shop), they need the space pretty badly,” Hoeven said. “They’re saying some of this equipment they can’t even work on in the winter because they can’t get it inside.”
Number of proposals would reduce income, property and sales taxes
BISMARCK, N.D. – Taxpayers in oil-rich North Dakota could save on everything from property and income tax bills to clothing and Internet subscriptions under a raft of bills that state lawmakers will consider when the Legislature reconvenes Jan. 6.
State Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said he expects a “very busy” session for tax proposals, underscoring North Dakota’s strong financial position.
Officials expect settlements from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria
FARGO, N.D. -- Zulmai Woodod has only been in Fargo since July, but the native of Kabul City, Afghanistan, already feels at home.
The 29-year-old who sought political asylum in the U.S. in 2010 said when he first came to Fargo, he knew only a handful of Afghanis here.
Now, he knows of as many as 30 others who’ve left the instability of their homeland to settle here in the Midwest. Soon he may have the opportunity to meet even more of them.
Tears come to Woodod’s eyes as he speaks of leaving Afghanistan as a young boy after his home was bombed, killing his grandmother.
The civil war forced his family to flee to Pakistan, where they lived for years in a refugee camp.
SISSETON, S.D. – Colter Arbach and his girlfriend discussed breaking up before he shot her, three of her friends, and himself last month, according to an investigation by authorities.
“The major contributing factor was domestic violence,” South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said in an interview Friday. “They were breaking up, and they were having a disagreement.”
Arbach’s girlfriend, Karissa DogEagle, the only survivor, is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds to her back.
FARGO, N.D. – Construction is underway on the last leg of a new power line that will connect Fargo-Moorhead to the Twin Cities and start delivering electricity in May.
At times between now and February, helicopter crews will help install the transmission line. It will include a crossing of Interstate 29 near Mapleton, where a new power substation is located.
Xcel, which is coordinating the project, has notified landowners and wants to alert motorists that helicopter crews will work from time to time to help install the transmission line and attachments, such as bird diverters.
“There will definitely be helicopter work in North Dakota, now into February,” said Sarah Gedrose, an Xcel spokeswoman.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- It was in her senior year of college that Blaire Briody fell in love.
The 30-year-old native Californian had wanted to be a writer since she was a child, but it wasn’t until she took a journalism course that she considered it a potential career.
“I really fell in love with journalism. I don’t think I had ever conceptualized it as a job that I would ever have. … it inspired me to try it out as a career,” Briody said.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Health has announced the times and locations of three public information sessions and hearings on proposed rules for the disposal and tracking of radioactive oilfield waste.
WASHINGTON -- The political spat over the Keystone XL Pipeline continues, and perhaps will only intensify in coming weeks.
In a year-end press conference Friday in Washington, President Barack Obama commented on the incoming congressional Republican majority's plan to approve the pipeline as the first action of next year's session, stating Keystone XL's impact for the economy would be nominal.
During his comments, Obama dismissed the Republican party's portrayal of the project as an economic fix-all that is meant to benefit U.S. citizens.
MEDORA, N.D. -- The latest proposal to turn an old school in Fryburg into a crew camp has been tabled until early January by the Billings County Zoning Board.
Morgan Chase Management, a development company based in Jackson, Miss., presented its revised plan to build hundreds of rooms for oilfield workers on Thursday afternoon in a packed conference room at the Billings County Courthouse.
Fryburg is west of Dickinson, just off Interstate 94.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s job is safe, at least until the next election.
The North Dakota Supreme Court issued an opinion Thursday denying an appeal by a 2012 independent candidate for governor who wanted the election results tossed on a technicality, which would have left him as the winner with 1.69 percent of the vote.
Bismarck architect Paul Sorum argued that the party endorsement forms filled out by the Republican and Democratic candidates before the June 2012 primary election didn’t comply with state law because they failed to list their running mates.
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