STAFF BLOG BISON MEDIA BLOG Bison Video Blog: Monday presser recap, USD 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 the ... Posted on 10/20/14 at 2:00 PM
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BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH DAKOTA Employer mandate delayed until 2015
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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.
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DEVILS LAKE, N.D. --- A former Devils Lake restaurant manager is facing felony charges in connection with the theft of more than $20,000 from the business.
Amber Aldinger-Cross, 31, has been formally charged with felony theft of property from the McDonald’s restaurant in Devils Lake, according to Det. Sue Schwab, with the Devils Lake Police Department.
Campaigns on conservation issue continue to pick at each other’s ads
BISMARCK, N.D. – Backers of a North Dakota ballot measure that would create a conservation fund with oil tax revenue complained Thursday that the American Petroleum Institute’s campaign ads against the measure violate state law.
Steve Adair, chairman of the measure’s sponsoring committee for Measure 5, filed an election complaint with Secretary of State Al Jaeger, alleging violations of campaign disclosure laws by API.
BISMARK, N.D. -- The Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Bismarck has named longtime Bismarck priest and disc jockey Father John Owens as one of 17 priests facing allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.
The announcement comes as part of a settlement agreement with the law firm Jeff Anderson and Associates, which represented alleged victims in the case.
The 85-year-old Owens now resides in Forest Lake, Minn., where he lives a life of atonement, according to a prepared statement released by the office of the Bismarck Diocese.
FARGO, N.D. – A 61-year-old man is accused of letting his mentally ill brother freeze to death in their crumbling and filthy family farmhouse in southeast North Dakota, where his emaciated body, gnawed by rodents, was discovered in January.
Ronald Allan Simmons, brother of 58-year-old Bruce Simmons, told investigators at the time that he’d been in control of Bruce’s finances before Bruce died and that he admitted he’d neglected him in the past six months, according to court records.
FARGO, N.D. – A law on the books in Missouri for almost 30 years shows North Dakota’s “right to life” amendment wouldn’t lead to the “parade of horrors” its opponents have claimed, former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft said Friday.
During a press conference at the Fargo Air Museum announced by ND Choose Life, the main coalition working to support passage of Measure 1, Ashcroft discussed why he believes the two contain “substantially the same” language – and wouldn’t cause the unintended consequences to end-of-life care and in vitro fertilization its opponents have raised as concerns.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- The city of Devils Lake must return nearly $112,000 to the state after the North Dakota Tax Department discovered it mistakenly sent the money to the wrong city.
The money includes $74,511 in lodging tax and $37,255 in lodging and restaurant tax proceeds received by the city of Devils Lake between April 2011 and October 2014, according to Myles Vosberg, director of the state’s tax administration division.
Footage was filmed for oil industry ad
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Democratic party officials are raising questions over a Grand Forks Republican state senator’s campaign advertisement.
But the senator, Lonnie Laffen, said there is nothing wrong with the ad.
Laffen’s ad includes a few seconds of footage previously shot for a North Dakota Petroleum Council advertisement from last year. That ad featured Laffen as a founder of his firm, JLG Architects.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Tom Erickson had been named director of the Energy and Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota.
Erickson served as acting and then interim director after former Director Gerald Groenewold was placed on administrative leave in May and subsequently fired.
BROOKINGS, S.D. – A study conducted by a team of weather experts determined the October 2013 blizzard that devastated parts of western South Dakota and Wyoming isn’t anything to be alarmed about in the near future.
The blizzard accounted for the deaths of an estimated 45,000 head of livestock, reports said.
The team concluded the event couldn’t be tied to climate change, though, because of limited data on severe weather events in the fall. The team included researchers at South Dakota State University, who said the storm is not cause for alarm.
FARGO, N.D. -- Dani Buskohl’s love of sheep took her all the way to France, where the 21-year-old North Dakota State University student placed eighth in the World Ovinpiades Competition.
“It’s a great feeling,” the Wyndmere, N.D., native said. “It’s an unbelievable experience to be representing the U.S. Never in my life would I have thought I would be traveling overseas wearing a United States flag on my shirt, knowing I was representing us.”
FARGO, N.D. – A curious customer approaches the whirring machine with awe. “Is that a 3-D printer?” she asks Erica LaDue, manager of The UPS Store on 13th Avenue South.
The correct guess is something of a rarity. People often ask if it’s a microwave or pizza oven, said Cassie Ward, graphic designer.
The UPS Store is among about 40 UPS locations out of 4,000-plus nationwide selected to offer 3-D printing. It is one of three UPS Stores in Fargo.
SIDNEY, Mont. -- A Colorado man pleaded guilty Wednesday to the murder of a Montana high school teacher, as her husband listened with “mixed emotions.”
Montana District Judge Richard Simonton accepted Michael Keith Spell's guilty plea to deliberate homicide in the death of Sidney High School math teacher Sherry Arnold, 43. A charge of attempted kidnapping was dismissed as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.
“Given the circumstances, the prosecution achieved all it could achieve. I’m happy with their efforts,” Gary Arnold, Sherry’s husband, said after Wednesday’s hearing.
The following North Dakota news briefs were compiled by Forum Communications Co. newspapers and its media partner the Bismarck Tribune:
Man killed by BNSF train
WHITE EARTH, N.D. -- A Towner man was killed late Wednesday morning when he was struck by a BNSF Railway train on a crossing 10 miles southeast of White Earth in Mountrail County.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol said the 32-year-old driver of the 2005 Chevy pickup was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt.
No one on the train was injured, the patrol said.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Dozens of colorful balls whizzed through the air last week as Valley Middle School students gleefully lobbed each other with the solid foam objects during gym class.
This is the closest these Grand Forks eighth-graders will get to playing dodgeball, the classic gym game immortalized in a popular 2004 movie. Ignored in its original form here for at least 15 years, individual teachers decided to offer modified games instead, falling — intentionally or not — into the nationwide trend of schools veering away from gym games that leave students vulnerable to injury, bullying or targeted aggression.
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