BISMARCK -- North Dakota Tourism is joining an effort to rebrand a five-state region, including Idaho, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming, as The Great American West as part of an international marketing strategy. Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Sheri Grossman said the multistate international promotional cooperative strives to increase international visitation which fuels local economies.
BISMARCK -- Two more North Dakota Native American tribes have filed federal lawsuits against the opioid industry. The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and the Spirit Lake Tribe filed complaints last week in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, where similar lawsuits have been consolidated. The new cases mean that four out of five North Dakota tribal nations have now joined the litigation. The lawsuits against 24 opioid manufacturers and distributors allege devastating public health effects from the opioid epidemic and seek monetary damages.
CANNON BALL, N.D. -- Two federal grants totaling more than $10 million will fund construction of elementary schools on the Standing Rock and Spirit Lake Indian Reservations, according to an announcement made Tuesday, March 13, by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. The money has been awarded to Solen School District and the Oberon School District to construct new elementary schools due to the unacceptable conditions of the current buildings.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division reported Tuesday an oil spill that occurred last month in Burke County is now estimated to be larger than initially reported. About 400 barrels, or 16,800 gallons, of oil spilled on Feb. 21 at a well about 4 miles north of Flaxton, or 2½ miles south of the Canadian border, according to an incident report filed Tuesday.
BISMARCK — North Dakota has awarded a contract to BioTrackTHC to implement a medical marijuana tracking system that includes overseeing seed-to-sale inventory as well as registration. "The Division of Medical Marijuana is committed to implementing a well regulated program," said Jason Wahl, director of the Medical Marijuana Division. "Implementation of the information management system will assist in ensuring state laws are followed and allow the division to effectively monitor the operations of manufacturing facilities and dispensaries."
BISMARCK -- The total number of flu cases in North Dakota has declined for the second week in a row. There were 673 reported cases of influenza in the week ending Feb. 10, compared to 748 the week prior, according to the North Dakota Department of Health's weekly flu snapshot.
BISMARCK—Ryan Rauschenberger, who has had a stormy personal life that he said he's working to improve, is seeking re-election as North Dakota State Tax Commissioner, he announced Wednesday, Jan. 24. Rauschenberger has served in this role since January 2014. "I am extremely proud of the advancements the tax department has made to serve North Dakotans over the last four years, but there is more to be done and I look forward to the opportunity and challenge," Rauschenberger, a certified public accountant, said.
BISMARCK -- Mandan businessman Terry Barnes said he’s entering the Bismarck mayor’s race at the urging of a number of citizens. “People told me, ‘Terry, it’s time,’" he said. Barnes, who works in Mandan but lives in Bismarck, said Bismarck needs a change. “I’m the change,” he said.
BISMARCK—Three speakers will be featured at the 2018 Main Street ND Summit, which will be Feb. 12-13 at the Bismarck Event Center. The Main Street ND Summit is intended to bring together local and national community development experts and advocates to share best practices and engage community leaders, entrepreneurs, students and interested citizens in envisioning North Dakota's future.
United Airlines will add direct flights between Bismarck and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport starting June 7. “The new service will offer more options for travelers from across the region and continue to define Bismarck Airport as the premier airport and hub city for central and western North Dakota,” Mayor Mike Seminary said in a statement.