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
Division of oil tax revenue an issue leading up to the session
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- When legislators and local government leaders in the Oil Patch make their case for more funding in the next legislative session, they want those from outside the region to have seen the situation firsthand.
“We want them to have visual images in their minds of seeing RV parks and these roads — not perceptions — of what it’s like out here,” Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford said Wednesday. “... I think it hit home, they were all looking and watching, very quiet and reflective.”
DICKINSON, N.D. -- To start a two-day tour of western North Dakota oil country, more than 30 legislators stopped at Marathon Oil's Dickinson office to hear from city officials.
Terry Kovacevich, head of Marathon's Bakken operations, opened the visit with an update on the company's drilling activity. He said drilling is getting faster, and production is increasing with constantly evolving technology.
"We're getting better all the time," he said.
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Industrial Commission voted Tuesday to impose a $25,000 civil penalty on four parties with ties to construction work done on a saltwater disposal well site in McKenzie County without a state permit.
The complaint filed by Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms alleged that the work was performed on two days in May 2013 at a site about 10 miles northwest of Watford City.
The following North Dakota news briefs were compiled by Forum Communication Co. newspapers:
Red River Zoo pursues world’s most endangered species
FARGO, N.D. -- The Red River Zoo has plans to bring the most endangered species in the world to Fargo.
The zoo is working on a project to obtain Amur leopards and Amur tigers. Only about 30 Amur leopards are left in the wild.
A conservation organization asked the Red River Zoo to take on these endangered species because of the zoo’s breeding success with other cold-climate species.
COOPERSTOWN, N.D. -- The general contractor on the stalled Griggs County Courthouse and Emergency Operations Center construction project has terminated its contract and is threatening to file a lien against the $3.5 million building.
The contract with Construction Engineers of Grand Forks was scheduled to end at midnight Wednesday, according to Griggs County State’s Attorney Jayme Tenneson.
HILLSBORO, N.D. – A Hatton woman faces criminal charges in the death of a great-grandmother after prosecutors allege she was on her cellphone texting and using Facebook when she rear-ended the car carrying the older woman.
An arrest warrant for Abby Elaine Sletten, 20, was issued Wednesday in Traill County District Court for one count of negligent homicide, a Class C felony.
FARGO, N.D. – Under a new deal signed Wednesday, North Dakota’s agricultural producers will have more options for rail shipping – a growing concern in a state where heavy oil traffic on rails has caused delays for other freight shipments.
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Public Service Commission voted Thursday to recommend payment to the last remaining party with a claim against the insolvent Falkirk Farmers Elevator.
The PSC voted 3-0 to recommend that a judge award about $461,000 to St. Hilaire Seed Co. of Mentor, Minn. If approved, the payment will close the insolvency case, Commissioner Randy Christmann said.
Sioux Falls show to celebrate opening of Sanford-sponsored Denny Sanford Premier Center
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sanford Health will sponsor a private concert here for its employees featuring performances by country acts Keith Urban and The Band Perry.
The health system, which brought in Grammy-winning band Train to mark the groundbreaking of its new medical center in south Fargo in 2012, will hold its latest concert Oct. 25.
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.
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