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ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Transportation is seeking applicants to serve on the new Sustainable Transportation Advisory Council. Volunteers from the public, private and nonprofit sectors and from underserved communities are asked to apply by Dec. 15 for the two-year terms. The 15-member council will make recommendations to help reduce carbon pollution from transportation consistent with the goals outlined in Minnesota Statute 174.01, the Next Generation Energy Act and the annual MnDOT Sustainability report, according to a release from MnDOT.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum announced Friday, Nov. 1, an appeal to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for disaster designations in 47 of 53 North Dakota counties. If granted, the move would free up federal aid to farmers who experienced significant flood-related crop losses during the unusually wet summer and fall.
GRAND FORKS — A lawn and construction business in the greater Grand Forks area has been banned from doing work in North Dakota after the state attorney general's office received multiple complaints from customers who said the business didn't do work they paid for. The consumer protection division of the state attorney general's office started investigating Nicholas J. DeRosier and his businesses, Team Lawn Inc. and Vaughn Construction Inc., in June 2019 after receiving multiple complaints from customers, according to a news release.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Chris Blade has been named publisher of the Rochester Post Bulletin, a move announced Wednesday, Oct. 16, by parent company Forum Communications. She had been interim publisher since June 1, when the Fargo-based media company acquired the Post Bulletin.
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota presidential search is down to 12 semi-finalists. The UND presidential search committee met this week to consider the nearly 60 qualified applications it received and narrowed the field to 12 candidates. Some of the candidates are sitting presidents and people with experience in higher education, committee co-chair Casey Ryan said in the university’s UND Today blog. The semi-finalists will be invited to interview via interactive video on Oct. 22-23.
PIERRE, S.D. — The number of students attending South Dakota’s technical schools is up 4.3% and surpassed 7,000 total students, state leaders said Monday, Sept. 30. A total of 7,122 students were reported to be in attendance for the fall 2019 semester, an increase of 297 students over last year. That figure counts all full-time, part-time and dual-credit students. In the last 12 years, headcount enrollment at South Dakota’s tech schools has climbed by 42.2%, up from 5,010 students in fall 2008.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's 911 system will receive more $1.4 million in federal money to upgrade call centers to Next Generation 911, the North Dakota Association of Counties said Monday, Sept. 30, in a news release. The state's 22 emergency call centers have been in the process of transitioning to NG911 over the past five years. This grant, the NDAoC said, will help fund the next phase of enhancements to upgrade equipment and operations so that citizens, first responders and 911 operators can use digital IP-based, broadband-enabled technologies to coordinate emergency response.
BISMARCK — Jeremy Turley, a journalist with experience covering government, immigration and economics, will join Forum News Service next month as a state correspondent. Turley will cover a wide-range of news stories, including state government, for Forum News Service, a wire service owned and operated by family-owned Forum Communications Co.. The company owns five newspapers in the state: The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Grand Forks Herald, Jamestown Sun, Dickinson Press and West Fargo Pioneer.
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota's new Bureau of Human Resources commissioner is transitioning to public service from his current role in the private sector.
BISMARCK — The state of North Dakota ended the 2017-19 budget cycle 5.4% ahead of its general fund revenue forecast, the state's top budget official told lawmakers Wednesday, Aug. 28. The general fund exceeded the March legislative revenue forecast by nearly $250 million for the biennium that ended June 30, largely thanks to a larger-than-expected transfer of Legacy Fund earnings and more robust collections of sales and income taxes.