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
McConnell: First job for new Senate is to approve controversial pipeline
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The new Republican-controlled U.S. Senate's first act in January will be approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters the bill would be based on a measure that failed in the Senate last month that was co-sponsored by Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Mary Landrieu, D-La.
ST. PAUL -- Two Minnesota environmental groups have filed suit in state district court asking for a broader environmental review for the proposed Enbridge Energy Sandpiper oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.
The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and Friends of the Headwaters jointly filed the suit in Ramsey County asking for a full-fledged Environmental Impact Statement for the pipeline.
Both the need and the route for the proposed Sandpiper line currently are under review by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Enbridge is conducting an extensive environmental review as well.
SIDNEY, Mont. -- While announcing the sentencing of Lester Waters Jr. just before noon Monday, District Judge Richard A. Simonton said that while the sentence is lengthy, he was not sure whether justice has been served.
"Mr. Waters you are losing your freedom. Sherry Arnold lost her life," Simonton said. Based on the plea agreement, Simonton sentenced Waters, one of the two men who pleaded guilty in the homicide of Sherry Arnold, to 100 years in the Montana State Prison with 20 years suspended. Waters, 50, will be eligible for parole in 20 years after pleading guilty to the amended count of accountability to deliberate homicide.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- North Dakota stands to lose billions in revenue if oil prices continue to slip, Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley said Tuesday at a meeting of the Highway 2 West Manufacturers' Association in Grand Forks.
Under state law, if oil prices fall below a certain threshold for five consecutive months, the oil extraction tax disappears entirely for up to two years.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The University of North Dakota’s nickname task force has started drafting its plan to pick a permanent nickname online where the public can watch the progress, but there have been a few technological obstacles.
The Nickname and Logo Process Recommendation Task Force began posting its first documents Monday and will continue to work on them until they present UND President Robert Kelley with the final plan some time before Dec. 31.
FARGO, N.D. – Judge Kermit Bye has served notice that he will assume senior status on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals early next year.
Bye, who was appointed to the federal appeals court in 2000 by President Clinton, said Tuesday that, at age 77, he wants to reduce his caseload but continue to hear cases.
“I decided I should take the opportunity while I was still in good health to throttle back and enjoy life,” Bye said in an interview in his chambers, decorated with family photographs and his camera collection.
“I’m going to stay on as long as I can and be helpful,” Bye said, adding he hopes he still has his “fastball.”
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- On a warm day last May, about 100 people marched in protest through the University of North Dakota's campus at the Walk for Change. Many were unhappy with what they considered university inaction after two incidents involving students were deemed racially offensive by some.
Now, the university is responding.
Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Sandra Mitchell sent out a memo Monday through the university's newsletter and email reminding the public to be sensitive to cultural diversity with hockey season underway and while the school looks at picking a permanent nickname.
MILNOR, N.D. – Some time back, there was a golf tournament here.
Few people showed up, and that got Wyatt Mund thinking: What would be a good way to spread the word about the goings on in small towns like his hometown of Milnor, population about 700?
The answer Mund came up with was Townnected.com.
The North Dakota State University freshman majoring in marketing and advertising said it took him about a year to create the website using skills he taught himself by going online for information.
State planned to launch game on Feb. 1
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Lottery has shelved plans to add a sixth multistate draw game after Friday’s announcement that 23 states will temporarily halt ticket sales for the Monopoly Millionaires’ Club game later this month because of a lack of player interest.
“It’s very disappointing. We were excited to offer this game,” Lottery Director Randy Miller said. “We had a lot of things in place.”
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Bismarck police arrested a Wahpeton man on Thursday who they say was engaged in human trafficking.
Steven Okey Ezeofor, 32, was charged in South Central District Court on Friday with the Class A felony, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison if he is convicted.
Ezeofor’s alleged operation was uncovered after Bismarck police discovered an ad placed on Backpage.com, an online classifieds website frequently used by human traffickers and prostitutes.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Someone who bought a Wild Card 2 ticket at a Minot convenience store won the $327,944 jackpot on Saturday, the North Dakota Lottery said.
No one had come forward yet to claim the jackpot, according to a news release Monday morning. The winning ticket was sold at the Loaf ‘N Jug store at 409 East Burdick Expressway in Minot.
PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced Tuesday that a total of $56 million in public and private funds will be invested in four rail projects across the state that should provide farmers better access to the marketplace.
Because of the improvements in the railroad system, it also means a new $40 million grain-handling facility in Britton in the northeast part of the state near Aberdeen and a $40 million grain shuttle-loading facility in Kennebec in south-central South Dakota will be opened.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A bill that would allow farmers, ranchers and other small businesses to expense equipment to run their operations is on its way to President Barack Obama's desk.
The Senate passed the one-year Tax Increase Prevention Act 76-16 on Tuesday night. The measure extends Section 179, meaning small businesses, including ranchers and farmers, may expense purchases made in 2014.
"These extensions, and especially the Section 179 expensing and depreciation provision, will provide immediate tax relief and greater certainty to individuals, farmers, ranchers and small businesses for the current tax year," Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Tuesday evening.
FARGO, N.D. – The U.S. Department of Labor is suing a Fargo-based owner of multiple hotels, arguing he owes $200,000 in back pay and damages for depriving almost 200 employees of fair wages over a two-year period.
Fargo-based businessman Bharat I. Patel is accused of improperly compensating 192 employees at 13 hotels in North Dakota and Montana in violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- University of North Dakota graduate student Alma Torres spends part of her day meeting with students to talk about careers, but as graduation draws near, she's spending more time thinking about her own job hunt.
"I have a few leads here and there but nothing solid yet," Torres said. "I hope that I won't have an issue finding a job."
Torres, 30, is working toward a master's degree in social work and is employed part time as a peer adviser at UND Career Services. Her own graduation isn't until May but for other students, December commencement is just days away and many are searching for jobs.
There may be good news for them. Nationally, the job market is less bleak than it has been in recent years.
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