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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.
GRAND FORKS — A Grand Forks-based company that has branches in multiple states plans to go public, financial sources have reported. Nasdaq's website, citing Renaissance Capital, reports that Alerus Financial filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with the goal of raising up to $75 million in an initial public offering, known as an IPO. It will be listed as ALRS. Alerus filed with the SEC Friday afternoon, Aug. 16.
ST. PAUL — The trade organization representing farmers, processors, distributors and others in the hemp industry on Monday, Aug. 12, announced that Joe Radinovich would become the group's executive director. In a news release, the Minnesota Hemp Association said Radinovich, a former candidate for Congress in Minnesota's 8th District, would lead the organization. Days earlier, Radinovich announced that he doesn't plan to challenge U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber in 2020.
BISMARCK — North Dakota state election officials approved the circulation of a ballot petition seeking to ask voters to legalize marijuana through the state's constitution Monday, July 22. The proposal would amend the state's constitution to allow people who are at least 21 years old to possess and grow up to 12 cannabis plants for personal use. It calls on the Legislature to write laws to license and regulate the manufacturing, packaging and selling of marijuana products.
PIERRE, S.D. — Republican Gov. Kristi Noem has appointed to the South Dakota Board of Regents a retired founder and CEO of a food contract service company. According to a Friday, July 19 news release from the board, Barb Stork, of Dakota Dunes, will fill the seat on the board made vacant by former member David Mickelson's retirement. Stork's six-year term will end March 31, 2025.