BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Department of Health is reporting "higher than normal" influenza activity so far for the season, according to a news release. Health officials said increases in the number of influenza cases are typically reported around mid-December, or later.
BISMARCK -- Labor statistics released Friday show North Dakota’s October, not seasonally adjusted, unemployment rate was 1.7 percent, according to Job Service North Dakota. The rate is 0.2 of a percentage point lower than prior month, and 0.5 of a percentage point lower than the same period one year ago. The national rate was 3.9 percent.
FORT YATES, N.D. -- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, along with the Bureau of Reclamation, have completed the Standing Rock Rural Water Supply System pipeline connecting the North Dakota and South Dakota portions of the project. “Construction of the water treatment plant, the new water intake and many miles of pipe ensures safe, clean and reliable drinking water for the people of Standing Rock,” said Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault.
BISMARCK -- Drilling can resume, at least temporarily, at a controversial oil site near Lake Sakakawea, a federal judge in Bismarck ruled this week. Slawson Exploration, which is developing a multi-well oil pad near the Van Hook recreation and boat ramp near New Town, recently had to halt operations after the federal government ordered drilling to stop.
GRASSY BUTTE, N.D. -- The raging fire in the Little Missouri National Grassland in western North Dakota is estimated to be 70 percent contained, officials said Friday. Many of the 106 firefighters on scene planned to be on their hands and knees seeking out and extinguishing hot spots Friday, according to an update from the interagency team that's responding to the fire.
BISMARCK -- Areas of severe and extreme drought expanded this past week as excessive heat depleted soil moisture and further stressed rain-fed crops, pastures and rangelands, according to the United States Drought Monitor. In North Dakota, extreme drought conditions increased from 30 percent to nearly 36 percent of the state during the past week. More than half of North Dakota now lies within an area of severe drought.
BISMARCK -- A woman outside the City/County Building held a sign reading, "There is more to Bismarck than downtown," Thursday as city staff announced petitioners attempting to recall Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary were deemed to be 160 signatures short. The petitioners needed 1,898 valid signatures for the recall election to take place.
BISMARCK -- Ten people have applied for two open spots on the state Board of Education, according to a news release from State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler. Terms for the current chairwoman Kathleen Neset and board member Kari Reicher end July 1. Here are the applicants for the two openings: Thomas Atkinson, Bismarck, an environmental engineer for the Western Area Power Administration
BISMARCK -- A company holding a permit for a wind energy project in McHenry County in north-central North Dakota near Minot that hasn't yet been constructed will need to meet early next year with state regulators to get a renewal. Wilmington, Del.-based Meadowlark Wind I LLC was given North Dakota Public Service Commission approval in 2012 for the construction of up to 63 wind turbines to generate about 102 megawatts of power in southwestern McHenry County.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Public Service Commission will have a new chairman next month, and he’ll be wielding a gavel he himself carved in shop class decades ago. Commissioner Randy Christmann was voted the new chairman of the commission during the board’s meeting Wednesday in the state Capitol. His two-year run with the gavel begins in January; he’ll be taking over the role Julie Fedorchak has held for two years. “This is especially sentimental,” Christmann said when presented the gavel from Fedorchak.