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
Proposed facility near Devils Lake would produce 20,000 barrels per day
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A Canadian energy company unveiled plans Monday for a $200 million, 20,000-barrel-a-day clean fuels oil refinery that could be built near Devils Lake.
At a standing-room only meeting held Monday at Lake Region State College, residents turned out to listen to officials from Eagles Ledge Energy, based in Vancouver, B.C., discuss details of the refinery.
In a question and answer session following the presentation, residents sounded off with a number seeming in favor of the project.
“I look forward to it,” resident Angela Mikkelson said. “I think it’s a great thing for Devils Lake, for our schools, our health care, our businesses that are already in town, restaurants, hotels. It’s going to do a lot for our community.”
Others weren’t convinced quite yet.
FARGO, N.D. – An uninvited guest on a party bus was arrested in connection with a stabbing Saturday night.
The stabbing suspect – according to a second man who was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest – was not invited on the bus, which had been rented to celebrate a birthday.
Officers responded to a report of a stabbing at about 11:15 p.m. Saturday near 25th Street and First Avenue North. When they arrived, they found a large group of people standing on the street next to a party bus, Fargo police Lt. Joel Vettel said.
Among them was a 21-year-old man with a small stab wound in his lower abdomen, Vettel said.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Terra Cotta, named for her coloring, arrived at the Central Dakota Humane Society in June of 2006 with severely infected eyes and weighing a mere 1.1 pounds — far from being picture perfect.
That is where two animal lovers, Lee and Jolene Podoll, for the first time met the cat that is being featured in a 2015 cat calendar. It’s called the Workman’s Publishing “365 Cats” calendar, with a cat photo for each day.
FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota has broken its promise to injured workers who rely on workers’ compensation, according to a lawyer who knows the system as a former insider now on the outside.
The bedrock legal promise of providing injured workers “sure and certain” relief in North Dakota has been sacrificed in the interest of saving employers money, Bismarck lawyer Dean Haas argues in an article in the current North Dakota Law Review.
“Employee safety has taken a backseat to saving employers’ money,” Haas wrote in the law review article. “This is evident in nearly every aspect of workers’ compensation in North Dakota.”
NAPOLEON, N.D. -- Chad Weigel is convinced that 20 calves were rustled from the family ranch pasture near Napoleon, southeast of Bismarck, and he hopes a $24,000 reward will entice someone to tell authorities who took them.
The cattle market is at an all-time high and the calves are more valuable now than ever before, at somewhere in the range of $1,500 each.
Everything must go at Alco, but small towns hope stores stay
MAYVILLE, N.D. – The Alco chain of department stores will close its stores after the holiday shopping season, somber news in area small towns where Alco is the main retailer.
Alco is a shopping hub for towns such as Mayville and Oakes in North Dakota and Mahnomen and Long Prairie in Minnesota.
Shoppers are already mourning the loss of the Alco store in Oakes, Natalie Selby, operations manager at the store, said Monday.
FARGO, N.D. – A new Fargo-area tech company is taking advantage of some underused real estate located about 65 inches off the floor in convenience stores, restaurants, bars and motels.
iLevel Digital manufactures digital displays, installs them on top of automatic teller machines, and sells advertising space on the 20-inch full-color screens.
Darrin Voeller, one of the founders of iLevel Digital, said they’ve just begun to roll out the screens in western North Dakota, and by the end of the year, will have toppers on 300 to 350 ATMs throughout North Dakota and western Minnesota.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. announced Monday that it has agreed to purchase a the wind farm to be developed outside of Hettinger next year.
The $200 million project by ALLETE Clean Energy will be comprised of 43 turbines that will produce 107.5 megawatts of electricity, according to a statement from MDU.
In October 2013, MDU signed a 25-year agreement with Thunder Spirit Wind, LLC, a subsidiary of Wind Works Power Corp., to purchase the wind farm's power output. However, according to the statement from MDU, the company said it determined owning and operating the wind farm to be its best best long-term solution.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Landowners trying to help smooth relations between pipeline companies and property owners say a new Easement Information Center launched Tuesday by the North Dakota Petroleum Council is a good first step.
Landowners Troy Coons, of Mountrail County, and Daryl Dukart, of Dunn County, were part of a right-of-way task force that met over several months to talk about easement problems and ways to solve them.
Festering issues and landowner fatigue are causing lengthy delays in pipeline projects. Petroleum Council spokeswoman Tessa Sandstrom said pipeline companies say it's taking from 90 to 180 days to get easements signed.
NEW TOWN, N.D. -- On a recent day in Camarilla Hunter’s sixth-grade class, rainbow-colored candy made math a whole lot sweeter and fun for her students.
“When can we eat the Skittles?” a boy interjected, as Hunter, 35, explained the goal of their
assignment was to find the fraction, decimal and percent for each color in their small bag of candy.
It was all in a day’s teaching for the third-year educator at New Town Middle School on the
Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in western North Dakota.
Earlier in the school day the students learned about the U.S. presidents playing bingo and practiced their English skills by writing pen pal postcards.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Developers of a nearly completed diesel refinery near Dickinson are eyeing the Minot area as the potential site for a similar plant.
John Stumpf, senior vice president of business development for WBI Energy Inc., said the second refinery would process about 20,000 barrels of Bakken crude oil per day, the same capacity as the Dakota Prairie Refining LLC facility near Dickinson.
“Minot’s a little different situation, but the demand for diesel up there is even stronger than it is here,” Stumpf said in an interview Thursday at the Dickinson refinery.
MANDAN, N.D. -- For the first time ever, Huff Hills has opened before Thanksgiving thanks to the recent streak of frigid weather.
The main runs off the ski resort’s blue lift are covered in snow and ready for the season’s first skiers and boarders. The ski resort is south of Bismarck-Mandan near the Missouri River.
GRAFTON, N.D. — Mayor Chris West has a quick answer for anyone questioning the value of an eight-year-old Grow Grafton housing construction incentive program.
“We have 50 new homes built in Grafton in that time, and people are still building,” he said. “Grafton’s rolling.”
That’s why he lobbied to extend the program through additional funding from the Grafton City Council, which recently approved another $100,000 for the housing incentive this year but is also facing questions about whether it’s the right benefits and doing enough to help lower-income residents build starter homes.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The North Dakota Secretary of State’s Office and Grand Forks Democratic lawmakers are drafting separate bills to tweak the state’s voter identification law.
The proposed legislation comes after reports of people being turned away from the polls on Election Day due to identification problems. This year marked the first major election since North Dakota passed a law in 2013 that removed the option to sign an affidavit, allowing voters who didn’t have proper ID to swear under the penalty of law that they are eligible to vote.
BISMARCK, N.D. – The State Board of Higher Education violated open meetings law when it asked attendees of a July 30 meeting to leave the room so a consultant could speak only to board members, the state attorney general ruled Friday.
During its summer retreat, the board brought in Tom Meredith, a former chancellor of two state university systems, to advise members on issues plaguing the board.
In a recording of the meeting, board chairwoman Kirsten Diederich can be heard asking everyone but board members and legal counsel to leave so the board could have a conversation with Meredith.
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